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Friends and neighbors, if you are traveling for summer vacation take note of this insightful post about burglars:



My mom forwarded this email to me...some interesting info and great information.....


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. 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.)
> 10. Do you really think I won't look in your sock drawer? I always check
> dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.
> 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 it athttp://www.faketv.com/)
> 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
> 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
> Protection for you and your home:
> If you don't have a gun, here's a more humane way to wreck someone's evil
> plans for you. (I guess I can get rid of the baseball bat.):
> 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.
> On the heels of a break in and beating that left an elderly woman in Toledo
> dead, self defense experts have a tip that could save your life.
> Val Glinka teaches self-defense to students at Sylvania Southview High
> School . For decades, he's suggested putting a can of wasp and hornet spray
> near your door or bed.
> Glinka says, "This is better than anything I can teach them."
> Glinka considers it inexpensive, easy to find, and more effective than mace
> or pepper spray. The cans typically shoot 20 to 30 feet; so if someone tries
> to break into your home, Glinka says, "spray the culprit in the eyes". It's
> a tip he's given to students for decades. It's also one he wants everyone to
> hear. If you're looking for protection, Glinka says look to the spray.
> "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
> Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents, your Dr's
> office, the check-out girl at the market, everyone you run across. 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.
> P.S. I am sending this to everyone I know because I think it is fantastic.
> 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.



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Comment balloon 6 commentsKathryn Acciari • July 18 2010 11:51PM


Hi Kathryn,  thanks for the excellent advice on dealing with the bad guys!

Posted by Dan Edward Phillips, Realtor and Broker/Owner (Dan Edward Phillips) over 10 years ago

Good tips. I had not heard the one about wasp spray. I've also heard folks using a tape of barking dogs on a continuous loop to 'hint' at having them inside the home.

Posted by Mike Mayer (Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC) over 10 years ago

Hadn't seen this one before.  Posting vacation info on Facebook is just a bad idea.  Some other things I hadn't thought of here, like the location of the alarm pad.

Posted by Stanton Homes, Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina (Stanton Homes - New Home Builder) over 10 years ago

Good information to share with everyone, even if you're not on vacation these are great tips.

Posted by Lee & Carol Barbour, REALTORS, Mountain Living Team in Murphy NC and North GA (Murphy and Hayesville, NC; Hiawassee, Blairsville, Blue Ridge GA) over 10 years ago

Thanks for posting this information, I will be sure to pass it on 

Posted by Ed Newman (Alamo Infrared, LLC) over 10 years ago

Dan:  You're welcome - I hope you can use some of these tips.

Mike:  The wasp spray is new to me too.  Barking dogs on tape - that is a great idea.

Penny:  A lot of my friends talk about their upcoming vacations on FB, and I wish they would not do so.

Lee and Carol:  Definitely.  These can be helpful any day of the year.

Ed:  Please do share with friends and clients.

Posted by Kathryn Acciari, Brand Ambassador and Business Coach (Century 21 Real Estate) over 10 years ago