Crimes of Opportunity
Crimes of Opportunity By Jason Hanson – LFB.org
Dear Black Bag Confidential Reader,
Welcome to another edition of the Weekly Drop. As spring turns to summer here in the States, it’s tempting to keep your windows open to enjoy the fresh air before it gets too hot. But you may be putting yourself and your family in danger.
Read on to find out how you can enjoy the cool breeze and stay safe, along with the best gun for left-handed shooters and the No. 1 thing you need to do when you get a new cellphone number.
It’s starting to get hot in my house, but I don’t want to turn on the AC just yet… How can I leave my windows open without making it easy for criminals to break in?
— Florence M.
The problem with open windows, Lynn, is they present an easy crime of opportunity. So I don’t recommend leaving your windows open unless you are nearby. I especially wouldn’t leave any windows open overnight unless they are on the second floor. But be sure to case your house to make sure there isn’t anything a criminal could climb on — a garage, a trellis, a ladder left outdoors — to reach them.
That being said, I understand that many people would rather leave their windows open than use their AC, in order to save money. I suggest installing motion sensor lights near the windows you typically leave open. You might also consider putting up a security camera near any windows you plan on regularly leaving open.
Another thing you can do is put a piece of wood in the window frame to prevent it from opening all the way. Pick up a couple of dowels from your local hardware store and cut them to a length that won’t allow the window to open wide enough for a person to fit through.
In regard to your recent article about buying a used car that still has someone else’s information: Does this also apply to cellphone numbers? I recently got a new number and somebody else got mine. I recorded a short video of a female relative so she could see how some clothing fit her from different angles. The next day someone texted me to know if the female beauty was available. It was a little unnerving — I did not respond. I try my best not to put stuff on the cloud, but I know all my contact info is stored in Google Gmail somehow, which is probably the cloud, and somebody was viewing it. How do I clean that up??
— Thomas C.
Unfortunately, Thomas, since smartphones can be hacked in several different ways, it’s hard to say exactly how another person found your video. They could have accessed it by hacking into the cloud or by hacking into the device itself if you were surfing the internet on your phone using an unsecured Wi-Fi network.