Burglary prevention isn’t something I think about every day – or even every month for that matter. But I got an email-forward (don’t we all love these?) from a friend that I am actually glad I read. It was actually full of great tips and advice on how to prevent a home burglary.
The reality is that if someone really wants to get in your home, they will probably find a way, but if you think like a burglar for a few minutes, wouldn’t you rather choose an easy target over a difficult one? Wouldn’t you rather avoid a face-to-face confrontation if at all possible?
So, even if you can’t completely bulglary-proof your home, you will likely get some ideas from the list below that will at least make your home a little less of a burglary target.
(added 5-25-10: I have since learned that these were originally published in Reader’s digest a while back… To read the full articles click the links below…)
“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. 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 $27 device that works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real television.”
Sources: Convicted burglars in North Carolina, Oregon, California, and Kentucky; security consultant Chris McGoey, who runs 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.
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