Your Home Security Checklist

July 26, 2012 by admin  
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home-pic-for-website-8-6-08rNo home is totally burglar-proof especially when a professional burglar decides to target your home.  But even the professional will admit that they can be discouraged from breaking into a home when the homeowner has tightened up the perimeter security of the home. 

To begin with identify the weak areas around your home and fix them.  Certainly, installing a good, quality home security system will deter most burglars.  However, building layers of protection for your home, even if you don’t have a security system, is going to make your home much tougher to break into.

One of the first things you should ask yourself about your home is, “if I am locked out of my home, where could I get in without too much difficulty?”  If you think like a burglar, you  will see potential problems with your current security and be able to fix them.  Review the following checklist and see if you have any weak areas that you can quickly fix to ensure your home totally secure and well-protected.

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EXTERIOR DOORS

  1. Should be strong enough to withstand excessive force, be secured with a deadbolt lock that has a minimum one-inch throw, and all strike plates and frames should be anchored to the home’s main construction.  *Deadbolts come in double key cylinder and inside thumb-operated models.  Frames should be free of warping, cracks, and in good repair.
  2. All doors should be locked at night and every time you leave the house – even if it’s just for a few minutes.
  3. Doors should be solid hardwood or metal-clad. 
  4. Doors should have had wide-angle peep-holes at heights that everyone can use.  If you have glass panels in or near doors instead, ensure they are reinforced in some way so that they cannot be shattered.
  5. Spare keys should be left with a trusted neighbor, not under a doormat or planter, or on a ledge.

 *Be extra cautious when using double key cylinder deadbolt locks as they could be hazardous if the  door is used as an emergency fire exit and the key is not readily available.  If used in your home, a key should be left in the inside cylinder whenever the home is occupied

GARAGE DOORS

  1. Most overhead garage doors have a lock so you do not have to rely solely on the automatic door opener to provide security.
  2. Overhead garage doors can be a perfect invitation into your home so keep the door closed when not outside.  Don’t make it easy for a criminal looking for an easy target.
  3. The door leading from the attached garage to the house - service door - should be solid wood or metal-clad and protected with a quality keyed door lock or deadbolt.
  4. Make sure the garage overhead and service doors are closed and  locked when leaving the house or when you’re retiring for the evening.  Develop that security habit of double checking!
  5. When moving into a new home, reset the code in the opener and the remote control units.

SLIDING GLASS DOORS

  1. The sliding glass door should have proper working, strong key locks.
  2. Add a dowel rod into the track of the window or a metal screw placed in the top of the door frame to prevent the door from being lifted from the track and removed.
  3. The best lock for older sliding glass doors is operable by a key from the inside. However, some of the newer sliding doors have solid cylinder locks with one-inch or more kick-lock at the bottom of the door making it extremely difficult to get the door open without breaking the glass.
  4. Common sense says lock your sliding glass door every night and each time you leave the house.  It’s amazing the number of home burglaries through an unlocked door or window.

WINDOWS

  1. Every window in the house should have a proper working lock and an extra metal pin or dowel rod placed in the track to discourage prying open.
  2. On casement windows (crank type), make sure the locking latch works properly and the crank which opens and closes the window has no excessive play.
  3. For casement windows that aren’t normally opened, remove the handle and leave nearby.
  4. Have windows secured with a lock or metal pin if you leave the window open for ventilation.
  5. Basement windows are one of the most common points of entry for burglars.  Remove bushes or trees if they hide the windows as this is an ideal place for burglars to work unobserved.  You could replace windows with Plexiglas or polycarbonate or reinforced with decorative security bars.

OUTDOOR SECURITY

  1. Shrubs and bushes are trimmed so there is no place for someone to hide.
  2. Include outdoor lights so that there are no dark areas around your house, garage, or yard at night that could hide prowlers or a burglar.
  3. Include floodlights appropriately to ensure effective illumination.
  4. Be sure to keep outdoor lights on during the evening – whether someone is home or not.  Or you could install photocell or motion sensor lights that come on when someone approaches.
  5. Ensure your house numbers are posted on your house and clearly visible from the street both night and day should the police or other emergency vehicles need to find your house quickly.

