Burglary from another Perspective

I don’t see any signage saying “Home Security System”, and your front door is mostly glass and you sometimes leave the doors unlocked for bike rides.

I see you go to bed around 10 to 10:30. Most of your lights are off by nine. You rarely pull the shades down. You often leave a light on downstairs either in the front hall or over the kitchen stove. But when you leave the house for a night out all your lights are on until late night.

You have a newspaper delivered a 6:30 am and you’ve probably never met your paperboy because he only leaves you an envelope and picks it up without you two ever coming in contact.

You have that little dog and let it out around 7:30 am. Sometimes your kids walk the dog at 8 and I’m pretty sure you leave the door open for them when they come back.

During the day you have cleaners come at least once a month, It’s usually the last Monday of the month, they have their own key.

When your kids get home from school I sometimes see them flip up the mat at the front door if they forgot their key.

Every time you leave for work I see you are half way down the street before your garage door closes. I think it’s on a timer.

I looked up your family’s phone number in the directory, it’s listed. I’ve called a bunch of times from a payphone in front of the convenient store down the street and pretty much know when someone is home based on when they answer the phone.

It’s easy to follow you on Facebook, your names on the mailbox, all your kids and spouse is connected. I pretty much know who your extended family is and who your friends are and a bit about your plans. You can’t stop posting your whereabouts.

I’m not telling you all this to creep you out, although I know it’s creepy. But I can’t help pointing these things out. It’s my nature, I’m observant and I’m a burglar.

Robert Siciliano personal and home security specialist to Home Security Source discussing self defense and rape prevention on NBC Boston. Disclosures.

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