Harry Houdini

The Right Way to Do Wrong,

 1906

At length the night of the burglary arrives. The date has been carefully set. You may be sure that there is not a full moon to illuminate the grounds, as he has consulted the almanac. If there is a watchdog, the burglar carries ample means to quiet him, in the shape of a small bottle of chloroform. He and his pal (for most of these burglars work in pairs) rapidly effect their entrance in accordance with their plan. Usually one man is stationed outside to give warning by means of a peculiar whistle or other sound in case detection is to be feared.

To a professional cracksman, the ordinary locks of doors, the ordinary window fastenings and safety arrangements that the householder attends to so carefully every night offer but little or no obstacle. When the time comes for him to enter, he enters as quietly and quickly as though he were the master himself—in fact, very much more quietly. Once inside, his glimmering electric dark lantern, which can be hooded in an instant, gives him sufficient light to move with noiseless rubber-soled shoes to the different apartments. The absolute silence in which a professional cracksman can go through a house, avoiding creaking doors and escaping every loose board that may betray his presence, is astonishing. Many a householder has awakened in the morning to find his house rifled who would deem it impossible for anyone to enter his house, much less his room, without immediately arousing him.

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“I ran into a burglar in my home at 2 am,”

 2011

Justin2011: I woke up to the sound of my screen door slowly closing. As soon as I walked through my doorway and headed down the stairway, I noticed there was a guy dressed in all black creeping up the stairs only three feet away from me. I yelped in shock…we both ran. I slammed my door shut and locked it. I am actually embarrassed to admit it, but I called 911 from under my covers. I’ve never been so afraid in my life. It was the worst feeling ever.

Gulfwinds: I dread the possibility of having to deal with a break-in/home invasion while at home. I keep a Glock within arm’s reach in a biometric gun safe beside my bed. Also, my lighting in my home is automated, and I can press one button (on nightstand) to turn all interior and exterior lights on. If I hear something in my home at night, everything gets lit up. If someone were in my home, the shock of having all the lights on would cause them to reconsider staying.

Graphicmaniac: Lighting up the whole place is not a good idea. Yes, you can see the perp, but guess what…he can see you. What you need is a laser sight attached to the rail on your Glock and a very bright LED flashlight. The combination of seeing the red or green dot on his body causes a lot of perps to retreat. If that doesn’t deter him, then advancing in the dark toward you while a strobe is blinding him will really cause him either to fall down the stairs or trip on furniture.

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