on Feb 12, 2012 @ 11:05 am|
I know it's long, but it's worth the read if it saves your life!!
THINGS YOUR BURGLAR WON'T TELL YOU. Read all the way to the end. You just might learn something that will save your home from being burglarized.
I am particularly interested in the part about the wasp spray...
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. 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.
9. 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.)
11. Here's a helpful hint: I almost never go into kids' rooms.
12. 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.
13. 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. (Find itathttp ://www.faketv/.com/)
8 MORE THINGS A BURGLAR WON'T TELL YOU:
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. Parents: caution your kids about this. You see this every day.
8. If you don't answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.
A friend who is a receptionist in a church in a high risk area was concerned about someone coming into the office on Monday to rob them when they were counting the collection. She asked the local police department about using pepper spray and they recommended to her that she get a can of wasp spray instead.
The wasp spray, they told her, can shoot up to twenty feet away and is a lot more accurate, while with the pepper spray, they have to get too close to you and could overpower you. The wasp spray temporarily blinds an attacker until they get to the hospital for an antidote. She keeps a can on her desk in the office and it doesn't attract attention from people like a can of pepper spray would. She also keeps one nearby at home for home protection... Thought this was interesting and might be of use.
FROM ANOTHER SOURCE:
Val Glinka teaches self-defense to students at Sylvania SouthviewHigh School . For decades, he's suggested putting a can of wasp and hornet spray near your door or bed.
"That's going to give you a chance to call the police; maybe get out." Maybe even save a life.
Put your car keys beside your bed at night.
If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies. This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: It's a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage. If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar/rapist won't stick around. After a few seconds all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won't want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there. This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime.
This would also be useful for any emergency, such as a heart attack, where you can't reach a phone. My Mom has suggested to my Dad that he carry his car keys with him in case he falls outside and she doesn't hear him. He can activate the car alarm and then she'll know there's a problem.
Please pass this on even if you've read it before. It's a reminder.
Please share this with all the people in your life.
|Great! on Feb 13, 2012 @ 05:01 pm|
Thanks for the tips! I'll share with everyone I know :)
|really great advice! on Feb 13, 2012 @ 05:30 pm|
This is really good advice. I have never thought about wasp spray but it makes perfect sense! We just used some last summer to get rid of a big nest and (a) it was really effective on the wasps and (b) it really does shoot about 20 feet. Also it's not illegal in most places where pepper spray and mace would be - get it at any hardware or grocery store in the pest control aisle.
I also really like the idea of the panic button on your car. Everyone perks up when a car alarm is going off for an extended time, especially nosy neighbours.
The tip about a loud radio and/or TV is very good. We do this all the time. We also have dogs (but that may not be realistic for every family). Our dogs are on the radio collar system so they can roam freely and all the way around our house. Go ahead bad guys and cut the power. Then they'll be able to chase your butt all the way back to your unmarked panel van. Seriously, please try.
And yes - PLEASE people, stop posting on Facebook or twitter that you're going out of town! There are too many people who have mind-blowing amounts of personal information on there that really, is NOBODY'S BUSINESS. If you are posting for your family's sake, they already know your address and phone number. They already know the real names and birthdates of your kids. You don't need to give this information away to stalkers and thieves. If you are doing it for the sake of people you don't know in real life (like internet friends) or people you are reconnecting with after a long time apart, that is what the private messaging is for. Stop posting on your walls! If you want to tell everyone about your amazing trip to the Bahamas, for goodness sakes--they can hear about it after you get back. Why would you risk your family's safety and your valuable possessions just for the sake of real-time updates?
Okay, getting off my soap box now so y'all can tell me I'm paranoid :)
|I second that mamaluv!! on Feb 14, 2012 @ 08:35 am|
I don't go on face book very often, but when I do I can't get over how
|Thanks! on Feb 14, 2012 @ 10:08 am|
Great tips! Thank you! I live alone in Toronto and have often wondered what I would do if someone tried to get into my house! I'm going to get wasp spray. :)