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!!







Day 3 Of The 14 Days Of Home Security & Personal Safety Protection

December 8, 2009 by admin  
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Welcome to Day 3 of the 14 Days of Home Security & Personal Safety Protection

Thanks for joining us for 14 days as we discuss problems and helpful solutions to maintaining a safe and well-protected home and strategies to keep personal safety a high priority this holiday season!

Install Outdoor Motion Detection Sensors On Your Home & Be Quickly Alerted Before A Car Break-In Or Home Intrusion Happens!

Problem:  There has been an overwhelming increase in the number of home burglaries and invasion robbery crimes while people are at home.  There has also been a dramatic spike in the number of homeowners reporting car break-ins of vehicles left in the driveway.  These  crimes are happening in just about every neighborhood throughout the U.S. and the police are not able to keep up with the high amount of criminal activities.

Solutions:  Install a perimeter system that gives an “early alert warning” that someone is approaching your home, attempting to break into your car in the driveway, trying to enter the garage area, or breaching the perimeter of your property.  Wouldn’t you rather know ahead of time that an intruder is potentially about to break into your home or bust out your car’s windows or rip-off  the wheels on your car left in the driveway?  For many homeowners the most frightening scenario is the thought of being awakened at 3:00 a.m. with an intruder standing above you with a gun pointed at your head.  The Voice Alert Home & Driveway System is an alert notification that does just that - it alerts you in a voice the precise location of a potential intruder on your property.

Tips For Implementing Solid Perimeter Protection Using An Early Alert Warning System  - The Voice Alert Home & Driveway System

  1. The Voice Alert Home & Driveway System uses outdoordriveway-alert-system-picr-12-8 wireless motion sensors that detect movement and then triggers a signal to a receiver/control unit inside the home.  A voice message will identify the location of where the intruder is by the exact area or zone.  If the owner is at home when the property is breached, they will immediately be alerted and can respond appropriately.  (Be sure to have a home security plan of action).
  2. An intruder coming onto your property at 3:00 a.m. is not expecting anyone to be awake.  The element of surprise is what they are looking for.  A home intruder who comes in while people are at home and asleep expect to catch the homeowner off-guard and within their control.  Therefore, we suggest you connect an outside siren with a loud decibel alarm to your Voice Alert System.  Noise is a big deterrent and most intruders will leave when a siren goes off as they don’t want to be caught or identified.  You can also connect the Voice Alert System to lights inside the home that will come on when an intruder moves through the outside sensors.  (This usually requires an electrician to setup).  Again, the intruder wants the element of surprise.  If lights come on that may indicate that someone is home and surprise is gone.
  3. Typical locations for installing the outdoor protection sensors would be covering the front door area or front of the home; the garage and driveway area; the back yard and back door area; and other vulnerable areas the may require alert notification.
  4. Other important applications you can use The Voice Alert Home & Driveway System for - Child monitoring, Pool safety, Home automatic and for Small business security. 

The primary key is KNOWING well ahead of time that a potentially “bad situation” is about to happen.  You would certainly want to know if someone is breaching the perimeter of your home or about to bust out the windows in your car or even that a car is driving into your driveway at 3:00 a.m. 

Check out The Voice Alert Home & Driveway System as part of your overall home security protection plan.  Remember, building levels of protection around your home will make your home more difficult to get into and less likely a target for home intruders.

For more information on The Voice Alert Home & Driveway System go to www.VoiceAlert911.com

Get a copy of the FREE Report - “Home Invasion Prevention” @ www.homeinvasion911.com

 

 

Does Your Home Security Plan Include A Safe Room? Part I

November 7, 2009 by admin  
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pic-of-action-plan-8-19-08rDo you have a plan of action in the event you are a victim of a home burglary or violent home invasion robbery while at home?  I would venture to say that most people don’t!  It is a good idea to have a Home Security Plan that includes a Safe Room in case someone forcibly enters your home while you and your family are there.  The general intent of a safe room is to provide short-term protection for you and family members until the police arrive or the attackers leave your home.

