: Things Your Burglar Won't Tell You



Anthony Cipriano
07-15-11, 12:27 PM
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 that you are away from home.

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 http://www.faketv/.com/)

8 MORE THINGS A BURGLAR 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, 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 even if you are home - shut those curtains, shades and blinds so I cannot see those flat screen TVs or gaming systems I'd like. I'll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the curtains, shades or 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 just walk right in.

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

Protection for you and your home:
If you don't have a gun, here's a more humane way to wreck someones evil plans for you.

WASP SPRAY
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.

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 spray would. She also keeps one nearby at home for home protection.. Thought this was interesting and might be of use.

FROM ANOTHER SOURCE:
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.

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.

Glinka says, "This is better than anything I can teach them."

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.

"That's going to give you a chance to call the police; maybe get out." Maybe even save a life.

Put your car keys beside your bed at night.
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.

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.

johnny kannapo
07-15-11, 02:51 PM
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Playdrv4me
07-17-11, 12:36 AM
I can vouch for that damn wasp spray, that shit FLIES and man does it take them out QUICK.

Sevillian273
07-17-11, 01:07 AM
^Takes a bit longer if the burglars have set up a nest in your house and laid eggs.

dkozloski
07-17-11, 01:31 AM
Most wasp spray is inflammable. If they keep coming take the BBQ igniter and light'em up or just show them your Zippo or cricket.

Playdrv4me
07-17-11, 01:39 AM
LOL... I used this on wasps that were somehow getting *INSIDE* the apartment and then hanging out at the HIGHEST light source which was a large window about 10 feet off the ground. I could literally stand ACROSS THE ROOM on the stairs, fire the spray and NAIL them on that window ledge. Flames + Wasp spray indoors would have made things rather crispy.

The-Dullahan
07-17-11, 04:21 AM
You are supposed to always keep a weapon in your home and in your car (so you can catch them when you pull up and they are robbing you) Experience teaches a greasy cricket bat wrapped in barbed wire is both effective in combat and as a ward or deterrent.

Having had to enter businesses, warehouses and homes by abnormal means, I can agree that a lot of that makes sense (Aside from the window over the sink, because why the devil would I keep a window over my sink? In fact, HOW could I even put a window there, the kitchen belongs in the centre of the bottom floor of a house, adjacent to the Living room (Architectural FACT)

There is ALWAYS a pile of newspapers on my driveway, just as there are always two cars there and one on the street, but regardless the house is NEVER alone. If I am not there (Always at odd hours like now) I make sure someone is there during the day and the house always has someone, for whatever reason, in the house...most likely more criminalistic and violent than the burglar in question too. Also, Rattlesnakes - Keep them in your screen porch around your pool. INCREDIBLY EFFECTIVE. As for the Wasp Spray, I have no concern for ever having to do that to someone, but it DOES sound funny as hell, so I will make sure try it out.

brandondeleo
07-17-11, 04:48 AM
WD-40 with the straw inserted, and a good quality lighter. 10 feet of fire. Greatest theft deterrent ever. Lol

hueterm
07-17-11, 10:33 PM
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Mine is actually a vintage Remington 870 Wingmaster w/an 18" modified barrel and 7 round extender...of course with OO buck...

...aaannddd a .40 Glock w/a 15 hollowpoint round clip...just in case...

I would have mentioned the 80 lb German Shepherd...but he'd probably just lick the intruder to death...

Playdrv4me
07-17-11, 10:37 PM
awww... Beretta... awww

hueterm
07-17-11, 10:50 PM
awww... Beretta... awww

http://i943.photobucket.com/albums/ad279/hueterm/IMG_20110624_161614.jpg

Yeah...probably not much help... ;-)

orconn
07-18-11, 12:09 AM
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Yeah...probably not much help... ;-)

I really doubt that, once Baretta got a wif of what was going down he would spring into action. My GSD Lyse was a sweet girl, but I never doubted when the chips were down Lyse would defend to the death. Even my amiable Barbet (think big Kickapoo on steroids) who loved everybody would have turned defender at the first inkling of trouble.

