What Your Burglar Won't Tell You

What Your Burglar Won't Tell You

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.

3) Love those flowers! That tells me you have taste....and taste means there are nice things inside.

4) Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.

5) Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway.  I might even leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.

6) If it snows while you're out of town, get a neighbor to create car and foot tracks into the house. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead giveaway that your house is an easy target.

7) If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don't put your alarm control panel where I can see if it's set. That makes it too easy.

8) A good security alarm system arms 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.

9) 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) I always knock first. If you answer, I'll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. DON'T TAKE ME UP ON IT!

11) Do you really think I won't look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers - the bedside table and the medicine cabinet.

12) Helpful Hint: I almost never go into kids' rooms.

13) You're right: I won't have enough time to break into that safe where you keep you valuables. But if it's not bolted down, I'll take it with me.

14) A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system. If you're reluctant to leave your TV on continously while you're out of town consider a random timer.

15) Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and carry a rake. I do my best to never EVER look like a crook.

16) The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.

17) I will break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he'll stop what he's doing and wait to hear it again. If he doesn't hear it again, he'll just go back to what he was doing. It's human nature.

18) I'm not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?

19) I love looking in your windows. I'm looking for signs that you're home, and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I'd like. I'll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.

20) Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It's easier than you think to look up your address.

21) To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a way to let in a little fresh air. To me, it's an invitation.

22) If you don't answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.

23) Garbage is my friend! Don't advertise your new valuables by putting your boxes at the curb. I take that as an invitation to steal your new flat screen TV.

24) I don't care if you are on vacation or at the grocery store. I will come in when I am ready - so lock up your valuables even if you aren't on vacation.

25) Don't forget, I am an expert. This is how I make my living. Your security warning sign, that you have in your front yard, is not a deterrent. You have simply educated me to cut your phone line and/or your power. 

26) It's garbage day, everyone in town has their garbage at the curb.  However you don't?! Make sure your neighbors put some garbage at your curb. Nothing says I'm out of town like no garbage on garbage day.

27) I've been watching you. For the last 2 days your TV and lights have turned off and on at the exact same time. Replace your existing appliance timers with random vacation timers to avoid repetition.