THINGS YOUR BURGLAR WON’T TELL YOU. Read all the way to the end. You
just might learn something that will save your home from being
You should be particularly interested in the part about the wasp spray…
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
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
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
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 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. Parents: caution your kids
about this. You see this every day.
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
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 someone’s
evil plans for you.
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
Val Glinka teaches self-defense to students at Sylvania SouthviewHigh
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.
I am sending this to everyone I know because I think it is fantastic.
Would also be useful for any emergency, such as a heart attack, where
you can’t reach a phone. My Mom has suggested to my Dad that he carry
his car keys with him in case he falls outside and she doesn’t hear
him. He can activate the car alarm and then she’ll know there’s a
Please pass this on even IF you’ve read it before. It’s a reminder.