It is a fact of life today that burglaries, home intrusions, home invasions, and kidnappings are happening at an alarming rate.  We are all encouraged to have a Personal Plan of Action in case we are attacked on the street but we sometimes forget to have a well-thought out plan for some sort of attack in our home.

Home intruders want what you have - MONEY!

Right now times are tough.  The economy is in the tank and people are out of work, losing jobs each and every day, and drug-related crimes are on the rise.  Flat out – CRIMINALS WANT WHAT YOU HAVE – and that’s your MONEY!!  And criminals will take it from you easily or with violent force if they have to.  You need to be prepared and make sure that you aren’t the recipient of this violent force.

Are you a “high risk” individual who may become a potential target of a home invasion robbery, a kidnapping, or a home burglary?  There are many professional criminals, thug gangs, or desperate home intruders who may find it “easy” to target a bank executive or manager, high profile personalities, or executives of local businesses.  If you fall into a high risk category or profile, one of your first priorities should be to ensure you have a well-protected home with a quality security system and a designated Safe Room within your home to retreat to.   

The very thought that someone would forcibly enter your home while you and your family members are there means the intruder(s) is serious about robbing your home either of your possessions, valuables, money, or worse yet - kidnapping.   When you are face to face with the intruders and can identify them means there is a possibility you may be harmed or even killed. 

The typical way criminal intruders will enter a home is violently right through the front door in teams of 2/3/4 at a time may.  Once inside and after apprehending family members some intruders have been known to take an adult family member to the local ATM machine and have them withdraw money from a credit card and/or a bank account.
 
Hopefully this situation will never happen to you, but in today’s violent crime ridden society my suggestion would be to take every precaution you can to prevent this crime from ever happening to your family.  Be proactive by having and following a home security plan of action.

You may want to implement optimum perimeter protection strategies for the perimeter of your home - i.e. stronger doors, ultimate deadbolts, solid door frames, windows, etc.  This will make it much more difficult for just a swift kick or a 250 lb shoulder to force in your front door.  

Do you have an Early Alert Warning System covering your outside perimeter?  Wouldn’t you want to know ahead of time that you have unwanted visitors at your front door, back door, or garage entry area?  A   Voice Alert System will let you know when someone is within a certain radius of your home where you have designated outdoor sensors set up.   You might also include an outdoor video surveillance cameras and monitor these cameras with an indoor monitor or via your cell phone or computer.
 
Where is the best location for your Safe Room?

The Safe Room that is part of your home security plan is a defensive core area of your home that is most likely the safest place for you and other family members to escape to in a home break-in or home invasion.  It is vital that you plan ahead of time what you and other family members will do in this situation.  If a break-in occurs while you and your family are home try to remain calm and retreat to your safe room, lock the door, and call the police for help.

The room you select may be the main bedroom in your home.  (Or it couldcw-solid-core-door-safe-roomr be a main bathroom or closet location).  Whatever location you decide, check the doors to this room for strength and ability to withstand a major kick or forced entry.  Believe me it will be the intent of the intruders to find you.  These doors, like your main entry door, should be solid hardwood or metal core doors and should be hung so they open outward.  Replace the wooden doorjamb with a steel one or reinforce the door trim with steel angle iron to prevent the door from being kicked open.  On wood door jams, install three-inch screws in the door hinges and in the heavy-duty, four-screw, lock strike plates that cut deep into the doorframe studs.

The interior doors in most homes are flimsy, hollow-core wood doors so you will most likely need to upgrade these doors.  You will also want to install quality deadbolt locks on the doors to your safe room.

If you have young children, infants or toddlers you may want to make their room the safe room.  It will be easier for you or other adults to retreat to the children’s room rather than to get the children out of their room and into yours.  You should follow the same instructions on their doors if you select your child’s room as the safe room.

