George Feder, Ex-Jewel Thief, 04/29/09

April 28, 2009 by admin  
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Cheryl Watterson, Radio Hosts, will talk with George Feder, Former Jewel Thief/Professional Burglar on 04/29/09.

For more than 20 years George Feder was a master jewel thief.  He wasn’t your run-of-the-mill burglar who gained entrance to dwellings by breaking down doors with a sledge hammer.  He was a professional with finesse and aplomb, who took the craft of lock picking to the level of fine art and could breeze through any security system without breaking a sweat. 

His ability to maintain his cool and get the job done under the most stressful conditions earned him an underworld reputation as the best jewel thief in the United States.

George will be talking about his experience as a professional burglar, jewel thief, and being part of the “wise guys” in his neighborhood.  We’ll learn about his life during that time, during the time he was eventually caught, and how his life is today.

What advice does George give to condominium owners and everyday homeowners about keeping their home and family safe?  Join the show to learn all about these things and more. 

Show starts at 6:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, 4-29-09.  You can either listen online at or listen via your telephone at (646) 727-3396.



Tough Economic Times Driving Burglaries

April 27, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Home Security Headline News

With the hard economic times driving more home burglary crimes - it’s time to target harden the perimeter of your home to keep the burglars OUT!!! 

Video Courtesy of KRQU-TV

For the past year I have been writing about how the increase in home burglary and home invasion robbery crimes are primarily due to the change in our economy.  It seems even law enforcement is starting to say the same thing.  After spending 20 years as a Security Consultant for ADT - I saw firsthand how the change in the economy can cause an increase in home burglary crimes. 

In the early - mid 1990’s there was an increase in this crime right around the presidential election.  The primary news was the bad state of our economy.  As a security consultant during this time I was extremely busy assisting thousands of homeowners with their home security protection. 

When I look at home burglary/home invasion robbery crimes today, they are different.  I think the word “desperation” best describes the home burglary/home invasion intruders.  These intruders are smarter, more educated, and more determined to break into homes and take whatever they want. 

When you see the violent home invasions and home burglaries blasting the TV news, there seems to be a certain amount of desperation driving these criminals.  Things like job loss, no jobs available, trying to feed a family, and a $500/per day drug habit can make one desperate!

For the criminal with an expensive drug habit, they are going to be very busy breaking into many homes each day.  Not only are they looking at taking your property (computers, TV’s, big screen, stereos), but they are also looking to take your cash, credit cards, jewelry, guns and whatever else they can find that can easily be turned into cash.   

For todays home intruders, installing just a security system may not be enough.  What I mean by that is these criminals realize there may be some things they can do to disable “some” alarm systems.  Many have become educated in how security systems function, while there are still many criminals who avoid a home with an alarm system.  The professional intruder may know approximately how long it takes for the police to respond in your neighborhood.  In some areas it might only be a few minutes for the police to respond to an alarm; while in larger metro cities it could be 5/10 maybe 15 minutes or longer.  The intruders are alert to these response times by the authorities. 

That’s why it is very important to harden the entire perimeter of your home.  You need to buy as much time as you can while the intruder is trying to break in for the police to respond to your call.  You don’t need to go crazy and build Ft. Knox, but take a look at where an intruder might potentially break in and make sure you’ve reinforced that area.  The longer and harder the intruder has to work to break in the more likely he is to give up and go to an easier home.

Here are some security measures you can take to target harden your home’s perimeter.  If you are home when an attempted intrusion takes place, immediately call 911 and activate your alarm system’s emergency panic button.  This will let the alarm company know to dispatch the police immediately that someone is home and needs help right away! 

1.  Install a security system that protects all entry doors, vulnerable windows, with interior motion detectors (depending on home size at least one on the main level and one in a basement location), operating panel at the main entry with an option for one at the front door, and either an operating panel in the master bedroom or at least a wireless remote with a panic button.  Make sure you put your alarm sign in the front and back of your home and put window decals on doors with glass and vulnerable windows.  Click Here for security details.

