6/25/2017

MoneyMatters101.com Home
New Home Buyers

6 Deadly Pollutants
Air Purifiers
Appraisal
Asbestos Risks
Burglary Prevention
Burglary Tips
Burn Prevention Tips
Children Starting Fires
Conserving Water
Carbon Monoxide
Disaster Kits
Disposal Of Medicines
Drought Conditions
Disposal Of Products
Earthquake Tips
Emergency Water
Evacuation Plan
Escrow Instructions
FEMA
Floods
Formaldehyde Risks
Gas Leaks
Germs In Your Home
Gun Safety In The Home
High Tech Devices
Holiday Safety Tips
Home Owner
Homeowner Assoc.
Homeowners Ins.
Home Protection
Homestead
House Fires I
House Fires II

Indoor Hazards
Keep Cool
Keep Cool II
Lead Poisoning
Making An Inventory
Mold and Mildew
Moving? Things To Know!
Natural Disasters
Organize Documents
Safety At Home
Safety While Driving

Radon Gas Risks
Refinancing
Remodel Your Home
Safety Tips
Spend Equity Wisely
Storms
Storm Shelters
Storms Can Kill
Upgrading Interior
Upgrading Exterior
Watch Your Home
Water Damage
Water Heater Safety
Ways To Save Money
Winterize Your Home
Your Kitchen
Your Laundry Room
Your Living Room

Links

Email Us

Real Estate
Property
Save On Utility Bills

Political Issues

MoneyMatters101



 

Burglary Prevention Tips

Burglars are always on the prowl, day and night, looking for easy targets and taking advantage of any opportunity that gives them access to your home without drawing attention to themselves. You may think of burglars as strangers and hardened criminals who are lurking in the shadows. Some are, but most are friends, relatives, and people you see every day. They are the neighborhood gardeners, the handymen you hire to fix your roof or upgrade your plumbing, and they are the kids you wave to on their way to and from school.

Burglars pay close attention to details. They study the habits of the residents in the neighborhood. They are sticklers for time. They know when you and your neighbors come and go, what time you leave for work and what time you come home. They know what time the next door neighbor comes out to water his grass and pick up his newspaper. They know what time your children get home from school. Burglars watch and learn. They may study you and your home for months before they decide to break in.

Reader's Digest Contributing Editor Janice Lieberman shared these and more tips on the Today Show and in her blog.

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’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.

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.

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.

8. 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.

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.)

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.

11. Here’s a helpful hint: I almost never go into kids’ rooms.

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.

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 faketv.com.

Additional Burglary Tips:

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.

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

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.

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?

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.

6. Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It’s easier than you think to look up your address.

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.

8. If you don’t answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.

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

For a professional look at security alarm systems and how the right system can help protect your home or business, call Bobby Hamlett at (310) 619-2180 or (562) 277-5552 or email him at bhamlett@adt.com. Mention promo code A50933.

Bobby Hamlett
ADT Sales Representative
310-619-2180
562-277-5552
email: bhamlett@adt.com
Mention promo code A50933

Book of the Month

Advertise on MoneyMatters101.com

 

Share


Accessibility Policy| Terms Of Use| Privacy Policy| Advertise with Us| Contact Us

Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of the Terms of Use.

We are looking to create more mutually beneficial partnerships. If you are interested in partnering with MoneyMatters101.com, send us your proposal.

MoneyMatters101.com™

Link to MoneyMatters101.com