I came across the below 13 tips (oh the irony of that number) on things a burglar looks for before robbing your house. These were pulled directly from readersdigest.com
1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.
2. 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.
3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste â€¦ 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.
4. 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.
5. If it snows while youâ€™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. Doesn’t really apply to us here in Florida
6. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, donâ€™t let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if itâ€™s set. That makes it too easy.
7. A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroomâ€”and your jewelry. Itâ€™s not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.
8. Itâ€™s raining, youâ€™re fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your doorâ€”understandable. But understand this: I donâ€™t take a day off because of bad weather.
9. I always knock first. If you answer, Iâ€™ll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Donâ€™t take me up on it.)
10. Do you really think I wonâ€™t look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.
11. Hereâ€™s a helpful hint: I almost never go into kidsâ€™ rooms.
12. Youâ€™re right: I wonâ€™t have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if itâ€™s not bolted down, Iâ€™ll take it with me.
13. A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system. If youâ€™re reluctant to leave your TV on while youâ€™re out of town, you can buy a $35 device that works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real television. You can buy it here.