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Golden Welcom PlaqueOne of my favorite bloggers at Life in the Boomer Lane recently created a list of ways to deter thieves (and 16 year olds).  Don’t miss her hilarious post.  It inspired me to expound further because I couldn’t help thinking of additional ways to discourage home and car burglars.


Dings and Dents are Good

There is a big dent in my car’s back fender and a collection of scratch marks (some rusted) on the side.  I purposefully leave it that way.  If I cannot afford to repair the dings, would there be anything worth stealing?  Thief Mentality:  “Skip that car.”


Rich People Don’t Leave Messes

I try to leave garbage strewn around the car – like wadded up tissues, leftover candy wrappers and fast food to-go bags.  Rich people usually don’t leave messes.  I must admit I am, in reality, an exquisit-ly neat person (and always on a health-food regime) but the question is – why not get a little messy?

Mud and Muck May Help

Our Virginia country lanes are always dusty and I do tend to leave the car unwashed, sometimes muddy, and in dire need of window washing.  Getting a clear view of the road is the challenge but it is well known that wealthy people have shiny cars. Thief Psychology:  “These people are not rich.  Skip that car.”

Dusty Car



No Fancy Front Doors 

I really would like to have a fancy front door.  Don’t you love those magnificent double doors with stained glass panels that  open to a cathedral like foyer with a curving staircase?  Well, I have curtailed the impulse.  My house is one level (no stairs except to the basement) and there are no cathedral ceilings anywhere.

And of course, a plain unassuming run-of-the-mill front door shouts, “Nothing here of value.”  And if it is ugly that’s another bonus because there is surely nothing worth stealing inside the house.   Thief Psychology:  “Ugly door.  Skip that house.”

An Ordinary Door

An Ordinary Door

The Only Spiral Staircase at Our house

The Only Spiral Staircase at Our house

Get a Big Dog

I have been told by country locals to get a big noisy dog.  A big dog is supposed to be the best protection.

Bill and I did have two big beautiful Golden Retrievers named Peaches and Carrie.  If someone came to the door I would shout, “DOWN SPIKE!”  But they were truly the gentlest kindest dogs I have ever known.

Peaches & Carrie

Peaches and Carrie

Rozie At Her Best


We then inherited a menacing looking dog named Rozie.  She stopped strong men in their tracks with her snarling, growling countenance.  The trouble was, she was also a big lover whose bite was literally nonexistent.  She did kill a groundhog once though (which offered no protection from human thieves).

You can buy audio recordings of barking dogs but I can tell by the static that it’s a recording.  I suppose a thief would know that too.  A real live biting dog would surely be a greater deterrent.

I do want a dog anyway since having lost our sweet beauties to the ravages of old age, but now considering a cuddly lap dog who may be more vicious after all.  Thief Psychology:  “Oooops. That little dog may actually bite.  Skip that house.”

Do you have secret tips to share too?

Of course the above suggestions for saving home and car are not to be taken literally, but if you try them and are still “burgled”, I hereby claim no responsibility for anything lost, mangled – or stolen.


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From The Week in Crime, FG/CH News
Cuny Graduate School of Journalism

My friend Mary just called to tell me her purse was stolen.  She said, “My whole life was in there!  It had my driver’s license, all my individual store credit cards, my Social Security card, check book with checks, debit card, health insurance cards, and you name it, it was in that purse.

“OMG, how did it happen?” I asked.  And there was a fascinating story for an answer.  It went like this:

My friend Mary was shopping at the local supermarket and stopped to look through the greeting cards.  A young woman came up beside her and pulled out a Get Well card.  “Do you think this would be a good one for a sick friend?” she asked.  “Sure, it’s very cheerful, so that would be a lovely card to send,” said Mary.

Mary found the card she wanted and was moving on when the girl called her back.  “What about this one?” she asked, “Do you think my friend would like this better?  She’s not really sick, but recovering from surgery.”  So, momentarily leaving her purse in the shopping cart,  Mary meandered back, looked at the card, and agreed it would work as well.   She had an odd feeling about the young woman, but was happy to help, engaged in a little more polite conversation, and then headed on to the next aisle.

Suddenly Mary realized her handbag was missing.  “I must have left it in the car,” she thought.  So she went out to check but it was not there.  Now it occurred to her that while the young woman had created a distraction over the cards, an unseen partner in crime had undoubtedly grabbed Mary’s purse and fled! 

There is more to this story to be told in another post.

The young woman and an accomplice did manage to steal Mary’s purse.

Are you as shocked as I was?  I kept thinking of all the problems I would face if my purse were stolen.

And I feel so badly for Mary, who is a trusting, loving soul.

What do you carry in your purse?

Is your life in there too?

Have the perpetrators been arrested?

To be continued……

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