SECURITY WHEN AWAY FROM HOME

  1. Keep timers set to turn lights on and off in a logical sequence when you are away for an extended period of time.
  2. If you have an alarm system, ensure it is activated when you leave home.  If you have someone watching your home who must enter, be sure they have a security code, password, and know how to use the alarm system.
  3. Either stop your mail and newspaper deliveries or make arrangements for a neighbor/friend to pick them up.  A buildup of newspapers is a sure sign to the potential burglar that no one is home.
  4. Let trusted neighbors know you will be gone and leave a phone number where they can reach you if there is a problem at your home.

OUTDOOR VALUABLES AND PERSONAL PROPERTY

  1. Gate latches, garage doors, and shed doors should be locked with high-security, laminated padlocks for the best protection, and kept locked when not in use.
  2. Grills, lawn mowers, and other valuables are stored in a locked garage or shed, or if left out in the open are hidden from view with a tarp and securely locked to a stationary point.
  3. All bikes are secured with a U-bar lock or quality padlock and chain and are always locked even if we leave them for a few minutes.
  4. Firearms are stored unloaded and locked in storage boxes and secured with trigger guard locks.
  5. All valuable items, such as television, stereos, and computers have been inscribed with the identifying number per local police.
  6. Your home inventory of personal property is up-to-date and includes pictures.  A complete inventory is kept somewhere away from your home (in case of fire).

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NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH

Start or join your Neighborhood Watch

This is a crime prevention program that uses people, in cooperation with law enforcement, to reduce crime in their own neighborhoods.  Neighborhood Watch involves neighbors getting to know each other, taking the time to watch out for each other and working together in a program of mutual assistance.

By cooperating with each other and the police, people can help fight crime in their community in the most effective way – before it begins!  Neighborhood Watch can help you substantially reduce residential burglaries and other crimes.  By participating, you will learn:

  • What are effective crime prevention techniques for houses, apartments and neighborhood safety.
  • How you can be a good neighbor by becoming law enforcement’s “eyes and ears” and helping them do their job of investigating and arresting criminals.

The first thing I recommend in a home security plan is to install a good quality security system from a recognized security alarm company.  When you install a good level of protection in your home BEFORE having a breakin, you usually end of spending less money and can still get very good coverage.  Being proactive is the key - don’t wait until you have been a victim of a home burglary or home invasion crime!

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Who’s Always There Even When You’re Not…ADT!!

January 26, 2011 by admin  
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So when ADT says they are Always There…they are always there at their ADT Customer Monitoring Centers - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - watching and dispatching on alarm signals like burglary, fire, police emergency, duress holdup, carbon monoxide, low temperature, flood detection and more.  So if there is an alarm event that is triggered from your home and you’re not there, ADT will alert appropriate law enforcement/fire authorities as well as contacting those you designate to meet authorities at your home.

What happens if there is a major disaster to the ADT Monitoring Center?

All ADT Customer Monitoring Centers can operate at top optimal levelsadt-redundant-systems under a variety of adverse conditions.  Monitoring professionals have the support of powerful computers and secure communications links with multiple backup systems, which means you can always rely on ADT in an emergency.  For some alarm monitoring companies, a disaster may mean they are out of business until their facility is repaired.  For ADT they have backups in place and redundant ADT  monitoring centers throughout the USA that can take over for another monitoring center anytime if needed -  which means ADT is always there for YOU - our valued customer!

ADT’s backup systems are prepared for anything:

Hurricane…Blackout…Tornado…Power Failure…Flooding…Computer Crash…Power Outage…

If you’re looking for a well-known branded security alarm company that has built it’s reputation on providing quality excellence, solid integrity, and professional 24/7 customer monitoring service then check and see how you can protect your home with ADT.

