10 More Things Burglars Don’t Want you to Know

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In a previous post, Schlage and I revealed the 10 things burglars don’t want you to know, and guess what, there are10 more!

  1. If a burglar can hear your TV or sound system, chances are pretty good he’ll think someone’s home. Don’t rely only upon your state-of-the-art alarm system.
  2. An alternative to leaving a TV on while you’re on vacation is to use a device that generates a simulation of the flickering lights of a TV at timed intervals.
  3. Burglars don’t mind taking the entire safe with them if they’re too impatient to figure out how to crack it. Bolt it down.
  4. A barking dog really does deter break-ins. So do nosy neighbors.
  5. A one-time loud noise (like a window being broken) almost always doesn’t compel a neighbor to investigate. If it happens continuously or even just a second time, he usually will. However, a burglar is inside your house after just one window smash.
  6. Yes, a person casing your neighborhood for break-ins looks like the guy who would never do such a thing: clean-cut, maybe dressed in a workman’s uniform with a fake logo, carrying inspection equipment to make himself look legit.
  7. Never reveal your vacation or business tip plans on your Facebook page. Don’t assume nobody could figure out your address just because it’s not on your page.
  8. No errand is too short to leave the alarm system turned off. A burglar can invade your home and steal your valuables in a lot less time than it takes you to run the shortest errand. Products that you don’t have to arm, like the Schlage Touchscreen Deadbolt with a built-in alarm feature, can also help out when only stepping out for a short amount of time.
  9. Ignoring a knock or doorbell is a smart idea, but leaving the door unlocked—even when you’re home—isn’t. Many burglars will try the door if nobody responds. If it opens, they’ll enter.
  10. No matter how hot the day is, never leave a window open even a tiny bit when you’re away. Burglars can’t resist this.

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Beth Bromund
Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel - Rochester, MI
REALTOR (248) 651-3500

Robert, thanks for the tips.  My parents were burgelarized last year while my mom was home.  She heard the door open, but assumed it was my dad.  She was quite surprised when it was a thief.  Thankfully, she didn't get hurt, but he did get away with some valuables.  They now have a locking keypad on their back door so it will automatically lock and they don't need to worry about having a key.

Jan 30, 2014 07:07 AM #14
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Robert these are very useful tips.  Heeding one of these could potentially help someone from being burglarized.

Jan 30, 2014 07:10 AM #15
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Robert, these are excellent tips and good reminders of taking special precautions. I definitely see where I can make improvements. Thank you.

Jan 30, 2014 08:16 AM #16
John Anello, Stamford Area Electrician
Safe and Sound Electric LLC - Greenwich, CT
Call Safe and Sound Electric at 203-536-0021

I can't stress enough the importance of good security lighting, especially with motion sensors.  It is a huge deterrent.

Jan 30, 2014 08:34 AM #17
Jim Patton
Aspire Home Real Estate 209-404-0816 - Modesto, CA
Realtor - Stanislaus ,Merced, San Joaquin Counties

Thanks for the tips Robert.   A lot of common sense stuff but infortunately common sense isn't always so common.

Jan 30, 2014 08:53 AM #18
Suzanne Otto
Six Twenty Designs - Lansdale, PA
Your Montgomery County PA home stager

Hi Robert

I like tip #2, that's a great idea. But all of these tips should be practiced by everyone.

Jan 30, 2014 09:53 AM #19
Tina Parker
Keller Williams Select Realty - Bedford, NS
CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax
Great list of ideas. I left my radio on loud and a lamp plugged into a timer while away on vacation. I left with peace of mind.
Jan 30, 2014 10:16 AM #20
Cathy Wolters
Wolters Realty & Property Management Company - Cocoa, FL
Your Brevard County Property Management Expert

I hate the thing about having to keep the door locked when you are at home. I do it though, I am too afraid of a home invasion.  

Jan 30, 2014 10:56 AM #21
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I am a freak about locking the door behind me at home and when showing property.  

Jan 30, 2014 11:10 AM #22
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Those are all excellent tips!  I especially like the one about not posting to social media your vacation plans. 

Jan 30, 2014 11:10 AM #23
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
The number two device is something I might want!
Jan 30, 2014 11:57 AM #24
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Dear Robert -
Well, I love the safety tips! 
Keep them coming!
Have a happy day -

Jan 30, 2014 12:50 PM #25
Kathy Smiley
Rodeo Realty ~ Fine Estates Westlake Village - Westlake Village, CA
Westlake Village, CA - "Making YOU Smile!"

Robert - Ive been trying to get my husband to bolt our safe down for 15 years!! Tomorrow, I am going to have my handyman finally DO IT!! Gret post! :) KSmiley


Jan 30, 2014 12:59 PM #26
Yvonne Jaramillo Ahearn, Esq. (B)
Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers - Kailua, HI

Thanks for the tips! Where can I buy that TV flicker device?

Jan 30, 2014 01:09 PM #27
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate

Wow...that #7 is becoming a real problem. Why people feel compelled to let everyone know about their vacation plans on Facebook is crazy.

Jan 30, 2014 06:26 PM #28
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector
SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno - Bourbonnais, IL
The Home Inspector With a Heart!

Vacation plans on FB are just plain dumb. But I see them all the time.Thanks

Jan 30, 2014 08:06 PM #29
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for the great tips. I wonder why people post their vacation plans online.

Jan 30, 2014 08:14 PM #30
Suzie Townley
Diamond Partners, Inc - Gardner, KS
Relaxed Professionalism

Thanks for the great post -- I am going to send this to my dad who I have to remind NOT to post where they are when they are out of town.  He doesn't post when they are leaving, just while they are gone! 


Jan 30, 2014 09:44 PM #31
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Good tips. Amazing how people can ignore that one smashed window!

Jan 31, 2014 12:50 AM #32
Debbie Malone
Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management - Lynchburg, VA
From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369

Great list and unfortunately you can't be to cautious. We live in a vacation area with few fulltime residents so we are aware of unfamiliar vehicles and keep an eye on our  neighbors.

Jan 31, 2014 01:50 PM #33
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