Who’s Always There Even When You’re Not…ADT!!

January 26, 2011 by admin  
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So when ADT says they are Always There…they are always there at their ADT Customer Monitoring Centers - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - watching and dispatching on alarm signals like burglary, fire, police emergency, duress holdup, carbon monoxide, low temperature, flood detection and more.  So if there is an alarm event that is triggered from your home and you’re not there, ADT will alert appropriate law enforcement/fire authorities as well as contacting those you designate to meet authorities at your home.

What happens if there is a major disaster to the ADT Monitoring Center?

All ADT Customer Monitoring Centers can operate at top optimal levelsadt-redundant-systems under a variety of adverse conditions.  Monitoring professionals have the support of powerful computers and secure communications links with multiple backup systems, which means you can always rely on ADT in an emergency.  For some alarm monitoring companies, a disaster may mean they are out of business until their facility is repaired.  For ADT they have backups in place and redundant ADT  monitoring centers throughout the USA that can take over for another monitoring center anytime if needed -  which means ADT is always there for YOU - our valued customer!

ADT’s backup systems are prepared for anything:

Hurricane…Blackout…Tornado…Power Failure…Flooding…Computer Crash…Power Outage…

If you’re looking for a well-known branded security alarm company that has built it’s reputation on providing quality excellence, solid integrity, and professional 24/7 customer monitoring service then check and see how you can protect your home with ADT.

Holiday Shopping Safety Awareness Tips

November 15, 2010 by admin  
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holiday-mall-black-fridayThe 2010 Holiday Shopping Season officially begins on Friday, 11-26-10, known as BLACK FRIDAY. This name alone should cause you to be a little more cautious as you make your way to the mall or favorite shopping area.

Although most people are heading to the mall with the thought of being thankful and grateful for what they have and the ability to buy gifts for those they love, there are criminals lurking in and around the mall aiming to take what you have.  With personal crimes increasing it is imperative that you keep the following holiday shopping safety awareness tips in mind as you go about your holiday shopping and festivities over the next six weeks.

Be sure to also follow holiday home security and safety tips.  You want to make sure your home is a secure and safe place over the holidays.  We are now entering an extremely vulnerable time  - the Christmas Holiday Season - where home burglaries and home invasions always tend to increase.  Keep your personal safety and security a priority whether you are at home, shopping, or traveling.

Stay Aware Of Your Surroundings At The Malls, Stores & Shopping Centers

■  Carry some type of personal protection device like Personal Alarm with a loud 130 decibel siren to alert others around that you need help.  For greater security protection you may want to consider Pepper Spray or Mace. (Check local laws pertaining to TASERS/Stun Guns and even pepper sprays). Your safety and those of your family members should be a priority. If a criminal attacks you for your purse or packages, give him your belongings. Your life is more important! If he tries to hurt you or a loved one, use your personal device to protect yourself and those with you.
■  If using an ATM at the mall, be vigilant and aware who may be around you. Try not to make large cash withdrawals. Remember the malls may be extremely crowded and this would be an excellent time for a criminal to catch you off-guard and grab your cash.
■  Shop during the daylight hours whenever you can. If shopping at night, try to go with another person. If shopping alone and leaving the mall late at night, ask a security officer to accompany you to your car.
■  Always choose a bank with an ATM located in a highly visible, well-lit area. If you notice anyone suspicious approaching, cancel your transaction and leave.
■  Avoid using ATM’s where you must go inside the ATM area unless you are with others. This leaves you highly vulnerable to a criminal attack. Use the drive-up ATM whenever possible.
■  Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Don’t advertise large rolls of money in public. You don’t know who may be watching.
■  When you leave your vehicle, make sure to lock your doors and keep windows closed. If you have an alarm on your vehicle, use it.
■  Even though you may be rushed and have a thousand things on your mind, stay alert to your surroundings.
■  Don’t leave valuable items inside your car that are visible to others. Place packages in the trunk of your car.
■  Avoid carrying too many packages that may make you a target.   Make regular trips to your car to drop off packages.
■  Keep your purse tucked close to your body at all times. Don’t let it dangle from your shoulder as this may be a perfect setup for a purse-snatcher.
■  For men – carry wallets in front pocket rather than back pocket or jacket. Thieves are looking for easy targets as they move through the crowded malls.
■  Park only in well-lit parking areas and as close to a mall or store entrance as you can. Don’t settle for an isolated parking spot just because you’re in a hurry. Hold out for a safe spot to open up.
■  As you walk through parking lots, make sure you are aware of your surroundings and walk with authority. Don’t look like a victim.
■  Don’t be talking on your cell phone as you leave the mall walking to your car. You need to pay close attention to your surroundings and anyone who looks suspicious.
■  Approach your car with car keys in hand and survey the exterior and interior of your vehicle before entering. Place your packages in the trunk all the while aware of anyone who may be nearby or approaching you.
■  Don’t get into your car if you are being followed or are suspicious of anyone standing near your car. If so, return to the mall or store or where there are other people. Ask for store security assistance.
■  Beware alert and aware of strangers who may be approaching you for whatever reason. At this time of year there are “scammers” trying various methods to distract you with the intention of taking your money and belongings.

