Friday, February 5, 2010

Things your burglar won't tell you

From an email.

Your Security team is committed in keeping you safe at work as well as at home. Below is a list of things your burglar won’t tell but we will.

Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your
shutters or delivering your new refrigerator.

· 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.

· 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 computer gaming system they have.

· Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on your driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.

· If it snows while you're out of town, Virgin drifts in the driveway are dead giveaways. I look for car and foot tracks to the house. [Get a neighbor to create tracks to your house.]

· 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. And if your dead bolt has a thumb latch that’s great, now I can break the glass and enter by opening the door. Dead bolts that are keyed on both sides make it hard for me to enter.

· Some alarm company will alarm only some of your windows and doors. But I check all of them including windows on the second floor, which often access your master bedroom-and your jewelry. Most garage doors are not alarmed. I hate it when you have a good idea to put motion detectors there too.

· 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.

· 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.)

· Do you really think I won't look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.

· Helpful hint: I almost never go into kids' rooms.

· 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.

· I look for a house were no one is home. A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system. If I think you are home I will find another home to check. 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 at

· 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.

· The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.

· 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.

· I'm not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?

· I love looking in your windows. I'm looking for signs that you're home, and for flat screen TVs or computer 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.

· I look for you to announce your vacation on your Facebook page. It's easier than you think to look up your address.

· 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.

· If you don't answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.

· Give me a brake. Don’t listen to those KRMC Security Guys. When you are at work is when I will be checking on things.

Thank you for helping us in keeping you safe and secure,

KRMC Security Services
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