2.  Reinforce your deadbolt locking system if outdated.  The Ultimate Lock is an excellent deadbolt system that will make it extremely difficult for an intruder to kick in the front door.  This locking system can withstand up to 4,000 pounds of force.  If you have a 250 lb intruder kicking at your front door, be aware you must have a deadbolt system that can withstand that blow.  The Ultimate Lock should be a part of your perimeter security protection - the front door, back door, and garage service doors are going to be vulnerable doors that an intruder will be looking at kicking in.  Click Here for details on the Ultimate Lock system.

3.  Glass can be a weakness in your home’s perimeter, especially if it is single paned glass.  The newer glass sliders/windows use double-paned glass, but even they can still be broken.  If you have a lot of glass slider doors on the rear of your home, protect your glass slider doors with ShatterGARD security window film.  This is a security film that goes on the inside glass that provides a coating like armor in case the glass is broken.  An intruder would have to work extremely hard using a baseball bat to try and break the glass.  The glass may eventually break but will hold together with the ShatterGARD film keeping the intruder from getting through.  Once the intruder realizes he cannot get through the glass without completely exhausting himself, looking for an easier home may be his next choice.  Click Here for details on ShatterGARD security film.

4.  A perimeter alert system that lets you know that someone is breaching the outer area of your home can give you valuable warning that you have a potential intruder on your property and more than likely looking at breaking in.  The last thing you want is to wake up and find the intruder looking down at you and you never heard him get in.  The Voice Alert System can be set up to detect someone approaching your driveway, the front door area, garage door area, and back door area.  If it is 3:00 a.m., wouldn’t you want to know you have an intruder at your backdoor?  Click Here for details on the Voice Alert System.

5.  A reinforcement for your perimeter and interior doors would be the 20-gauge steel door brace.  This is a relatively inexpensive yet strong addition to your doors.  It is placed underneath the front door handle and braces itself against the door and floor.  The harder someone pushes on the door the more the brace takes hold.  Once again, this could slow the intruder down giving you time to alert the police….or grab your personal protection.  I keep a door brace in the master bedroom as part of my safe room protection to reinforce the master bedroom door.  Click Here for details on the steel door brace.

6.  Place motion detector lights around the perimeter of your home.  if you have a dusk to dawn light, that can be an effective deterrent as well.  The motion lights come on when someone or even an animal walks within the sensing unit.  To be most effective I would always recommend to customers to have the motion lights connected to an interior light or lamp so when the outside motion lights came on it would also turn the lights inside on.  That made it look like someone was really home.

7.  Check the list of common-sense products you can purchase from your local hardware store to help reinforce the perimeter of your home.  Click Here for details on common-sense products.

If you setup your security system protection using the above protection plan, you can harden your home’s perimeter making it extremely difficult for a home burglary/home invasion intruder to get through. 

Be proactive and protect your home and family today!!


Residential Security Checklist

April 24, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Home Security Solutions

When I interviewed Lt. Bruce Barnes, Noblesville Police Department, on Wednesday for my radio show, he gave me permission to put a link  to his site in case anyone is interested in downloading the Residential Security Checklist he put together.  All you need to do is click HERE

Be sure to take the time and do the security checklist survey for your home.

Starting today - be proactive and take action to protect your home and family!!



Don’t Be A Home Invasion Victim!

April 23, 2009 by admin  
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Don’t be a victim of a deadly home invasion robbery!

You know how tough things are in our economy right now.   If you watch the daily news, read the papers, or listen to the radio, you know thousands of people are losing their jobs, businesses are closing, there are NO jobs, and homes are being lost. 

With this grim picture, there has been a tremendous increase in home burglary and home invasion robbery crimes.  People are looking for cash in the easiest way possible.  Home robbery crime is easy because homeowners sometimes become lax by leaving doors and windows unlocked and not being security conscious.  We sometimes have an “it won’t happen to me” attitude.

Determine that you are not going to allow this type of crime to affect your home and family.  Refuse to be a victim of a home burglary/home invasion robbery crime!!

Get a copy of my FREE Report - “Home Invasion Prevention”  to learn proactive strategies and ways to strenghthen your overall home security, personal protection options, and keeping your home and family safe and well-protected 24/7. 