Holiday Shopping Safety Awareness Tips

November 15, 2010 by admin  
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holiday-mall-black-fridayThe 2010 Holiday Shopping Season officially begins on Friday, 11-26-10, known as BLACK FRIDAY. This name alone should cause you to be a little more cautious as you make your way to the mall or favorite shopping area.

Although most people are heading to the mall with the thought of being thankful and grateful for what they have and the ability to buy gifts for those they love, there are criminals lurking in and around the mall aiming to take what you have.  With personal crimes increasing it is imperative that you keep the following holiday shopping safety awareness tips in mind as you go about your holiday shopping and festivities over the next six weeks.

Be sure to also follow holiday home security and safety tips.  You want to make sure your home is a secure and safe place over the holidays.  We are now entering an extremely vulnerable time  - the Christmas Holiday Season - where home burglaries and home invasions always tend to increase.  Keep your personal safety and security a priority whether you are at home, shopping, or traveling.

Stay Aware Of Your Surroundings At The Malls, Stores & Shopping Centers

■  Carry some type of personal protection device like Personal Alarm with a loud 130 decibel siren to alert others around that you need help.  For greater security protection you may want to consider Pepper Spray or Mace. (Check local laws pertaining to TASERS/Stun Guns and even pepper sprays). Your safety and those of your family members should be a priority. If a criminal attacks you for your purse or packages, give him your belongings. Your life is more important! If he tries to hurt you or a loved one, use your personal device to protect yourself and those with you.
■  If using an ATM at the mall, be vigilant and aware who may be around you. Try not to make large cash withdrawals. Remember the malls may be extremely crowded and this would be an excellent time for a criminal to catch you off-guard and grab your cash.
■  Shop during the daylight hours whenever you can. If shopping at night, try to go with another person. If shopping alone and leaving the mall late at night, ask a security officer to accompany you to your car.
■  Always choose a bank with an ATM located in a highly visible, well-lit area. If you notice anyone suspicious approaching, cancel your transaction and leave.
■  Avoid using ATM’s where you must go inside the ATM area unless you are with others. This leaves you highly vulnerable to a criminal attack. Use the drive-up ATM whenever possible.
■  Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Don’t advertise large rolls of money in public. You don’t know who may be watching.
■  When you leave your vehicle, make sure to lock your doors and keep windows closed. If you have an alarm on your vehicle, use it.
■  Even though you may be rushed and have a thousand things on your mind, stay alert to your surroundings.
■  Don’t leave valuable items inside your car that are visible to others. Place packages in the trunk of your car.
■  Avoid carrying too many packages that may make you a target.   Make regular trips to your car to drop off packages.
■  Keep your purse tucked close to your body at all times. Don’t let it dangle from your shoulder as this may be a perfect setup for a purse-snatcher.
■  For men – carry wallets in front pocket rather than back pocket or jacket. Thieves are looking for easy targets as they move through the crowded malls.
■  Park only in well-lit parking areas and as close to a mall or store entrance as you can. Don’t settle for an isolated parking spot just because you’re in a hurry. Hold out for a safe spot to open up.
■  As you walk through parking lots, make sure you are aware of your surroundings and walk with authority. Don’t look like a victim.
■  Don’t be talking on your cell phone as you leave the mall walking to your car. You need to pay close attention to your surroundings and anyone who looks suspicious.
■  Approach your car with car keys in hand and survey the exterior and interior of your vehicle before entering. Place your packages in the trunk all the while aware of anyone who may be nearby or approaching you.
■  Don’t get into your car if you are being followed or are suspicious of anyone standing near your car. If so, return to the mall or store or where there are other people. Ask for store security assistance.
■  Beware alert and aware of strangers who may be approaching you for whatever reason. At this time of year there are “scammers” trying various methods to distract you with the intention of taking your money and belongings.

