Protect Your Car Prevent A Burglary

July 27, 2009 by admin  
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Protecting your car can ultimately prevent a home burglary!  Courtesy of Home Security 911.

Does that statement arouse your curiosity? A lot of criminals aren’t smart enough to get a job and work for a living, but they are smart enough to figure out that if there is a vehicle with South Bend, Indiana license plates sitting in front of the Marriott Hotel in Indianapolis - then maybe nobody is home in South Bend.
What do home burglars and robbers love most of all? An easy home to break into - one where no one is home for hours or even days.
There is the new game being played by a lot of criminal car thief/home burglar gang types. They all work together either locally in their community or in different counties and cities throughout their particular state. You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours – meaning you send me business and I’ll send you business.
So this criminal burglar in Indianapolis finds an upscale vehicle with out of town plates. He breaks into the vehicle by smashing the side window and gets into the glove compartment and finds the owner’s vehicle registration, a pay stub and maybe even the garage door opener. Depending upon where the residence is located, the criminal thief just got your most important information – your name, home address, and phone number
The criminal thief now can contact his “partners in crime” in South Bend to have them call the phone number and see if anyone is home. If there is no answer at the residence, then the whole family may be away. It’s time for the home burglars to go checkout the address to see if anyone really is home. At this point your home may become a prime target and an easy home to break into!
If the criminal thief/burglar busted into a car from his own town and found all of the owner’s information plus the garage door opener, then this is going to be a piece of cake home break-in! 
This type of criminal activity was reported recently in Canton Township near Detroit, Michigan. The savvy criminals are finding exactly what they need in people’s vehicle and are able to slip into the victim’s home with the use of the garage door opener without  being caught and stealing the homeowner’s valuables. In fact, in early December 2008 the Canton Police were reporting a rash of car break-ins that were tied to home burglaries.
So what can you do to prevent this type of criminal activity from happening to you?
  • First of all make your vehicle (much like your home) difficult to get into and always keep it locked when not in it - even if you just run into the convenient store.
  • Keep valuables out of site or place them in the trunk of your vehicle. Or better yet - leave them at home and not in your car.
  • Lock your glove compartment if you keep important documents with your name, address, and phone number on it as well as your garage door opener. 
  • Consider getting a car alarm for your vehicle since noise is one of the biggest deterrents to a car break-in crime. When a loud decibel alarm goes off the criminal will likely leave the area so as not to get caught or be detected.
  • Look into placing ShatterGARD Security Film on your car windows to prevent someone from actually breaking through the glass. ShatterGARD is a relatively inexpensive way to make your car windows virtually impenetrable to a break through. 
  • If you have a car break-in and find your vehicle registration and garage door opener missing, immediately file a report with the local police AND notify the police in your area if you are from out-of-town. Also, alert your neighbors to keep an eye out for any strange vehicles or people around your home.
  • Park your car where this is sufficient lighting. (However, sometimes lighting gives the criminal the ability to see what he’s doing to commit his crime).
  • Install a security alarm system in your home. When you are traveling away from home, who is protecting  your home and family while they are home alone? A good quality security system gives you peace of mind just knowing that whether you are home or away the police and others will be notified if there is an attempted break-in or emergency at your home.
Be security conscious and proactive so you don’t become a victim of this type of crime. These criminals have nothing better to do than to come up with schemes on how to rob and steal from law-abiding citizens. Try to stay one step ahead of the criminal – BE AWARE & BE PROACTIVE IN YOUR PERSONAL AND HOME SECURITY.
Let’s make it a habit to become more aware of our surroundings and make our vehicles less of a target…the same as we do for our home.  If you have a car alarm, be sure to put a warning sticker on the window to alert a would-be car thief. We need to make the criminal’s job as difficult as possible – whether we are traveling or at home.
Lastly, protect your home and family 24/7 by installing a security alarm system with 24/7 ADT protection).
Take care and protect your home and family….


Cheryl Watterson, Radio Host, 7-24-09

July 24, 2009 by admin  
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Join us on Friday, 7-24-09, 10:00 a.m. EDT/7:00 PDT as we discuss setting up an early alert warning system for your home and how it should be part of your overall Home Security Plan.

We will discuss voice alert driveway systems, home security systems, locks, and other topics for early alert warnings.  If you miss the show, you can click the radio widget on the home page of Lets Talk Home Security.

Join our show on Friday, 7-24-09, 10:00 a.m. EDT/7:00 a.m. PDT either by phone @(646) 727-3396 or online at

Early Alert Warning System

July 24, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Home Security Solutions

Do you have an early alert warning system for your home?  We discussed this topic on Lets Talk Home Security radio today Friday, 7-24-09.  This is an important topic because it is so much a part of your overall Home Security Plan and if you leave it out - it could prove to be deadly.

