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

1. It’s raining, you’re fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door. That’s understandable. However, understand this. I don’t take a day off because of bad weather.

2. I always knock first. If you answer, I’ll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters (but don’t take me up on it).

3. Do you really think I won’t look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table and the medicine cabinet.

4. Here’s a helpful hint – I almost never go into kids’ rooms.

5. You are right. I won’t have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. If it’s not bolted down, I’ll take it with me.

6. 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 device ($35) that works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real television. (Find it at

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