WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2013
This is an email that keeps floating around. I reread it and realized our appliance guy just used our bathroom so I immediately went over to check the windows because this email reminded me so if it helps you, here goes.
THIRTEEN THINGS YOUR BURGLAR WON'T TELL YOU:
I am particularly interested in the part about the wasp spray...
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. 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
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
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
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
8. 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 , and Kentucky ; security consultant Chris
McGoey, who runs http://www.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:
Did you know wasp spray can be a protection ?
A friend who is a receptionist in a church in a high risk area was concerned about someone coming into the office
on Monday to rob them when they were counting the collection. She asked the local police department about using
pepper spray and they recommended to her that she get a can of wasp spray instead.
The wasp spray, they told her, can shoot up to twenty feet away and is a lot more accurate, while with the pepper
spray, they have to get too close to you and could overpower you. The wasp spray temporarily blinds an attacker
until they get to the hospital for an antidote. She keeps a can on her desk in the office and it doesn't attract
attention from people like a can of pepper spray would. She also keeps one nearby at home for home protection.
Thought this was interesting and might be of use.
FROM ANOTHER SOURCE
On the heels of a break-in and beating that left an elderly woman in Toledo dead, self-defense experts have a tip
that could save your life.
Val Glinka teaches self-defense to students at Sylvania Southview High School . For decades, he's suggested
putting a can of wasp and hornet spray near your door or bed.
Glinka says, "This is better than anything I can teach them."
Glinka considers it 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, Glinka says, "spray the culprit in the eyes".
It's a tip he's given to students for decades. It's also one he wants everyone to hear. If you're looking for
protection, Glinka says look to the spray.
"That's going to give you a chance to call the police; maybe get out."
Maybe even save a life.
Put your car keys beside your bed at night.
Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents, your Dr.'s office, the check-out girl at the
market, everyone you run across. Put your car keys beside your bed at night.
If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your
car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car
battery dies. This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you
start to put your keys away, think of this: It's a security alarm system that you probably already have and
requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking
until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in
your driveway or garage. If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the
burglar/rapist won't stick around. After a few seconds all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see
who is out there and sure enough the criminal won't want
that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way
there. This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse
P.S. I am sending this to everyone I know because I think it is fantastic. Would also be useful for any emergency,
such as a heart attack, where you can't reach a phone. My Mom has suggested to my Dad that he carry his car keys
with him in case he falls outside and she doesn't hear him. He can activate the car alarm and then she'll know
there's a problem.
Please pass this on even IF you've read it before. It's a reminder.
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