- Get a peephole.
- If you don’t have a large dog, make it look like you do, but don’t be obvious. A worn, large leash draped over an outdoor chair would be more convincing than a large food bowl near your door.
- Put a beware of dog sign in the back (front is too obvious a ploy).
- If there’s not a man in the house, leave out an old pair of men’s work boots or tool box on the front stoop.
- Keep doors locked at all times.
- Never leave the garage door open unless you must pass under it.
- Never leave a ladder outside.
- Place a real or fake video surveillance camera above the front door where anyone can easily see it.
- Get a security system that includes motion detecting lights at all entry points.
- Make sure no shrubs conceal windows. Plant thorny bushes by windows.
- Stash what valuables you can in a sock inside your child’s bureau (burglars rarely check children’s rooms).
- For other valuables, store in a fireproof safe.
- Use Charlie bars or stoppers on the tracks of your windows.
- Cover your windows with penetration-proof film.
- Use deadbolts.
- Keep your shades down and curtains drawn at night.
- Make sure no valuables are visible through any windows.
- Before you leave for vacation, arrange to have someone mow your lawn and park their car in your driveway.
- Before you leave for travel, put a vacation hold on your mail and newspaper delivery.
- Use an automatic timed lighting system for when you’re away.
- Make sure all the screens in your windows are in excellent condition.
- Make sure all the locks on your windows work—and keep your windows locked overnight!
- Have a smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector on each floor.
- Conduct staged fire escape drills for the entire family.
- Never post vacation plans or even evening plans on social media.
- Put your home security’s sign in the front and back yards.
- Put their decals on your front door and windows.
- Don’t allow dried-up leaves or brush to collect on your property.
- Have a “secret room” built.
- Don’t answer the door unless you’re expecting someone.
- Always check your windows after a service person has left the house (they may have unlocked one as an entry point for a later burglary).
- Never reveal to service people, salespeople, survey takers, preachers or anyone else at your door of your travel plans.
- Make sure your voice mail recording doesn’t say, “We’re not home now…”
- Make sure your house’s address numbers are big and easily viewable.
- If you can’t quit smoking, then rinse the butts before discarding.
- Keep all flammable material away from the house.
- Give a spare house key to a trusted neighbor; never leave it under a welcome mat, flower pot or plastic rock.
- Never step outside the house while the fireplace or a candle is burning.
- Never leave hot things plugged in unless you’re using them.
- Install high-grade door reinforcement technology. Door Devil, is the door jamb reinforcement I use.
- Before leaving the house, turn your phone’s ringer to silent so prowlers don’t hear unanswered ringing.
- Never have packages sitting outside your door; use a sign-for service.
- Keep a phone at your bedside.
- Assume the man at your door claiming to represent your alarm company, whom you’re not expecting, wants to rob you.
Yes, you can protect your home without a gun. Having been in the security industry for many years, I have instructed homeowners on proven ways to protect their home without using a firearm. Here are proven ways to protect your home without a gun.
This stuff works. Just getting the mist in your face from it being carried upwind will make you cough and your eyes burn. Imagine what this chemical will do when sprayed directly into the face of a home intruder.
- Have a house sitter stay at your place while you’re on vacation.
- Arrange to have trusted people drop by occasionally as well.
- Use a monitoring firm that will send help if an intruder trips an alarm.
- If possible install flood lights, particularly near secluded portals.
- Employ a motion sensor that flips the lights on.
- Plant thorn-bearing brush under windows and other areas where a burglar might creep around.
Get a Dog
- Not only will the homeowner be awakened by even a tiny dog’s frantic barking when it hears/smells a stranger on the premises, but it will get the attention of neighbors. Many a burglar will flee when little Princess begins yipping like mad, let alone Duke.
- If the dog alarm goes off, call 9-1-1.
- Grab the baseball bat or golf club (that you have at your bedside) to prepare for possible defense.
- Don’t get ahead of yourself with swords or weaponry you’re not trained to use, or that look effective but can’t be swung in limited space.
- Arm your perimeter with a complete surveillance system.
- Security cameras, when detecting motion, can emit a siren or lighting that can alert the homeowner via a smartphone.
- Use apps that allow you to view your home from your mobile device.
- Install cameras inside your house as well.
Home security system
- A home alarm screams when you can’t.
- Home security systems call the police when you aren’t able.
- Home security alarms deter intruders who fear they might get caught.
If guns make you feel unnerved, you just learned how you can protect your home without a gun.
