‘Tis the Season to Beat the Burglar

Posted on December 1, 2010. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Making Life Easier, Orange County Real Estate | Tags: |

It just doesn’t balance out. Only one person will sneak into your beautiful Orange County home this holiday season and leave nice things for you. But there are hundreds who’ll be more than happy to slip into your comfy crib and permanently remove things – often very valuable things. Known as burglars, these predators luv this time of year – empty houses, lots of expensive gifts inside. Remember ‘Home Alone’? 

Fortunately, a little knowledge goes a long way in minimizing the chances of burglary. The key to protection is being aware of burglar behavior patterns.

A burglar always:

  • Looks for newspapers piled up on the driveway. Talk about giveaways. An especially enterprising crook might even leave a flyer on your front door to see how much time elapses before the literature is removed.
  • Knocks first. And not out of politeness. If someone answers, a burglar will have a ready-made excuse – “Can you please tell me how to get to Albuquerque?”
  • Checks dresser drawers, bedside tables, and even medicine cabinets.
  • Avoids kids’ rooms (usually).
  • Leaves a locked safe locked but will gladly carry it away if not bolted down.
  • Is more deterred by a loud TV or radio than even the most sophisticated alarms.
  • Goes all out to never resemble a crook.
  • Hates loud dogs and nosy neighbors.
  • Loves people who forget to set alarms, shut windows, and lock doors.

Don’t give a burglar the gift of an easy break-in. Be guided by the above behavior patterns, and stay several steps ahead of the crooks.

If you’d like to learn more about protecting your Orange County home this holiday season, I’ll be delighted to help. You can connect with me at 949.338.7408,  angie@askangie.com,   @AngieWeeks or @WeeksTeam.

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