Because of our crazy economy there seems to be an increase in carjackings, personal assaults, and robberies.  Pay close attention to those around you and have your keys ready as you approach your car.  Put your Pepper Spray on your key holder just in case.  Better safe than sorry!

Home Security - Protecting Your Home While On Vacation

November 5, 2010 by admin  
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bahama-vacation-pic1Have you already made travel plans for an upcoming holiday vacation?  Are you going out of town to visit relatives for Thanksgiving or Christmas?  Or have you made some major plans to go to an exotic location - like Hawaii or Cancun - someplace warm and relaxing?

If so, what plans have you made to ensure your home is well protected from a burglary or fire while you are away?

For a lot of people protecting your home sometimes falls last on the list and by then it may be late.  Over my 20 years as a home security specialist with ADT I have met homeowners who put their security system in after they came home from vacation - when they found the door kicked in and their home ransacked.

Therefore, I am a big proponent of encouraging homeowners to be proactive about home security protection.  When you invest the time, energy and resources into building a solid level of protection in and around your home, you stand a better chance of NOT becoming the victim of a home burglary/home invasion robbery crime.

So what should you do to make sure your home is protected not just while you are on vacation but 24/7 - 365 days a year?  For people who have already protected their home with a 24/7 alarm service - I salute you.  You can go on vacation with tremendous peace of mind knowing if something happens help is immediately on the way.   For those who don’t have a security system you must rely upon neighbors, friends and/or family members to come and check your home while you’re away.

Here are some home security and safety tips to keep your home secure while away on holiday vacation:

1.  If you don’t already have one, install a quality home security system with 24/7 monitoring for burglary, fire and low temperature protection. If you already have security but not these services, check with your alarm company tp see about adding.  A fire can devastate a home.  And if the electricity gets knocked out due to weather in below freezing temperatures causing the furnace to go out, pipes freeze and sometimes burst causing flooding.  A low temperature detector would alert someone very quickly that there is a problem.

2.  Tighten up and harden the outside of your home. Look at the deadbolts on each door and determine if they are strong enough to withstand a forced intrusion.  Check the bolt on the deadbolt - 2-3″ bolts are recommended.  If you’ve never changed your locks/deadbolts and they are over 10-15 years, it may be time to invest in solid quality deadbolts.  Doors are usually the first point of break-in.  Make your doors impenetrable to an intruder.  When you leave for vacation, make sure you’ve locked all doors.  Common sense I know, but many people leave doors unlocked.

3.  Check windows to make sure locks are adequate and that they are locked when you leave. Recommendation is to reinforce the windows with dowel rods that can be placed in the track of the windows to prevent lifting or sliding if someone breaks the window to unlock.  If the burglar has to work with any effort at getting into the home, chances are the burglar will give up and move to an easier home.  The key is to make your home impenetrable to an intrusion.

4.  Be part of a neighborhood watch group. It’s a good idea to get to know neighbors on either side of your home and across the street then watch out for one another.  When you get ready to leave, let 2-4 of your close neighbors know so they can keep an eye on your home.  If you’re not expecting anyone other than a family member checking your home, let them know that and give them a number to call just in case anything suspicious happens.  If a U-haul pulls up in front of your home and starts unloading your valuables, that should be cause for concern and to notify police.  When neighbors help each other by keeping an eye out, it helps  reduce crime in your area.

5.  Have the newspaper and mail delivery stopped before you leave or have a trusted neighbor pick these up.  A stuffed mail box or newspaper box is a telltale sign that no one is home.

