20 Things A Burglar Won’t Tell You

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Have you considered spending your hard-earned money on a home securityburglar-cartoon system?

Well, taking a look inside of a burglar’s mind just might help you make that decision. Consider the following musings of actual, experienced burglars and it just might help persuade your final thought process……….

Learn how to better protect yourself and your family with these insider secrets.

#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) – 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.)

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

#10) – 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.

#11) – 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.

#12) – 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 real television.

#13) – 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.

#14) – The two things I hate most….. loud dogs and nosy neighbors.

#15) – 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.

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

#17) – 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 my targets.

#18) – Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It’s easier than you think to look up your address.

#19) – 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.

#20) – If you don’t answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.

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Sources: Convicted burglars in North Carolina, Oregon, California, and Kentucky; security consultant Chris McGoey, who runs 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

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Ultimate Web Resource Directory

globe_in_flat_screen_monitorThis post has been a huge endeavor – Over 200 Entries – and features links to important information and resources for highly searched subjects as well as issues concerning consumer safety, emergency preparedness, medical help,child care, pet care, travel, entertainment, internet related help, government resources, economy minded sites, coupons, do-it-yourself tutorials, consumer reports, school resources, real estate, lots of reference sites to many different subjects, and the list goes on ….. Many of the referral sites are FREE while others are CHEAP. I’ve visited about 95% of the sites listed here at one time or another as I’ve been keeping track of some of the better or more interesting or informative ones. I’ve tried to avoid sites with too much interference of annoying ads or ramblings away from the subject initially sought after.

Lots of FREE information located within this directory

that could save you plenty of money, lots of time,

and probably some stress too!


 

Air Quality –

Airline & Vacation Package Discounts –

Airline Directory/Locator (International) – 

Airport Directory/Guide (International) –

Alternative Medicine –

AMTRAK Schedule & Information –

Amusement Parks/Theme Park/Water Parks Directory –

Antiques & Collectibles – Value/Price Guide

Apartment Rentals Nationwide –

Auctions & Marketplaces To Buy/Sell Online –

Auto Insurance Comparisons –

Auto Repair Directory/Locator –

Auto Repair Manuals (Online Resource)

Auto Safety – Government Site –

Baby/Infant Care –

Baby Names/Meanings –

Bartender Guide To Drinks –

Blog Listing Directory/Locator

Blog: FREE Blog Sites

Book Reviews/Best Sellers

Book Stores: Independently-Owned Store Locator –

Bus Travel – Greyhound –

Bus Tours/Charters Directory –

Calendar/Scheduler/Customize – Perpetual (printable)

Calorie Counter –

Campground & RV Park Directory –

Car Purchasing Online –

Car Buying Online + Reviews/Ratings –

Car Buyers Guide –

Car Values – Kelley Blue Book –

Casinos Online Directory/Reviews –

Celebrity Obituary Listings –

Celebrity Gossip/Online Tabloids  –

Cell Phone Directory FREE – 

Cell Phone Reviews –

Cheap Gas Locator –

Child Care Resources –

Children’s Activities & Projects Resource –

Classified Advertising Online –

Clip Art FREE Online –

Coffee Houses: Independently-Owned Store Locator –

Coin Exchange/Redemption Locator-

Cold & Flu Remedies –

College Textbooks (Buy/Sell) – CHEAP –

Computer/Internet Download Applications – FREE

Computer Spyware Detector & Eliminator – FREE & SAFE

Concert & Event Locator/Directory –

Consumer Complaints/Protection/Warranty – Federal Trade Commission –

Consumer Product Ratings & Reviews –

Consumer Safety/ Product Recall Lists –

Contractor Directory/Listings  –

Computer Repair Directory  –

Conversion Charts/Lists (For Almost Everything)

Coupons Books for Entertainment & Dining Discounts –

Coupons for Groceries & Merchandise – FREE & Printable

Credit Card Search (Compare Before You Apply)

Currency Converter – World Curency

Daily Almanac –

Debit Cards – Prepaid (Comparisons) – 

Dentist Directory –

Dictionary Online –

Diet Plans (Listings/Reviews) FREE  –

Directory Assistance FREE Phone Numbers (Free 411) –

DMV National Directory/Guide –

(for Driving Laws/Requirements/Education/Records/Traffic Schools)

Do-It-Yourself: Auto Repair –

Do-It-Yourself: Computer Repair –

Do-It-Yourself: Home Repair Projects (by category)

“Do Not Call” Registry –

Doctor/Physician Directory/Locator (by Specialty) –

Drug/Pill Reference Guide –

Earthquake Information & Recent Activity

Emergency National Hotlines –

Emergency Preparedness –

Encyclopedia Online –

Facts (in general)

Fair & Event Directory (State/County/District/Regional) –

Farmer’s Almanac –

Fast Food & Restaurant Promotions/Discounts/Freebies

Fast Food Finder + Health & Nutrition Guide

Fire Information/National Logistical Support Center –

Fire – Cal Fire – California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection –

