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Ten Things a Burglar Won’t Tell You

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Ten Things a Burglar Won’t Tell You 

Convicted burglars in North Carolina, Oregon, California, and Kentucky shared their personal knowledge with security consultant Chris McGoey, who runs http://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”.

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.)

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

5. 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. 

6. 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.

7. I’m not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for an alarm system and leave your house without setting it? 

8. 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. 

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

10. 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.

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