Burglars on the Job

If you worry about your home being burglarized, you might want to take a look at this interview with a burglar who gives some advice about where to hide your valuables. His obvious answer: “at the bank.” But he’s got a few other pointers too, including:

1. If you do keep cash in the house, leave a little of it where the burglar can find it, in the hope that he’ll think that’s all there is.

2. Leave visible a list showing that all your valuables are tucked away in a safe-deposit box.

3. If you have kids, consider hiding cash in their rooms: they’re too messy for a burglar to bother with and burglars assume that parents wouldn’t take a chance of hiding money where their kids might find it.

If you’re looking for more information on how burglars think (short answer: “not much”), take a look at Burglars on the Job, a pretty fascinating book by Richard T. Wright and Scott Decker.

To be sure, there are some pretty crafty burglars out there, like this silver thief I once wrote about, or the jewel thief Alan Golder, a.k.a. The Dinnertime Bandit. But not crafty enough: the silver thief is in prison now, and Golder was recently arrested in Belgium. The silver thief once burglarized a home in New Jersey, stealing all the silver but pointedly leaving undisturbed a pile of cash — as a flip-off to the New Jersey detective who’d been tracking him. The thief just wanted to let the cop know that it was him, the silver connoisseur, who did the job and not some random burglar who’d stoop to grabbing a few bucks.

(Hat tip: Skrzypek Mateusz)


lermit

Any texts on pundits? I really need to widen my reading list.

.lermit

saharvetes

I'd heard of this back-verbing phenomenon, but now I see it in action. Is "burglarized" common in America? What's wrong with "burgled"? Do you also say "robberized" and "murdererized"?

Interesting article about the silver thief, thanks.

rahul_rc

I love when former scam artists go on to make a career as experts in fraud prevention. It seems so.. efficient. Expressing remorse, making a buck as well as dishing out solid advice - all at the same time. The most entertaining such case was the Barry Minkow story (nice overview at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barry_Minkow).

Young kid who started a carpet cleaning business which subsequently went public (I think he still has the record for being the youngest CEO of a public company). He was arrested for fraud, and now makes a living as a pastor and fraud prevention expert.

rowiie

It's hard to teach children crime doesn;t pay when you have the likes of "Chopper" Read (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Brandon_Read) actually touring Australia, writing best sellers and having Hollywood make a movie that glorifies you.....

Fraud prevention service, notoriety, fans.... I guess crime does pay for some!

Innocent Bystander

So are run-of-the-mill burglers going to start tossing the childrens' bedrooms now?

It's not like they'd be able to tell they were tossed at all . . .

gcooley

Well, he is right about the money in the kid's room. I guarantee that any money hidden in my kids' rooms will never be seen by any burglar. Or me. Or anyone else not selling Xbox paraphernalia.

Zach Everson

Good suggestion about hiding cash in the kids' rooms. My house was robbed when I was about 14 years old. The house had just been vacuumed, so you could see the burglars' footprints. One of them went up stairs, saw that both bedrooms were kid's rooms, and then went back down the stairs without venturing into either room.

NMarkRoberts

Why on earth would you leave cash around the house?

Charlesc

I personally believe you should mark all of your possessions without fear of damage using Ghostprint proof of ownership system.(http://secure-your-valuables.com/)

lermit

Any texts on pundits? I really need to widen my reading list.

.lermit

saharvetes

I'd heard of this back-verbing phenomenon, but now I see it in action. Is "burglarized" common in America? What's wrong with "burgled"? Do you also say "robberized" and "murdererized"?

Interesting article about the silver thief, thanks.

rahul_rc

I love when former scam artists go on to make a career as experts in fraud prevention. It seems so.. efficient. Expressing remorse, making a buck as well as dishing out solid advice - all at the same time. The most entertaining such case was the Barry Minkow story (nice overview at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barry_Minkow).

Young kid who started a carpet cleaning business which subsequently went public (I think he still has the record for being the youngest CEO of a public company). He was arrested for fraud, and now makes a living as a pastor and fraud prevention expert.

rowiie

It's hard to teach children crime doesn;t pay when you have the likes of "Chopper" Read (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Brandon_Read) actually touring Australia, writing best sellers and having Hollywood make a movie that glorifies you.....

Fraud prevention service, notoriety, fans.... I guess crime does pay for some!

Innocent Bystander

So are run-of-the-mill burglers going to start tossing the childrens' bedrooms now?

It's not like they'd be able to tell they were tossed at all . . .

gcooley

Well, he is right about the money in the kid's room. I guarantee that any money hidden in my kids' rooms will never be seen by any burglar. Or me. Or anyone else not selling Xbox paraphernalia.

Zach Everson

Good suggestion about hiding cash in the kids' rooms. My house was robbed when I was about 14 years old. The house had just been vacuumed, so you could see the burglars' footprints. One of them went up stairs, saw that both bedrooms were kid's rooms, and then went back down the stairs without venturing into either room.

NMarkRoberts

Why on earth would you leave cash around the house?

Charlesc

I personally believe you should mark all of your possessions without fear of damage using Ghostprint proof of ownership system.(http://secure-your-valuables.com/)

Solar Security Solutions

Thanks for the link through to the piece on Nordahl - makes for fascinating reading about how this burglar operated