Burglars on the Job
Stephen Dubner at Freakonomics has a few suggestions for those who are concerned about their home being burglarized.
If you worry about your home being burglarized, you might want to take a look at this interview with a burglar who gives some advice about where to hide your valuables. His obvious answer: “at the bank.” But he’s got a few other pointers too, including:
1. If you do keep cash in the house, leave a little of it where the burglar can find it, in the hope that he’ll think that’s all there is.
2. Leave visible a list showing that all your valuables are tucked away in a safe-deposit box.
3. If you have kids, consider hiding cash in their rooms: they’re too messy for a burglar to bother with and burglars assume that parents wouldn’t take a chance of hiding money where their kids might find it.
He didn't say anything about having a dog inside your home. At our home, Taco the Wonder Dog makes enough noise to wake the dead, which might give a would-be burglar some second thoughts.