Prevent Burglary (and fear) Tip

Posted by on Mar 18, 2013 in Self-Defense | Comments Off on Prevent Burglary (and fear) Tip

Prevent Burglary (and fear) Tip

Do you ever get chain emails warning of a “new” criminal enterprise?  I assume everyone does, but possibly I get more emails with tips on how to prevent burglary and other crimes than do most people.  I got one the other day about thieves who break into cars in public parking lots and use the GPS to find the owner’s house, then use the garage door remote to break into it. Depending on where they found the car (airport, sporting event, etc.) they may also be able to estimate how long the owner of the home will be gone.

The good thing about emails like these is they make people aware of dangers.  By being aware, we become less attractive targets to almost all criminals. A few things bothered me about this particular email, though.

For one, the title was “not all thieves are stupid.”  I never had the perception they were, and worry for the safety of my readers if it is common to believe all thieves are stupid.  Just as no one in a law-abiding profession is going to succeed if they are “stupid,” no thief is going to stay in the business very long if they aren’t any good at it. Please do not consider any type of “bad guy” to be “stupid.” By accepting that a person who wants to abduct a victim, rob a house, bully someone, or scam a person out of money follows a certain logic in their decisions and actions, we increase our ability to protect ourselves and prevent burglary and other crimes and dangers.

I learned in “Whoever Fights Monsters” by Robert K. Ressler and Tom Shachtman, that there are serial killers with logic understandable only to themselves who choose victims based on internal voices for example.  However, he estimates these “disorganized” offenders to be only one third of the total serial murderer population.  Certainly, people who break into homes seeking financial gain plan their crimes.

Understanding this, when we hear of a crime, we can seek lessons to protect ourselves from that type of crime.  The email I received suggested putting the address of the closest gas station to your house as “home” on your GPS and making sure you take any papers with your address out of your vehicle before parking it for an extended time. I have no doubt these actions could could contribute to a person’s ability to prevent burglary.

The other thing that bothered me about the email warning I received was that someone had made a comment like “Here’s something else to worry about.”  If they read this column, I hope they don’t take offense at what I‘m about to say.  Of course, I don’t know exactly what they meant by their words and they may have caused another reader of the email to take notice, thus increasing their awareness thus protecting them from danger.

But, I want to say that I do not consider any report of any crime or any bad thing happening to anyone as “one more thing to worry about.”  Instead, these are all “one more thing to take steps to protect ourselves from.”  I once came across an anonymous quote on the internet which goes “Worry is like a rocking chair.  It gives you something to do but doesn’t go anywhere.”

I hope no one considers my articles adding to their list of things to worry about.   We should all change our “worry” lists into “action” lists. I think I’ll take my own advice now and stop “worrying” for your safety.


Marcy Shoberg is the creator of “Bring Out Your Inner Bodyguard in Two Weeks or Less” home study course for adults and seniors. See