Just enter your name and email in the box to the right and then check your email address for the downloadable link

Starting today - be proactive and take action to protect your home and family!!


Home Safety & Security Interview

April 22, 2009 by admin  
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Larry Kaminer, President-Personal Safety Group interviewed Cheryl Watterson, Radio Host, Security Expert for Lets Talk Home Security and Home Security 911.

Home Safety and Security

Cheryl Watterson, home safety and security expert joined us for a show yesterday and imparted some very valuable information. Here are some of the golden nuggets I got out of our discussion:

If your leave your cars in the driveway, take the remote switch out of the vehicle and bring it inside. Its way too easy for a criminal to break into the vehicle and open your garage door with the remote that you have conveniently left for him clipped onto the visor

Place a wireless sensor (separate from the home security system) out near the top of your driveway or toward the periphery of your property that will alert you if someone has crossed onto your property. This way the first time you know someone is trespassing or trying to get into your home isn’t just when they are trying the door or breaking a window.  For more information on the Driveway Alert System, go to

If your designated “safe room” - the room in which you will  barricade yourself to buy time until the police arrive, is your master bedroom, be aware that home invaders most often make their way to the master suite since a lot of high value items can be found there. Jewelery, cash and guns!!!

Cheryl reminded us that an addict with a $500 per day habit needs to steal a lot of property and when an addict is going into withdrawal, there is not much they wont do to get their hands on valuables to trade for their drug of choice.

Visit  to download a home invasion prevention report that Cheryl provides at no charge.

My interview with Cheryl lasted one hour and I will have her back since I feel like I had another two hours of questions

Thanks again Cheryl for taking the time to join us on our first radio interview


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Bruce Barnes, Noblesville PD, 04-22-09

April 20, 2009 by admin  
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Cheryl Watterson will interview Lt. Bruce Barnes, Noblesville, Indiana Police Department Public Information Officer on Lets Talk Home Security Radio, 04-22-09.

Join the program as Lt. Barnes discusses Residential Security Inspections for burglary/theft prevention for your residence.  More and more home burglaries are happening and one reason is homeowners have become lax in their overall home security.  When you leave your doors unlocked whether you are asleep or away from home, you are inviting strangers/intruders into your home.  Make security a habit!

This is the time for reiterating basic home security awareness.  Building solid home security habits will help homeowners keep their home well-protected and their family safe 24/7.

Join in the conversation with Lt. Barnes on Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. EDT/3:00 p.m. PDT at (646) 727-3396 or online at

Download a Residential Security Checklist from the Noblesville Police Department and do your own home security walk-through by clicking HERE.









Home Invasion Intruders Strike Granger, IN While Homeowners Sleep

April 20, 2009 by admin  
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If you leave your doors unlocked when you go to bed at night or when you leave for the day, you are inviting criminals into your home.  As we weather the storm of job losses, unemployment, and an economy that is fighting to recover, there has been a big increase in the number of home burglaries - home invasion robbery crimes.

As homeowners we need to do our part to make our homes well-protected and keep our family safe from becoming a victim of a violent home invasion robbery crime.  It is very bold that an intruder feels he can walk into a strangers home in the middle of the night while everyone is asleep.  If they will do that type of home invasion, they will probably have no problem harming you and your family should someone awaken and catch them in the act of this crime..

It is our responsibility to double check that the doors are locked at night before going to be, that the garage door is closed, and that we place high valuables like cell phone/computers/purse/electronics out of viewing sight from nearby windows.  If you have a home security system, turn it on whenever you go to bed and when you leave for the day.  This is all a security habit that you must get into and do each and everyday.  Try this for 21 days straight and it will be firmly entrenched as a habit.

If you would like to learn more about Home Invasion Prevention and how to avoid being a victim, get a copy of my FREE REPORT - Home Invasion Prevention by going to and signing up.  Sometimes we need to take a few minutes to review the security we currently have in and around our own home.  If there are any weaknesses in our home security, we should act to improve it.  

