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Thread: Things a Burglar won't tell you (Good Advice)

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    THIRTEEN THINGS 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.
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    2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.
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    3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste...> and taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.

    4.. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it..
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    5. 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.
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    6. 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.
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    7. 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.
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    8. It's raining, you're fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door - understandable. But understand this: I
    i don't take a day off because of bad weather.
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    9. 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.)
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    10. Do you really think I won't look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the
    medicine cabinet.
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    11. Here's a helpful hint: I almost never go into kids' rooms.
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    12. 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.
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    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 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/)
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    8 MORE THINGS A BURGLAR WON'T TELL YOU:
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    1. 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.
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    2. The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.
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    3. 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.
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    4. I'm not complaining, but why would you pay all that
    > money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?
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    5. 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.
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    6. Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It's easier than you think to look up your address.
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    7. 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.
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    8. If you don't answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.
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    (i)Sources: Convicted burglars in North Carolina, Oregon,
    California, and Kentucky ; security consultant Chris McGoey, who runs http://www.crimedoctor.com/ 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'.(/i)
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    (b)Protection for you and your home:(/b)
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    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.):
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    > (WASP SPRAY
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    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.
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    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 spraywould. She also keeps one nearby at home for home protection... Thought this was interesting and might be of use.
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    > (b)FROM ANOTHER SOURCE(/b)
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    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.
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    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.
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    Glinka says, "This is better than anything I can teach them."
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    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.
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    "That's going to give you a chance to call the police; maybe get out." Maybe even save a life.
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    (b)Put your car keys beside your bed at night.(/b)

    Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents, your Dr's office, the check-out girl at the market, everyone you
    run across. Put your car keys beside your bed at night.
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    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. This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: It's a security alarm system that you probably
    already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage. If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar/rapist won't stick
    around. After a few seconds all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won't want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there. This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual
    abuse crime.
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    I think it is fantastic. Would also be useful for any emergency, such as a heart attack, where you can't reach a phone. Everyone should carry his car keys with him in case he falls outside and no one hears him. He can activate the car alarm and then someone will check to see if there's a problem.

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    Fabulous advice. :thumbup:

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    Thank you...all great advice!

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    yes heard of all this before ....will help me oneday im sure,,i tell elderly ones about this especially......never leave car unlocked in yard or garage....always remember that panic button....have it ready..if u see a crime happening use it dont approach crimainals...

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    Thanks for the info. I'll pass it on to my family.

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    Thanks so much for this. I am forwarding it to everyone I can think of.

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    Good info..

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    Yesterday I went to Home Depot, bought a can of wasp spray, and while telling the friendly checker what I wanted it for, she laughed and admitted that she, too had one beside her bed and one beside her front door.

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    great tips!

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    Very good advice...thanks for sharing!

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