If you are in the process of building your home and want to include a professionally designed Safe Room, you may want to check with companies who specialize in “Safe Room” construction.  Depending upon your level of safe room protection they can provide a solid construction with reinforced walls and doors that can effectively stop bullets, incorporate a ventilation system, and provide a much more detailed and indepth level of protection. 

Read Part II - Suggestions for your Home Security Safe Room Plan

Get a copy of the Free Report -“HOME INVASION PREVENTION” @ www.homeinvasionfreereport.com.

Target Harden Your Home

October 29, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Home Security Solutions

home-pic-for-website-8-6-08rStrengthen The Perimeter Of Your Home With A Quality Security System And Common-Sense Products From Local Hardware Stores

Here is a list of simple but effective products that can be used to upgrade and give your home a stronger more impenetrable level of protection. These products will work exceptionally well with your home security system and make your home a less vulnerable target of a home invasion or home burglary.

 

These products can be purchased from your local Lowes, Home Depot, or Menard’s hardware store, and are excellent common-sense products that  help build layers of protection to an existing security system or one that you are planning to have installed.

1.   Solid core wood or metal doors for main entry and perimeter doors.  Reinforce frames around doors that are older or weaker.

2.   Upgraded solid, multi-strong locks for both doors and windows.  Deadbolts should have a minimum of 2-3″ bolt with reinforced strike plates. The Ultimate Lock is an exceptional lock for main entry doors. This lock can also be used on a designated Safe Room door and glass slider doors as well.  Make sure you have strong upgraded locks.

3.   Secure existing windows with new locks and/or replace with upgraded windows. To strengthen single pane glass windows install security film to given an impenetrable shield. If this is not available at the hardware store, ShatterGARD security window film is an exceptional product.

4.   One-way wide angle viewing peephole for front door if you have no sidelights next to door.  Before opening your door you need to KNOW who is there first! Otherwise DON’T OPEN THE DOOR!

5.   Intercom System - install a unit at the front door to talk with whoever is knocking. Gives better communication without having to open the front door. If budget permits, install a video intercom system so you can actually see who is at the front door.

6.   Automatic outdoor lighting system with lights that come on at a pre-set time.  Install motion detector lights in the front, back, and garage side of the house. For best results install lights on all 4-sides of the house.  Also consider having outside lights connected to one or more lamps/lights inside the home that will come on at the same time. This gives the appearance that someone is home. Most burglars don’t want to confront homeowners!

7.   Outdoor surveillance camera at front and garage area and/or interior webcam.  These cameras can send an alert to your cell phone and computer with video viewing.  Great technology!

8.   Make sure your home phone system has a wireless unit that you can carry with you.  Also keep a cell phone handy in case your phone lines are cut.

9.  Dowell rods can be placed inside windows that slide up/down or sideways as well as slider doors making it difficult to open without breaking. These rods come in various diameters and offer excellent strength to windows and slider doors at a reasonable cost.

10. Adding a quality storm door to the front entry can add an extra layer of protection and strength.  This will make it even harder for a home invasion attack on your front door.  You could also do the same to the garage entry door. 

Your first line of defense is having a good quality security system.   Make sure you place a security yard sign in both the front and back of your home as well as putting window decals on all vulnerable windows.   Intruders can see the signs and stickers from the street and will typically move to an easier home (one that doesn’t have a security system).

Intruders also know that people who have made the effort to protect their home with a security system are usually more security conscious and have hardened other areas of the home as well. 

Your goal should be to build layers of protection making your home’s  perimeter stronger and hardened enough to withstand an attack by a home intruder.  When you slow down the home intruder’s progress and make him work hard to get through, he will likely give up and move to an easier home to attack!  (One with NO security system).

Starting today take action and protect your home and family! 

