Keeping you and your home safe
Greenpoint and Williamsburg had two home invasions last night. Buglaries and now these home invasions is scary, I hate that this is happening in our neighborhood. We have personally been burglarized (while at we were not home) twice in 5 years at our former apartment also on Berry Street, as was one of last night’s invasions. One of the burglaries happens while they watched me while I was at home and struck minutes after I left my apartment. My personal rules for any babysitters and myself are:
1. Do not buzz anyone in unless you know him or her. As a stylist I get many boxes deliver however my babysitters are not allowed to buzz any deliveries in, gas company, cable you name it. My neighbor after a night out buzzed us at 2 in the morning the other night, we did not get up to let her in, harsh but we could not tell who it was and if you are out drinking and lose your keys, text or call me if you need me to let you in.
2. If someone makes me nervous as I am walking home I walk into a busy store until they pass by and I give it a few minutes before I finish my walk home.
3. I do not print my son’s full name and address on any bags or backpacks and if I do have anything with his full name I hold it so it doesn't show.
4. When my landlord books a time for a handyman to come by and the handyman is an hour or more late I do not let him in unless I call the landlord to verify who this person is.
These Tips via Readers Digest have a more home angle however the tips are helpful regardless if you in a home or apartment.
- Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.
- Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.
- Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste … and taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.
- Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.
- If it snows while you’re out of town, get a neighbor to create car and foot tracks into the house. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead giveaway.
- If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don’t let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it’s set. That makes it too easy.
- A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom-and your jewelry. It’s not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.
- .Good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom-and your jewelry. It’s not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.
- It’s raining, you’re fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door-understandable. But understand this: I don’t take a day off because of bad weather.
- I always knock first. If you answer, I’ll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Don’t take me up on it.)
- Do you really think I won’t look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.
- Here's a helpful hint: I almost never go into kids' rooms.13.You're right: I won’t have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it's not bolted down, I'll take it with me.
- A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system. If you’re reluctant to leave your TV on while you’re out of town, you can buy a $35 device that works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real television. (Find it at faketv.com.)
- Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and carry a rake. I do my best to never, ever look like a crook.
- The two things I hate most: Loud dogs and nosy neighbors.
- I’ll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he’ll stop what he’s doing and wait to hear it again. If he doesn’t hear it again, he’ll just go back to what he was doing. It’s human nature.
- Your alarm only works if it's on. I’m not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?
I love looking in your windows. I’m looking for signs that you’re home, and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I’d like. I’ll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.
Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It’s easier than you think to look up your address
Lock your windows. To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a way to let in a little fresh air. To me, it’s an invitation.
If you don’t answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.
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