Because of our crazy economy there seems to be an increase in carjackings, personal assaults, and robberies.  Pay close attention to those around you and have your keys ready as you approach your car.  Put your Pepper Spray on your key holder just in case.  Better safe than sorry!

Home Security - Protecting Your Home While On Vacation

November 5, 2010 by admin  
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bahama-vacation-pic1Have you already made travel plans for an upcoming holiday vacation?  Are you going out of town to visit relatives for Thanksgiving or Christmas?  Or have you made some major plans to go to an exotic location - like Hawaii or Cancun - someplace warm and relaxing?

If so, what plans have you made to ensure your home is well protected from a burglary or fire while you are away?

For a lot of people protecting your home sometimes falls last on the list and by then it may be late.  Over my 20 years as a home security specialist with ADT I have met homeowners who put their security system in after they came home from vacation - when they found the door kicked in and their home ransacked.

Therefore, I am a big proponent of encouraging homeowners to be proactive about home security protection.  When you invest the time, energy and resources into building a solid level of protection in and around your home, you stand a better chance of NOT becoming the victim of a home burglary/home invasion robbery crime.

So what should you do to make sure your home is protected not just while you are on vacation but 24/7 - 365 days a year?  For people who have already protected their home with a 24/7 alarm service - I salute you.  You can go on vacation with tremendous peace of mind knowing if something happens help is immediately on the way.   For those who don’t have a security system you must rely upon neighbors, friends and/or family members to come and check your home while you’re away.

Here are some home security and safety tips to keep your home secure while away on holiday vacation:

1.  If you don’t already have one, install a quality home security system with 24/7 monitoring for burglary, fire and low temperature protection. If you already have security but not these services, check with your alarm company tp see about adding.  A fire can devastate a home.  And if the electricity gets knocked out due to weather in below freezing temperatures causing the furnace to go out, pipes freeze and sometimes burst causing flooding.  A low temperature detector would alert someone very quickly that there is a problem.

2.  Tighten up and harden the outside of your home. Look at the deadbolts on each door and determine if they are strong enough to withstand a forced intrusion.  Check the bolt on the deadbolt - 2-3″ bolts are recommended.  If you’ve never changed your locks/deadbolts and they are over 10-15 years, it may be time to invest in solid quality deadbolts.  Doors are usually the first point of break-in.  Make your doors impenetrable to an intruder.  When you leave for vacation, make sure you’ve locked all doors.  Common sense I know, but many people leave doors unlocked.

3.  Check windows to make sure locks are adequate and that they are locked when you leave. Recommendation is to reinforce the windows with dowel rods that can be placed in the track of the windows to prevent lifting or sliding if someone breaks the window to unlock.  If the burglar has to work with any effort at getting into the home, chances are the burglar will give up and move to an easier home.  The key is to make your home impenetrable to an intrusion.

4.  Be part of a neighborhood watch group. It’s a good idea to get to know neighbors on either side of your home and across the street then watch out for one another.  When you get ready to leave, let 2-4 of your close neighbors know so they can keep an eye on your home.  If you’re not expecting anyone other than a family member checking your home, let them know that and give them a number to call just in case anything suspicious happens.  If a U-haul pulls up in front of your home and starts unloading your valuables, that should be cause for concern and to notify police.  When neighbors help each other by keeping an eye out, it helps  reduce crime in your area.

5.  Have the newspaper and mail delivery stopped before you leave or have a trusted neighbor pick these up.  A stuffed mail box or newspaper box is a telltale sign that no one is home.

6.  Install motion sensor lights on the outside - garage, front, back and sides of your home provide the best coverage. When these lights come on at night, it gives the impression someone is home.  My recommendation is to also connect the motion lights to a lamp(s) on the inside which will come on once the motion lights come on.  This looks as though someone really is at home.  Most burglars don’t want to confront the homeowner so if they think someone is home, they may move on as well.