Here is an article from the South Bend Tribune about four homes in the Granger, Indiana area that were recently burglarized while the homeowners were home asleep.  When an intruder breaks in while homeowners are there, that is considered a home invasion crime.  After reading the article it appears that the homeowners did not consider that they may become a home burglary/home invasion crime victim.  People seem to think “it will never happen to me…until it does.” 

No matter what neighborhood you live in - good or bad - realize that you can become a victim of a home burglary/home invasion robbery crime if you are not prepared.  Protect your home and family today! 

Article published Apr 18, 2009 - Courtesy of South Bend Tribune
Owners home in Granger when burglars strike
Police issue warnings to lock and close doors.
By SUE LOWE Tribune Staff Writer

GRANGER — Four burglaries while homeowners slept Wednesday night have prompted a police warning for people to lock their doors and keep small valuables out of sight.

St. Joseph County police Sgt. Bill Redman said police believe the four burglaries and another attempted burglary, all in subdivisions in the northeast corner of the county, are related.

He warned residents to make sure all doors, including doors between garages and homes, are locked.

Redman said police officers on night patrol see several garage doors up in most subdivisions as they drive through at night.

He warned that cars and trucks left in driveways with garage door openers inside give burglars a chance to grab the openers.People should store wallets, purses and small electronic items such as cell phones out of sight of windows, according to Redman.

“What these guys are doing is walking behind houses and trying doors (to see if they’re locked),” Redman said. “These people are getting pretty brave.”

He said they often see purses and wallets left in sight from outside the homes.

Redman warned of similar burglaries in Granger in 2008 and said homeowners have apparently forgotten.

Those burglaries along with a daylight burglary on Ash Road have Redman anticipating “a bad year” for crime.Redman said a purse and wallet were stolen from two homes in the Covington Shores subdivision on Adams Road. The empty purses and wallets from those burglaries were found Thursday on a subdivision cul de sac in Cass County.

But all the credit cards, money and electronic devices were gone.

In one burglary, the homeowners were awakened by a loud noise and found a wallet, cell phone and purse gone. A door was pried open in that incident.

In the other Covington Shores burglary, homeowners found that a purse with a cell phone inside and a wallet were missing when they woke up Thursday morning. The garage door was left up at that home.

Redman said a homeowner saw somebody in a home in Northbrook Shores off Ash Road and apparently scared him away. He saida child who needed to go to the bathroom woke the woman who lives in the home.

As the woman was walking the child back to bed, she saw somebody with a small flashlight in the living room and called for her husband.

The person in the living room ran from the house. Redman said the patio door was not locked.

In Pleasant Valley South, also off Ash Road, somebody set off an alarm at one home and left.

A woman was awakened by noise at a nearby home but went back to sleep. She found a purse and a digital camera gone when she woke up. The door between the house and garage was not locked.Redman said a man has been arrested in connection with the burglary at a home on Douglas Road near Ash Road on Wednesday.

That incident alarmed Redman because the man broke into the home even though signs identified it as having an alarm system.

The alarm company called St. Joseph County police and somebody else called Elkhart County police to report a suspicious person.

Redman said Elkhart County police found the man walking down the road carrying a jewelry box from the house and a crow bar.  (To read the rest of the article - click HERE).

Be prepared and protect your home and family!

Protect your home with an ADT system



Vacation Time Is Here-Burglar Proof Your Home Now!

April 8, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Home Security Headline News

Over the past the past 3 months I have been traveling either for fun or for work.  I’ve taken some mini-trips for 3-5 days at a time and just recently spent (7) great days in the San Francisco area visiting my daughter and son-in-law. 

On Friday, we visited downtown San Francisco Union Square.  In fact, we had lunch at the top of the Macy’s building - which is in this picture - and we sat outside on the patio at The Cheescake Factory.  If you are in dowtown San Francisco, you have to check it out.  The view from the top was absolutely breathtaking!!!  And the food was very good too. 

While enjoying our vacation, the last thing I wanted to have think about was whether or not my home was secure, safe, and protected from burglars.  I was totally confident that it was protected and all was well on the homefront.