A few examples of how an early alert warning system might have caused a different outcome are the two home invasions that made TV news over the last two weeks.

The deadly home invasion robbery of Mr. & Mrs. Byrd Billings in Escambia County, Florida made headline news from the shear brutal murder of this couple that left behind 17 young children.  The Billings had an elaborate security camera surveillance system which was on at the time of the home invasion.  However, the surveillance system may have been more for keeping track of the children on the property than for actual home security.

voice-alert-system1More and more people who live in remote areas are installing high dollar property alert systems that can detect cars or people coming onto their property.  These systems can also be tied into a camera surveillance system.  If cost is a factor, a simple Voice Alert Driveway System can also alert and warn the homeowner when someone drives through their main entrance or approaches the front doorHomeowners who are aware that they have visitors on their property at whatever hour of the day or night can take appropriate security action at that time.  Click Here for detailed information on the Voice Alert Driveway System for your home.

It is easy to let your guard down and fall into a false sense of security that home burglary/home invasion robbery crimes happen to others….not me!   Especially when you live in a community that is considered relatively safe. By being proactive and prepared well ahead of time you may ultimately save yourself and your family from being victims of this type of crime.

pic-of-security-keypad-3In today’s world there is no reason not to have a home security system.  For a minimal cost you can protect your home and family from burglary, home invasion, and even include fire, carbon monoxide and flood notification.  The peace of mind you have knowing your home and family are safe and well-protected 24/7 is priceless!

The other home invasion crime happened in the South Park area of Seattle, Washington.  An intruder broke into the home of two single women reportedly through an unlocked or opened window and went straight to their bedroom.  The intruder began stabbing the women as they slept, subsequently killing one of the ladies and hospitalizing the other.  The women did not hear the intruder enter their home.

One very important security note - leaving windows unlocked or opened at night (or anytime) is not a good thing to do especially if the windows are on the main floor.  If there had been an alarm system in the home with sensors on the windows then opening the windows would’ve immediately set off the alarm.  If there was no window sensor, then more than likely a motion detector would have been setup to protect the main level leading to the bedroom area.  That sensor device would’ve detected the intruder and activated the alarm siren.

With the siren going off and alerting the homeowners they could have quickly shut and locked the bedroom door; activated a police panic button either on a second keypad or a remote panic fob alerting the alarm company, and retreating immediately to a Safe Room area until police arrived.

It may be prudent to consider some type of personal protection whether it be lethal or non-lethal to help save your life.  Keeping some type of pepper spray, mace spray, stun gun, or TASER may be an option. (Be sure to know how to use these devices).  Many homeowners are turning to lethal firearms for protection.  If you take this option, become fully trained.

Again, we need to heighten our awareness that these types of crime are happening in communities all across our country.  It’s time we learn from someone else’s misfortune and become proactively engaged in making sure our home and family’s safety and protection is No. #1. 

If you haven’t already done so, start your home protection today!!



Violent Home Invasion/Murder In Escambia County, FL

July 22, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Home Security Headline News

On July 9th a violent home invasion robbery occurred in Escambia County, Florida and left a couple dead and their 17 children parentless.  According to deputies, Byrd and Melanie Billings were shot just before eight Thursday night at their home in the Beulah Community.

Investigators say children ranged in ages 8-14 (some with special needs) and were home when the couple were murdered.  One of the kids heard the gunshots and called a family friend.   Read More…

This is a such a senseless crime that you wonder what has happened to a certain core of our society that someone would do such a horrific and murderous crime.  The perpetrators should be prosecuted with the entire book thrown at them!

Don’t become a victim of a violent, senseless home invasion robbery! 

Be aware, be proactive, and ensure you have hardened the perimeter of both your home and your outside property.  You don’t want to be a surprised victim of a violent home invasion robbery with no options.

Protect your family and home now!

Get a copy of the FREE Report - “Home Invasion Prevention” @

Tom Gaffney, Safe Room Expert

July 16, 2009 by admin  
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On Friday, 7-17-09, at 10:00 a.m. EDT/7:00 a.m. PDT, Lets Talk Home Security radio host Cheryl Watterson will be interviewing Tom Gaffney, President & Safe Room Security Expert for Gaffco, Inc.  The show’s topic will center around the value of having a Safe Room  or Panic Room included in your Home Security & Safety Plan.  Each home should have some type of Safe Room set up in case of a home invasion robbery, kidnapping attempt, or terrorist threat to provide short-term safety and protection for family members until the police arrive.

