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Old 30.10.2011, 19:14
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Nov/Dec - tis the season of burglaries

November and December is high season for break-ins and burglaries. Please take the necessary cautions to protect your home and goods. Keep the lights on in the evening when you're out and about. Keep doors and windows locked and secure. Make sure your mailbox is emptied. Make it look like someone is at home.

Good luck. Our neighbor's house was broken into last night.
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Old 30.10.2011, 19:20
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Re: Nov/Dec - tis the season of burglaries

Scary.

A lot of the increased crime during the 'holidays' is due to parents without the means trying to find some way to buy Junior a new (insert must-have item here). The pressure can be intense. When I managed restaurants, I used to warn my servers (carrying cash out of the building with them) about this.
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Old 30.10.2011, 19:34
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Re: Nov/Dec - tis the season of burglaries

So, it's time to lock the bike then?...
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So, it's time to lock the bike then?...
Could someone fence it for enough to get a new Xbox/PS3/iPad?
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Old 30.10.2011, 19:46
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November and December is high season for break-ins and burglaries. Please take the necessary cautions to protect your home and goods. Keep the lights on in the evening when you're out and about. Keep doors and windows locked and secure. Make sure your mailbox is emptied. Make it look like someone is at home.

Good luck. Our neighbor's house was broken into last night.
I once had my purse stolen off the back of my chair on Christmas Eve in a restaurant! Thanks for the reminder that vigilance is free.
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Re: Nov/Dec - tis the season of burglaries

Top tip - give your house the "already burgled" look and any potential robbers will think you've been done and move on to the next neat-as-a-new-pin house.

It's worked for us over the years and is my class A excuse for not tidying up...
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Re: Nov/Dec - tis the season of burglaries

In the US, there used to be a show on the Discovery Channel called, "It Takes a Thief". The premise of the show was the host would identify a home that appeared easily burglarized, talk the owners into allowing the show to place hidden cameras throughout, and allow the host's accomplice ( a convicted former burglar) to go through the house. Afterwards, the looted items would be returned (with a discussion of street price vs sentimental value) and the host would perform a full home security upgrade. Later the host & accomplice would return to see if the homeowners were taking security more seriously.

What was shocking to me was how quickly he could thoroughly go through a house, his utter disregard for other people's property, and just the amount of valuable stuff that people keep lying around in the open...
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Re: Nov/Dec - tis the season of burglaries

I've seen a version of that show in the UK too - and one of the things I remember is that even if your house is not totally burglar-proof, making sure in your street that your house is less burglar-able than other houses will help - because a burglar is going to walk down the street and pick the easiest target. So if you have gravel in your driveway (which is noisy) and a prickly hedge out the front (which could get in the way of a fast exit) you are actually less likely to be burgled than your neighbours if they have a paved drive and no spikey hedge.

I also remember from that show that people always left their spare car keys somewhere obvious and the thief would break in, take the loot and the spare car keys, and then come back later and steal the car. Scary stuff.
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I also remember from that show that people always left their spare car keys somewhere obvious and the thief would break in, take the loot and the spare car keys, and then come back later and steal the car. Scary stuff.
...or just load YOUR car with YOUR belongings and make off with both.
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Re: Nov/Dec - tis the season of burglaries

This in the country with such a high 'quality of life' and low crime rate? Seriously? I lived in Boston, never locked my side door, never locked my car and never, ever was a victim of any sort of property crime. I don't really buy into the fear, but consider I've already been twice the victim of a property crime in der schwiez maybe it means something. At least in the US, when you live in the sort of neighborhood where such things are common, it's well advertised.....
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