You may recall the story about Colton Harris Moore who as a teenager was busted for committing over 100 burglaries in the Pacific Northwest. He stole cars, speedboats and airplanes and is known as the “Barefoot Burglar” because he kicked off his shoes running from the police through the woods.
Last summer he signed a movie deal to make $1.3 million with 20th Century Fox. However he won’t earn any money from this, as all the funds will go to restitution.
After 2 years of running, he was busted in a chase that involved police, boats and bullets. Most of these stories usually end up in the perpetrator being dead. But this now 20 year old will live to tell another tale, from prison. He was recently sentenced to 7 years in state prison and pleaded guilty to numerous charges including burglary and identity theft.
In sentencing the judge was quoted saying “This case is a tragedy in many ways, but it’s a triumph of the human spirit in other ways, I could have been reading about the history of a mass murderer. I could have been reading about a drug abusive, alcoholic young man. That is the triumph of Colton Harris-Moore: He has survived.”
He survived and left many victims behind. He destroyed thousands of dollars in cars, airplanes and boats. He stole everything from food to cash and jewelry, electronics and clothing. As “romantic” as his story is, the victims of his crimes will never feel the same way again in their own homes.
Lock your doors and windows
Install a monitored alarm system. Consider ADT Pulse.
Give your home that lived in look
Leave the TV on LOUD while you are gone
Install timers on your lights both indoor and outdoor
Close the shades to prevent peeping inside
Use defensive signage