13 things a burglar won't tell you
Reader's Digest recently ran an article titled
"13 Things a Burglar Won't Tell You" that offers some sobering caveats from
convicted burglars. Below are excerpts:
- Of course I look familiar. I was here just last
week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new
- 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.
- Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste Ö
and taste means there are nice things inside.
- Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on
- If it snows while youíre out of town, get a neighbor to
create car and foot tracks into the house.
- If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, donít
let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if itís set.
- A good security company alarms the window over the sink.
And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master
bedroomóand your jewelry.
- Itís raining, youíre fumbling with your umbrella, and you
forget to lock your dooróunderstandable. But understand this: I donít take a
day off because of bad weather.
- I always knock first. If you answer, Iíll ask for
directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters.
- Do you really think I wonít look in your sock drawer?
- Hereís a helpful hint: I almost never go into kidsí
- Youíre right: I wonít have enough time to break into that
safe where you keep your valuables. But if itís not bolted down, Iíll take
it with me.
- A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the
best alarm system