We often hear advice from police on what to do, and sometimes what not to do, to protect our property. But what do burglars say? Last fall, the TV station KGW, in Portland, broadcast prevention advice from 86 burglars.
Here are some of their recommendations:
· Biggest mistakes by homeowners:
o Closing the drapes when they leave the house. Open drapes indicate someone is home and allows someone from the street to see a burglar inside.
o Not closing the bathroom window.
o Locking a sliding glass door and placing a dowel in the track is fine, but not having a second small lock on the slider makes it vulnerable to a break-in.
· Best targets:
o Houses with 6 foot fences.
o Houses that cannot be seen from the street because of overgrown vegetation or fencing.
o Houses with the mail/newspapers accumulating.
o No vehicle in the driveway.
o Houses away from other houses with older window frames and cheap wooden doors.
· What do they recommend that a homeowner can do to avoid being burglarized:
o Make your house visible with good lighting and trimmed shrubbery and trees.
o Know your neighbors and alert police when you see anything suspicious.
o Leave a TV or radio on when you are gone.
o Put up a camera and make it visible.
For more on what burglars have to say, check out the video at this link,
KING TV/KGW TV: