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Protecting Your Home from Thieves

Recognize the perspective of a thief to learn how to best protect your home and belongings.

| April 2018

The Penny-Pinching Prepper (Ulysses Press, 2015) by Bernie Carr helps readers prepare for an emergency without breaking their bank. Carr walks his readers through DIY projects, storm shelter building, and more all on a budget to make sure that anyone can afford to be prepared for an emergency. In the following excerpt, he helps readers look at their how from the perspective of a potential thief.

How to Think Like a Thief

Our local news recently reported a rash of SUV tire and rim thefts, and the crime usually happens in a person’s driveway sometime during the night. The owner typically finds all four tires gone and faces an expensive bill of several hundred dollars to replace their tires. Thieves often target items which people don’t even give a second thought to.

To avoid being a victim of crime, it helps to think like a thief.

Perception

A thief perceives things differently from you and me. Consequently, items that we take for granted on a daily basis may attract their attention. Some examples:



• Moms may carry around heavy purses filled with snacks, coupons, and old receipts, thinking there is nothing anyone would want in there, but a thief notes that the purse looks loaded and therefore may carry lots of goodies.

• A jogger may leave the house to go for a run with nothing but a cell phone and keys thinking he has nothing valuable, but in reality, thieves find that cell phones have a great resale value and therefore target the jogger for his phone.






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