Burglars – like other thieves, thugs and bad guys – do not like getting caught. So they are always on the lookout for dwellings that they can get in and out of easily and quickly. There are things that some homeowners and apartment doellers do that make a burglar's job so much easier. These are things that burglars like to keep secret so that you'll continue to do them. Well … too bad. We're sharing some of them here.
Where to Hide Valuables
Think your valuables are safe in your sock drawer, or in a zip-lock bag in your freezer? I used to think that, too. But, they are not. Your burgar will most likely check your dresser drawers, your bedside table, your freezer and your medicine cabinet. He rarely goes into kids' rooms. Also, since he will not have enough time to break into the safe where you keep your valuables, he'll take it with him, unless it's bolted down.
Be creative when hiding your valuables:
If you have book shelves, buy a used book (that matches the type and style of books on your shelves) and hollow it out. There are ready-made book safes available for purchase, but do not buy one without it looks like a real book and matches the style of your other books. Otherwise, it'll stick out like a sore thumb.
You can buy diversion safes that look like electrical outlets, soup cans, household cleaners, etc. But only use these if they look realistic and not out of place. Put valuables that you do not use / need very often in a safety deposit box. Purchase a good safe that can be bolted down, or is too heavy to carry.
Light Up Your World
Your burgar does not want to be seen, so he hates light. When he sees a home that has lights blazing near the doors / windows and in the yard, he 'll likely pass it up for a different target. Motion lights scare him. Not only do they shine a light on him, they also alert you that he is there. Yah … he hates that. He loves homes that are dark at night. He can do his job without anyone knowing.
Put lights up outside your home. Illuminate areas around doors, windows, and blind spots. Install the lights high up on the exterior walls so they can not be easily disabled. Be sure motion-sensor lights are in the right position so they will pop on when you want them to. Also, light up the yard, not just your home.
Your burgar likes breaking into homes that are unoccupied. It gives him more time to steal your stuff. If he can tell that there's no one home – and it's pretty easy for him to tell – he may put your home on his job list.
Make it looks like someone is home, even if you will only be gone a few hours:
Tune your radio to a weather or all-talk station and leave it on. Use a volume level that can just barely be heard from outside of your home. It will provide the illusion of muffled voices and will sound like people are inside.
Leave the TV on. Or use a TV Simulator Light which uses random patterns of flickering lights to match that of a TV. (Available online and not very expensive.) Just make sure your drapes are closed so your burglar can not see that it's just a light.
If you'll be gone for several days, remember to stop the newspaper and mail delivery. Have a friend / neighbor shovel your driveway in winter, mow your grass in summer, remove flyers from your door and / or bring your garbage cans up away from the curve. Your burglar will notice those things! (In fact, your burglar may put a flyer on your door himself.) If it's still there a few days later, he'll figure no one's home and that's safe to break in.)
Put lights on timers in various rooms in the house. Do not just use one light on one timer. It's a dead giveaway that no one is home. Use several lights, in several rooms, set at different times, to mimic lighting in an occupied home.
Hiding House Keys
Remember that awesome "6 Places to Hide Your House Key" video that you saw online? Yah … your burglar saw it, too. He knows all of the "special" hiding places for keys.
Do not hide keys outside your home. If you really need to have a spare key around, leave it with a neighbor or friend.
These are just a few of the secrets that your burglar wants to keep to himself. But do not worry. We'll be posting more articles about things your burglar does not want you to know.