Thomas Gaffney, president of Gaffco Inc., holds a section of bullet-resistant glass that has been shot five times with a .44-caliber Magnum hand gun. The bullets did not penetrate the glass. Gaffney’s company installs bullet resistant glass and builds “safe rooms” in private homes.

Real ’safe rooms’ offer secret refuge inside the home. 

(To read the full store Click Here)

Join Lets Talk Home Security Friday, 7-17-09, 10:00 a.m.EDT/7:00 a.m. PDT,  when we talk with Tom Gaffney, President & Safe Room Security Expert, Gaffco, Inc.  You can either call (646) 727-3396 or log into the show online at

Ron Daniels, The Ultimate Lock

July 10, 2009 by admin  
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On Friday, 7-10-09  I interviewed Ron Daniels, President of  The Ultimate Lock - deadbolt locking system - about protecting your perimeter doors against criminals who are savvy and using a criminal technique called “Lock bumping, Bump locking, or Key bumping” to gain access and entry into homes.

Cheryl Watterson, LTHS Radio Host Interviewed Ron Daniels, President, The Ultimate Lock:

With everything that affects our lives on a daily basis all we need is one more thing to be concerned with - yet it could prove to be devastating and potentially deadly if you don’t understand what it is and how you can prevent it from happening to your home.

The “Lock bumping, Key bumping or Bump Locking” technique is an extremely slick way that home burglars and home invasion intruders are using to break-in to homes.  It’s quick, easy, and leaves virtually every home vulnerable to thieves who have the right key.  Plus there is basically no sign or evidence of forced intrusion.

The daily crime news alone should motivate homeowners to become more  proactive and ensure they have the best possible deadbolt protection on all perimeter doors (and interior Safe Room door) .  We need to ensure our deadbolt locks are up-to-date and strong enough to withstand a powerful kick from a 250 lb intruder.

Ron talked about The Ultimate Lock  system and how it is designed to prevent a forced intrusion and what mechanisms it has in place to provide the ultimate protection for your doors.  The patented ”lock-out” feature on The Ultimate Lock is one you won’t find on other deadbolts.

Be proactive and make sure you have high security deadbolts protecting your home and family.  Checkout the Ultimate Lock video to see just how effective this deadbolt locking system can be for your perimeter doors.  Don’t skimp on your families’ security, safety and protection.

When you order your Ultimate Lock system, mention you heard about it on Lets Talk Home Security Radio and receive an additional discount.

Protect your family and home now!

Get a copy of the FREE Report - “Home Invasion Prevention” @

Refuse To Be A Crime Victim!

July 9, 2009 by admin  
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Refuse to be a victim of a home burglary/home invasion robbery crime! 

Courtesy of San Diego Six News

As a former Security Consultant for ADT, my job was to help customers implement the most optimum protection and security for their home so they could avoid becoming a victim of a violent home invasion/burglary crime!  Today, as a business owner, I continue to help homeowners do that by promoting quality home security protection, products, and information.

Even though there are more people out of work - and some are becoming very desperate, there are those individuals who are just taking advantage of the sad state of our economy and turning to home invasion crimes. 

These are low-life punks (yes folks that’s what they are) who are becoming bolder and bolder and since they typical bust into a home 2-4 intruders at a time — the feel totally empowered!

Yes.  They love showing their power to the poor, defenseless homeowner who forgot to protect his home and and family from these maniacs!!  These criminals absolutely get a thrill out of seeing the fear in the face of each of their victims.

When I read and watch the TV and internet news that talk about how home invasions are becoming more violent - it frustrates me that people wait until a crime like this happens to their family before they take proactive home security action.

Click this link and read an article written back in April on“Hard Economic Times Seem to Be Driving More Home Burglary Crimes-Target Harden Your Home Protection.? 

Home burglary/home invasion crimes are spreading across our nation.  I encourage homeowners to become proactive and harden the perimeter of your home.  Make these criminals work hard to get into your home.  Most of the time they’ll leave and go to an easier home.

Refuse to be a victim of a home invasion crime.  Some home security tips that will help:

  1. Install a quality and reputable home security system.  
  2. Reinforce your deadbolt locks.  Look at the Ultimate Lock - an excellent and extremely strong deadbolt locking system.  Update doors and windows if they are older than 15-20 years. 
  3. Glass is a big weakness.  Protect glass slider doors and vulnerable windows with ShatterGARD security window film.  Make these punks work HARD if they want into your home!
  4. Install some type of perimeter alert system that lets you know someone has breached your property.  The Voice Alert System is an excellent addition to your overall security.
  5. Reinforce perimeter and interior doors with a 20-gauge steel door brace.  Again, slow the intruder down, make him work to get in, and that also gives the homeowner time to react - and maybe get his GUN!!
  6. Make sure you have a dusk to dawn light or motion sensor lights around your home.  Intruders don’t like light unless there are no other homes nearby!
  7. Checkout the list of common-sense security products you can get from your local hardware store.