Get a copy of the FREE REPORT-“HOME INVASION   PREVENTION” @ www.homeinvasionfreereport.com

The Secret To Solid Apartment Protection Strategies

October 8, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Home Security Headline News

Courtesy of KXLY ABC4

What is the “Secret” to having a solid home or apartment protection strategy?  Could the secret be something as simple as “locking” your doors and windows?  Could it be NOT opening your door unless you know who is there?  Or could it be having a super strength deadbolt locking system on doors that have reinforced frames and hinges? 

These could be some of the best well-kept SECRETS  to having a solid home or apartment protection strategy because most people aren’t doing them.  If you want to keep home burglars/home invasion intruders out of your home or apartment, you need to strengthen the perimeter making it extremely difficult for them to get through.  If you leave your doors and/or windows unlocked, you are inviting the criminals into your home.  

Home security and safety is a habit that many people just don’t follow.  You might ask why?  My answer is they may feel perfectly safe.  Having a personal and home security “mindset” should be a habit that you focus on developing even if you think you live in a perfectly safe area.  Even though crime is getting closer to home - many people still feel that crime happens to other people - not them!  When people see crime actually affecting their neighbors, family, or themselves, that’s when many start to take ACTION.  I challenge everyone to become more proactive in their home security and personal safety and commit that they are not going to become a victim of crime out of complacency!!   

Over the past few weeks our city has experienced both a personal carjacking attack against a couple of innocent students and a violent home invasion that resulted in a fight between the homeowner and the intruders.  The homeowner did acknowledge he had left the door unlocked which allowed the intruders to easily gain access to his home. Again make a habit of checking doors and windows each night before going to bed to make sure they are locked.  Do it for 21 days straight and it will become a habit for you!

Solid Apartment Invasion Prevention Strategies 

1.   Check the structure of your entry doors and deadbolt locks.  If they are flimsy, weak, and outdated, see if your apartment will upgrade or at least reinforce the hinges and frame around the door.   If the apartment management won’t comply, invest in the upgrade yourself if you plan to live there for any length of time.  One of the best locking systems on the market is The Ultimate Lock.  Their testimonials show this lock can withstand up to 4,000 lbs of force.  This lock is bump-key resistant and has a really unique ”lock out” feature.   Take a look at the power of this ultimate lock!  Check it out.

2.  Make your personal and home security a habit.  Day or night you should always be aware of your surroundings as you exit/enter your vehicle and are exiting/entering your apartment.  You may want to consider keeping some type of personal protection device in your apartment like Pepper Spray, Mace Spray, TASER C2, Stun Gun, or Personal Alarm And carry Pepper Spray or Mace Spray on your keychain for protection.  These are all non-lethal protection devices that are meant to deter or distract an attacker or  intruder enough to get away to safety and call 911.  As you enter your apartment from the outside, be cognizant of strangers approaching or anyone who may be hiding outside your apartment.  Be sure to follow appropriate laws and regulations regarding these personal protection devices in your area.  Practice using your personal protection product so you know what to do if forced to use it.   To order your protection products CLICK HERE

3.  Reinforce the front, back and sliding glass doors to your apartment.  Place a heavy duty strong dowel rod down into the track of the slider to prevent it from opening.  If the sliding glass door can be lifted out of the track, install a couple of screws at the top of the track to prevent that.  For the front and back doors look at adding a 20-gauge steel door brace and/or a door stop alarm with a loud decibel alarm.  These door protection devices can give that extra strength, protection, and valuable time you may need during a break-in to call 911 or  others for help. For details CLICK HERE.

4.  Keep your main level windows locked at all times.  To add extra strength to the windows place a dowel rod that fits into the track of the window whether it slides up and down or side to side.  This will add a tremendous amount of strength to the windows and can help prevent them from being opened.  The intruder will have to break the glass to get through and most don’t want to make any noise or take the time and effort.  You can get the dowel rods at the local hardware store and if you paint or stain the rods, they blend into the window.   For a minimal charge you can add wireless window contacts or glassbreak sensors that only make a loud alarm noise inside the apartment when the window is opened or glass broken.  Go to The Personal Security Store for more information.

