Over the last 2 months there have been a series of break-ins in our complex.  Mostly computers and the occasional mp3 player being lifted.  It’s been a major concern for the residents here and was definitely a concern for my wife and I as we were heading out of the country for 2+ weeks.  My recent addiction to photography podcasts unexpectedly turned into the best theft-prevention device on the planet.

About 2 months ago I started going through Matt Brandon’s (The Digital Trekker) “Depth of Field” podcasts.  Firstly, if you haven’t listened to them, you need to book it RIGHT NOW over to Peach Pit and take a listen to these excellent interviews (click here).  What does this have to do with theft prevention?  Read on.

Before leaving we did the normal “Leaving your House for Two weeks” precautions.  Make sure all windows are locked, timers on the lights, asked a friend to check on it, and pulled the curtains.  Neither of us were convinced that this would actually do much if someone really wanted to rob us – especially since our neighbors were robbed by people using a ladder through a window on the American equivalent of the third floor.  What do you do though. Cross your fingers and hope for the best, right?

Like I mentioned, I had gotten into the habit of listening to Matt’s DOF interviews.  I mostly listened to these in the evenings while finishing up some work.  One evening I accidentally left an interview w/ Matt and David duChemin on repeat without knowing it.  I woke up around 3:00 am to hear, what I thought at the time, were strangers having a conversation in my office.  I quickly realized my mistake even though it actually did scared me.  I realized it was Matt and David after Matt asked David if he wanted to keep a laugh/snort on the interview.  I gave it a good laugh, but struggled to get back to bed for another hour due to adrenaline.

So if you haven’t guest by know, I let that interview run on repeat in our house for 15+ days.  My iTunes counts that it played over 400 times.  The woman that stopped by our apartment everyday to check on it said that it scared her multiple times.  Perfect! That being said, next time you are out of town and have an empty house, consider playing one of Matt Brandon’s “Depth of Field” interviews on repeat.  I’m sure the manly voices of Matt Brandon and David duChemin will make any would-be robber think twice before entering.


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