1. 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.
2. The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.
3. 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.
4. I'm not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy
alarm system and leave your house without setting it?
5. 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.
6. Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It's easier
than you think to look up your address.
7. 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.
8. If you don't answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit
the jackpot and walk right in.
Sources: Convicted burglars in North Carolina, Oregon, California, and
Kentucky ; security consultant Chris McGoey, who runs
http://www.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
*Article from Single Parents Unite