Be proactive and take immediate action to protect your home & family!!



7-Steps To Proactively Protect Yourself Against A Home Invasion

July 6, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Home Security Headline News

cw-home-sweet-home-pic2Home Sweet Home - Or Is It?  Ladies (and men), be aware, be alert and learn how to protect and defend yourself, your home, and your family.  In our current economic condition, burglary and home invasion crimes are one the rise.  Don’t become a victim of this senseless crime…install a home security system for your best protection!!

If you are a woman who lives alone, whether you are young or old, consider your security and safety as a top priority.  There are too many predators who will take advantage of young women thinking they are easy prey.  That’s not to say that older women aren’t attacked by predators - it may be that older women view life differently and are more aware of things that younger women blow off as not being that important or they think “that won’t happen to me.”    Your home and personal security and safety should be a top priority. 

The first step to your protection is knowing you may be vulnerable to some kind of criminal attack.  Your goal is to do whatever it takes to reduce that vulnerability and avoid becoming a victim of a home invasion or burglary crime. 

Here Are 7-Steps To Proactively Protect Yourself Against A Home Invasion:

1.  Install a quality security system in your home and include a panic button.  Keep the panic button or a second keypad in your bedroom.  Make sure all entry doors to your home are protected, windows that are especially vulnerable, and combine with interior motion detectors.  Your alarm rep can make recommendations on the best protection.  And always consider fire protection too.  (As a security consultant for 20 years, I know how valuable fire protection is).  Be proactive and protect your home now before you become a victim.  (Get your security system installed and start your peace of mind today - protect your home with ADT).

2.  Make sure you have strong locks and updated deadbolts on your doors (with extra long bolts) and that the windows also have strong locks.  You can add some extra strength to your windows by placing dowel rods into the track of the windows.  Make sure you keep your doors and windows locked even while at home.  The Ultimate Lock deadbolt system is the most amazing lock for perimeter doors and interior Safe Room door.  (Check out for more information).

3.  Your perimeter doors should be solid core wood or metal doors with reinforced door frames.  If your doors are ten years or older, consider upgrading.  This is also the time to upgrade deadbolts and locks.  Consider adding a high quality storm door at the front entry to build another layer of protection.

4.  Look at putting a door guard at the front and back doors to your home that open in.  This again will add some extra strength to your doors.  If someone is going to intrude upon your home, make them have to work hard at getting in.  Most burglars don’t want to have to exert a lot of effort breaking into homes.  If you have built a strong and hardened perimeter, chances are the intruder will give up and go away.  HARDEN THE PERIMETER OF YOUR HOME. 

5.  Because the master bedroom is one of the first places the intruder is going have a good quality lock on this door as well.  Consider changing your door to a solid core door with reinforced frames.  You may want to have your master bedroom become your “Safe Room as you wait for the police to arrive.  (We are working with the manufacturer of the Chain Reaction door security and hope to offer it online soon).  

6.  Have a Safety Plan of Action on specifics you will do to maintain your safety and any family members’ safety.  The plan should include your taking a self-defense class to learn techniques and tactics to defend and protect yourself and carrying some kind of personal protection products like pepper spray, mace spray, Taser C2, Stun Gun or Pepper Gun that can be used to fend off an intruder.  These are all non-lethal devices only meant to throw off an attacker giving you a chance to escape to safety and call the police.  Many women who have been stalked or previously attacked are resorting to firearms for personal protection.  Lethal or non-lethal - make sure you follow the legal requirements and that you are properly trained in how to use the device.

7.  Develop a safety and security awareness about things around you, the people around you, and any gut feelings about social situations you may be in.  You will want to develop a more heightened sense of security and common sense about situations you may have ignored before.  My daughter told me I am too paranoid about personal security and safety.  I tell her it’s not being paranoid, it’s been realistic and using common sense about safety, being aware of what is going on and knowing how to protect yourself so you don’t become a victim of crime.

For women who have experienced an assault, a violent attack, or a rape, their whole outlook on life has forever changed. Please consider the above recommendations and make sure you place your security and safety high on your priority list.

Again, put a security system in your home!  Check this link on how to get a high quality, affordable security system monitored 24-hours a day by the world’s #1 alarm company - ADT.

Protect your family and home now!