A master thief's home-security tips

A few simple changes may be all it takes to keep opportunistic bad guys from invading your home.

By Gina Roberts-Grey, MSN Money

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Mar 27, 2011 4:48AM
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"Stop treating strangers like they're you're best friend"....one, I don't, and two, if I said anything to anyone I knew that had a reason to know, it's criminals like you who are the human cockraoches to exploit it. I get so god damned sick of criminals acting like innocent purveyors of opportunity on the foolishness of the innocent; crime is crime. if I leave my front door open, I may be asking for it, but if you choose to break the law by coming in, you might be looking down the barrel of a shotgun, too. I'd be more than happy to introduce you to a higher authority.

 

Mar 27, 2011 6:40AM
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If you break into my house, you will be leaving in a body bag.
Mar 27, 2011 11:42AM
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First of all, can anyone, and I mean ANYONE, tell me why this "story" couldn't have been viewed all on one page?! Why is it with these MSN articles that we incessantly need to click ELEVEN or TWELVE different times to go to ELEVEN or TWELVE different pages just so we can read one story?!  If it's an attempt to get me to read different advertising on each and every page, trust me, MSN, that absolutely does not work. I ignore ALL of the advertisements with ease, as I'm sure most people do. Also, this story wasn't really worth one page, let alone eleven. Believe me, I'll take my Doberman as a deterrent to unauthorized entry over some "little yappy dog" any old day of the week.

Mar 27, 2011 9:14AM
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the german shepherd is the greeter while i unholster the welcoming commitee
Mar 27, 2011 7:17AM
Mar 27, 2011 9:34AM
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Why do so many people post on facebook that they are going on a trip, or out for the night to some concert. Bingo! your not home and how many of those people on FB are "friends"?Also, your garage is attached to your house? It is so easy to open a garage door. Double lock!
Mar 27, 2011 1:59PM
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My nearest neighbor is two miles away, the sherriff office is 35 minutes away, my 12 gauge Mossberg is 3 seconds away. Who should I call?
Mar 27, 2011 8:07AM
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12 gauge-Remington-problem solved!Thumbs up
Mar 27, 2011 9:09AM
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And for GODS SAKE..DONT leave your extra keys underneath the front doormat OR above the doorway!! Sheesh...
Mar 27, 2011 10:48AM
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this comment is for the dog hater who thinks my low on the food chain American Akita would not stop him from robbing my house.. This dog can hear a pin drop, all you can do is drop a pin. He would be on your throat like a necklace and you would never know he is coming, funny thing is this breed does not bark to warn you. He would rather bait you in like the idiot you would be to rob a home known to have an Akita on the family membership roles. One last thing, Akitas are the most loyal to the death of any breed. They will die for my family...to bad with idiots like you out there robbing people he won't have to....rethink that whole food chain thing man, because in reality bears are lower on the actual food chain too, but your odds of survival in an encounter there would be pretty limited as well
Mar 27, 2011 9:32AM
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The IRS may make him wish he were dead, but the NRA guys will fulfill that wish...
Mar 27, 2011 11:06AM
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Conceiled weapons course , learn to use your weapon safely and effectively
Mar 27, 2011 9:15AM
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Put 6 locks on your door and only lock every other one when you leave, no matter how good a burgler they are, they are always locking 3 of them when they are picking those locks.....Muahahahaha.....=p
Mar 27, 2011 11:19AM
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John Walsh, America's Most Wanted, had an expert on years ago and I never forgot it.  Expert said forget the alarms, walls, guns, etc., dogs will be the best deterrant  to a home's invasion.   Thieves want quiet, not a barking dog.  They will move on to the next house.
Mar 27, 2011 1:14PM
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As I accidently deleted my post trying to edit it, I'll post again.

 

I really have to laugh at some of the comments here, talk about your would be Rambo's! Call it the Rambo syndrome!

 

This person gave some good tips, on how to protect yourself, but most of it was just good common sense.

 

I will say this about dogs though. I had Great Danes since 1990, an Old English Mastiff, & a Bloodhound that makes all sorts of ruckus when he spots a stranger, but would wag his tail & lick the hand, of a would be burglar, while he cleans your house out. On the other hand, the Great Danes make excellent watch dogs. Some bark more than others, but their a very alert breed! I have a front porch, & a back porch, the Danes are at the front or back door 99.9 % of the time, waiting for you to come in, even before you walk on either porch. Nothing is more intimidating than two Great Danes, staring in your eyes, at the chest level of a six foot man, while baring their teeth, & growling very deeply!

 

 I used to live in a bad neighborhood in my city, & I only had one Great Dane at the time. Burglars tried to break-in my house twice. Once through the back screen door, cutting a circle hole in the glass, that person(s) did not even make it to the second door. The other time, he, she, they, tried to break-in through my basement window, again, that's as far as they got. A cop once told my wife, that the house burglaries had stopped completely, as far as two house down from our house, the reason? Our Great Dane, he thought. I even heard people as they walked past our house saying, "you don't want to mess with that house, there's a BIG MOTHER F##K##G dog that lives there", as their eyes went wide open, LOL!

 

Now, I live in a much safer neighborhood, but one day, my two Great Danes were acting up a little, I did not think much of it. I went to let them out the back door, so they could do their duties outside, & before I could blink, they had this guy backed up against my mini van. He did not know whether to pee his pants, pray for divine intervention, or beg me to get the dogs away from him, LOL! He was scared BIGTIME, & if you can believe this, he was stealing beer cans from my garage, LOL! Never seen him again!

 

I'm not saying that Great Danes, or for that matter, any large dog will keep a top professional burglar at bay from your home, but you can bet on this, they'll sure give that person major pause to ripping you off. As far as junkies & teenagers go, they'll run like the Japanese from Godzilla, never to return!

Mar 27, 2011 9:20AM
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Really nice job! Now if I'm an apprentice thief, I've just been presented with "burglary 101". I'm sure Mr. Shaw is telling us this because he's such a nice guy...or is fishing for an early parole. To all those who would protect their property with a firearm, bravo. Just make sure that at least one round is placed in his chest, even if you have to turn him over to do it. It makes "fearing for your life" more plausible.  
Mar 27, 2011 11:08AM
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I just love it when people post comments and you don't know what the hell they're talking about.
Mar 27, 2011 9:07AM
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I agree with having a barking dog for strangers coming near my home or property.Yes I said property too.Because a guy I knew at a job told me he was burglarized.I asked him what did they take?Your TV?Computer?"No" he said "Took my lawn mower,edger,leaf blower,and garden tools."So like I said watch everything when strangers are around .
Mar 27, 2011 7:22AM
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I feel so secure now. I know that the bad guys will never read this article, only law obiding citizens. So I can fool the crooks by hiding my wads of cash in a fake cereal box in the kitchen; they will never go there. Why do I have a feeling that this former criminal, turned advisor, plays a double game, giving hidden tips to pros how to overcome likely protection measures that home owners may take?
Mar 27, 2011 8:42AM
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Burglars like easy targets.Keep a car in your driveway.Have a dog that barks when a stranger comes near the house.Have a security system in your house.Or at least have security stickers on your windows.But if you look rich or have expensive property a burglar will likely target the easiest home or business. Most pro burglars will case out the activities of houses in more affluent neighborhoods.So always be aware of strangers and any suspicious activity around your neighborhood.The harder you can make it appear that your house would be to burglarize the better.Most thieves will move on to an easier target.No matter what type of neighborhood.
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