Home Security - Protection At The Front Door

February 20, 2010 by admin  
Filed under Home Security Solutions

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Video Courtesy of  www.strandna.co.uk Chain Reaction

What have you done to protect your front door from home intrusion?  Are you still living with a 1970’s mentality on crime - “it won’t happen to me?” Or have you proactively set up a solid, impenetrable level of perimeter protection to keep the criminal home intruder out?

Todays home intruders are a different breed of criminals.  They are bold, brazen, heartless predators who would rather shoot the homeowner when confronted rather than turn and leave.  As a homeowner it is your responsibility to ensure your family has a home that is safe, secure and well-protected.

As always stated I highly recommend a home security system that protects for home burglaries, violent intrusion, fire, and other emergencies with a quick notification to the police/fire authorities.  However, I also realize that the goal of any security protection is to ultimately keep the intruder OUT of your home.  The front door or any perimeter door may be the first intrusion point that the criminal uses and extra protection there is vitally important.

I remember hearing people say early in the 1990’s that they felt really comfortable having their security system protect their front door.  I also thought that was pretty good protection back then.  However, today you need to build an impenetrable level of protection - that actually stops intruders at the front door before they can enter, setting off a loud alarm or alert, that gives the homeowner time to react by either reaching for their personal protection or gathering their family to a safe room until police or help arrive.

Don’t wait to become a victim of a home intrusion!  Be proactive by implementing strategic home protection today!

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

February 13, 2010 by admin  
Filed under Home Security Headline News

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 And How A Burglar Thinks!

February 1, 2010 by admin  
Filed under Home Security Solutions

Video Courtesy of Courtney D. James

Things Your Burglar Won’t Tell You:

1.  Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.

2.  Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.

3.  Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste … and taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.

4.  Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.

5.  If it snows while you’re out of town, get a neighbor to create car and foot tracks into the house. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead giveaway.

6.  If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don’t let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it’s set. That makes it too easy.

7.  A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom-and your jewelry. It’s not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.

8.   It’s raining, you’re fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door-understandable. But understand this: I don’t take a day off because of bad weather..

9.   I always knock first. If you answer, I’ll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Don’t take me up on it.)

10. Do you really think I won’t look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.

11.  Helpful hint: I almost never go into kids’ rooms.

12.  You’re right: I won’t have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it’s not bolted down, I’ll take it with me.

13.  A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system.  (I don’t believe this is really true). If you’re reluctant to leave your TV on while you’re out of town, you can buy a $35 device that works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real television. (Find it at faketv.com).

14.  Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and carry a rake. (Remember what the criminal in the video said??). I do my best to never, ever look like a crook.

15.  The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.. (Burglars don’t like security systems either because of the noise and police dispatch).

16.  I’ll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he’ll stop what he’s doing and wait to hear it again. If he doesn’t hear it again, he’ll just go back to what he was doing. It’s human nature.  (A good application for a loud 130 db glassbreak detector or ShatterGARD security window film).

17.  I’m not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy home security system and leave your house without setting it?  (I agree.  Start using your security system as soon as it is installed.  It’s easy to use and great peace of mind and protection).

18.   I love looking in your windows. I’m looking for signs that you’re home and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I’d like. I’ll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.  (Install an Early Alert Warning System to let you know when criminal intruders approach your home from any side-front/back/driveway- The Voice Alert System will let you know).

19.   Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It’s easier than you think to look up your address.
20.  To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a way to let in a little fresh air.  To me, it’s an invitation.

21.   If you don’t answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.

Sources: Convicted burglars in North Carolina , Oregon , California , and Kentucky; security consultant Chris McGoey, who runs crimedoctor.com; and Richard T. Wright, a criminology professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who interviewed 105 burglars for his book Burglars on the Job.