6.  Install motion sensor lights on the outside - garage, front, back and sides of your home provide the best coverage. When these lights come on at night, it gives the impression someone is home.  My recommendation is to also connect the motion lights to a lamp(s) on the inside which will come on once the motion lights come on.  This looks as though someone really is at home.  Most burglars don’t want to confront the homeowner so if they think someone is home, they may move on as well.

7.  Check your electrical plugs, Christmas lights and all outlets before leaving. Unplug as much as you can to alleviate having a fire while gone.  Check your battery smoke detectors and replace batteries accordingly.  If no one is home and a battery smoke detector goes off, no one knows.  If you have a monitored smoke detector, your alarm company can alert fire authorities and others and possibly prevent a major fire disaster.  Every year we hear of fire destroying homes and families due to negligence.

8.  If you have an alarm system, best sure to test your system from time to time and especially before leaving on vacation. Make sure your emergency contact list is up-to-date and let your alarm company know the dates you will be gone.  That way if they get an alarm they can dispatch authorities immediately.  Anyone having access to your home and your alarm should no how to work the alarm, have the 4-digit code and no the password in case they accidentally trip the alarm system.  That way you avoid a false alarm.

9.  If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow, you might have someone clear the sidewalk or your driveway if you get a major dump of snow during the holidays. When snow builds up in the driveway or sidewalk, this can give the appearance that no one is at home.  And that’s what burglars really like - no one at home.

10. Pull curtains and mini-blinds so people can’t see inside. Don’t display valuables near windows for burglars to see.  This may be too tempting if someone is really desperate.  Set lights and lamps up on timers to give the impression someone is home.

We all seem to be on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Linked In and Community Sites.  Be careful how much information you give about being away from home on vacation.  You never know who your “friend” may be on Facebook or Twitter and there have been many cases where a home has been robbed not long after information was “tweeted” or “shared” on a social media site.  Use precautions about what you disclose about being gone, on vacation or personal information.  We don’t always “know” our social media friends that well.

Keep in mind that burglaries tend to increase during the holidays just because people have presents, valuable gifts, cash and other things that burglars want.  But in today’s volatile economic climate there’s more desperation from people who are out of work, don’t want to work, or on drugs.  As homeowners it is up to us to secure our home.  Sometimes that means we have to invest a little more but in the long run keeping your home and family safe and secure is worth the investment and peace of mind.

Your home security and personal safety should become a 24/7 habit - a mindset.  Not that you should become paranoid but realistic in knowing that crime is encroaching upon even the nicest, once the safest neighborhoods.  Being proactive and doing your part to protect your home and family whether you are home or on vacation means you’ll enjoy your vacation more and have a better sense of peace of mind.

Home Invasion Prevention Tips

October 10, 2010 by admin  
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ebook-cover-home-invasion2-1-24Here’s an exerpt from my SPECIAL REPORT “Home Invasion Prevention” by Cheryl Watterson, Home Security Expert


Learn Why Home Invasion Robberies & Home Burglaries Are Becoming More and More Prevalent In Our Society ……And What You Can Do To Avoid Being A Crime Victim!

Ways To Avoid Becoming A Victim Of A Violent Home Invasion

1.  Have a Home Security Plan of Action that states exactly what you will do to maintain the safety of your home and family. This plan should outline some specific strategies that will help to strengthen the perimeter of your home and outline things that you can do to help provide additional protection for family members if you are involved in a home invasion attack. The plan may also encourage taking a self-defense and/or personal safety awareness training class. By learning safety awareness and self-defense techniques and tactics, you will know defensive ways to protect yourself against an attacker whether at home or on the street.

2.  Install a good quality home security system with 24/7 alarm monitoring. The alarm company will immediately be alerted to any activity from your home and dispatch the police of any type of home burglary or emergency. Remember the police can’t be everywhere and the security and safety of your home and family is your responsibility. Be proactive and protect your home but don’t rely solely upon the security system. In addition you should implement solid protection strategies to make your home impenetrable to a home invasion or home burglary. A security system can provide tremendous peace of mind for you and your family.

3.  Harden the perimeter of your home. Evaluate perimeter doors, windows, and locks. Make sure to have solid core wood or metal doors for the main entry doors. Reinforce frames around doors that are older or outdated. Upgrade deadbolts and locks to ensure they can provide solid protection in case of a forced intrusion. Since most home invasions happen when criminals kick and force open your door, make sure you have a super strong, quality deadbolt locking system. If your door gets kicked in by a 250 lb intruder, you want to ensure your deadbolt lock will hold the door in place. Check our security partners at The Ultimate Lock to see how effective this locking system can be.

