So you think your house is a fortress and that nobody in their right mind would break in?  Wrong, think again. According to a one-time member of the Dinner Set Gang, A retired professional thief who served 11 years in prison because one of their own members turned him in.  Walter T.  Shaw says, “a few tweaks here and changes there will fortify your house

If you’re going to go on vacation don’t tell everyone in the world you’re going.   People don’t often think about it but telling complete strangers you’re heading out of town through casual conversation happens all the time.  Most people when they are going on vacation might mention it to people they have never met before, for instance, telling the cashier when she asked you ” Have any big plans?” “Yep we are going on vacation, and you don’t know them from Adam.    Shaw says, “thieves  deploy informants everywhere.” In fact, some of Shaw’s best tipsters were carpet installers, hairstylists and bank workers. “These folks were often told about a customer’s upcoming trip and gave us the details, making it very easy to plan our ‘visit’ to the house,” he says.
Ever drive by a house and see the famous security sign sticking out in the flowerbed, of course you have.    People don’t think about sticking that sign in the backyard.    Where do you think most thieves enter from? They don’t enter through the front door; that’s too obvious.    Post some other signs saying this house is protected by video surveillance, or sensors.  This is a thief’s worst nightmare, the last thing they want is to be caught on camera.   A Thief will think twice about entering your house if he/she sees this.    If you at home activate your alarm, especially when you retire during the night.   To Shaw, 90 percent of the homes he robbed between 1969 and 1980 had alarms that were not on with people inside the house.

House Isn’t Secure During the Day

Don’t ever under estimate a thief’s timing, just because it’s daylight out doesn’t mean they won’t burglarize your home.  Think about it for a second; husband is at work; the kids are at school or the wife is holding a second job or running kids around or at the supermarket.    A True fact more and more thieves are pulling off daytime jobs than ever before Residential Crime Statistics.

House Doorbell

Fix your doorbell, most experienced thieves will ring the doorbell to see if anyone is home.    If it’s broken you can’t hear or tell if there is thief posing as a solicitor at your door.  Junkies looking for a quick fix will often apply for a solicitor’s license just to case a neighborhood to see who’s home and who isn’t.    An empty house is an inviting one to a burglar.   As a dog owner, I do not discourage barking, because my small 15-pound dog tells me when there is someone around that shouldn’t be.  I don’t care if it’s the local bug’s bunny looking for a carrot, I want to know when something or someone is around my house.   People that have guests to the door are definitely greeted by an annoying high pitch bark and even when I feel it’s safe to let them in the dog continues to bark until she feels that person isn’t a threat.

So guess what room a thief hits first?   The master bedroom, if you’re going to keep things safe, it’s best to keep them in the kitchen.  It’s the last place a thief will look because it’s usually at the back of the house or middle of the house.   The number-one concern; besides being caught?  Is the time it takes him to get in and out!  When you throw the trash away be careful what you reveal in the middle of the Alley, things like flat screen boxes, computer boxes, etc….. are things that let a thief know what you have in your house.  Just as an Identity thief would go through your trash to get relevant information, a house burglar will go through your trash to see what you have in your house.  Take a box cutter and slice those boxes into tiny pieces and put them in a trash bag and make sure you shred junk mail .. it’s an Identity thief’s gold mind.

So, think your house is a fortress and a burglar would have to be out of his/her mind to try to enter your home uninvited?  Wrong, and think again.  According to a one-time member of the Dinner Set Gang, A retired professional thief who served 11 years in prison because one of their members turned him in.  Walter T.  Shaw says, “a few tweaks here and changes there will fortify your house

If you are going to go on vacation, don’t tell everyone in the world you are going.   People do not often think about it but telling complete strangers you are heading out of town through casual conversation happens all the time.  Most people when they are going on vacation might mention it to people they had never met before, for instance, telling the cashier when she asked you ” Have any big plans?” “Yep we are going on vacation, and you do not know them from Adam.    Shaw says, “thieves  deploy informants everywhere.” In fact, some of Shaw’s best tipsters were carpet installers, hairstylists, and bank workers. “These folks for a sum of money told us about the upcoming trip and gave us the details, making it very easy to plan our ‘visit’ to the house,” he says.

Ever drive by a house and see the famous security sign sticking out in the flowerbed, of course, you have.    People do not think about holding that sign in the backyard.    Most thieves enter a residence from the back door.  They do not come through the front door; that is too obvious.    Posting signs that display “Protection by video surveillance or sensors”.  This is a thief’s worst nightmare, the last thing they want is to do is end up on the six o’clock news on camera.   A Thief will think twice about entering your house if he/she sees this.    If you are home, activate your alarm, especially when you retire for the night.   To Shaw, 90 percent of the homes he robbed between 1969 and 1980 had alarms that were not on with people inside the house.

House is not Secure During the Day

Don’t ever underestimate a thief’s timing, daylight does not stop a fox from entering a hen house. Think about it for a second; husband is at work; the kids are at school, or the wife is holding a second job or running kids around or at the supermarket.    A fact more and more thieves are pulling off daytime jobs than ever before Residential Crime Statistics.

House Doorbell

Fix your doorbell, most experienced thieves will ring the doorbell to see if anyone is home.    A broken doorbell, you have no warning whatsoever, unless you have a small dog who barks at the drop of a hat.  Junkies looking for a quick fix will often apply for a solicitor’s license just to scope out the neighborhood; to see who’s home and who isn’t.    Watch for people distributing flyers, I had one walk in the front door, now luckily, I had a female dog meaner than snake standing there just growling, it caught my attention.  An empty house is an intriguing offer to a burglar.   As a dog owner, I do not discourage barking, because my small 15-pound dog tells me when there is someone around that should not be.  I do not care if it is the resident rabbit hopping through the yard; I want to know when something or someone is around my house.   Even people or guests you know will look forward to that annoying high pitch bark and even when I feel it is safe to let them in, the dog continues to bark until she feels that person is not a threat.  Dogs are a good judge of character.

So guess what room a thief hits first?   The master bedroom, if you are going to keep things safe,  it is best to keep them in the kitchen.  It is the last place a thief will look because it is usually in the middle or back of the house.   The number-one concern; besides being caught?  Is the time it takes him to get in and out!  When you throw the trash away be careful what you reveal in the middle of the Alley.  Break down your boxes,  use a box cutter and slice those boxes into tiny pieces and put them in a trash bag and make sure you shred junk mail. It is an Identity thief’s gold mind. Things like flat screen boxes, computer boxes, are things that let a thief know what you have in your house.  A house burglar will take the time to see what you have in your house.  While on the subject, pay attention to your surroundings such as;

  • Different cars, vans
  • Contract workers in the neighborhood.

Don’t be afraid to approach an unknown visitor and ask them what they are doing in the area.

House Security and Common Sense

Collect those piled up newspapers and catalogs off the front porch, don’t leave them out on the front step; that is a beacon to let a thief know you are not at home. Beforehand, make arrangements with a neighbor to collect them and buy yourself timers for your interior/exterior lights, and TV.  Come to think of it, purchase a timer for your master bedroom lights and TV as well.

If a fox has the chance your chickens will come up missing.  Mitigate risk and  .. remember these valuable tips and your house will be less of a target to a thief.  If you would like helpful tips on the matter contact this group.  I have worked with them in the past they are very professional.   Having issues and need help contact us.