Who better to tell you how to protect your home than a career criminal that began breaking into homes at the tender age of 14. Up until he was finally jailed, he fed a heroin addiction for almost 30 years by breaking into over 200 homes. That’s an average of breaking into one home every 2 months for 30 years!
How he chose homes:
He randomly chose single level homes that had open shades where he could see inside if anyone was home. He cased the homes over a few days.
Often he would choose a home near the parking lot of a business, church or other establishment where he could park his car unnoticed.
A big attraction was if he saw any degree of mail or newspapers accumulating. One to 2 days worth of mail would prompt him to case the home further. If the home didn’t have that “lived in look” he would knock on the front door, ring the bell, tap on windows and if nobody answered he would jiggle the doorknob.
He also looked at a home’s lighting. If an exterior light was on at 2pm during daylight and still on at 4am, then it was likely the person was away from the home and left the light on to give the false impression they were home at night, not thinking a burglar would notice the light during the day.
What homes he avoided:
Any home with a “Beware of Dog” sign or any pictures of dogs wasn’t worth the risk. If the home had the appearance of a home security system, home security cameras, signage, stickers or a visible alarm keypad, he avoided the home saying again, it’s not worth the risk.
I think it’s pretty clear what you should do and what you shouldn’t do to attract the attention and deter a burglar.
This is just a bad, bad story with no happy ending.
There are home invasions, then there is this home invasion. Just when you think humans can’t get any meaner towards each other there is Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky, the 2 men accused of a home invasion in Connecticut in 2007. Hayes and his lowlife accomplice allegedly met at a halfway house. They saw the mother (who was eventually murdered) in a parking lot one day and followed her home. A total random act.
The home was invaded at 3am. The father was immediately beaten and tied up in the basement. The father was held captive for a time but he escaped alive. The kids were tied to their beds and the mother was forced to go to the bank and withdraw money.
While at the bank the mother told a bank representative what was happening. The bank called the police who sent cruisers to the scene.
The police were outside for over 30 minutes to prevent the murderers from escaping. At one point the home invaders assaulted one of the children then killed the mother. They set the home on fire and the 2 kids died from smoke inhalation.
The NY Times reported that the state’s attorney John A. Connelly had “described the case as the ‘most horrendous murder in the state of Connecticut in the last 30 years,’ adding, ‘There are about five ways you could charge capital felony.'”
These guys might get the death penalty. But will justice be done? No. There is no justifying the death of a woman and two children and no justice in the prosecution or even death of the accused. And the father of the deceased, he will only mourn his loss, while he might crack a smile if they are prosecuted, he will never celebrate.
I can tell you right now my home security system will be on when I go to bed tonight. And then some.
Robert Siciliano personal security expert to Home Security Source discussing home invasions on the Gordon Elliot Show. Disclosures
Dumb Criminals are performing stupid crimes all the time. Here is a list of 10 stupid criminal stories.
#1 Firefighters said it can’t get more ironic than this — an arsonist breaks into a convenience store, steals scratch-off lottery tickets, tries to cover his tracks by setting a fire, and in the process, sets himself on fire.
#2 Robber walked in to a store with duct tape wrapped around his head to conceal his face. The store manager had some duct tape of his own. He had a wooden club wrapped with duct tape that eventually sent the suspect fleeing the store. A store employee chased Duct Boy to the parking lot, tackled him and held him in a choke position until police arrived.
#3 Burglar breaks into a home and rifled gems from a jewelry box and helped himself to a check book, but the vodka and valium he had already downed that morning was taking its toll. And when the stunned homeowner came upstairs, she found him fast asleep under her bed.
#4 A woman stepped out of her car to talk to an officer about a crime she witnessed. While her back is turned, a man in a black cap carrying a big stick walked past her and and jumped into her car. The officer banged on the hood – to try to get the man to stop, but he got away. He was caught the next day.
#5 A policeman and his drug sniffing dog were invited to a Boy Scouts meeting for a demonstration. One of the boy’s mothers was arrested for having marijuana in her purse.
#6 Robber holds up a liquor store and demands all the money. Clerk gives him the money then the robber demands a bottle of scotch. The clerk refuses unless the robber shows him ID to verify his age. Robber showed his ID.
#7 Woman’s car is stolen with her mobile phone in it and she reports it to the police. Police call the thief on the phone saying they were responding to a news paper ad to buy the car. Thief shows up to sell the car.
#8 Two robbers enter a store and one screams “Nobody move or I’ll shoot!” His partner moved, he got shot.
