Home Security - Protection At The Front Door

February 20, 2010 by admin  
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What have you done to protect your front door from home intrusion?  Are you still living with a 1970’s mentality on crime - “it won’t happen to me?” Or have you proactively set up a solid, impenetrable level of perimeter protection to keep the criminal home intruder out?

Todays home intruders are a different breed of criminals.  They are bold, brazen, heartless predators who would rather shoot the homeowner when confronted rather than turn and leave.  As a homeowner it is your responsibility to ensure your family has a home that is safe, secure and well-protected.

As always stated I highly recommend a home security system that protects for home burglaries, violent intrusion, fire, and other emergencies with a quick notification to the police/fire authorities.  However, I also realize that the goal of any security protection is to ultimately keep the intruder OUT of your home.  The front door or any perimeter door may be the first intrusion point that the criminal uses and extra protection there is vitally important.

I remember hearing people say early in the 1990’s that they felt really comfortable having their security system protect their front door.  I also thought that was pretty good protection back then.  However, today you need to build an impenetrable level of protection - that actually stops intruders at the front door before they can enter, setting off a loud alarm or alert, that gives the homeowner time to react by either reaching for their personal protection or gathering their family to a safe room until police or help arrive.

Don’t wait to become a victim of a home intrusion!  Be proactive by implementing strategic home protection today!

Home Security - Burglar Proofing Your Home

Courtesy of Fox 5 Atlanta

As I have mentioned so many times in my articles, the first step to protecting your home begins with installing a home security system. However, I always say don’t rely solely on the security system - build an impenetrable level of protection around your home. That means having updated, solid strong deadbolt locks, reinforced frames around the door, solid wood or metal core doors, good window locks and glass protection, an early alert warning system, and outside security lights are among some of the protection recommended.  Doing something is better than doing nothing because the criminal home burglar/home invasion intruder is getting smarter and more professional as the economy continues to worsen.

By being proactive and establishing a security plan for your home and family you may eliminate your home as being a target for these criminals.  If a home intruder has to work very hard to enter a home, he will typically give up and go to an easier home.  Establish a home security plan that incorporates an impenetrable protection level that keeps these punks out of your home so your family stays safe!!

Here is an article by Fox 5 Atlanta about burglar proofing your home.  Home intrusion criminals are getting so bold that having a security system may not be enough as they know it may take 3-5-10 minutes before police will arrive.  By that time the home intruders have broken in - scooped up your high valuables and are gone before the police arrive.

Stopping these guys at the front door is definately key!!  Make sure the front door, your deadbolt locks, your bolt, your reinforced frames are  extremely difficult to break through so these punks decide to go someplace else.  If the intruder has to put forth any effort to get into your home, he’s probably going to give up and find an easier target.  That’s why you want to “target harden” your home.

FOX 5 Special: Burglar Proof Your Home

Updated: Wednesday, 10 Feb 2010, 7:25 PM EST
Published : Wednesday, 10 Feb 2010, 6:50 PM EST

Reported By: Chris Shaw | Edited By: Leigha Baugham

The latest FBI crime numbers show a home is burglarized in the United States, once every 23 seconds. In a majority of those break-ins, the thief enters the home through the front door. According to experts there are simple ways to upgrade the security of a front door on a budget.

Home security video taken from a Metro Atlanta home shows thieves casually targeting one of the most vulnerable parts of a home.

“I didn’t realize before, how unsafe it was. Until I found out one swift kick and everything can come down,” said break-in victim Melissa Dobbins.

Dobbins was outside walking her dog, when her home was burglarized. Even though the door to Dobbins’ home was locked and the alarm set, burglars got in and stole TVs and jewelry. The burglars were gone long before police arrived.

The thieves that struck Dobbins’ home went in the through the front door.

“This entire frame broke. The door was open, I mean, it was just all gone,” said Dobbins. 

Be proactive and protect your home and family!

Fighting Back Against Violent Home Intruders Who Kill Dogs

November 17, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Home Security Headline News

Fight Back Against Violent Home Intruders Who Kill Dogs!!

Another family dog gets killed in a violent home burglary in South Bend, Indiana.  Homeowners please don’t rely upon your dog(s) to provide the security protection for your home.  This new wave of home burglars and home invasion intruders are violent - and they are carrying guns. They also have NO QUALMS ABOUT KILLING YOUR DOG - and that might even include YOU if you get in their way!!

Protect Your Home With Impenetrable Home Protection

Set up a home security plan and begin protecting your home and family with top level protection that includes a security system.  Build an impenetrable level of protection around your home so intruders aren’t able to come right the front door or one of your windows!!

Do it now!! There is absolutely no excuse for not having a security system in our current economy.  Many people don’t realize it doesn’t take thousands of dollars for a good quality home security system.  Right now you can setup some simple common-sense protection around your home by going to your local hardware store. (Click simple common-sense link for info).

Fight back and protect your home, family and your pets.  These criminals are CRAZY VIOLENT and it doesn’t appear that crime is slowing down - especially as we head into the holidays.  (A time when it usually gets worse). Remember, desperate people do desperate things - however, I think these criminals actually enjoy what they are doing.  HEARTLESS DIRTBAG PUNKS!!

I  wrote an article on Friday the 13th about a sheepdog who was killedpet-sheepdogr2 when burglars broken into a home in South Bend, Indiana.  After these punks ransacked the home and ripped off the homeowner’s electronics and other valuables, they shot and killed the crippled sheepdog.

