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21 Things a Burglar Won't Tell You

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  1. G. Morgan

    G. Morgan Guest

    13 Things a Burglar Won't Tell You

    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 long it takes you to remove

    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

    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—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. Here’s a 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. But if it’s not bolted down, I’ll take it with me.

    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

    8 More Things a Burglar Won't Tell You

    1. 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.

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

    3. 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.
    4. I’m not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm
    system and leave your house without setting it?

    5. 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

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

    7. 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.

    8. If you don’t answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the
    jackpot and walk right in.
  2. JoeRaisin

    JoeRaisin Guest

    Nice post. I especially like #3 of the second set. I don't know how
    many times I've been working in the yard, hear something out of place,
    stop, listen for a few moments then go back to what I was doing 'cause I
    don't hear it again.

    The bit about the pizza flyer is something I'd never heard about before.
    Funny thing is, we never use the front door, in fact, can't even open
    it without moving a bunch of plants. I've had flyers & such stuck in my
    front door for months - never gave it a second thought. Good thing we
    always set our alarm when we leave.
  3. Doug Miller

    Doug Miller Guest

    Missed this part, didja?
    "... where I can see if it's set"
  4. Guest

  5. Jim Yanik

    Jim Yanik Guest

    (Doug Miller) wrote in
    don't they have LEDs indicating "armed" ??
    red(for armed) or green (unarmed)LEDs?
  6. Jon Danniken

    Jon Danniken Guest

    It also depends on the pedigree of your thief, which is dependent upon their
    intended mark. Around here, we mostly get crank addicts looking for a quick
    grab. Other parts of the country, the thieves are more professional.

    A few years ago here locally a woman got some jewelery swiped. She was
    mowing her lawn, and left the door unlocked while she was
    mowing/weeding/cleaning up. Thief walked by, said, "Hi!", then when she
    went to the other side of the house just walked in a took what he wanted.

    I lock the door now when I mow the lawn.

  7. Oren

    Oren Guest

    3. Never mind the Dog: Beware of Owner!!
    4. Survivors will be SHOT twice.
  8. Per G. Morgan:
    I'd bet that somebody more creative than Yours Truly could do
    something with this - along the lines of the proposed NRA
    steamship cruise into Somali waters.
  9. How about one that does bark at burglars?

    Not that I have any sympathy for burglars, but I suspect you will
    protect your home at least as successfully (more so in the less common
    cases where the burglar has a gun), and you also have less explaining to

    The non-barking 145 pound dog sounds like a good idea in lands where I
    can get away with booby-trapping my bike:

    My bike is a fixed gear track bike with a front brake. I work very well
    with high reliance on front brakes, and the bike due to being a fixed
    gear track bike has a provision for rear braking.

    The booby-trap is adding a rear brake, rear brake cable, and rear brake
    lever. Most bike thieves are of caliber of cyclists that heavily use rear
    brakes at least as much as front, or even rear alone.

    Not easily noticeable to bike thieves is that the cable going rearward
    from the rear brake lever is not the same one going rearward towards the
    rear brake from the seat post. The cable actuated by the rear brake lever
    pulls the pin out of the hand grenade under the seat.
    Maybe remove the fragmentation casing from the grenade - so that male
    bike thieves have some chance at surviving removal of themselves from the
    gene pool. Maybe not if they but not those they know are likely to

    Too great a chance for curious children to play with my parked bike,

    - Don Klipstein ()
  10. I saw this at a farmers' market in a rural part of PA just outside
    suburban Philadelphia:

    Trespassers - beware of flying objects! They will be bullets!

    - Don Klipstein ()
  11. Crash Gordon

    Crash Gordon Guest

    I tell people not to leave their garage door opener remote in their car in
    plain the overhead door and you're pretty much in since most
    people don't lock the door from garage into the house.

    And of course when having your car serviced at a shop never give them
    anything but your car keys.

    **Crash Gordon**
  12. h

    h Guest

    I live in a place so remote that NO ONE walks by. Anyone not in/on a vehicle
    would be suspect. Plus, since it's a narrow two-lane road, the thief would
    have to pull off onto the shoulder or into a driveway. Not exactly subtle.
    Still, no one out here locks much of anything unless you're going on
  13. Per 1D10T:
    How you do dat?

    CQC? mControl? Something else?
  14. JImbo

    JImbo Guest

    ummm. domestic terrorism?
  15. George

    George Guest

    You may remember the Constitution busting "Patriot Act"? Section 802
    "domestic terrorism" gives the Feds the wide reaching authority to
    declare almost anything "domestic terrorism" which then allows them to
  16. Doug

    Doug Guest

    According to these links, it looks like both people were dealt with by the
    feds, one was given 30 months, the other 57 months.

  17. Many of these also apply to rapists. We recently had a serial rapist use
    this last one. He checked the door and if it was open he walked in a raped
    whoever he found. No mention of children, but one has to wonder.
  18. Bob La Londe

    Bob La Londe Guest

    FTP is usually the easiest way, but there are streaming methods as well.
    The advantage to FTP is you can re start it easily. With streaming it can
    be harder if your connection is lost. For short distances a (upto several
    miles) a point to point wireless connection could also work.
  19. Bob La Londe

    Bob La Londe Guest

    I actually do store a certain amount of video offsite. There are several
    methods, but the cheapest redundancy for most people IMO is to loop video to
    a 2nd recorder in a different part of the building.
  20. Per Bob La Londe:
    Is the camera is constantly creating the same video file and
    something else cuts it into chunks to FTP? Or does the camera
    start a new file every do often? Or am I totally off base?
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