5.  A home security system would be a recommendation that I would make; however, many alarm companies require that apartment management approve this.  If your plans are to stay in your apartment for 3-5 years this may be a wise investment.  When my daughter got out of college and moved to an apartment, the first thing I did was have a security system installed with protection on all doors, a fire alarm, and a wireless panic button.  This made me feel better and I know she appreciated it too.  ADT Security offers quality security systems at reasonable prices.  Be sure to check with your apartment management for approval.  Ask to have included in your security system a remote keyfob that has an on/off button as well as a panic button to call for help if you need it.

6. Before opening the door look through your peephole to make sure you know who is there.  Don’t automatically open the door when someone knocks.  This has become a major scam in apartment complexes across the country.  Once the homeowner opens the door it takes very little effort for the intruder to violently force the door open and attack the homeowner.  A word of caution - if you don’t know the person’s identity, ask what they want.  You do not have to open your door to anyone you don’t know!  Carry your telephone with you as you approach the door in case you need to call and verify the person at your door.  Call apartment management or 911 if you feel threatened or in any kind of danger.   

7.  Get to know the immediate neighbors in your apartment unit.  Exchange telephone numbers and start to watch out for one another.  The more involved you are with those around you the better able you and others can alert authorities if a security problem happens.  See if your apartment offers some type of “Neighborhood Apartment Security Watch.”

Other common-sense security tips:

 Avoid riding in the elevator alone with a stranger if you can.  Don’t hesitate to get off an elevator should you fee uncomfortable or threatened.

When you move into an apartment, make sure the door locks have been rekeyed.  The should also be rekeyed whenever the door lock key is lost or stolen.

When you leave your apartment, even for a short time, lock doors and windows.  Also turn off any heating appliances.

When you are gone for the day, turn on a radio.  Also consider a timer to program lights in your apartment.

Having a Security & Safety Plan and knowing what to do and how to protection yourself before you have a problem can save you from being a crime victim!!  Be Prepared!! 

Remember the security and safety of your residence and family is ultimately your responsibility.  Take the necessary precautions to ensure you don’t become a victim of an apartment invasion robbery/burglary crime!

Get a copy of the FREE REPORT-“HOME INVASION PREVENTION” @  www.homeinvasionfreereport.com

Would You & Your Family Survive A Violent Home Invasion Disaster?

September 23, 2009 by admin  
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“It’s better to be prepared for the unexpected home invasion and hope it never happens, than to become a victim and wish you’d planned better.” ~ Cheryl Watterson, Lets Talk Home Security, Radio Host, Home Security Strategist.

I just watched one of the most intense videos entitled “Surviving a Home Invasion Disaster” from Spike TV.  This is an excellent home invasion survival video that each person should take the time to watch.  Pay close attention to the details and you’ll see that a home invasion robbery can  happen to anyone.  However, by taking home protection measures to strengthen and tighten the security in and around your home, you make your home a more difficult target for the would-be home invasion intruders.  Target harden your home’s perimeter - don’t make it easy for the criminal!

When we take the attitude that these types of crimes happen to other people -not me, that’s when we let our guard down and miss taking the necessary protection precautions that we should.  Our instincts may even tell us something is wrong but we don’t listen - because our guard is down.

This movie is about 45 minutes so you’ll want to allow plenty of time.  It’s intense and will make you realize just how vulnerable we can be to a home invasion crime.  The first step to prevention is to be aware and prepared, take the necessary steps to build a defensive perimeter level of protection around our home, learn some basic and valuable self-protection techniques, and determine that you’re not going to be a victim of a home invasion robbery crime!!  You get to decide!

Click this link to the Home Invasion movie:  http://bit.ly/PB2jE

Be proactive - protect your home and family today!