By the way, Baretta has really turned into a handsome guy!

hueterm
07-18-11, 12:20 AM
Thanks Or...he's been a great dog. He's not that well trained (not for lack of classes, but for lack of practice...), but he's really laid back, does OUTSTANDING during the day when he is crated, and is content to sniff every square inch of the back yard for hours. He pulls a little hard at first on walks, but he is friendly with people and good with most dogs. Sometimes he can get a little aggressive w/very small dogs that don't submit when stared at.

ben.gators
07-18-11, 12:26 AM
+1 for Orconn's post. Don't let the sweat look of german shepherd fool you. When it comes to action, a GSD will turn to a killer! I love GSD and really like to own one of them, someday maybe...

hueterm
07-18-11, 12:37 AM
Oh, I know...I had one of those killers once...his name was Vegas. He hated many things: my friends, other dogs, pedestrians, thunder...but most of all -- bicycles...

My parents' back yard was fairly deep and sloped higher the further back you went. He would sit on a hill about half way up the back yard and look at the road. (My parents' house is on a busy street.) When he would see a bicycle coming from either direction, he would run probably 75 yards in about 10 seconds to bark at it on one side of the house...then when it went out of view, he would take off around to the other side of the house and be waiting for it to bark at it some more.

One time he got left outside during a thunderstorm. He tore open his wire crate, and then tore open a corner of the metal storm door like it was a can opener. He got all cut up...it was a mess....

BOY did my mom love that dog...he was about 12 when he died...I think it was in '97 -- like a week before or after Princess Diana died.

orconn
07-18-11, 01:09 AM
My Lyse was by and large fearless, except for thunder. She would drag you ( usually she was a well mannered walker) back to the house and as soon as she was inside head for the nearest closet she could open and try burrow into the bottom of the closet. My other the dog, the Barbet whose name was "Chief Thunder Thud" wasn't, in the least affected by thunder. Since I got Lyse when she was eight weeks old and to my knowledge she never had a frightening experience with a storm, I figured she must have had very acute hearing. In every other respect her KGB breeding produced a very sound and reliable dog, very trainable, but the thunder problem probably would have put a end to any "Schutzhund" aspirations I may have had.

Lyse had an absolutely beautiful coat, which required very little bathing (she was inside except on a leash or under my direct supervision), but boy did she shed! Both our dogs had the run of the house, and while the Barbet shed very little, Lyse was a full time job keeping her shed fur from collecting all over the place. The shedding is the only reason I would never have another GSD!

ben.gators
07-18-11, 01:27 AM
Oh, I know...I had one of those killers once...his name was Vegas. He hated many things: my friends, other dogs, pedestrians, thunder...but most of all -- bicycles...

My parents' back yard was fairly deep and sloped higher the further back you went. He would sit on a hill about half way up the back yard and look at the road. (My parents' house is on a busy street.) When he would see a bicycle coming from either direction, he would run probably 75 yards in about 10 seconds to bark at it on one side of the house...then when it went out of view, he would take off around to the other side of the house and be waiting for it to bark at it some more.



Oh yeah, that is what I call a DOG! I hate those little, weak dogs that their owners need to baby them, else they will die! Whenever I see a tiny dog that is so weak it shakes while walking and the owner call the dog "Adorable and Cute", I say the owner, hey! You need a cat, not a dog!

The-Dullahan
07-19-11, 12:22 AM
Home intruders make the best company.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VqJGRHuKUE

Where were these fine fellows when Jessi Slaughter was first getting started?

Night Wolf
07-20-11, 02:12 AM
*edit* Basically a bunch of "less is more" stuff, taken out of context - no real value anyway

Playdrv4me
07-20-11, 02:22 AM
Hmm... Not owning nice things because you're afraid someone will steal them is a pretty shitty and oppressed way to live. Shit happens, if it does, you try again.

Night Wolf
07-20-11, 02:55 AM
*edit* Summary: More less is more. Nobody cares, not worth it, not getting into another mega debate from the lounge nazis yet to appear

Jesda
07-20-11, 04:27 AM
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hueterm
07-20-11, 07:27 PM
Hmm... Not owning nice things because you're afraid someone will steal them is a pretty shitty and oppressed way to live. Shit happens, if it does, you try again.

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Rolex
07-20-11, 10:27 PM
Good read OP. :thumbsup:

You should go down the street to one of my neighbors' house. They will be an easier target. I live in a gated neighborhood. My home has a monitored alarm system and 9 monitored IR surveillance cameras. Oh, and I have a bullmastiff bitch that does what dogs do. But in case you didn't ask anybody, the biggest threat to your health would be me. I am always armed, well trained, and I will visit violence upon you and eat your still-beating heart if you try to hurt my family. :rolleyes: