I'll look familiarAndrey_Popov/Shutterstock
Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.
Don't let me use your bathroomMIA-Studio/ShutterstockHey, 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.
Your yard gives us a lot of clueskaramysh/Shutterstock
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.
We know when you're away for a long timeFrances-L-Fruit/Shutterstock
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.
Create tracks in the snowsharpner/Shutterstock
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.
Glass doors are our best friendsGrzegorz_P/Shutterstock
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.
We target certain windowsAntoha713/ShutterstockA 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.
We aren't scared of a little rainpinkomelet/Shutterstock
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.
We try to come off as politeoscarporras/Shutterstock
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.)
We know you hide things in your drawersjtairat/Shutterstock
Do you really think I won’t look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet. Word of advice: Find better hiding places for your valuables.