Of course I look familiar. I was here last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, delivering your new refrigerator, etc.
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 window to make my return a little easier.
Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway.
I will leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it..
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.
If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don’t let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it’s set. That makes it too easy.
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.
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.
I always knock first. If you answer, I’ll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters.
Do you really think I won’t look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.
I won’t have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it’s not bolted down, I’ll take it with me.
A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than a 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 http://www.faketv/ …com/)
MORE THINGS A BURGLAR WON’T TELL YOU :
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.
The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.
I’ll 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.
I’m not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?
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.
Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It’s easier than you think to look up your address.
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.
If you don’t answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.
Protection for you and your home:
If you don’t have a gun, here’s another way to wreck someone’s evil plans- WASP SPRAY.
The wasp spray can shoot up to 20 feet and is a lot more accurate than the pepper spray, as 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.
Put your car keys beside your bed at night.
If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies.
Side note: Carry your car keys when working in the yard in case of any emergency, such as a heart attack, where you can’t reach a phone to alert others of a problem.
Sent to one of our Risk Managers via email. Makes some valid points…