1.Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning yourcarpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.
2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working inyour yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back windowto make my return a little easier.
3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste ... and taste meansthere are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out alwaysmake me wonder what type of gaming system they have.
4. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And Imight leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takesyou to remove it.
5. If it snows while you're out of town, get a neighbor to create carand foot tracks into the house. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a deadgiveaway.
6. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don't let youralarm company install the control pad where I can see if it's set. Thatmakes it too easy.
7. A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And thewindows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom-andyour jewelry. It's not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.
8. It's raining, you're fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget tolock your door-understandable. But understand this: I don't take a dayoff because of bad weather.
9. I always knock first. If you answer, I'll ask for directionssomewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Don't take me up on it.)
10. Do you really think I won't look in your sock drawer? I always checkdresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.
11. Helpful hint: I almost never go into kids' rooms.
12. You're right: I won't have enough time to break into that safe whereyou keep your valuables. But if it's not bolted down, I'll take it withme.
13. 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 oftown, you can buy a $35 device that works on a timer and simulates theflickering glow of a real television. (Find it at faketv.com.)
8 MORE THINGS A BURGLAR WON'T TELL YOU: 1. Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guyand carry a rake. I do my best to never, ever look like a crook.
2. The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.
3. I'll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. Ifyour neighbor hears one loud sound, he'll stop what he's doing and waitto hear it again. If he doesn't hear it again, he'll just go back towhat he was doing. It's human nature.
4. I'm not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancyalarm system and leave your house without setting it?
5. I love looking in your windows. I'm looking for signs that you'rehome, and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I'd like. I'll drive orwalk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds,just to pick my targets.
6. Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It's easierthan you think to look up your address.
7. To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a wayto let in a little fresh air. To me, it's an invitation.
8. If you don't answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hitthe jackpot and walk right in.
Sources: Convicted burglars in North Carolina , Oregon , California , andKentucky; security consultant Chris McGoey, who runs crimedoctor.com;and Richard T. Wright, a criminology professor at the University ofMissouri-St. Louis, who interviewed 105 burglars for his book Burglarson the Job.
Protection for you and your home
If you don't have a gun, here's a more humane way to wreck someone's evil plans for you. I guess I can get rid of the baseball bat.
A friend who is a receptionist in a church in a high risk area was concerned about someone coming into the office on Monday to rob them when they were counting the collection. She asked the local police department about using pepper spray and they recommended to her that she get a can of wasp spray instead.
The wasp spray, they told her, can shoot up to twenty feet away and is a lot more accurate, while with the pepper spray, they have to get too close to you and could overpower you. The wasp spray temporarily blinds an attacker until they get to the hospital for an antidote. She keeps a can on her desk in the office and it doesn't attract attention from people like a can of pepper spray would. She also keeps one nearby at home for home protection... Thought this was interesting and might be of use.
Wasp And Hornet Spray
On the heels of a break in and beating that left an elderly woman in Toledo dead, self defense experts have a tip that could save your life.
Val Glinka teaches self-defense to students at Sylvania Southview High School . For decades, he's suggested putting a can of wasp and hornet spray near your door or bed.
Glinka says, "This is better than anything I can teach them."
Glinka considers it inexpensive, easy to find, and more effective than mace or pepper spray. The cans typically shoot 20 to 30 feet; so if someone tries to break into your home, Glinka says, "spray the culprit in the eyes". It's a tip he's given to students for decades.It's also one he wants everyone to hear. If you're looking for protection, Glinka says look to the spray.
"That's going to give you a chance to call the police; maybe get out."
Maybe even save a life. Please share this with all the people in your life.
I am a retired broadcaster (radio)_ of 25 years. Served in 1967 and 1968 as a war correspondent in S. Vietnam. Owned a fishing/boating resort for 27 years "Lyle's at Dixon Lake," in Escondido, Ca. Owned a beach concession, "Lyle's at Moonlight Beach," in Encinitas, California for 17 years. Am divorced, still good friends with my ex, have two grown sons, Scott and Kenny. Have been one half of a couple with Evelyn for over eight years. Love dogs, tolerate cats. We have five in the house, two of which are kittens.