More Things a Burglar Won’t Tell You

Learn how to better protect yourself and your family with these insider secrets.

[step-list-wrapper title=”” time=””]13 Things a Burglar Won’t Tell You

[step-item number=”1.” image_url=”” title=”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. [/step-item]

[step-item number=”2.” image_url=”” title=”The two things I hate most:” ] Loud dogs and nosy neighbors. [/step-item]

[step-item number=”3.” image_url=”” title=”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. [/step-item]

[step-item number=”4.” image_url=”” title=”Your alarm only works if it’s on.” ] I’m not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it? [/step-item]

[step-item number=”5.” image_url=”” title=”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. [/step-item]

[step-item number=”6.” image_url=”” title=”Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page.” ] It’s easier than you think to look up your address. [/step-item]

[step-item number=”7.” image_url=”” title=”Lock your windows.” ] 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. [/step-item]

[step-item number=”8.” image_url=”” title=”If you don’t answer when I knock, I try the door.” ] Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.  [/step-item]

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.

Reader’s Digest Contributing Editor Janice Lieberman shared these and more tips on the Today Show and in her blog.

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest

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