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

1. Thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.

2. Love your flowers -- tells me you have good taste and good taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out make me wonder what type of gaming system they have – hopefully the latest X-box.

3. I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. I might also leave a pizza flyer on your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.

4. 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 (but I like easy!).

5. And speaking of alarms, a good security company alarms the window over the sink, 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.

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

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