7.  Check your electrical plugs, Christmas lights and all outlets before leaving. Unplug as much as you can to alleviate having a fire while gone.  Check your battery smoke detectors and replace batteries accordingly.  If no one is home and a battery smoke detector goes off, no one knows.  If you have a monitored smoke detector, your alarm company can alert fire authorities and others and possibly prevent a major fire disaster.  Every year we hear of fire destroying homes and families due to negligence.

8.  If you have an alarm system, best sure to test your system from time to time and especially before leaving on vacation. Make sure your emergency contact list is up-to-date and let your alarm company know the dates you will be gone.  That way if they get an alarm they can dispatch authorities immediately.  Anyone having access to your home and your alarm should no how to work the alarm, have the 4-digit code and no the password in case they accidentally trip the alarm system.  That way you avoid a false alarm.

9.  If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow, you might have someone clear the sidewalk or your driveway if you get a major dump of snow during the holidays. When snow builds up in the driveway or sidewalk, this can give the appearance that no one is at home.  And that’s what burglars really like - no one at home.

10. Pull curtains and mini-blinds so people can’t see inside. Don’t display valuables near windows for burglars to see.  This may be too tempting if someone is really desperate.  Set lights and lamps up on timers to give the impression someone is home.

We all seem to be on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Linked In and Community Sites.  Be careful how much information you give about being away from home on vacation.  You never know who your “friend” may be on Facebook or Twitter and there have been many cases where a home has been robbed not long after information was “tweeted” or “shared” on a social media site.  Use precautions about what you disclose about being gone, on vacation or personal information.  We don’t always “know” our social media friends that well.

Keep in mind that burglaries tend to increase during the holidays just because people have presents, valuable gifts, cash and other things that burglars want.  But in today’s volatile economic climate there’s more desperation from people who are out of work, don’t want to work, or on drugs.  As homeowners it is up to us to secure our home.  Sometimes that means we have to invest a little more but in the long run keeping your home and family safe and secure is worth the investment and peace of mind.

Your home security and personal safety should become a 24/7 habit - a mindset.  Not that you should become paranoid but realistic in knowing that crime is encroaching upon even the nicest, once the safest neighborhoods.  Being proactive and doing your part to protect your home and family whether you are home or on vacation means you’ll enjoy your vacation more and have a better sense of peace of mind.

Home Security Must Have’s - The Steel Door Brace

October 10, 2010 by admin  
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Another must-have home security device is the Dual Function Steel Door Brace.  This is what every homeowner needs for their “Safe Room” door, front door, back door and/or basement door as a secondary layer of interior protection against forced intrusion.

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The dual function door brace is a security bar made of rugged 20-gauge steel, is adjustable, and installs easily under the door knob to provide additional security for your doors. The door brace adjusts to most hinged doors and the cap on one end of the door brace can be removed and used on sliding glass doors. With a clean baked enamel finish, homeowners will find the door brace attractive enough to use in their home.

Another recommendation for the Door Brace is in your home’s SAFE ROOM. This may be the master bedroom, a closet, or another room within your home that you and family members would retreat to in the event of a home invasion. If that happened, one of the first things to do would be to press an alarm emergency panic button (if you have a security system), lock the bedroom door, and put the door brace under the knob handle to prevent he door from being opened or kicked in. If you have no alarm system, quickly call 911.

The door brace will prevent the intruder from opening the door giving the homeowner time to alert the police or grab their personal protection, e.g., pepper spray, TASER, stun gun, or a firearm.

Other ideal uses for the Door Brace would be when you travel, staying in hotels, college dormitories, added security for a son or daughter who lives alone, and much more.

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Home Invasion Prevention Tips

October 10, 2010 by admin  
Filed under Home Security Headline News

ebook-cover-home-invasion2-1-24Here’s an exerpt from my SPECIAL REPORT “Home Invasion Prevention” by Cheryl Watterson, Home Security Expert

HOME INVASION PREVENTION

Learn Why Home Invasion Robberies & Home Burglaries Are Becoming More and More Prevalent In Our Society ……And What You Can Do To Avoid Being A Crime Victim!