4.  Install an Early Alert Warning System for your home. The Voice Alert System will let you know when someone is on your property and within a specific radius of your home. Outdoor sensors transmit an alert warning to a voice annunciator inside your home to let you know what area of your property is being breached by potentially unwanted visitors.

Would you like to know well ahead of time that someone is trying to enter your home so you have time to respond? YES should be your answer!

5.  When you are at home, be sure to keep all doors and windows locked. If a stranger comes to your door, DO NOT open your door unless you know precisely who it is. The majority of home invasion robberies happen right through the front door. A homeowner automatically opens the front door without thinking and is confronted by a violent home intruder. Make it a habit to ask who is at the front door before opening. You can always communicate through a closed door. You are under no obligation to open your door to anyone - especially strangers. Ask for identification if it is someone claiming to be from a utility or delivery service company. Carry your phone and call to confirm their identity or call 911.

6. Join or form a Neighborhood Watch Group where neighbors know each other in the immediate vicinity. Get to know the neighbors across from you. Have a form and get to know your neighbors so you can all watch out for each other. Go across the street 5 houses to the left and 5 houses to the right and do the same on your side 5-houses to the left and 5-houses to the right. Then exchange names, phone numbers, addresses, and vehicle types. Recognize any unfamiliar vehicles especially those driving slowly looking at individual homes. When you arrive home, if there is an unfamiliar vehicle parked in front of your home with people inside, you should drive on especially if you are the least bit in doubt or have a “gut feeling” that says drive on.

7. Always be alert and aware of your surroundings. Sometimes your intuition or instincts will let you know when something isn’t right. Listen! When you are out and about be aware if someone - perhaps a stranger - seems to be watching you too closely, seems overly friendly, or way too interested in your personal affairs. Be aware of any vehicle that you feel is following you a little too closely as you drive home.

8. When you pull into your driveway keep your car doors locked and observe if there are strangers around as you pull into the garage. While still in your car, close the garage door and make sure it if fully closed as you exit your vehicle. It is easy to become overwhelmed with groceries, packages, and work-related items to the point we aren’t paying close attention to what is going on in and around the garage area.

9Keep some type of personal protection like pepper spray or mace near the front door - easily within reach in case of a forced intrusion. If you have small children, keep it out of reach and away from them. Some homeowners resort to other non-lethal protection like a TASER or Stun Gun, other homeowners use lethal firearms for their family personal protection. Be sure to follow local, city, and state laws regarding this protection and always make sure you know how to properly use the personal protection you select. Keep in mind that the intruder may be armed so use your best judgment on how you will defend yourself.

10. Be sure to keep trees and shrubs trimmed around your home so you don’t give home intruders an easy place to hide. Adding motion sensor lights around the home can also provide deterrent value. The best place to install motion sensor lights would be in the front, back, and garage side of the house. A suggestion would be to have the motion lights connected to a light or lamp inside the home. That way if the outdoor motion light is activated it also turns a light on inside the house. This gives the real impression to the burglar that someone may actually be at home.

Is Your Sole Security Your Pet Pooch?

March 28, 2010 by admin  
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Don’t Make Your Pet Take On An Armed Intruder! During my 20 years as a home security consultant there were many times when I ran into people who would say - “why do I need a security system…I have a dog?” My answer would typically be - “a good barking dog and a security system do a great job of deterring a criminal intruder.  However, is your pet really equipped to take on an armed intruder?”

There have been numerous home intrusions and home invasion robberies over the past six months in our local area and two in particular where burglars ransacked the homes and ended up shooting and killing the homeowner’s pet dogs as they left the homes.  Heartless Dirtbagsdogkilledrobbery_jpg!!


If you don’t want a security system because you feel pretty safe, think about your pet who is home most of the time when you aren’t - and considering putting a security system in to protect your pet.

cw-rocky-dog-for-blog3Rocky is our pet and guardian of the house when we’re gone.  It’s been a top priority to make sure that both my home and Rocky are well-protected.

Take one look at this pooch - that’s not a SMILE!!

Here is a friend’s new little puppy who will somestevie-sleeps2 day be the protector of the house.  It would be a serious shame if someone were to blatantly shoot a puppy as sweet as this little guy during a home invasion/intrusion!

One thing I encourage people I know who have a security system is to get into the habit of always turning  it on - both when you leave for the day or go to bed at night.

