Things Your Burglar Won’t Tell You - First in a Series

1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.

2. 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.

3. The two things I hate most – loud dogs and nosy neighbors.

4. 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.

5. I love looking in your windows 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.

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

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

8. 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.

Source: Information was gathered by Chris McGoey (www.crimedoctor.com) and Professor Richard T. Wright through interviews with convicted burglars.