Former Burglars Share Their Secrets To Avoid Getting Robbed

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Some former burglars are sharing the tips to avoid getting robbed.

Here are a few:

  • "Don't leave liquid valuables (cash or jewelry) sitting in the open. There were plenty of times I simply smashed a window, reached in, grabbed $20-$30, and ran off. Sad, but true, that a crook is willing to break a $100 window to steal $20."
  • "Any safe that's not bolted down and is small enough for one or two people to carry isn't safe at all.
  • "Even if your house is well-locked, if your shed isn't, I likely have access to a plethora of tools I can use to gain access. Don't help the burglar. Lock your shed."
  • "Here's one of the terrifying things: Alarms didn't matter. I would target houses marked with alarms and without equally.


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