Best of 2012: Top Thirteen Secrets Your Burglar Won’t Tell You

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It’s hard to believe 2012 has come to end. Just yesterday we were wrapping up 2011. After such a busy year with so many blog posts, we know a few might have been overlooked. We’re taking this time to reconnect with some of our more popular posts in our new series, “The Best of 2012.” We evaluated over 550 posts, and picking the first was harder than one might think.

Reading home security tips offered by convicted burglars has always been a focus here at FrontPoint and in Peter’s personal research. I personally always feel better knowing that these criminals were caught and served time for their misdeeds.

An article early 2012 that made the rounds contains some great security tips from the intruder’s point of view. A couple of Security Consultants took it upon themselves to pick the burglar’s brains to see how our homes look to a potential intruder. While you can find several of these lists on the web, we liked this one enough to pass it on. Plus, it’s always good to know how the bad guys see the world.

Security consultant Chris McGoey and Professor Richard Wright interviewed 105 convicted burglars who gave several points of what they looked for before breaking into a home. It apparently was posted on the Internet and one of our readers forwarded it for everyone’s benefit. The article was titled “Thirteen Secrets Your Burglar Won’t Tell You.”

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 flier 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.

As one might expect, we had a small problem with this last one! Most home intrusions happen during the day, and if the burglar is going to knock anyway to see if you are home (see #9), then the radio or TV as a simple noisemaker may not be much help. And when the burglar does break in, only a monitored alarm system can dispatch police to your home.

The last secret above also ignores several clear advantages of today’s fully featured system: round-the-clock fire and environmental monitoring, remote control of arming and disarming, text and email notifications, free mobile apps, video services, and even remote control of lights, locks, and thermostats. Companies like FrontPoint that sell the latest technology have evolved way beyond the standard intrusion protection referenced above. They offer true peace of mind.

That being said, with a burglary taking place every 14 seconds in the US, we really do need to start with intrusion protection, provided by a monitored home alarm system – especially one with safer cellular monitoring. FrontPoint specializes in these systems: as the national leader in wireless home security systems, and the #1 ranked alarm company in the US, providing a virtually unbeatable system is our commitment to our customers.

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  1. Anonymous Hope

    I have been plagued with petty theft in our Mobile Home Community over the last year. I have made two police reports, alerted management than someone is coming in my home when I’m not here. Your thoughts by a burglar were and are helpful as I seek an alternative to protect my valuables. So many lifelong treasures are gone….a lifetime of memories attached to them from all over the world. I hope I can find a way to financially afford your system. Thank you for your insights…

    • Peter M. Rogers

      Thanks so much for your comment, and we’re very sorry to hear what has happened to you. It’s truly a shame that our possessions are ours only until someone decides to take them from us – especially when the objects have strong sentimental value. You have our sympathy – and hopefully we can work together to make you feel more safe and secure in your environment.

  2. Anonymous Hope

    I have been plagued with petty theft in our Mobile Home Community over the last year. I have made two police reports, alerted management than someone is coming in my home when I’m not here. Your thoughts by a burglar were and are helpful as I seek an alternative to protect my valuables. So many lifelong treasures are gone….a lifetime of memories attached to them from all over the world. I hope I can find a way to financially afford your system. Thank you for your insights…

    • Peter M. Rogers

      Thanks so much for your comment, and we’re very sorry to hear what has happened to you. It’s truly a shame that our possessions are ours only until someone decides to take them from us – especially when the objects have strong sentimental value. You have our sympathy – and hopefully we can work together to make you feel more safe and secure in your environment.

  3. Grant Copple

    Really like this information.

    • Cassandra Dobkins

      Thanks so much Grant – we appreciate your comment. It’s important to know get “inside the head of the burglar” to find out what they are thinking.

  4. Grant Copple

    Really like this information.

    • Cassandra Dobkins

      Thanks so much Grant – we appreciate your comment. It’s important to know get “inside the head of the burglar” to find out what they are thinking.

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