Get a copy of the FREE REPORT-“HOME INVASION PREVENTION” @ www.homeinvasionfreereport.com

Naked 91-Year Old Vet & Dog Corner Burglar Till Police Arrive

September 23, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Home Security Headline News

You Go Grandpa!!!  That’ll teach these punks to mess with a 91-year old.  When the drunken burglar came messing around a Lakeworth man’s home in the early morning hours, his dog went into action and cornered the home burglar while grandpa grabbed his gun and cell phone.

He immediately called the police for backup while he held the intruder at gunpoint.  One thing - grandpa forgot his pants!  He was stark naked.  But who cares - he’s 91, a WWII vet who probably served his country well, and survived a criminal burglary.  Naked or clothed - I like his attitude on crime control!

Dog + Gun + Security System = Priceless Home Protection!!

Here’s story and what the naked 91-year old went through Courtesy of Palm Beach Post.com:

LAKE WORTH — A burglar early this morning clambered over a backyard fence on a quiet block on the city’s west side. He picked the wrong house.

He made it maybe a couple of steps before Rettt the dog, a mixture of Rottweiler and Doberman pinscher, charged, tearing the intruder’s shirt from his back in a growling, ferocious attack.

 
 

This gave homeowner Robert E. Thompson, 91, time to jump out of bed, grab his gun, a .38-caliber revolver loaded with hollow-point bullets, and to phone the police.

Then he went out back to let the guy know how he felt about home invaders. He raised the gun and shouted out in the darkness. He thought there might be three or four of them. He didn’t care.

“The funny part was I didn’t have any clothes on,” said Thompson, a World War II veteran who was awarded a Purple Heart during combat tours in Europe. “I was standing out there with a .38 in my hand, and I was stark naked.”

Already terrified of the dog, the burglar, who looked to be no older than 20, took a step toward the nude 91-year-old, and that was it for Thompson.

To read the rest of the story -CLICK HERE.

As I’ve said many times, dogs are an excellent early warning system.  And you can’t beat having a firearm to protect yourself with, but having a home security system would’ve blown the eardrums off the intruder, possibly alerted the neighborhood, and notified the police for help.

If you want the very best protection and coverage for your home - Protect your home with ADT.

Be Proactive - Protect Your Home & Family Today!

Get a copy of the FREE REPORT-“HOME INVASION PREVENTION” @ www.homeinvasionfreereport.com

Steven Mosely, Combat Hard Fitness

September 17, 2009 by admin  
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pic_of_cheryl_w-thumbnail2Cheryl Watterson, Radio Host, will interview Steven Mosely, Head Coach and Co-Founder of Combat Hard Fitness and Fighting, LLC, on Lets Talk Home Security - Friday, September 18, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. EDT/7:00 a.m. PDT.  Pencil in the date, time and call-in number (646) 727-3396.  You can also listen online @ www.blogtalkradio.com/letstalkhomesecurity.

Steven Mosely has also been involved in firearms and defensive tactics instruction for over 20 years.  He holds a first-degree black belt in Chinese Kenpo Karate, Filipino Kali and is a Senior Instructor under the British Combat Association.  He is also an Apprentice Instructor in Filipino Martial Arts & Jun Fan Gun Fu under Guro Dan Inosanto. 

In other words - HE’S ONE BAD DUDE YOU DON’T WANT TO MESS WITH!!

What we will primarily discuss with Steven is the recent training he conducted on Home Firearm Safety & Basic Pistol CourseWith the tremendous rise in home burglary/violent home invasion robbery crimes more homeowners have begun purchasing firearms in increasing numbers. 

One thing I always recommend to those thinking of purchasing a firearm is make sure you are fully trained in how to use the firearm - especially if you have never owned or fired a weapon before.

Steven will review what his course covers, why it is so important to keep firearm safety a main priority in your home, and how to safely test out shooting a gun for those with little or no firearm experience.

If we can squeeze in some Gutterfighting USA techniques, we’ll try to get that in also.  Checkout Steven’s website for some great self-defense, firearm safety, and fighting tips @ http://gutterfightingusa.wordpress.com/

Be sure to join the show Friday, 9-18-09, 10:00 a.m. EDT/7:00 a.m. PDT.  Call in # (646) 727-3396 - listen online @ www.blogtalkradio.com/letstalkhomesecurity.