If you have read my blog at all, you know I believe in home security systems.  I have had a security system in my last two homes, my daughter had one in her apartment after college, my son has a security system in his new home, and recently my daughter had a security system installed in her new home in California.  Why would you not have a security system in your home?  The peace of mind you get from having a good quality security system is well worth whatever the charges are.

As you get ready to leave on vacation there are certain things you want to do to your home so it does not appear that you are away and your home vacant.  If you have a home security system, that is the very last thing you will deal with when you leave. 

When I leave for vacation, I make sure all doors and windows are locked, set the alarm, and leave.  I have a great deal of confidence in my alarm system (and the company),..having had very few false alarms over the last 18 years…and I will NEVER  be without a home security system. 

If you don’t have an alarm system in your home, consider the benefits and see how they outweigh any fees or charges involved. Take a look at the following tips to protect your home while on vacation.

 Protect Your Home Against Burglary When Going On Vacation!

Everyone looks forward to taking vacations. Unfortunately, this can be an opportune time for a burglar to strike, especially if there are obvious signs that your home is unoccupied. Whether gone for a day or a couple of weeks, take the following precautions:

1.  Check all doors and windows to make sure they are securely locked. If any locks need to be replaced or reinforced, make these improvements before you leave.

2.  Use automatic timers on interior lights. A timer can also be used on a portable radio. Use photo electric cells (which screw into the light socket) on exterior lights. These devices will “automatically” turn lights on/off depending on the level of darkness.  Also check into putting up motion sensor lights outside your home.  The areas you may want to light up would be the front door area, garage, back entry door, and any area that you feel is a vulnerable area that has limited lighting at night.

3.  If you will be gone for an extended period of time, arrange to have your lawn mowed.

4.  It is also a good idea to ask a neighbor to park a car in your driveway and to use your garbage container. Make sure that items such as children’s toys, ladders, lawn furniture, etc. are put away.

5.  A trusted neighbor should be informed of your vacation plans; when you are leaving and expected return date. Leave a key with a trusted friend or neighbor so that the position of curtains, blinds can be changed. Also if you don’t cancel newspapers and postal delivery, ask them to pick up and place in the house. Inform trusted neighbors on all four sides of when you’ll be gone so that a complete look-out is maintained. Be selective, however, in announcing your plans to anyone else.

6.  If you have an alarm system, make sure it’s activated when you leave. Leave the house key with a neighbor and show them how to turn the security system on and off.  Be sure whoever is on your emergency call list knows the password in case of a false alarm and knows the security code to turn the alarm off and on with.  When I was a security alarm consultant, I always reminded my customers to keep their emergency call list updated and make sure those people who had access to their home had a security code to set the alarm.  The last thing you want are unnecessary false alarms.

Have a great vacation!!!  And remember, having a security system is great to have all year long…not just for vacations!!!

Protect your home with a Security System from ADT.

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Larry Kaminer, Travel Expert, 04-08-09

April 7, 2009 by admin  
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Cheryl Watterson, Radio Host, will interview Larry Kaminer, President, Travel Safety Expert, Personal Safety Training Group, on Lets Talk Home Security Radio, 04-08-09.

Are you cw-airplane-pic-4-7traveling on business anytime this year?  Are you taking your family on a fun vacation outside of the US?  If so, you want to be sure to catch my interview with Larry Kaminer, Travel Expert and Trainer, who will be providing  safety strategies for those of us who will be traveling nationally and internationally.  A major emphasis will be on those traveling to high-risk destinations.  The overall goal is to teach you what to look for, what to be aware of, and how to stafe completely safe while traveling to and from your destination.

When you travel regularly for your job, either domestic or internationally, it is easy to stay “travel sharp” or “travel savvy.”   However, for those individuals who don’t travel as often, you definately need to know specifics to look for especially when going to another country.  If you aren’t well informed, some of these things can be harmful to you and your family if you aren’t “travel savvy.” 

