May 2010 - Posts

Things Your Burglar Won’t Tell You: Part 2
Friday, May 21, 2010 11:24 AM
Earlier this week, I posted some information from an email that was forwarded to me that will help you avoid being burglarized. The source of these tips is reported to have been a security consultant who runs the website www.crimedoctor.com and a criminology professor at the University of Missouri, who wrote the book “Burglars On The Job” and the information comes from convicted burglars from various states.

The first part of this list can be found here.

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.)

14. 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.

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

16. 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.

17. I'm not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?

18. 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..

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

20. 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.

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

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Things Your Burglar Won’t Tell You: Part 1
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 10:48 AM
I received this email weeks ago and since I am not one to “forward” emails to everyone in my address book, I thought I would post it here since this might help someone out.

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 ling 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. That’s 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. 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. Bit if it’s not bolted down, I’ll take it with me.

…Part 2 will be posted soon.

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Don’t You Hate It When…
Friday, May 14, 2010 3:43 PM
1) You know news is happening in your area and you can’t find out what is going on;

2) A cardinal is attacking your car mirrors and it takes you a month to figure out what you can use to cover them and keep the bird from crapping on your car;

3) You are looking all over for your sunglasses before you get in the car and they are on your head;

4) You run all your errands and then realize you forgot the most important one when you get back;

5) You eat your lunch and find that you are still hungry and have nothing nearby to eat;

6) You print 60 copies of a document, only to find that the margins are wrong and the copies are no good;

7) All of this happens on the same day!

Have a good weekend, mine can’t get any worse.

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Garage Door Warning For Parents
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 2:00 PM
A four year old boy in Colorado was saved by his mother from being crushed by their garage door. The mother pressed the garage door opener, wanting to let her children take their bikes out to ride.

As the door was going up, a small piece of metal on the door caught the young boy by his shirt and took him up as it continued to rise. The boy screamed and was at risk of being crushed against the top of the garage. Concerned that he might fall and break / fracture his bones or skull, his mom was able to pull him out of his shirt just in time.

What makes this story so unique and amazing is that this little boy just had a cast removed from his leg the same morning. He broke his leg due to it being weakened from chemotherapy.

Many garage doors have a built in feature that will stop your garage door from going down all the way when there is something blocking its path (a child, dog, cat, etc) but not when the door is going up. The Colorado resident highly recommends that parents be careful and watch their children very closely when the garage door is in use.

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