MUST READ: Tips From A Burglar [list]

Received this from a co-worker, who got it from his insurance company.  It’s brilliant.  Great tips and reminders! – Shellie Hart

TIPS FROM A BURGLAR

  • Thanks for letting us 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.
  • I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway.
  • And I might leave a pizza flyer on your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.
  • If it snows while you’re out of town, get a neighbor to create foot tracks into the house. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead giveaway.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I always knock first. If you answer, I’ll ask for direction somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Don’t take me up on it.)
  • Do you really think I won’t look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table and the medicine cabinet.
  • Here’s a helpful hint: I almost never go into kids’ rooms.
  • 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.
  • 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 $30 device that works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real television. http://www.faketv.com or Amazon.
  • 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.
  • The two things I hate the most are loud dogs and nosy neighbors.
  • I’ll break a window to get in, even it if makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears a 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.
  • I’m not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?
  • 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. Ill drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.
  • Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It’s easier than you think to look up your address.
  • 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.
  • Instead of pepper spray, use wasp spray. It can shoot up to 20 feet away and is a lot more accurate, while pepper spray requires close range. Wasp spray temporarily blinds an attacker.
  • 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. 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.

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AboutShellie Hart

Your workday host is a longtime Seattle Radio Midday Air-Personality. Shellie grew up in Burien and now lives in West Seattle. She’s the on-court Entertainment Emcee for our 2X WNBA Championship Team SEATTLE STORM. Shellie is also committed to Children’s Hospital with weekly participation in their CHILD LIFE Program, dedicating over a 100 hours of volunteer time annually. People ask all the time, “What’s your favorite part of the job?”, and my response is YOU! Sure I get to meet all kinds of famous people, but it’s engaging with the people and their Northwest families that makes me happy”