Burglars Hit Hard In South Bend

December 2, 2009 by admin  
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Once again the front page of the Local South Bend Tribune states, “Burglars hit area hard.” There has been a recent surge of burglaries on the cities northwest side and South Bend - like other cities - only has so many police officers who can handle these crimes.  Burglars know this and are out in force!

During the past few months I have been saying that there would be a dramatic increase over the holidays in home burglary crimes.  Criminals are desperate and don’t care one bit whether they violate your property or your rights!  So what do you do?  Fight Back!!

Homeowners this message is for YOU! Take action to protect your home and family.  Stop being complacent and thinking this type of crime won’t happen to you. Here are steps you can take to fight back by implementing optimum protection strategies to target harden your home against intruders!!

7-Steps To Fight Back Against Home Burglary/Home Invasion Robbery Crimes

1. Install a good quality home security system with 24/7 alarm monitoring. This should be your #1 “To Do” in order to protect your home.  Set up your security protection to deter intruders.  Make them think twice before selecting your home by initially placing visible alarm yard signs in the front and back areas of your home and put alarm decals on windows.  Your alarm company will be alerted to any type of home intrusion, burglary or emergency and can immediately dispatch the local police.  There really is no excuse not to protect your home and family with a security system.  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.  (Get an ADT Security system installed and start your peace of mind today.  Call 800-699-9238 and use Promotion Code A51539 and get a $200 mail-in Rebate. Be sure to give the Promo Code A51539 for full credit).

2. 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  Reinforce frames around doors that are older or outdated. Consider upgrading deadbolts and locks to ensure they can provide solid protection in case of a forced intrusion.  If your door gets kicked in with the forced kick of a 250 lb intruder, you want to ensure your deadbolt lock will hold the door in place.  Check our security partners at www.theultimatelock.com to see how effective this locking system can be.  Windows and glass slider doors that are especially vulnerable can have a security window film applied on the inside glass to make it virtually  impenetrable to be broken through in an attack.  Check our security partners at www.shattergard.com.

3. Install an Early Alert Warning System for your home.  The Voice Alert System will let you know when someone is approaching or on your property 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 potential intruders.  Wouldn’t you like to know well ahead of time that someone is trying to enter your home or break into your car in the driveway?  The Voice Alert System lets you know giving you time to respond and alert 911.  Go to www.VoiceAlert911.com for details.

4. 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.  We hope to be to provide the Chain Reaction Home System in the near future.

5. Be sure to keep trees and shrubs trimmed around your home so you don’t give home intruders an easy place to hide.  Keep shrubs, bushes and trees well-trimmed - especially around ground level windows - so they do not block out light or serve as a hiding place.  Also  adding motion sensor lights around the home can provide a strong deterrent.  The best place to install motion sensor lights would be in the front, sides, 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.

6. 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.  If you must park your car in the driveway or along the street in front of your home, take any valuables inside your home or place in the trunk.  Leaving valuables in plain view of a car burglar will make your vehicle extremely vulnerable.  Always lock doors, roll up windows, and if you have a door opener, take it inside.  Remember in a car break in the burglar can likely get inside your glove compartment and steal personal information such as car registration, etc.  Consider investing in a quality car alarm.  Also the Voice Alert System is another option letting you know when someone is near your car.

7. Keep 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. (www.thepersonalsecuritystore.com).

These are also important steps that should be included in your overall home protection.

  • 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. (http://letstalkhomesecurity.com/?p=1310).
  • 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. (Form attached at the end the FREE Report for neighbor names/addresses).
  • 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.

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Our website has plenty of home security tips, home protection strategies to keep your home well-protected and safe 24-7, personal safety tips, and home security resources.

Stay safe and protect your home and family.

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