A security system provides a great early alert warning.  Plus when you have a barking dog chances are real good that you’ll know when something suspicious is happening around your home.  If an intrusion occurs when no one is home, the police are typically notified right away and dispatched to the home.

My recommendation is to be proactive and protect your home with a good quality home security system making sure your home, family, and beloved pets are well-protected 24/7.  That’s total peace of mind!!

Are You Telling Too Much Personal Info On Your Social Media Sites?

March 27, 2010 by admin  
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Last September I did a blog on how posting your personal whereabouts on  social media sites like Twitter and Facebook may be giving potential online criminals too much information.

Below is the article we posted back in September and this type of crime is continuing to happen even more today.  The key is to be smart, be aware of online safety issues, and recognize who you are allowing to become your “friend.” If you’re “tweeting” and “commenting” to your friends about your whereabouts - that you are on vacation, dining out…or whatever, at least make sure your home is protected with some type of security system.

Leaving your home vulnerable and unprotected makes it easy for online criminals to do their “offline” job of burglarizing homes.  There are way too many of these “criminal predators” trolling the social media sites.

Listen Up - Could your Twitter and Facebook postings tip off quasi-criminals - i.e. home burglar type “friends” to the fact that you aren’t home?

facebook-pic1When you tweet where you are or comment on Facebook to all your friends that you’re having the best cup of coffee at Panera Bread or Starbucks, are you alerting some unscrupulous “friend” that you’re not at home and that may be the opportunity for a home break-in?

Your first inclination may be “NO WAY” - who would possibly do that?  A savvy “professional” burglar that’s who.  Look at the number of burglaries and home invasion robberies that have dramatically increased over the last 18 months.  Anything is possible - you just need to be ahead of the game.

You see “online” child predators disguising themselves as “friends.” Who’s to say there aren’t “online” local home burglars who carry their cell phones set up with Facebook/Twitter apps so they can keep up with what their “friends” are doing 24/7.

Someone could potentially “friend” local community peeps on both Facebook and Twitter and just watch the conversations.  When someone is on vacation - talking about how great the oceanview is in Florida or that they are visiting family in California, this may be a great opportunity to checkout the home to see if anyone is REALLY home.  Bingo!! The home is totally empty — AND NO SECURITY SYSTEM!!

My suggestion is protect your home and family right now so you don’t have to worry what you say on Facebook, Twitter or whatever social media you use.  What is holding you back?  Taking action now means you’ll spend less money, get a good level of protection without breaking the bank, and have total peace of mind whether at home or away on vacation.

Install a home security system today and tweet all you want about the wonderful coffee at Starbucks!!

Young Boy Thwarts Home Invasion Robbery By Calling 911

March 10, 2010 by admin  
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Do your small children know how to call 911 in case of an emergency?  Do you have a Home Security Plan that lays out protection for your home and what family members should do in case of a major emergency - like a home invasion robbery? If not, it’s a good idea to set one up especially if you have small children.

When parents educate their children - even at a young age - they will know what to do and many times can respond proactively in ways that may save lives.  Watch this video and read the story of a 7-year old boy’s heroic actions that did just that.

Courtesy of MyFox8.com

A terrified 7-year-old boy begged emergency dispatchers to send police to his Southern California home where three armed robbers threatened his parents, according to a recording of the call released Tuesday.

The three men remain at large. g 7-year old who was smart enough to hide from the home intruders and call 911 when his home became the target of a violent home invasion robbery crime.

Gunmen broke into the boy’s home Tuesday morning and announced that they would take whatever they wanted, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Steve Kenny said.

The boy and his 6-year-old sister hid unnoticed in the locked bathroom while the suspects threatened his mother and father at gunpoint.

“There’s some guy who’s going to kill my mom and dad,” he said breathlessly. “Bring cops. A lot of them! … And soldiers, too.”

Click to listen to 911 Call

The suspects eventually broke into the bathroom and someone screamed. The 911 operator sounded shaken as she explained what happened to her colleagues.

Kenny said the suspects grabbed the boy and asked who he called. He responded, “911.” The gunmen fled without taking anything or injuring the family.

“If not for the brave and educated actions of the 7-year-old boy, this might have ended tragically,” said sheriff’s Capt. Pat Maxwell.

This type of crime is happening more and more all across our country.  Have a plan of action and educate family members so they know what to do in case you experience a home invasion crime like this.