#9 Guy breaks out of jail and goes to his girlfriend’s house. He accompanied her to court the next day on a charge she faced. While at court he went outside to smoke a cigarette, she couldn’t find him and had him paged. Two cops recognized the name and arrested him.
#10 Bank robber stuffed a bag of money down his pants. The teller put an exploding dye pack in the bag. The dye pack exploded.Ouch! He didn’t make it out the door.
An elderly World War II veteran fought off a man who had broken into his home and attacked the Marine veteran.
The Boston Herald reports the Vet was sitting in his living room watching TV and his wife was upstairs. The home invader comes in and attacked the Vet, then “as he was being attacked, the man shouted, drawing the attention of his wife who then called police while the suspect fled when the retired Marine fought back.”
Immediately the state and local police went into the neighborhood and found the perpetrator “soaking wet and had fresh blood on his white t-shirt and cuts on his hands and was found to have property stolen from the home”.
Everyone loves a happy ending.
Resistance in an attack has been proven in most cases to send the attacker fleeing. Resistance can be a tricky proposition whether or not a weapon is involved. As long as you survive, you’ve done the right thing.
Every family must have a plan for home security and a home security alarm.
Consider a trained German shepherd as a protection dog as well.
Another consideration is a home safe-room also known as a “panic room” where families can hide out in a relatively bullet proof, well stocked room equipped with wireless communications and wait for law enforcement to show up.
Never talk to strangers via an open or screen door. Always talk to them through a locked door.
NEVER let children open the doors. Always require an adult to do it.
Not all home invaders knock, some break in without warning. That’s just another reason to have that home alarm on while you are home.
Install a 24-hour camera surveillance system. Security cameras are a great deterrent. Have them pointed to every door and access point.
Everyone’s job spills into their personal life is some way. I’m sure if your job is to clean offices all day, your home is probably clean. If you are a computer technician, your family bothers you every day to fix stuff. My guess is if you are a nurse, your kids are probably well taken care of.
My job is to scream about home security and other security issues all day. I’m pretty sure people are listening because they often thank me for the heads up and lately have been pointing to specific posts that saved them lots of headaches and heartache. In my home environment, I’m the CSO, Chief Security Officer, and security is an ongoing process that everyone is involved in. They have no choice. I bark it all day.
My belief is everyone has a job to do in personal safety. No matter what, you must protect yourself and family from the bad-guy. The hard part about this part time job is it requires a bit of thought. Because you’re not immersed in it all day like I am, the “second nature” part requires putting out a tiny bit of extra effort in order to complete whatever security task there may be at hand. To some people who are already burdened with life, a simple task like locking your doors or activating an alarm might be too much to think about.
I remember about 20 years ago I knew I wanted a safe. So I bought one. And that safe sat in my closet in the box for another 8 months until I actually bolted it to the floor and began to use it. It took extra effort. Everything of significant monetary value that I don’t want stolen is easily locked up and fireproofed. Today it’s no effort.
Occasionally after a long day I go to bed and forget to set the alarm. But I always remember if I didn’t set it as my head hits the pillow, which means I get out of bed and set it. It’s a tiny bit of extra effort. Then I sleep better. Security might not be your job, but it is really everyone’s job. Be the power of example and provide the leadership your family needs and be their Chief Security Officer.
We often hear people (including myself) drone on at how the system is broken and how good guys end up in jail and bad guys are released on good behavior. The criminal justice system is far from fair. Too often bad people are let out only to re-offend and sometimes do worse the second or third time around. Securing your home is crucial way of protecting your home and family.
The Seattle PI reports “a man who police say beat an elderly woman and burglarized her home has schizoid-affective disorder, was released from jail three days before the attack and had to be placed in seclusion multiple times at Western State hospital.
The 81-year-old victim told police she thought he would have killed her if other elderly neighbors who police say he also assaulted didn’t come to her aid.”
That is likely someone’s mom and grandmother. Imagine this happening to a loved one.
“The man, who is on Department of Corrections supervision, has a lengthy criminal history including a conviction for custodial assault, second-degree robbery, theft, assault, negligent driving, domestic violence harassment and domestic violence assault.”
This is obviously a bad, bad man. He’s been diagnosed with mental illness and he has extreme tendencies towards violence. The frustrating part of this story is that it is evident in his current state of mind and in his history that he will do this again and again until he commits a heinous enough crime that gets him a life or death sentence.
