If You Find a Cookie Under Your Doormat, Call the Police!
How to avoid becoming the victim of an offender? It takes an experienced burglar between 90 seconds and 12 minutes to take everything they need and leave a house. Often break-ins happen when at least one member of the family is at home. In this video, you'll learn what to do if you spot a cookie under your doormat, what white pebbles on your driveway mean and what measures you can take to defend your home.
Timestamps: The ploy with a cookie 1:50 What white pebbles left near the house means 3:29 Why you should pay attention to any flyers stuck in a bunch in your entrance door 3:51 One more thing that helps criminals check if a house is empty 4:22 How criminals pass along information to their accomplices 5:06 When you are planning to go away on vacation, be cautious of social media 6:13 Leave the TV and radio on when you're going away 7:45 Make sure somebody comes to pick up the mail 8:23
Summary: - One of the tricks thieves use to gather information about your routine is so simple that you may not even give it a second thought. But the next time you hear a quiet crackle under the sole of your shoe, stop and check what it was. The chances are high that you'll find yourself face to face with a crushed cookie. - Pay attention to any flyers stuck in a bunch in your entrance door. There are 2 reasons why burglars may leave this stuff in your door: they mark your daily routine, and they also mark houses that are empty at the moment. One more thing that helps criminals check if a house or apartment is empty at that moment is something as innocuous as a simple match, a hair, or a piece of thread. Burglars fix these to the door in a way that makes it easy to determine if somebody has entered the house. - Broadcasting your vacation plans may not be the wisest move. Be cautious of social media. You won't believe how many criminals today use it to gather information about their potential victims. - Get to know your neighbors. If you create a community, it will be much harder for thieves to conduct their criminal activity. - There are several things that can discourage burglars from breaking into your home. Use the TV and radio. Leave them on when you're going away. The sound of voices will most likely scare criminals away. Another thing that may help you is to keep some lights on in the house. - One of the most obvious telltale signs that the owners of a house have gone away is a pile of newspapers and mail mounting up at the front door. Ask somebody to stop by regularly and pick up any accumulated correspondence. Before going away, hire somebody to mow your yard regularly and keep the lawn tidy.