February 3, 2011

February 3, 2011
Twenty One Things Your Burglar Will Not Tell You

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Thursday and I hope you are having a safe and great week so far. For our friends up north, I know this is a rough time with the blizzards so we hope you are staying warm!

Millions of house burglaries happen every year in our country. I recently read an article which pointed out some great tips to help you prevent you having your own home burglarized.

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. 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.

5. If it snows while you are out of town, get a neighbor to create car and foot tracks into the house. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead giveaway.

6. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, do not let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it is set. That makes it too easy.

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 is not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.

8. It is raining, you are fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door which understandable. But understand this: I do not take a day off because of bad weather.

9. I always knock first. If you answer, I will ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Do not take me up on it.)

10. Do you really think I will not look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.

11. Here is a helpful hint: I almost never go into kids' rooms.

12. You are right: I will not have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it is not bolted down, I will take it with me.

13. A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system. If you are reluctant to leave your TV on while you are 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/)

14. 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.

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

16. I will break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he will stop what he is doing and wait to hear it again. If he does not hear it again, he will just go back to what he was doing. It is human nature.

17. I am not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?

18. I love looking in your windows. I am looking for signs that you are home, and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I would like. I will drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.

19. Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It is easier than you think to look up your address.

20. 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 is an invitation.

21. If you do not answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.

Hope that was informative to you especially since these tips came from convicted burglars.

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab