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12 Things A Burglar Won't Tell You...

1.  Of course I look familiar. I was just here 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. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might even leave a pizza flier in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.


4.  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.


5.  A good security company alarms the window over the sink, and the windows on the second floor which often access your master bedroom -- and your jewelry. It's not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there, too. And by the way, I'm not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?


6.  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.


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


8.  Here's a helpful hint: I almost never go into kids' rooms. However, do you really think I won't look in your sock drawer? I always check the dresser drawers, the bedside table and the medicine cabinet.


9.  You're right. 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!


10. To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a way to let in a little fresh air. l To me, it's an invitation. On the other hand, I'll also break a window to get in if I need to, even if it makes a little noise. After all, 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.


11. 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, just before you close the blinds, to pick my best targets.


12. You've heard it a thousand times before. But really...avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It's easier than you think to Google your address.


Sources: Convicted burglars in North Carolina, Oregon, California and Kentucky; security consultant Chris McGoey; 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.

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