My father was a very smart man. He was also a locksmith so he had to
deal with some of security issues. He taught me a lot and one of those
things was a very simple security philosophy: Crooks are lazy. You need
to make your home less attractive as others around it. Big locks are one
way, but an even better way is to make it look like you are not going to
have much to take. Don't show off wealth. We had a neighbor who for years
I passed by and said hi and such, but later I got to know him. I had
wondered why he did not clean up his yard or fix up his home. Later I got
to know him better and was invited in. It was like a art gallery.
Expensive paintings and furniture, non of which could be seen from the
outside. He had several million dollars worth of art alone there, but no
one bothered him. They did not know it was there.
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