The Mind of a Burglar

It is almost Friday but in order to first get you through Thursday we want to share this comical look into how a burglar thinks. Michelle Crouch from Reader’s Digest actually interviewed convicted burglars in North Carolina, Oregon, California, and Kentucky; security consultant Chris McGoey, who runs; and Richard T. Wright, a criminology professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who interviewed 105 burglars for his book Burglars on the Job. With the interviews she created 21 things that a burglar would never tell you, but that may make you think twice about certain actions or having a home security system.  Here are our top ten ones.

  1. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.
  2. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste … and taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.
  3. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.
  4. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don’t let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it’s set. That makes it too easy.
  5.  I always knock first. If you answer, I’ll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Don’t take me up on it.)
  6. Do you really think I won’t look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.
  7. Here’s a helpful hint: I almost never go into kids’ rooms.
  8. You’re right: I won’t have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it’s not bolted down, I’ll take it with me.
  9. The two things I hate most: Loud dogs and nosy neighbors.
  10. Your alarm only works if it’s on. I’m not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?


Now you know how a burglar works and thinks! To see the full list go to Do you need a home security system or added protection? Call BSN Security at 480-686-9052 for all of your security and safety needs.

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