Most people don’t pay attention to the crime happening in their city or community unless it directly affects them or people they know. If there is crime going on in the “city” and you live in the “suburbs”, the tendency is to think “as long as crime stays there and doesn’t encroach upon me, I’m OK with that.” But when crime happens in the city and people in the “burbs” become complacent that it won’t happen to them, that’s when the hard core criminal realizes what a huge “pot of gold” there is out in the “suburbs.”
My suggestion is for homeowners and people everywhere to become more proactive and educated about the best ways to protect their homes from criminal burglars and hard core punks and to make their personal safety, security and awareness a top priority 24/7 whether at home or wherever they are.
As someone who has been in the home and personal security industry for over 25 years, I have seen crime dramatically increase in the Michiana Area (Northern Indiana-Lower Michigan) over the past 4-5 years. With our economy in the tank and many people without jobs criminals are looking for easy targets to get the cash they need. Home burglaries, home invasions, personal assaults and robberies have gone off the charts partially because people have become complacent. They think these types of crimes happen to other people - you know the ones in the “city.“ Once that mindset happens and the guard is let down, they themselves can become an easy target!
Don’t let that happen to you. Realize that all you need to do is become proactive in the things that will make your home secure, safe and well protected. And that can begin with installing a home security system. When you’re out and about by yourself, carry a personal alarm with a 140 decibel alarm on your key chain…and better yet add pepper spray to your key chain. Keep some kind of personal protection in your home and if you do install an alarm system get a remote keyfob with a 24/7 panic button. Should you need help all you do is press the button and the authorities and others are alerted that you need help.
Here are some of the crimes that have happened in the past week in the South Bend-Michiana Area. Since I’ll be putting out a Michiana Weekly Crime Watch report I’ll include as many cities in Michiana but for right now as I look at the newspaper it shows four criminal events that happened just last week alone.
- South Bend - Three women robbed at gunpoint. Three young women in their 20’s were robbed at gunpoint at 12:30 a.m. Sunday. First of all when you’re hanging out in a “not so good” neighborhood at that hour you’re inviting crime. Sorry but you should know if crime is right next door and be smart about your personal safety.
- South Bend -Woman robbed while walking dog. Lady was walking her dog at 12:30 a.m. Look even your dog can’t always protect you. But again be smart about personal safety and realize you may be putting yourself in a vulnerable situation by being out late at night by yourself. If you must be out late at night, see if someone can walk with you or drive you home.
- Elkhart - 2 shot, girl dies - home invasion. Two members of a family were shot Friday night during a home invasion attempt. A 7-year old was shot and killed and her father was shot when the door was opened.
- South Bend- Home invasion reported near Riley. A 63-year women was the victim of a home invasion Friday near Riley High School when she opened her side door about 3:05 a.m. to let her dog out. Two masked men pushed into her home and stole $600 in cash and fled.
Be sure to double check your doors and windows when you leave or go to bed to ensure they are locked. A lot of home burglaries happen through unlocked doors. For more information on home security and personal protection - go to www.letstalkhomesecurity.com.
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Video Courtesy of Courtney D. James
Thanks to my friend Dave for sending me the following. It’s a good insight - along with the video - what a burglar may be thinking as he is checking out YOUR home.
Things Your Burglar Won’t Tell You:
1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.
2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.
3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste … and taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.
4. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.
5. If it snows while you’re out of town, get a neighbor to create car and foot tracks into the house. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead giveaway.
6. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don’t let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it’s set. That makes it too easy.
7. A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom-and your jewelry. It’s not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.
8. It’s raining, you’re fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door-understandable. But understand this: I don’t take a day off because of bad weather..
9. I always knock first. If you answer, I’ll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Don’t take me up on it.)
10. Do you really think I won’t look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.
11. Helpful hint: I almost never go into kids’ rooms.
12. You’re right: I won’t have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it’s not bolted down, I’ll take it with me.
13. A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system. (I don’t believe this is really true). If you’re reluctant to leave your TV on while you’re out of town, you can buy a $35 device that works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real television. (Find it at faketv.com).
14. Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and carry a rake. (Remember what the criminal in the video said??). I do my best to never, ever look like a crook.
15. The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.. (Burglars don’t like security systems either because of the noise and police dispatch).
16. I’ll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he’ll stop what he’s doing and wait to hear it again. If he doesn’t hear it again, he’ll just go back to what he was doing. It’s human nature. (A good application for a loud 130 db glassbreak detector or ShatterGARD security window film).
17. I’m not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it? (I agree. Start using your system as soon as it is installed. It’s easy to use and such great peace of mind and protection).
18. I love looking in your windows. I’m looking for signs that you’re home and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I’d like. I’ll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets. (Install an Early Alert Warning System to let you know when criminal intruders approach your home from any side-front/back/driveway- The Voice Alert System will let you know).
19. Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It’s easier than you think to look up your address.
20. To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a way to let in a little fresh air. To me, it’s an invitation.
21. If you don’t answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.
Sources: Convicted burglars in North Carolina , Oregon , California , and Kentucky; security consultant Chris McGoey, who runs crimedoctor.com; and Richard T. Wright, a criminology professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who interviewed 105 burglars for his book Burglars on the Job.
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There was an article in Sunday’s South Bend Tribune Voice of the People section entitled “burglars have it way too easy in her neighborhood.” The writer asked “who’s going to do something about it?”
My response is that the police need to CLEAN UP the crime mess, but like every other city throughout the U.S. crime is like a cancer that no matter how much chemo or radiation you throw at it – it just continues to grow.
Therefore, my suggestion is to “fight back against crime” and if the burglars have it way too easy it’s because homeowners have NOT done everything they can to make their homes more difficult to get into.