Ways To Avoid Becoming A Victim Of A Violent Home Invasion

1.  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.

2.  Install a good quality home security system with 24/7 alarm monitoring. The alarm company will immediately be alerted to any activity from your home and dispatch the police of any type of home burglary or emergency. 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 but don’t rely solely upon the security system. In addition you should implement solid protection strategies to make your home impenetrable to a home invasion or home burglary. A security system can provide tremendous peace of mind for you and your family.

3.  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. Upgrade deadbolts and locks to ensure they can provide solid protection in case of a forced intrusion. Since most home invasions happen when criminals kick and force open your door, make sure you have a super strong, quality deadbolt locking system. If your door gets kicked in by a 250 lb intruder, you want to ensure your deadbolt lock will hold the door in place. Check our security partners at The Ultimate Lock to see how effective this locking system can be.

4.  Install an Early Alert Warning System for your home. The Voice Alert System will let you know when someone is on your property and 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 potentially unwanted visitors.

Would you like to know well ahead of time that someone is trying to enter your home so you have time to respond? YES should be your answer!

5.  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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9Keep 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.

10. Be sure to keep trees and shrubs trimmed around your home so you don’t give home intruders an easy place to hide. Adding motion sensor lights around the home can also provide deterrent value. The best place to install motion sensor lights would be in the front, 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.

Home Security Plan - Do You Have One?

July 31, 2010 by admin  
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pic-of-action-plan-8-19-082Do you have a home security plan for your family?  If you’re like most people, you don’t?  Why should you…crime will never happen to you! It always happens to someone else…the guy down the street…people on the “other” side of town, but not you!

Then how come so many people I meet who have just been burglarized say, “Gee, I never thought I would have a burglary.” Or “I was really thinking of putting in a security system.”

When you are starting to think these types of thoughts…it’s time to do something - to take action to ensure you aren’t the next home burglary/home invasion robbery victim!!  Just do it!

Protect your home with a security system BEFORE this type of crime happens to you and your family!

On my radio program I discussed establishing a Home Security Plan and why it’s so important at this particular time - when crime is rapidly on the rise.

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Home Security Systems in Demand As Burglaries Increase

July 30, 2010 by admin  
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cw-pic-burglar2rWith home burglary crimes growing exponentially in communities all across America, do you feel your home and family are pretty safe from everyday crime in your neighborhood?  Have you  thought about a home security system as a way of protecting your home?  You are only fooling yourself or are being naive to think crime only happens to other people.  That may be what many victims of a home invasion or burglary crime thought.

When you start thinking this way, you may be letting your guard down  leaving youself susceptible to becoming a home burglary/home invasion robbery crime victim!  When you think security, it becomes a “mindset.” You start to become more aware and alert of what’s going on around you all the time.  Having this security mindset means you’ll probably develop common sense security habits that ensure your home and family are protected 24/7.

The #1 thing in your Home Security Plan should be to install a home security system. Most burglars tend to avoid a home protected by a reputable alarm company.  They are typically looking for an easy home to break into without making a lot of noise.  That usually doesn’t happen with a loud alarm going off - and the police being notified.   Wouldn’t you rather being alerted that someone has entered your home without your permission than to be totally surprised?

The following video that talks about home burglary crimes in the Charlotte, North Caroline community.  They interview a burglar who broke into over 600+ homes and he tells you the thought process that a burglar goes through.  It’s an eye-opener so you’ll definitely want to watch it.

No matter where you live crime is encroaching - from the big city to the suburbs to even the smallest towns.  Protecting your home before a burglary may make you less of a target or victim.

The peace of mind you get from having a home security system can be well worth the price.  Plus installing a security system before a burglary may also mean you save money.  For a free phone quote to determine the cost of protecting your home CLICK HERE.

Is Your Sole Security Your Pet Pooch?