Then a few days later two family dogs were shot and killed during another burglary in South Bend.  Imagine coming home to find out your home has been broken into and all your valuables stolen.  That would be hard enough to fathem.  But on top of that the burglars shot your dogs as they made a clean break!  Heartless criminals!!

Home burglary and home invasion robbery crimes are plaguing neighborhoods all across the country.  Law enforcement officials can’t be everywhere so we need to personally take action to ensure our home and family are safe 24/7.  You can do that!!  There are effective steps and actions you can implement that will give you tremendous peace of mind. 

Be proactive and start today by implementing these actions!!

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AAA-Safety First.com - 10/30/09

November 1, 2009 by admin  
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My guest on Lets Talk Home Security, Friday, 10-30-09, was Jack Krohn, President of AAA-Safety First, an online business specializing in personal protection and camera surveillance systems.

Our primary conversation was to learn about web cameras and video surveillance camera systems and how they can keep the homeowner alert to what is going on in and around their home 24/7.

I especially like the fact that the latest webcam/video systems can be set up to allow the homeowner to view each designated cameras using their laptop, computer, or the cell phones.  That is great technology!

To listen in on the interview with Jack Krohn, AAA-SafetyFirst.com, click the radio widget below:

Jack indicated he would give a 10% discount off any camera system ordered by just entering the following discount code:  FTV at checkout. 

Here are the links to the camera systems we discussed:

http://www.secure-at.com/4channel-wired-usb-system.htm

http://www.secure-at.com/ip-cameras.htm

Having a video surveillance camera is just another way of being able to know what is going on in and around your home 24/7 .  A camera system combined with your security system can prove to be a highly effective home security strategy.

If you haven’t already done so, take action and start your home protection today!! 

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FrontPoint Security, 10/23/09

October 23, 2009 by admin  
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On Friday, 10-23-09, Lets Talk Home Security radio host Cheryl Watterson interviewed Peter Rogers, Founder and Chief Operating Officer of FrontPoint Security.

FrontPoint Security is the leading nationwide provider of wireless, interactive DIY alarm systems.  FrontPoint combines next generation alarm technology, unrivaled simplicity, and an amazing commitment to service to create a truly unique customer experience.

When you listen to the audio interview, you’ll learn about the home security products and some interesting features that FrontPoint’s 24/7 monitoring services offer.  In particular-the cellular backup system that is built right into the control panel - adding a tremendous benefit of phone line integrity; the interactive  monitoring which alerts the homeowner via cell phone when certain functions that are pre-programmed happen in your home; and video - web cameras that can be setup to monitor activity in and around your home.

Again, I would like to thank Peter Rogers of FrontPoint Security for taking the time to let our audience learn about his company and the security products they offer.

To learn more about FrontPoint Security and how you can purchase their security system for your home, go to www.frontpointsecurity.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!

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Gun Sales Rise As Home Burglary & Home Invasions Increase!

August 17, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Home Security Headline News

Courtesy of WRDW News 12

 

Many homeowners ARE taking action when it comes to protecting their home and families against home invasion intruders.  As crime increases and more and more homes are burglarized and violent home invasions take place, homeowners have decided to protect their families with lethal weapons.  Intruder -  Beware Of Homeowner should be the sign to let intruders know that homeowners aren’t going to be complacent and take it anymore. 

If you are one of the homeowners who is purchasing a firearm to protect your home and family, be sure to follow some common-sense rules.  Become properly trained in how to use the weapon, purchase the right firearm for your needs, keep firearm safety a high priority, and get a home security system too!

If you become a victim of a home invasion crime while sound asleep, you may not hear the intruder get into your home so the firearm is useless.  If you have  no noise to alert you - an intruder can be in your bedroom before you even know it with a firearm pointed at your head.  At least the security system will have protection points that the intruder has to violate or set off as he tries to get into or move about your home.

A really good level of protection is a security system, your personal protection of choice (firearm), and a loud barking dog! 

Take a look at my article Home Security Action Plan for some steps to protect your home and family.

Stay safe & protect your home and family!!  Keep firearm safety a priority.

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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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Tom Gaffney, Safe Room Expert

July 16, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Radio Guest

On Friday, 7-17-09, at 10:00 a.m. EDT/7:00 a.m. PDT, Lets Talk Home Security radio host Cheryl Watterson will be interviewing Tom Gaffney, President & Safe Room Security Expert for Gaffco, Inc.  The show’s topic will center around the value of having a Safe Room  or Panic Room included in your Home Security & Safety Plan.  Each home should have some type of Safe Room set up in case of a home invasion robbery, kidnapping attempt, or terrorist threat to provide short-term safety and protection for family members until the police arrive.

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Thomas Gaffney, president of Gaffco Inc., holds a section of bullet-resistant glass that has been shot five times with a .44-caliber Magnum hand gun. The bullets did not penetrate the glass. Gaffney’s company installs bullet resistant glass and builds “safe rooms” in private homes.

Real ’safe rooms’ offer secret refuge inside the home. 

(To read the full store Click Here)

Join Lets Talk Home Security Friday, 7-17-09, 10:00 a.m.EDT/7:00 a.m. PDT,  when we talk with Tom Gaffney, President & Safe Room Security Expert, Gaffco, Inc.  You can either call (646) 727-3396 or log into the show online at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/letstalkhomesecurity.

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June 1, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Home Security Headline News

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