13 Things a Burglar Won’t Tell You
Learn what burglars are thinking and help prevent your home from being a break-in target.
1. Of Course I Look Familiar
I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.
2. Hey Thanks…
… for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.
4. I Can Tell If You’re Around
Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.
5. Snow Tells Me A Lot
If it snows while you’re out of town, get a neighbour to create car and foot tracks into the house. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead giveaway.
7. Alarm Locations Matter
A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom-and your jewelry. It’s not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.
8. Rain or Shine, I’m Out Working
It’s raining, you’re fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door-understandable. But understand this: I don’t take a day off because of bad weather.
10. That’s Not a Good Hiding Place
Do you really think I won’t look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.
11. There’s One Place I Won’t Usually Visit
Here’s a helpful hint: I almost never go into kids’ rooms.
13. Sound and Light Are Excellent Deterrents
A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system. If you’re reluctant to leave your TV on while you’re out of town, you can buy a $35 device that works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real television (find it at faketv.com).
Sources for this article included convicted burglars in North Carolina, Oregon, California, and Kentucky; security consultant Chris McGoey, who runs crimedoctor.com; and Richard T. Wright, a criminology professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who interviewed 105 burglars for his book Burglars on the Job.