My recommendation is to build a solid level of security protection around your home.  That means installing a home security system, solid deadbolt locks, and an early alert warning system - and that’s just for starters!!!

Become more proactive and protect your home and family today!

Home Security - Knock..Knock..Beware Who’s There!

February 13, 2010 by admin  
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Video Courtesy Of Montgomery County-MCSO

Aggravated Robbery - The Woodlands, Texas

At approximately noon today, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call on Gate Hill Drive in The Woodlands, Texas from a victim who reported that he had just been robbed at his home by two individuals.

“The 24 year-old victim called 911 today around noon reporting that two black males, one of whom appeared to be dressed as a police officer, knocked on his door and when he opened it, was threaten with a gun, restrained, struck on the head with a gun and robbed. The victim reported that the suspects had stolen his car. The victim sustained only minor injuries.” To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Knock..Knock..Who’s There? Know who is there before opening your front door or you could be inviting the criminal in!

When you have someone knocking at your front door and you aren’t expecting anyone - DON’T OPEN THE DOOR - unless you can identify the person.  Use a peephole or sidelights next to your door to see who is there and communicate with them without opening the door.  If they state they are some type of utility person checking the gas, electric, cable, or phone, have them show identification and let them know will verify with their office.  But do not open the door.  Once the door is opened even slightly, an intruder can push their way in and overpower the homeowner.

It’s sad but with a downward spiraling economy and more and more people out of work, the incidents of home burglaries and home invasion robberies have steadily increased across the nation.  When people get desperate, they tend to resort to crime of robbery or home burglaries because of the ease with which they can operate.  Most homeowners and individuals do not expect this type of situation to happen to them and may be overly trusting and just open their door when someone knocks.

Many scam artists and perpetrators try to gain access into the victim’s home by using deceptive measures such as saying they are doing a “survey”, or that they have a parcel that needs to be signed for or that they need to use your phone because they ran out of gas.  There are a number of reasonable sounding excuses that can be used to get someone to open the door.  Once the door has been opened a perpetrator can force their way into the home.  Don’t be fooled by these ploys.  It is time to educate yourself and protect your home and family.

Here are some suggestions on what to do when strangers come knocking at your door:

1.  If you are not expecting anyone, ask who is there before opening the door.  If you only have a peephole, make sure it has at least a 180 degree angle so you can clearly see who is at the door.  Try to get a good vantage point to see who is at the door.  Are they canvassing the neighborhood, how many of them are there, what is their dress, and demeanor?  Trust your instincts! If it doesn’t look, feel, or seem right, call 911.  Carry a wireless telephone with you when you go to the door in case you need to call and check identification or in case you need help.  If you have a security system, consider having a wireless remote panic button that you can carry and press to alert the police if you feel threatened.

2.  Keep some type of personal protection device like pepper spray or mace spray near the main entry door.  If someone does gain access by forcing their way in, having pepper spray to defend yourself may actually throw off the intruder enough for you to escape to and get help.  Many people are investing in firearms for personal protection.  Make sure you are well-trained in how to use the firearm and keep away from children.

3.  Don’t think a small door chain lock is going to keep an intruder out when you open the door a few inches to talk.  These guys are breaking into homes because it is a job to them.  They know exactly how to force their way through a small chain lock.  Once inside you may be defenseless and at their mercy.  Remember- DON’T open the door unless you precisely know who is there.  Better safe than sorry.   Checkout the Chain Reaction security door device for a stronger, more solid level of front door protection @ www.strandna.co.uk.

4.  If someone is knocking, it may be best to respond to let them know that someone is home.  Some criminals will knock at the front door and if they get no answer, assume no one is home and either kick in the front door or go to the back of the house and break in.

5.  If the person claims to have an emergency situation, let them know you will call 911 right away and get help.  Or if they say they are from one of the local utility companies — but you did not request their services, let them know you will call the business office to get clear, accurate identification.

6.  If you are alone when a stranger comes to your door, you might pretend that there are other people in the house by call out someone’s name.  Keep the radio or television on and be sure to have a portable house phone or cell phone in your hand when going to the door.

7.  If you see suspicious people, activities, or vehicles in your area, don’t hesitate to call 911 right away.

You are under no obligation to answer the door when someone knocks.  If you are not expecting anyone and don’t recognize the person at the door, let them know through the door that you are not interested and to go away.  Always have a home security plan of action of what you will do in this type of situation.

