Monday, April 04, 2005

It Takes A Thief

First, we had an incredible weekend. The weather in Houston this past weekend was absolutely incredible. Not too hot, not too cold. Just perfect. I'll blog more about it when I get my laptop back and can post pictures about it.

I was channel surfing the other night and stumbled on a show called "It Takes A Thief". I think it was on the Discovery Channel. I was so addicted. These two guys who were former thieves go around and ask people if they wouldn't mind if they had their houses broken into and robbed in exchange for a security upgrade.

Cameras are set up throughout the entire house so that the homeowners can watch as the thief goes through their personal belongings and steal thousands of dollars worth of stuff in 10 minutes or less. In one occasion, a brand new BMW was stolen too. Of course the people who are robbed get everything back. Then, their homes are completely redone with security upgrades. Then, a couple weeks later, the thief would come back and test to see if the homeowners locked up their house properly.

In one episode, the thieves took 12 and a half minutes and stole over $300,000 worth of stuff. It was probably closer to half a million dollars worth of stuff. This house even had an alarm system that was on. It was incredibly scary just how fast someone can rip your entire life right out from under you.

The moral of each episode is that it's up to YOU to secure your house, belongings, and safety from assholes. Some of these people actually left the keys to their $100,000 Mercedes in the car! It was unbelievable!

After everything is said and done, the homeowners get all of their belongings back and the former thieves upgrade their home security and give them tips as to how to not be a victim again. Then, in a couple of weeks, they try to break in again. It's amazing how some people just don't learn the first time around. Some do, but some don't. Anyways, check it out and let me know what y'all think.