 

Get a copy of the FREE REPORT-“HOME INVASION PREVENTION” @ www.homeinvasionfreereport.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home Security Action Plan

Home Security Action Plan

Running a home is like running a business - you need a plan.  We all seem to lead extremely busy lives - raising children, your job, school activities, and on and on.  Having a home plan, and in this case a home security action plan just means you’ve laid out a way to keep your home and family safe and protected to the best of your ability.  Having a plan ensures everyone knows what to do in specific situations.  You can review the plan from time to time with family members so everyone is still up-to-date and knows what to do

As a Security Consultant for 25 years homeowners would ask me what my security plan was.  I simply said our family plan of action goes like this, “It’s 3:00 a.m. and the alarm goes off - nobody should be entering our home at that hour - so this is a real intrusion.  I’m out of  bed to lock the door, hit the panic button on the alarm keypad which overrides the burglary alarm that just went off so the alarm company dispatches immediately, then grab the 20-gauge steel door brace in the corner to put up underneath the door handle to prevent the door from being opened by the intruder - at least long enough to grab whatever weapon we have available for self-protection.  (Whatever personal protection you use make sure you are properly trained).  We are probably in the bathroom at this point where we are secure and can see out a window.  Then a call to 911 would be made using the cell phone..even though the alarm is calling police I am too just in case they have questions as they are enroute.  A landline is great unless the intruder cut the phone lines.  Have a cell phone handy just in case.  While all this is going on the alarm siren is screaming over 140 decibels and two dogs are barking…most burglars probably wouldn’t stick around but there’s a lot of desperation out there so you never know.  Have a plan and know what you would do in case a home invasion happened to you.  Starting today be proactive and get a home security system.  You don’t want to find yourself laying in bed at 3:00 a.m. awakened by an intruder with a gun pointed at your head.”

Here are 10 things to consider as you go about setting up your Home Security Action Plan.  Good luck!

pic-of-action-plan-8-19-08-11. Invest in a home security system. Let’s face it - in today’s economy more and more people are out of work (9.4% unemployment).  Many of these people are becoming desperate and turning to burglarizing homes. In my 20+ years as a security consultant I have never seen as many violent home invasions that are happening across the country.  The initial investment of a home security system with 24-hour protection is minimal compared to any loss you might experience from a home invasion/home burglary crime. When you select an alarm company, be sure to put the alarm yard signs and decals up right away to start the protection. The signs and stickers are a great deterrent because they are the first things the intruder  sees as he approaches your property.  If you have a reputable alarm company like ADT protecting your home, that’s even more of a major deterrent.

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2. Establish a Safe Room in your home.  This is a room where everyone can meet if there is a burglary or home invasion robbery, and it should be centrally located near the bedrooms. More than likely it will be the master bedroom area - but each homeowner will determine the precise Safe Room location taking into consideration small children and others in the home. This room should have reinforced doors and deadbolt locks. Keep a fully charged cell phone and a flashlight in the Safe Room in case the phone lines and/or power is cut. If you have an alarm system, keep a remote panic put inside your Safe Room to alert the alarm company of an extreme emergency situation and to send the police immediately.  Keep your doors locked until the police arrive or help has arrived.

3. Make a habit of keeping doors and windows locked whether you are home or away. When you become complacent and let your guard down, you become more vulnerable to attack. Locking up is a simple habit that everyone should get into. When you leave the house or go to bed - do a quick walk-through and check doors and windows. Most break-ins happen through an unlocked door. If you have contact sensors on doors and windows, when either is opened and the alarm is OFF your keypad will beep at you so you know someone just came in or went out. If the alarm is ON and a door/window is opened, the alarm is activated and the police notified.

