I don’t know about the rest of you targets, but I have break-ins to my apartment every day. This is from an article I found in “The Sunday”, a Vegas weekly. The article is by Joe Schoenmann, staff writer. And he interviewed an ex-burglar by the name of Tom.
And this is Tom’s advise:
The best deterrents are things that slow down a burglar. If Tom thought a job would take him more than two minutes, he wouldn’t do it. “It only takes a couple seconds to get into the yard, a few seconds when nobody’s looking, a few seconds to get in the house.” Tom said. “Two minutes. Get what you want, and get out.”
If your fridge has beer in it, and a burglar with Tom’s sensibilities breaks in, kiss the beer goodbye. “I’d always take the beer,” he said. “Kind of my ‘eff-you’ calling card.”
1. Get a dog. A snatch-and-grab burglar isn’t going to take the time to see if he can put a watchdog to sleep by feeding it a hamburger full of sleeping pills. He’ll move on to the next house.
2. Lock everything. Lock your windows and doors. Lock your car. At night, lock your bike. Locks have existed for centuries for one reason: They deter criminals.
3. Put a wooden dowel in the track of a sliding glass door to stop the door from sliding. Otherwise, the doors can easily be pried open.
4. Invest in video cameras. Tom said a good four-camera system costs about $150. Smartphone apps can connect your home surveillance system to your phone and video can help police catch the criminal if your house is burglarized. “HD video is so clear, police who patrol the area can usually recognize who it is right away,” Tom said.
5. Get to know your neighbors. Post details about suspicious activity on neighborhood websites and social media.
WHAT DOESN”T WORK:
Don’t hide cash in a freezer or refrigerator. Burglars know to look there. Closets and night stands also are common hiding places.
Alarm Systems are hit and miss. Tom said they never scared him much. He’d be gone long before private security company employees arrived.
And by the way, Tom, who lives in Las Vegas, was never caught. He’s now a good family man and doesn’t steal anymore.