Home Security - Burglar Proofing Your Home

Courtesy of Fox 5 Atlanta

As I have mentioned so many times in my articles, the first step to protecting your home begins with installing a home security system. However, I always say don’t rely solely on the security system - build an impenetrable level of protection around your home. That means having updated, solid strong deadbolt locks, reinforced frames around the door, solid wood or metal core doors, good window locks and glass protection, an early alert warning system, and outside security lights are among some of the protection recommended.  Doing something is better than doing nothing because the criminal home burglar/home invasion intruder is getting smarter and more professional as the economy continues to worsen.

By being proactive and establishing a security plan for your home and family you may eliminate your home as being a target for these criminals.  If a home intruder has to work very hard to enter a home, he will typically give up and go to an easier home.  Establish a home security plan that incorporates an impenetrable protection level that keeps these punks out of your home so your family stays safe!!

Here is an article by Fox 5 Atlanta about burglar proofing your home.  Home intrusion criminals are getting so bold that having a security system may not be enough as they know it may take 3-5-10 minutes before police will arrive.  By that time the home intruders have broken in - scooped up your high valuables and are gone before the police arrive.

Stopping these guys at the front door is definately key!!  Make sure the front door, your deadbolt locks, your bolt, your reinforced frames are  extremely difficult to break through so these punks decide to go someplace else.  If the intruder has to put forth any effort to get into your home, he’s probably going to give up and find an easier target.  That’s why you want to “target harden” your home.

FOX 5 Special: Burglar Proof Your Home

Updated: Wednesday, 10 Feb 2010, 7:25 PM EST
Published : Wednesday, 10 Feb 2010, 6:50 PM EST

Reported By: Chris Shaw | Edited By: Leigha Baugham

The latest FBI crime numbers show a home is burglarized in the United States, once every 23 seconds. In a majority of those break-ins, the thief enters the home through the front door. According to experts there are simple ways to upgrade the security of a front door on a budget.

Home security video taken from a Metro Atlanta home shows thieves casually targeting one of the most vulnerable parts of a home.

“I didn’t realize before, how unsafe it was. Until I found out one swift kick and everything can come down,” said break-in victim Melissa Dobbins.

Dobbins was outside walking her dog, when her home was burglarized. Even though the door to Dobbins’ home was locked and the alarm set, burglars got in and stole TVs and jewelry. The burglars were gone long before police arrived.

The thieves that struck Dobbins’ home went in the through the front door.

“This entire frame broke. The door was open, I mean, it was just all gone,” said Dobbins. 

Be proactive and protect your home and family!

Home Security System - The First Line Of Defense!

January 30, 2010 by admin  
Filed under Home Security Headline News

First Line Of Defense Security Strategies

Have you put up a defensive barrier around your home to keep the criminals, creeps, and home intruders out?   What first line of defense  strategies have you set up to keep your home and family secure and safe?

For thousands of people a home security system with warning signs in both the front and back yards plus window decals that indicate there is a security system is the first line of defense.  The signs and stickers are the first thing a burglar sees from the road or as someone approaches your home.  This can be your first line of defense!

img025-good-house-pic2One of the most prominent things that stand out about this home is the ADT alarm sign right at the front entry area.  Burglars typically want to avoid a home with a sign like this.  “Why jeopardize getting caught when there are much easier homes that don’t have a security system.” A random survey of this neighborhood showed there weren’t many homes with security alarm signs - which make those homes a more vulnerable home burglary target.

Again, when a burglar is randomly looking at homes to break into, one of the first things he looks for is - does the home have a security system? If you have built layers of security protection around your home that includes a security system, your alarm warning sign will be your first line of defense.  Of all the homes in your neighborhood your home will not be that attactive to a burglar.  He will more likely move on to another home - unfortunately to one of the homes with no alarm yard sign!

Why Does A Burglar Look For Homes With No Security Signs?

Why you might ask? Because burglars look  for crimes of opportunity.  An easy home with no security system (signs/decals), perhaps a door or window left unlocked can be an extremely easy opportunity.  Burglars want to be in and out of a home within 5-10 minutes or less.  They know where to go once inside, what to look for, and they don’t want to spend anymore time than necessary.  In and out– that’s the game! They also don’t want to make a lot of noise that will attract attention and alert the police.  Setting off a security system will do just that.

You can make your home less appealing to a burglar by installing a good quality home security system.  By being proactive and protecting your home you can greatly reduce your chances of becoming a home burglary victim!

Protect your home and family today!

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