Check your home se­cu­rity care­fully when trades­men visit

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Editor’s Note: Hun­dreds of Ann Lan­ders’ loyal read­ers have re­quested that news­pa­pers con­tinue to pub­lish her col­umns. These letters orig­i­nally ap­peared in 1999.

Re­cently, my hus­band and I did some ex­ten­sive re­mod­el­ing on our home. We know and trust the con­trac­tor, but some of the work was sub­con­tracted to strangers. These men were in and out of our house ev­ery day for two months.

Dur­ing this time, my hus­band had to go out of town overnight on a busi­ness trip. Be­fore I went to sleep that evening, I dou­blechecked my win­dows, which I al­ways keep locked be­cause of my se­vere al­ler­gies. Thank heav­ens I did, be­cause I dis­cov­ered that one bed­room win­dow was un­locked. I am pos­i­tive one of the work­ers did it, although I don’t know whether it was on pur­pose or by ac­ci­dent.

When I re­lated this to my neigh­bor, she told me a hor­ri­fy­ing story about a friend of hers. The woman had been raped at gun­point by a man who had crawled through a win­dow he left un­locked when he was there ear­lier to do some ex­ter­mi­na­tion work. She rec­og­nized him, and he was ap­pre­hended later.

Ann, I’m sure most work­ers are rep­utable, but it doesn’t hurt to be ex­tra cau­tious. Warn your read­ers to check the locks on all win­dows and doors any­time a stranger has been in their homes, whether it is a re­pair­man, elec­tri­cian, plumber or con­struc­tion worker. I won­der how many bur­glar­ies, rapes or mur­ders re­main un­solved be­cause there was no sign of forced en­try.

— Care­ful in Louisiana

Dear Louisiana: It pays to be care­ful. How­ever, the vast ma­jor­ity of re­pair­men, elec­tri­cians, plum­bers and con­struc­tion work­ers are trust­wor­thy.

They could not hold their jobs if they were oth­er­wise. The les­son to be learned here is to check the locks on all doors and win­dows rou­tinely, whether work has been done or not.

I have been hap­pily mar­ried for 10 years to a gem of a hus­band ex­cept for one thing: He has had 35 jobs in 10 years. We went for coun­sel­ing and were told he is “im­pul­sive and ex­tro­verted.”

I am tired of be­ing the bread­win­ner in the fam­ily. We have vir­tu­ally no sav­ings, and most of what we do have will be de­pleted soon be­cause he is out of work — again. He told me he wants a job where he can set his own hours and have Fri­days off. Who­ever heard of such a thing?

I am at my wits’ end, Ann. Di­vorce is not an op­tion be­cause I love him and never would leave him. What can I do to make him more re­spon­si­ble?

— Tired in Akron, Ohio

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