… and Things Burglars Won’t Tell You
1. Sometimes I carry a clipboard. Sometimes I dress like a lawn guy and carry a rake. (I do my best to never look like a crook).
2. Love those shrubs covering your entrance. (Those shrubs will help me hide from anyone passing by your property when I return.)
3. 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.)
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. 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.)
6. I always knock first. (If you answer, I’ll ask for directions or offer to clean your gutters.)
7. If you don’t answer the door when I knock, I try the door. (Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.)
8. Do you really think I will not look in your sock drawer? (I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table and the medicine cabinet and I almost never go into kids’ rooms.)
9. You’re right: I won’t have 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. The two things I hate most – loud dogs and nosy neighbors.
11. 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.)
12. I look in Facebook for vacation announcements. (It’s easier than you think to look up your address.)
13. Leave that window open just a crack during the day for fresh air. (To me, it’s an invitation.)
14. Why would you install that fancy security fence and not lock the gates? (I am not complaining.)
Sources: convicted burglars in N. Carolina, Oregon, California, and Kentucky.