4. Reinforce wimpy hollow doors with solid core wood or steel doors.  Be sure to include a one-way peephole if you don’t have sidelights next to your door. Make sure the frame around the door is also reinforced with heavy duty screws.  You want to make sure your doors and deadbolt locks can withstand a forceful kick.

5. Update old locks with newer, stronger deadbolt locks. Reinforce strike plates. Use at least four three inch screws to reinforce the plate. Make sure the bolt is at least a 1-1/2 inch long. Since the front door is usually the first point of entry burglars know exactly where to kick the door for it to bust right open. Make these punks work very hard to get into your home. If it’s going to be difficult with a lot of work involved, most intruders will give up and go to an easier home.

 6. Add simple common-sense Dowel Rods to your windows and slider doors.  Check the number of windows on the main and basement level that either lift up or slide side-to-side to open as well as your slider doors. Then go to your local hardware store and get some dowel rods - about an inch or so in diameter for windows, a more heavy duty diameter dowel rod for slider doors. These rods fit right into the track of the slider door or windows preventing them from opening.  The dowel rods are also  difficult to see inside the track.  You may want to paint or stain the dowel rods to match the door/window trim color.

7. Don’t open your front door unless you know who is there.  Make it a habit for everyone in the family-especially children-to follow a simple rule that unless you are expecting someone or can see who is at the front door - DON’T OPEN THE DOOR. When you open the door to strangers or solicitors, you make yourself vulnerable to home invasion intruders and scam artists.  Is someone claims they are from a company there to do work, verify identification by calling the place of business. Make sure you have a way to see out either through a sidelight, a window near the door, or through a peephole. Too many home invasion scams are happening right at the front door. You don’t have to open your door to anyone.  If you feel unsafe after asking them to go away, call 911.

8. Get a dog. A good barking dog - small or large - is a big deterrent. The intruder may not know the dog’s size and won’t want to deal with a vicious barking dog. A dog can also alert you if someone is messing around your home or is inside your home. I always said there wasn’t any better security than your alarm system and a good barking dog(Don’t rely solely on your dog as your security system.  We’ve seen dirtbag intruders shoot and kill dogs).

9. Keep some type of personal protection near your main entry areas. This could be pepper or Mace spray, a TASER C2, or a Stun Gun. If you have one of these personal protection devices in your home make sure you are properly trained in how to use it. This type of protection may help defend against an intruder. Be sure to keep your non-lethal protection away from children  but where you easily reach it in an emergency.

10. Consider taking a self-defense or personal security awareness class. Knowing what to do if faced with a potential attacker can give you a certain amount of confidence and empowerment. The security awareness class reiterates and heightens your awareness and gut instincts to things around you. When you combine this training with your personal protection, the above listed habits, and your security alarm system, you become a formidable homeowner that an intruder will definitely not want to deal with!

Start on your Home Security Action Plan today!  Make sure you are positioned to be the home an intruder avoids, or at least his worst nightmare should he enter.

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Interview W/Chain Reaction Inventor

June 2, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Radio Guest

cw-pic-w-ken-12-17On Wednesday, 6-3-09, I am meeting with Rob Simpson, UK, inventor of the Chain Reaction home invasion security device.  He is in the U.S. promoting his new home security product which is designed to be your front door/back door protection against a home burglary - home invasion crime.

I am looking forward to our meeting and plan to get some videos of the product and our conversations.  I’ll upload to my site later this week.  Rob Simpson will also be the guest of Lets Talk Home Security Radio Show on Wednesday, 06-03-09.

Be sure to join us for the radio show Wednesday, 6-3-09, @ 6:00 p.m. EDT - via internet -  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/letstalkhomesecurity or by telephone @ (646) 727-3396.

Watch the following video of the Chain Reaction Security Product:

For further information on Chain Reaction go to http://tinyurl.com/mb5rgr

Get a copy of the FREE REPORT-“HOME INVASION PREVENTION @ www.homeinvasionfreereport.com

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