The courts can only work within the confines of the law. Citizens can only hope the law is sufficient enough to guarantee their safety. What this ultimately means is a citizen’s right to safety is only guaranteed by what he or she does to protect themselves. The ultimate responsibility to protect yourself is on you. The justice system doesn’t necessarily provide justice. It is simply a guide.
By coming to terms with this and realizing the responsibility you have, you develop a higher sense of awareness and begin to put systems in place to prevent such atrocities from happening in your life or to someone you love.
Fundamentals include locking your doors, having a home security plan, investing in home security alarms and home security cameras. The worst thing you can do is nothing. The best thing you can do is be proactive.
Nationwide, “burglars made off with $4.6 billion in electronics, jewelry, cash and other items in 2008, according to the FBI. In more than 30 percent of those burglaries, the thief got inside without forcing open a door or window. Many occurred during the day.”
As you pack your car for your next road trip, realize someone’s probably watching. Neighbors often peek their heads through their windows when they see activity. I’m one of those neighbors. I like to see what is going on and I often keep tabs on who is doing what and when. If a neighbor is leaving to travel, I know about it.
I’m not nosy, I’m security conscious. Nosy is when the neighbor asks questions and pokes around your business. Security conscious is when you observe, adopt situational awareness and try to identify if the rolled up rug your neighbor is stuffing in their trunk is just a rug or if that rug has his wife in it.
Burglars use these same observation tactics. They look for signs you are traveling. They look for outside lights on 24 hours a day. They look for dark homes inside at nighttime. They look for no car in the driveway, mail and news papers piled up or uncut grass that’s three weeks overgrown. And they look to see you packing your car before a trip. A bad neighbor or his bad seed of a kid may be peering through their windows when you pack. That kid may end up in your house hours after you leave.
The Washington Post reports “but police say there are simple steps residents can take to make it less likely their home will be the next target. “Reduce the opportunity,” District Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said. “People don’t just walk down the street and decide ‘I’m going to hit your home today.’ They do some casing. The key, police say, is securing your home and eliminating signs that you are away. Doors and windows should be locked even if you’re only heading to the park or a neighborhood barbecue for a few hours.”
Here are a few tips to help protect the safety of your home while you are on vacation:
- Pack your car in your garage or late at night under the cover of darkness.
- Use timers on indoor and outdoor lights.
- Let a trusted neighbor and the police know you are traveling.
- Unplug garage door openers.
- Have a neighbor park their car in your driveway.
- Have a landscaper mow your lawn.
- Don’t share yourhttp://www.homesecuritysource.com/Blogs.aspx?TopicName=Travel travel plans on social media or on a voicemail outgoing message.
- Lock everything of significant value in a safe.
- Invest in a home security camera system and home security alarm system.
Many studies show burglaries actually happen more in the daytime than in the evening. Depending on whom you ask, the hours of 7-10 a.m. seem to be the most attractive times for burglars.
This is a time of the day when people are leaving for work. The bad guy may see you leave and take the opportunity to check if you locked your doors. First, he rings the bell and knocks on the door to see if you are home. If there is no answer, he jiggles the handle, if you didn’t lock your doors, he is in. If you locked the door, he may use a screwdriver or crowbar to force it open. If you don’t have a home security system, then, he is in with relatively little resistance.
In Downey California the local police sent out this message:
“In recent months the city of Downey has experienced a rise in the number of daytime residential burglaries reported to the police department. Many of these incidents have occurred in the same fashion and the police department is asking for your help in the prevention of such occurrences.
The following is a scenario often used by suspects looking to burglarize homes in your neighborhoods:
A suspect may simply walk to the front door of a residence and knock on the door. If someone answers, the suspect will make an excuse for being at the wrong house and walk away. If there is no answer, the suspect will either leave the location before returning a short time later, or make his way into the back or side yard to find a way into the house.
Once out of view of the street, he will look for open windows or doors to gain entry into the residence. If the house is locked, the burglar will oftentimes force entry by breaking a window or forcing a door open.
A car with additional suspects will oftentimes wait a short distance away for the suspect to return with stolen property. The suspect may also call them to respond to the house to assist in the actual burglary of the location.
Because the actions of the burglars are usually not visible from the street, it is difficult for police to discover the crime in progress. Because of this, it’s imperative that residents in the area pay close attention to suspicious subjects in their neighborhood. This is especially true if you see someone knock on a door of a residence, then go to the back of the house when they fail to get an answer.
If you see people in your neighborhood – whether they are walking or sitting in a vehicle – that you feel may be looking for an opportunity to commit a crime, please call the Downey Police Department”