March 28, 2010 by admin  
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Don’t Make Your Pet Take On An Armed Intruder! During my 20 years as a home security consultant there were many times when I ran into people who would say - “why do I need a security system…I have a dog?” My answer would typically be - “a good barking dog and a security system do a great job of deterring a criminal intruder.  However, is your pet really equipped to take on an armed intruder?”

There have been numerous home intrusions and home invasion robberies over the past six months in our local area and two in particular where burglars ransacked the homes and ended up shooting and killing the homeowner’s pet dogs as they left the homes.  Heartless Dirtbagsdogkilledrobbery_jpg!!

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If you don’t want a security system because you feel pretty safe, think about your pet who is home most of the time when you aren’t - and considering putting a security system in to protect your pet.

cw-rocky-dog-for-blog3Rocky is our pet and guardian of the house when we’re gone.  It’s been a top priority to make sure that both my home and Rocky are well-protected.

Take one look at this pooch - that’s not a SMILE!!

Here is a friend’s new little puppy who will somestevie-sleeps2 day be the protector of the house.  It would be a serious shame if someone were to blatantly shoot a puppy as sweet as this little guy during a home invasion/intrusion!

One thing I encourage people I know who have a security system is to get into the habit of always turning  it on - both when you leave for the day or go to bed at night.

A security system provides a great early alert warning.  Plus when you have a barking dog chances are real good that you’ll know when something suspicious is happening around your home.  If an intrusion occurs when no one is home, the police are typically notified right away and dispatched to the home.

My recommendation is to be proactive and protect your home with a good quality home security system making sure your home, family, and beloved pets are well-protected 24/7.  That’s total peace of mind!!







Are You Telling Too Much Personal Info On Your Social Media Sites?

March 27, 2010 by admin  
Filed under Home Security Headline News

Last September I did a blog on how posting your personal whereabouts on  social media sites like Twitter and Facebook may be giving potential online criminals too much information.

Below is the article we posted back in September and this type of crime is continuing to happen even more today.  The key is to be smart, be aware of online safety issues, and recognize who you are allowing to become your “friend.” If you’re “tweeting” and “commenting” to your friends about your whereabouts - that you are on vacation, dining out…or whatever, at least make sure your home is protected with some type of security system.

Leaving your home vulnerable and unprotected makes it easy for online criminals to do their “offline” job of burglarizing homes.  There are way too many of these “criminal predators” trolling the social media sites.

Listen Up - Could your Twitter and Facebook postings tip off quasi-criminals - i.e. home burglar type “friends” to the fact that you aren’t home?

facebook-pic1When you tweet where you are or comment on Facebook to all your friends that you’re having the best cup of coffee at Panera Bread or Starbucks, are you alerting some unscrupulous “friend” that you’re not at home and that may be the opportunity for a home break-in?

Your first inclination may be “NO WAY” - who would possibly do that?  A savvy “professional” burglar that’s who.  Look at the number of burglaries and home invasion robberies that have dramatically increased over the last 18 months.  Anything is possible - you just need to be ahead of the game.

You see “online” child predators disguising themselves as “friends.” Who’s to say there aren’t “online” local home burglars who carry their cell phones set up with Facebook/Twitter apps so they can keep up with what their “friends” are doing 24/7.

Someone could potentially “friend” local community peeps on both Facebook and Twitter and just watch the conversations.  When someone is on vacation - talking about how great the oceanview is in Florida or that they are visiting family in California, this may be a great opportunity to checkout the home to see if anyone is REALLY home.  Bingo!! The home is totally empty — AND NO SECURITY SYSTEM!!

My suggestion is protect your home and family right now so you don’t have to worry what you say on Facebook, Twitter or whatever social media you use.  What is holding you back?  Taking action now means you’ll spend less money, get a good level of protection without breaking the bank, and have total peace of mind whether at home or away on vacation.

Install a home security system today and tweet all you want about the wonderful coffee at Starbucks!!