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Ask a Cop? Worst Part about being a Cop?: Thanks Matt
I listen to your show regularly and really enjoy the wealth of knowledge that your team offers. Keep up the good work! I’ve worked my way through almost all of your episodes, and haven’t heard this question come up yet: For each of you, what are your most and least favorite things about being an LEO? Also, I know you guys are exposed to a wide variety of threats as LEO’s; what are some things you guys do to stay sharp on the job? Do you have mental/physical daily routines, or weekly ones? How do you guys stay up on new case law, which could affect how you perform your duties? Do your departments offer opportunities for continuing education or is that something that you pursue on your own?
13 Things a Burglar won’t tell you……
1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.
2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.
3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste … and taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.
4. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.
5. If it snows while you’re out of town, get a neighbor to create car and foot tracks into the house. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead giveaway.
6. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don’t let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it’s set. That makes it too easy.
7. A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom-and your jewelry. It’s not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.
8. It’s raining, you’re fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door-understandable. But understand this: I don’t take a day off because of bad weather.
9.. I always knock first. If you answer, I’ll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Don’t take me up on it.)
10. Do you really think I won’t look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.
11. Helpful hint: I almost never go into kids’ rooms.
12. You’re right: I won’t have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it’s not bolted down, I’ll take it with me.
13. A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system. If you’re reluctant to leave your TV on while you’re out of town, you can buy a $35 device that works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real television. (Find it at faketv.com.)
8 MORE THINGS A BURGLAR WON’T TELL YOU:
1. Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and carry a rake. I do my best to never, ever look like a crook.
2. The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.
3. I’ll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he’ll stop what he’s doing and wait to hear it again. If he doesn’t hear it again, he’ll just go back to what he was doing. It’s human nature.
4. I’m not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?
5. I love looking in your windows. I’m looking for signs that you’re home, and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I’d like. I’ll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.
6. Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It’s easier than you think to look up your address.
7. To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a way to let in a little fresh air. To me, it’s an invitation.
8. If you don’t answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.
Sources: Convicted burglars in North Carolina , Oregon , California , and Kentucky; security consultant Chris McGoey, who runs crimedoctor.com; and Richard T. Wright, a criminology professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who interviewed 105 burglars for his book Burglars on the Job.
The Associated Press Posted: 04/28/2011 09:13:42 PM PDT Updated: 04/28/2011 09:14:39 PM PDT
EAST LYME, Conn.—Authorities say a man who was drunk and looking for a place to sleep broke into a trailer behind a Connecticut high school, then instead stole keys to a lawnmower and went for a joyride during which he mowed his parents’ lawn.
Police in East Lyme say 22-year-old Nikolaus Trombley was caught on tape early Wednesday stealing the lawnmower from East Lyme High School.
Police say Trombley told them he was looking for the keys to the school when he found the keys to the lawnmower. He rode it three miles to his parents’ house, mowed the lawn and started to head back to the school but abandoned the mower on the way.
He’s charged with third-degree larceny and burglary.
Ask a Cop? False information: Thanks Nicolette
My son was born in February of this year. His father & I have been together since before I got pregnant & are still together now. But there is a guy, that I have never had sex with, going around telling everyone that he is my son’s father. Can I or is there a way I can sue him for spreading false information like that?
Ask a Cop? What were your first days as a cop like? Thanks: Jesse
I am trying to get hired – I have studied all the books and tests and materials. I have done a few ride alongs at the department I would like to work with but the one thing they never teach you is what the first days, week, or years are like after you are hired. What issues did you have during your first few days, weeks and years? Eye Opening? Depressing? How does it affect your personal life?
1. Sign your credit and debit cards as soon as you receive them.
2. When paying by card in any shop or store, make sure your card is always in view.
3. Destroy any physical correspondence that includes your name, address, Social Security details or account numbers; and don’t let mail sit in your mailbox for too long.
4. Save your ATM receipts or destroy them.
5. Clear browsing data, including cookies and temporary files, after making an online purchase.
6. And of course, never save or write down your passwords, keep your antivirus software up to date and only shop online at trusted sites.
Remember to protect your personal reputation online and avoid identity theft at all times
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Ask a Cop? Kidnap: Thanks Vince
What should you do if someone at gunpoint wants you to get in their car? First I’d like to say that I really do like your show and do appreciate all you do to keep us safe. Sometimes it’s hard to follow you, because amist all the joking, things get lost in the process. I assume this is how you handle stress because I cannot even imagine what it would be like to be a cop, especially since so many look down on cops, which I consider unfortunate. I guess that is why I always tell cops when I see them just how much their appreciated.
My other question is what is the legal length of a knife that one can have in their pocket?
Ask a Cop? Police Job: Thanks Josh
I smoked pot for about ten months, took unperscribed lortab (less than 5 times), and did zanex once. I am 16 and been sober for almost four months. Will I be able to become a cop in alabama when I turn 19.
Ask a Cop? Sealed Record: Thanks Chris
Love the podcast. My question is this. If you have a sealed record would that prevent you from applying and becoming a cop. Something happened when I was 17 and it went into a youthful offender sealed record and I am 34 now and work for the federal government under DHS. My dream is to still become a cop and any help would be greatly appreciated. I was never arrested but while in court I pled guilty and the judge placed it in a sealed record. Also would that show up if you applied for a position as police officer. It was a stupid thing I did as a kid and have been a model citizen since.
Ask a Cop? Stalking: Thanks Mariah
I think I am being stalked. This guy is from a differen’t country, he is 20 years old. We are currently friends right now, but he calls me sweetie and gives me a LOT of compliments. I am 14. He started off by calling me and leaving me voice messages, and then I texted him because I got freaked out. He apologized and told me he would back off and didn’t mean to sound “stalkerish”. I love talking to people around the world because I find it interesting. I guess my questions are: How can you tell if someone is a predator? Do you think this guy is a predator? And what actions should I take if he is? He just makes me feel important and we share a lot in common….
Ask a Cop? No Knock Warrants: Thanks Tony
What are some of the reasons a no knock warrent can be issued ? i.e…. to many people come across a homes thresh hold in an hour ? or to much traffic in and out of a home ? or how many calls to the police have to be made about a certain address about to much traffic or suspicious activity going on there?
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