Couple Living In Fear After Home Invasion

February 20, 2009 by admin  
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Courtesy of WSBT News

by John Paul

MISHAWAKA — Four suspects were arrested Thursday night for their role in a home invasion in the 900 block of Merrifield Avenue in Mishawaka. Police say the victim was sitting on the couch when one of the suspects broke down the door.

Thursday night after dinner, Patti Heare was parked on the couch, watching her favorite TV show before joining her husband, who was already in bed, fast asleep.

“I was watching ‘Ugly Betty’ and I heard the door jiggle,” Heare said. “I thought it was one of my children.”  (You can read the entire story at

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How would you like to be sitting comfortably in your family room watching your favorite TV program on a Thursday evening and all of a sudden have four home intruders bust right through your front door and rip your flatscreen TV off the wall - ALL RIGHT THERE IN FRONT OF YOU!!.

Now is that getting bold or what??!!!  Well, that’s exactly what happened to a family in Mishawaka, Indiana on Thursday, February 12th.  As the homeowner was comfortably watching television - four men came crashing through her door and went straight for her flatscreen TV and plucked it right off the wall.  Of course, she screamed for her husband who was in another room as the men made a mad dash out of the house.

The husband chased the suspects out the door and jumped on the perpetrator’s vehicle.  He was dragged several feet as the vehicle sped off.  The police were able to apprehend these men after about 45 minutes of searching the surrounding neighborhoods.

Let’s take a look at what the homeowners could have done to make their home more difficult to get into.  And what they should do to regain their peace of mind after this incident. (The article didn’t say if the homeowners had a security system or if the door had been locked). 

What The Homeowners Should Do Now

1.  Be proactive by installing a home security system.  My company has partnered with the largest ADT Authorized Dealer-Protect Your Home- to offer our readers and customers a FREE ADT Home Security System valued at $850.  All you pay is a $99 Installation Fee with the 24-Hour ADT Monitoring Service.  If you require more protection than what is offered, you can always add protection so you are completely covered.  You can either call (866) 755-6137 or go to to get your system installation and ADT service scheduled .

2.  Be sure to put the security alarm signs in the front and back area of your home so you give a warning  to any criminal element types.  Also let your insurance company know about your installation so they can give you  whatever homeowner discounts they offer.  When you become an ADT customer, one of the guarantees is - should you have a break in and certain requirements are met, ADT will pay $500 of your deductible.  That’s a tremendous benefit to you!

3.  Don’t rely solely upon the security system for your total protection.  Why do I say that?  These criminals are quick, they know what they are doing, and know exactly where to kick your door for it to bust right open.  They also know the police response time can be anywhere from a few minutes to 5-10 minutes.  This can give them time to be in and out before the police arrive.  Check your locks and deadbolts to make sure they are strong enough to withstand a 250 lb. forceful kick.  One of the best and most ultimate locks on the market today is “The Ultimate Lock.  This lock, combined with your security system, can give you an impenetrable level of protection.  Another device you can use would be either a door stop alarm or a 20-gauge steel door brace.  These are reasonably priced and can keep the door from being opened allowing you time to notify the police to an attempted breakin. Or time to grab your gun!!!!  You could also put one of these products in your bedroom to use for your SAFE ROOM protection.

4.  Check the window locks around your home and replace any that are not working properly  Then go to the local hardware store and purchase dowel rods that you can measure and cut then place in the track of the windows to prevent them from being opened.  Be sure to grab some white spray paint (if that’s the color of your windows) or stain so that when they are placed into the track of the window they blend right in and no one will be able to tell they are there.  But they now added superior strength to your windows.  By doing this you are forcing the perpetrator (punks) to break the glass to get into your home and most burglars do not want to do that.  (Too much noise, might get cut, and takes too much time).  Be sure you have your alarm window stickers in the lower right or left corner as a warning.

5.  If you have a security alarm system, consider adding a wireless remote panic button that can activate an alarm anywhere in the house and keep it near you.  Once the alarm button is pressed, the monitoring center can quickly dispatch the local police.  This type of emergency alarm is usually considered more of a priority and response time can even be quicker.  A wireless remote panic button does come in the Free ADT Home Security Package that I mentioned in the #1 spot above.  Remember, you can call (866) 755-6137 or go to to get your ADT service set up. 

Crime seems to be encroaching upon even the best neighborhoods.  However, most people don’t think this type of crime - home invasion robbery or home burglaries - will happen to them.  Once it does it can destroy our peace of mind and that may be hard to get back.

After spending 20 years as a security consultant for ADT, I saw every type of break in imaginable.  Helping homeowners regain their peace of mind was my job. Even today, that is still my job, educating homeowners in the best way to protect their home and family. (I have been an ADT customer for over 23 years and I thoroughly believe this service is the best!).

Becoming proactive in your home and family security protection is the first step.  Realizing that this can happen to you and being ahead of the game can actually reduce your chances of becoming a victim of a home invasion/home burglary crime! 

Be Safe and Protect Your Family.

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