Homeowners need to take responsibility to ensure their homes are well-protected, secure, and safe 24/7. People cannot rely soley upon the police because there just aren’t enough of them. Crime is increasing every day and with the holidays coming on – there will be a tremendous spike in all types of crime.
Ways To Avoid Becoming A Victim Of A Home Burglary/Home Invasion Robbery
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 your security system installed and start your peace of mind today. My recommendation is ADT Security. Get $200 mail-in cash back rebate. Call 1- 800-699-9238 and give Promotion Code A51539 to ensure you get the $200 rebate).
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.
3. Install an Early Alert Warning System for your home. The Voice Alert System will let you know when someone is approaching your property and within a specific radius of your home. Outdoor sensors transmit an alert warning to a voice annunciator inside your home and let you know what area of your property is being breached by potentially unwanted visitors. Wouldn’t you like to know well ahead of time that someone is trying to enter your home so you have time to respond? Go to www.VoiceAlert911.com.
4. When you are home, keep all doors and windows locked. Also keep your garage down closed if you are not using the garage. It’s an open invitation to criminals and such an easy way to get into your home. 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. 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.
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.
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).
8. 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. Click Here for Home Security Plan.
9. 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).
10. 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. Or be observant when you’re home and notice strange vehicles in your neighborhood - especially late at night - that may be driving way to slow, driving with the lights out, or parked suspiciously. Alert your local police if you have a strange feeling about this activity.
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The morning South Bend Tribune headline news reads - BURGLARS KILL SHEEPDOG. The homeowner came home in the mid-afternoon on Monday only to find his home totally ransacked by burglars and his beloved eight year old sheepdog had been shot and killed.
These are the lowest of the low-life criminals who would kill a dog - especially one who was not considered an aggressive animal. The homeowner stated that his dog was not aggressive and when he sensed aggression in people, he would get a toy to play together with. (Picture courtesy of South Bend Tribune).
Don’t think just because you have a pet dog that you are totally secure. A good barking dog is definately a part of the deterrent value, but don’t rely solely on your pet. Violent home intruders can easily disgard your pet with one swift kick or with a single shot. During my 20 years as a security consultant I told many homeowners that a pet dog and an alarm system is actually pretty good protection.
If you haven’t started your security protection, start now before the holiday season begins. Protect your home by installing a security system and implementing protection strategies that will make your home impenetrable to these violent home burglars and criminal intruders.
When we leave home, our dog Rocky is always well-protected. The security system is for him as much as it is for protecting our home. These criminals are rotten, maniacal low-lifes who don’t care who or what gets in their way. They will use whatever force it takes to do their job and that is usually with a lethal weapon.
If you haven’t installed a security system already, be proactive and protect your home and family starting today.
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Over the past eight months I have been putting together a security program called Home Invasion Prevention - 7-Steps To Proactively Protect Yourself & Your Family Against A Home Invasion. This program will be part of the home security education offered to groups of individuals - homeowners to help them implement optimum protection strategies for their home and personal safety. Because home burglary/home invasion robberies have become so prevalent in communities across the U.S., having more security education about how to prevent this type of crime from happening seemed very important.
In the interim I put together a Free Report that can be downloaded entitled “Home Invasion Prevention..Learn Why Home Invasion Robbieres & Home Burglaries Are Becoming More and More Prevalent In Our Society.” To get a copy of your Free Report Click Here and complete your name and email address so you can get the downloadable link.
Homeowners, condo owners, and apartment dwellers need to make their home and family security a No.1 priority. Each day individuals are losing their jobs, there is more unemployment (with no option of getting a job), and more people are turning to home robbery type crimes.
As homeowners we need to have a security plan and be better prepared in our overall home protection so we can prevent this crime from happening to our home and family.
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Don’t be a victim of a deadly home invasion robbery!
You know how tough things are in our economy right now. If you watch the daily news, read the papers, or listen to the radio, you know thousands of people are losing their jobs, businesses are closing, there are NO jobs, and homes are being lost.
With this grim picture, there has been a tremendous increase in home burglary and home invasion robbery crimes. People are looking for cash in the easiest way possible. Home robbery crime is easy because homeowners sometimes become lax by leaving doors and windows unlocked and not being security conscious. We sometimes have an “it won’t happen to me” attitude.
Determine that you are not going to allow this type of crime to affect your home and family. Refuse to be a victim of a home burglary/home invasion robbery crime!!
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This video makes it perfectly clear that criminals are in favor of Gun Control — FOR EVERYONE EXCEPT THEMSELVES. This video will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up.
As a law-abiding citizen, if the Government takes your gun(s) away, the only ones who would still have guns are the violent criminals. And the last thing we need is to let these criminals take charge! Who are our politicians really trying to protect?
Criminals will always have some kind of lethal firearm/weapon to do their dirty criminal deeds with. Everyday citizens needs to be able to protect themselves, their family, and their homes. That is our right.
Courtesy of Antiprise - Criminals 4 Gun Control 1 Home Invasion
Protect your home and family by implementing an impenetrable home perimeter and install a quality home security system. Keep some type of personal protection such as a TASER C2, Stun Gun, Pepper Spray, or Mace in your home, your purse, your car, and on your keychain. Take some type of personal self-defense and safety awareness training. Know how to protect and defend yourself whether at home, on the streets, or wherever you are.
If decide you want to protect your home with a firearm, check with your local gun dealer for local city and county laws for purchasing. Then become knowledgeable about the firearm you select, well-trained in how to use it, and be ready and prepared to use it if attacked in your home by some low-life punk — like the guy in this video.
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