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    Burglar Tactics "Tips from Convicted Burglars" from Crime Prevention Officer

    Below are tactics that are used by burglars!

    Please review them and make the necessary changes to crime proof your home. Obviously nothing is ever 100% but every bit of information helps.

    As you'll see below, this information was gained by interviewing burglars who have been caught.

    Sincerely Serving,
    Officer Randy Myers
    Crime Prevention Officer

    Tips from convicted burglars

    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 it.

    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 easy.

    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. 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 faketv.com.)

    14. 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.

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

    16. 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.

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

    18. 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.

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

    20. 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.

    21. If you don't answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.

    Sources: Convicted burglars in North Carolina, Oregon, California, 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.

    Protection for you and your home:

    If you don't have a gun, here's a more humane way to wreck someone's evil plans for you.

    Wasp Spray

    When asked by a concerned person about using pepper spray, the local police department recommended that she get a can of wasp spray instead.

    The wasp spray, they told her, can shoot up to twenty feet away and is more accurate, while with the pepper spray, they have to get too close
    and could overpower you. The wasp spray temporarily blinds an attacker until they get to the hospital for an antidote.

    Wasp And Hornet Spray

    On the heels of a break in and beating in Toledo, self defense experts have a tip that could save your life.

    A teacher in the art of self-defense has told his students for decades to keep a can of wasp and hornet spray near their door or bed. "This is better than anything I can teach them." It is inexpensive, easy to find, and more effective than mace or pepper spray. The cans typically shoot 20 to 30 feet; so if someone tries to break into your home, "spray the culprit in the eyes".

    "That's going to give you a chance to call the police; maybe get out." Maybe even save your life. Please share this with all the people in your life.
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    Wasp spray... Now that's a smart idea! Oven cleaner works well, too. (It's more permanently blinding... Not that anyone who is the victim of a home invasion is going to care that much.)
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    00 Buck and .45 acp let me sleep sound at night.

    I always tell people to look at their locks. Get good deadbolts with reinforced frames. Can't count the burglaries i've been to where the locks were intact, but the door frame failed. Also, non-keyed deadbolts directly on windowed doors???? I mean really. How hard is it to break the window, reach in, and unlock the door?

    And keep those serial numbers so we can enter your stolen stuff into NCIC. I hate finding people with stuff I know is stolen, but the owner never recorded the serial numbers to their stuff.

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    Instead of tips from "Convicted Burglars," I'd rather see a list of tips from burglars who were never caught. If a professional really wants to get into your house he'll use a series of clever and elaborate disguises and a small EMP to knock out the security system. He also may leave decoys of your valuables so that you won't immediately know you've been robbed. Most likely you'll discover it after the fact because the burglar will leave some type of calling card to **** you off and make it personal. You should also be suspicious that he may be banging your wife.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SC_Lawman View Post
    And keep those serial numbers so we can enter your stolen stuff into NCIC. I hate finding people with stuff I know is stolen, but the owner never recorded the serial numbers to their stuff.
    Ditto on that! I have all the serial numbers of anything worth anything in my house stored away. Nothing beats catching the perp pawning your property later in the day......

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    A few years ago every other Sunday night our cars used to get broken into by the bored rich kids up the street.

    So me and a few of my friends used my driveway (which is apparently perfect for an ambush) to screw with them. We used paintball guns.

    When the kids starting going through the cars we "opened up" on them but we were actually shooting way over them into the woods. They ducked and ran, and we were on the phone with dispatchers. They made it maybe 50 feet before they were cut off by a cruiser and tackled. Of course we watched, its a small town and the officers were my neighbors, so they wanted a piece of these spoiled brats too.

    Everybody got their stuff back. GPS's, ipods, wallets... people leave a lot of stuff in their cars. It was really surprising how much the kids had stolen.
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    WHAT DID THEY TAKE?!?! was it the batteries?!?! they took the batteries and replaced them with s****Y half a**ed batteries! if we cant figure out what they took.. i want a divorce!!!!!

    lets see how many people get that reference

    seriously though.. i want tips by the guys who never get caught

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiefFox View Post
    WHAT DID THEY TAKE?!?! was it the batteries?!?! they took the batteries and replaced them with s****Y half a**ed batteries! if we cant figure out what they took.. i want a divorce!!!!!

    lets see how many people get that reference

    seriously though.. i want tips by the guys who never get caught

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    Quote Originally Posted by SC_Lawman View Post
    Also, non-keyed deadbolts directly on windowed doors????.
    Careful with that one. I've went to a fire call a good while back where one person died because they had doubled keyed deadbolts on the door....she evidently couldn't find her keys in the smoke. Children in those residences would likely be unable to get out as well. Most FD's recommend against those deadbolts in residences, for that reason.

    The smarter choice would be to eliminate the windows around the door.
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    Wasp spray may not be the best thing to use. from Snopes.com:

    The active ingredient in most wasp sprays are pyrethrins, compounds derived from a species of the chrysanthemum plant which penetrate the nervous systems of insects and kill them. Since wasp sprays are not formulated to be used directly on human beings, some critics maintain, they should not be employed as a form of non-lethal self-defense, as their safety and effectiveness for this purpose has not been sufficiently tested, and the toxic effects of pyrethrin could potentially be much more harmful than expected.

  11. Many jurisdictions specifically prohibit the use of any self-defense sprays other than pepper spray. The Michigan penal code penal code, for example, allows only:

    The reasonable use of a self-defense spray or foam device containing not more than 2% oleoresin capsicum by a person in the protection of a person or property under circumstances which would justify the person's use of physical force.

    (Additonally, most spray insecticide containers include warnings stating that "It is a violation of federal law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling.")

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    Quote Originally Posted by SC_Lawman View Post
    And keep those serial numbers so we can enter your stolen stuff into NCIC. I hate finding people with stuff I know is stolen, but the owner never recorded the serial numbers to their stuff.

    I spent 4 hours at my in-laws taking pictures of all their stuff & putting it on a disc.

    Also filled out one of these:

    In case your house is burned and you loose your disc here is a link to where your stuff can be securley logged on the internet. You can even upload pictures. My insurance company suggested this website:


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    Quote Originally Posted by DoesntPlayNice View Post
    I have been broken into before....don't know who did it the first 3 times but they had a key to our apartment.
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