Flea Market & Swap Meet Directory –

Food & Drug Administration –

Food Poisoning –

FREE Stuff – Freebies Online –

Fruit & Vegetable Nutrition Guide –

Gardening Guide – 

Going Green

Gold & Silver Exchange Rates –

Government: FREE Information Source –

Government: FREE Publications & Resources –

Government Grants/Loans Directory & Guide –

Government Reference Guide –

Government – The White House –

Health Insurance/Health Care Plan  Comparisons –

Highway Travel Sources – 

Hippy Communes Directory Locator –

Home/House Insurance Company Comparisons –

Home Makeovers – HGTV

Home Solutions Using Alternative Products

Image/Picture Search Engine –

Identity Theft Resources –

Identity Theft Protection Service (Reviews/Ratings/Compare)

Indian Casino Directory –

Internet Domain Registration Sites –

Internet On The Go – Wireless Internet Provider Info –

ISP: Internet Service Provider Directory –

ISP: Internet Service Provider Reviews –

Job/Employment Search Directory –

Jokes/Funnies Online –

Kids Health (All Issues About Growing Up) –

Learn To Draw Online –

Legal Forms Online FREE –

Legal Reference Directory/Law Guide –

Life Insurance Comparisons –

Make At Home Products

Maps Online

Marathon Listings/Schedule –

Master Card Global ATM Locator – 

Medical Dictionary/Encyclopedia –

Missing & Runaway Children/Teens  –

Movie & Theater Listings/Showtimes –

Movie Search & Reviews –

Movies Theaters: Independently-Owned Theater Locator –

Music Charts (American & International)

Music Charts (Indie/International)

Music Research/Song Information

National Parks –

Native American/Indian SuperSite (Tribes/Events/Casinos) –

Newspapers Online Directory (Worldwide) FREE –

Nutrition Facts/Understanding Food Labels –

Obituary Notices – Online Reference –

Online Free Games –

Parents Guide/Parenting –

Pawn Shop Directory/Locator –

Pet Care Resource –

Pet Pharmacy Online –

Phone: FREE 411 – Directory Assistance  –

Phone: FREE – Number Search/People/Business/Directory/Area Code/Zip Code –

Phone: FREE – Reverse Phone Look-Up –

Phone: FREE – Mobile Phone Information Services –

(including Traffic/Weather/Travel/Directions/Movies/News/Sports)

Phone: Toll Free Directory Assistance (800 Number Look-Ups) –

Phone Service – CHEAP – Internet-Based –

Photography Guide

Product Safety Recalls –

Public Records Directory –

Questions & Answers –

Radio Station Worldwide Locator –

Real Estate Finder/MLS Listings –

Recipes Online FREE –

Recycling Guide/Directory/Locator

Religion Facts & Comparisons  –

Reservations Online – Lodging –

Restaurant Directory/Locator –

Retirement Communities Directory/Locator

Road Conditions/Closures (National) –

Road Trip Travel Guide/Unusual Tourist Attractions –

Scam Checking/Reporting –

School Alumni/Reunions –

School Directory Nationwide –

Search Engine List/Directory –

Senior Services –

Slang Dictionary/Reference –

Social Networking Online / Listings-

Solar Energy

Sound F/X Directory –

Sports Almanac & Encyclopedia

Stocks

Stores That Accept Competitors Coupons –

Suicide Prevetion Hotline –

Summer Camp Directory/Locator

Swine Flu Info/Updates – (CDC) Center For Disease Control & Prevention –

Swine Flu Info/Updates – (WHO) World Health Organization –

Taxi Service Directory/Reservations Online (National) –

Teen Issues –

Texting Lingo Glossary –

Thrift Store Locator –

Tourism Information/Offices Directory (National/Worldwide) –

Trade School Directory –

Trade Show Directory –

Translator – Full Text/Web Page Translator

Travel Discount Reservations –

Travel Guides/Information Resource –

Travel Guides (Order Online/FREE by mail) –

Trivia & Fun Stuff –

Troubled Teens (Advice/Info) –

Truck Stop Directory/Locator FREE –

TV Online – Watch FREE –

TV Online – Watch FREE – Major Networks –

TV Program Schedules –

TV Reception Problems/DTV Info –

Urban Legends, Myths & Rumors –

Useless Information –

US Cities & Towns Profiled/Info –

Vegetarian Food Source

Video Game Cheats/Tips/Tricks –

Video Game System Repair –

Video Rentals CHEAP –

Video Sharing Sites Online –

VISA Global ATM Locator –

Vitamin Guide –

Weather Service/Forecasts –

Web Browsers Guide –

Web Image Hosting/Sharing Sites – FREE –

Websites: Domain & Hosting Sites –

Websites: FREE Domain & Hosting Sites –

WiFi Hot Spot Directory (National)  –

Wireless Internet Provider Information –

World Records –

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