I live in Greenfield with my husband and cat. I work full time. Frugality and simplicity have been a part of my life long before they became popular and it has made life a lot less stressful. I love volunteering, home improvement/decorating, crafting and gardening.
Recently, a friend of mine had her home broken into during the day while no one was home. Fortunately, an observant and smart neighbor figured that something was wrong and contacted the police. The burgler was caught and my friend got everything back, as did some other neighbors who had also had their homes broken into.
Here are some "tips" from a burgler that I found on a blog I read:
A lot of people ask me why I do what I do, and why I haven't
been caught yet. Do you know what I tell them? Because people
don't realize how easy they make it for me. I shouldn't be
doing this, but I need a challenge!
Here's what I'm looking for to make your house my next target:
- Before picking a house, I have to scope the whole
neighborhood. To do this, I'm not going to be walking in the
traditional cat burglar uniform. I'm going to be walking
around with a rake or dressed up as the cable, electric, or
phone repairman. In some cases, I even post a flier on your
door for a closer look. Usually my work hours are from 8AM-
11AM. I want to avoid any kind of confrontation.
- I like high privacy fences. This way, your pesky neighbors
can't sneak up on me or call the police. I also look for any
sort of high vegetation, like trees or shrubbery, covering
your windows. This way, they can't see me break your window. I
prefer lots of cover.
- Toys or playground equipment in your yard are signs that
kids live there, which to me equals a mother lives there and
"cha-ching" that means jewelry.
- I'll post a flyer on your door to get a closer look of your
home. I'm also checking to see if you have a burglar alarm.
Here's how I break into your home:
- I'll knock on your door to see if anyone is home. If someone
answers the door, I'll just come up with some bogus story.
- I'm going to check if the front or back door is unlocked.
Sometimes people usually hide a key somewhere easy to access.
- If I can't find a key, I will check the windows. If worse
comes to worse, I'll just smash a window.
- I can also get into a home through your doors using my
- If I can't make it into your house in one minute, I just
move onto the next one.
Now here's what I'm doing once I'm inside your home:
- I always use the same search pattern. I go straight to the
master bedroom. I look for cash, jewelry, or anything that
might be valuable. People often make the mistake of leaving
money or jewelry in the most common areas. I'll even look
under the bed and in your closets.
- I'm always listening for outside noises. It's a sixth sense.
- I check your bathroom medicine cabinets for any narcotic
prescriptions. Pills are easy money.
- I'm going to check your kitchen and living room for
electronics, credit cards, car keys, and personal information.
- After I have gathered everything I need, I call my backup
driver to meet me so we can load up all the goods in the car
- Once I have loaded all the goods, my associate and I drive
away to the next target. It's a never-ending cycle.
And that's it folks. It usually takes me about eight to twelve
minutes to get in and out of your home. It's as easy as that!
In closing, there are a lot of things that you can do to avoid
someone like me. A security system is a no-brainer. If that's
not an option, leaving a TV or stereo on during the day
usually helps someone like me avoid your home. This usually
indicates someone is home. Also most burglars won't even
attempt entry if they know there's a large dog in the home.
In closing, I'd like to say that we had several motion detector lights on our garage and house when we lived in West Allis. We live in a condo now and we also have a motion detector light near our front door and dusk to dawn lights near the garages. We know for a fact that in West Allis, those lights stopped many a "no good intentions person" from attempting to break into our home. Good, watchful neighbors are wonderful, as well.