Before you leave for your business trip or vacation, take the necessary precautions to ensure your home is well-protected with a security system and other protection.  The last thing you want to do after a great vacation is come home to find you have been totally ripped off by a home burglary or home invasion robbery.  Be proactive and get your home protection taken care of well ahead of time!

Join us on Wednesday, April 8, 2009, 6:00 p.m. EDT/3:00 p.m. PDT.  You can join the show live on the internet by logging into or live via the telephone at ((646) 727-3396.  See you Wednesday evening!!

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Installing Your Security System

April 7, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Home Security Solutions

Part I-Setting up the home perimeter and interior protection level.

Many times homeowners look at installing a security system for their home after a break-in or home invasion has occurred either to them or someone they know.  The best plan of action is to be proactive with your home security and install a security system the moment you start thinking or talking about it.

There are many ways to protect your home that include coverage for burglary, fire, flooding, carbon monoxide, and more.  If you want a comprehensive level of protection, having a security system that includes fire protection will offer the very best protection for your home and family.  Remember in a burglary many of the items stolen can be easily replaced, e.g., TV’s electronics, etc., but a fire can instantly destroy everything in your home.  If a fire isn’t detected right away, by the time neighbors or others see flames coming out the roof or windows it may be too late.


Let’s talk about what concerns you most about your home security.  If a criminal is looking to break into your home, the tendency is to look for a home that is easily accessible.  With that in mind, do a perimeter survey of your home and check for any weaknesses in your perimeter security.  If you find any, be sure to harden those areas and make it difficult for someone to get through.  If the burglar has to work with any amount of effort, he will most likely go someplace else.

Exterior Doors To Your Home

Count all of the doors that lead into your home.  These are doors that you will want to put security protection on.  Most break-ins tend to happen through doors - typically ones that were left unlocked or the burglar was able to easily kick in.  If a burglar enters through a window, chances are he will be hauling the stuff out through a door.  Be sure to protect each entry door to your home with contact sensors.

A nice feature of your security system is that it will tell you if you leave a door or protected window open.  Also when the alarm is in the OFF mode and someone opens a door it will either chime or alert you in a voice that the door is opened.

Window Protection

The most vulnerable windows are going to be the ones located on the main or basement level of your home.  That is not to say the windows on the second level aren’t important, but if there is not easy access to those upper level windows, the burglar will typically look at a much easier way to enter your home.  Time is of the essence, so the quickest and easiest way for the burglar is what he is looking for.

Consider the level of security protection you want for your home and family.  If you have had a recent burglary incident, you may want to build Ft. Knox.  If you are proactive and install a security system before a break-in, you can build an excellent level of protection at a reasonable cost.  Keep in mind, if you have a budget, the more protection you have installed, the more you will pay for the security system.  You can always add or upgrade your protection level as your needs change.

An alternative to protecting all windows would be adding motion detectors in areas that catch several windows or rooms.  Having every window protected can limit opening the windows to allow for ventilation when the alarm is turned on.  Another option would be installing inexpensive wireless window contact sensors that make a loud alarm noise but are not connected to the security system.  Click here for details.

Motion Detectors

Motion Detectors are usually combined with the burglary protection and serve as your interior protection.  Some people may not want to use motion detectors due to cats or dogs or if they have small children who get up in the night.  No one wants to accidentally trip the alarm system and have the police dispatched.  However, with the sophisticated technology today, most motion detectors can identify pets from people so you won’t have  false alarms.

Depending upon the size of your home, a recommendation would be to have at least one motion detector as part of your  protection level.  If you have a large home with a basement, you may even want a second motion detector for protection. 

If you do not want to turn the motion detector(s) on at night when going to bed, you can easily shut that part of the security system off.  In our family  we have a second keypad in our bedroom so we turn the full security system on as we sleep.  By making it a habit of consistently using your security system, you will find what works best for you and your family.

When the entire family uses the security system on a daily basis the chances of making false alarm mistakes are very minimal.  If you do accidentally set off the alarm, you can easily shut it off.  In most cases your alarm company will quickly call you to verify the alarm before dispatching the police.  Just make sure you know the password to identify yourself to the alarm company.

Watch for Part II of Your Home Security System

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