Home Security Systems – Things a Burglar Won’t tell you!

by Papa Boomer on March 9, 2010

Do you need a Home Security System? Before you contact ADT Home Security, Brinks, Ingrid, Protect America, Honeywell, or GE you need to consider the following:

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Have you ever wondered how burglars determine where to burgle, how to get in, and what to take?  It is simpler for them than you may think.  Here are things all of us need to think about everytime we answer the door or leave the house.  If all else fails and you find someone inside your home that doesn’t belong then hit them in the eyes with the wasp spray!  Yeah the wasp spray

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A friend of mine sent me this article and I believe it is worth sharing.

THIRTEEN 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 home 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. Here’s a 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 . 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 http://www.faketv.com/)

8 MORE THINGS A BURGLAR WON’T TELL YOU:

  1. Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and carry a rake. I do my best to never, ever look like a crook.
  2. The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosey neighbors.
  3. 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.
  4. I’m not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?
  5. 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.
  6. Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It’s easier than you think to look up your address.
  7. 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.
  8. 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 http://www.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

Additional protection for you and your home:

If you don’t have a gun, here’s a more humane way to wreck someone’s evil plans for you. (I guess I can get rid of the baseball bat.):

WASP SPRAY ???

A receptionist in a church in a high risk area was concerned about someone coming into the office on Monday to rob them when they were counting the collection. She asked the local police department about using pepper spray and they recommended to her that she get a can of wasp spray instead.

The wasp spray, they told her, can shoot up to twenty feet away and is a lot more accurate, while with the pepper spray, they have to get too close to you and could overpower you. The wasp spray temporarily blinds an attacker until they get to the hospital for an antidote. She keeps a can on her desk in the office and it doesn’t attract attention from people like a can of pepper spray would. She also keeps one nearby at home for home protection. Thought this was interesting and might be of use.

FROM ANOTHER SOURCE

On the heels of a break in and beating that left an elderly woman in Toledo dead, self defense experts have a tip that could save your life.

Val Glinka teaches self-defense to students at Sylvania Southview High School . For decades, he’s suggested putting a can of wasp and hornet spray near your door or bed.

Glinka says, “This is better than anything I can teach them.”

Glinka considers it inexpensive, easy to find, and more effective than mace or pepper spray. The cans typically shoot 20 to 30 feet; so if someone tries to break into your home, Glinka says, “spray the culprit in the eyes”.It’s a tip he’s given to students for decades. It’s also one he wants everyone to hear. If you’re looking for protection, Glinka says look to the spray.

“That’s going to give you a chance to call the police; maybe get out.”  Maybe even save a life.

Please share this with all the people in your life.  And, … if you run into someone in your life that already knows all this stuff, but didn’t tell you … maybe there is a reason.  Next time they knock on your your, you might want to think twice about letting them in. Papa B.

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David Nance March 10, 2010 at 4:23 am

My family owns and operates Security Equipment Corporation which manufacturers SABRE pepper sprays (www.sabrered.com). I appreciate that web-sites like this are sharing proactive safety ideas. However, there is an issue with WASP spray. WASP spray labels state, “It’s a violation of federal law to use in any manner inconsistent with this label. Never Use Indoors!” Police departments worldwide use pepper spray because the inflammatory effects of this agent work on those which cannot feel pain. The inflammatory effects of pepper spray cause eyes to close involuntarily and produce a loss of breath sensation. Pepper spray has been proven effective on deterring and incapacitating aggressive, combative, intoxicated individuals for over 20 years.

To date, no human testing has been conducted on WASP spray and it’s a violation of federal law to use in self defense. There are many home defense pepper spray options which will deploy up to 25 feet and unlike WASP sprays, these pepper sprays will cover an entire doorway. It’s probably not a good idea to use WASP spray for home protection since it is against the law and WASP spray labels themselves state “NEVER USE INDOORS”. Pepper spray is a safe, proven option which is trusted and relied upon by professionals.

Money Beagle March 10, 2010 at 11:42 am

Good stuff! I often wonder if the people coming to the door trying to sell stuff have ulterior motives.
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Roller Shutter Manufacturer October 11, 2010 at 3:48 am

Read your contract. Your contract will say that the Security company isn’t liable if they install things wrong or don’t respond to alarms.

Erwin November 12, 2010 at 6:09 am

Yep, burglars can get pretty nifty with how they choose their targets. As someone pointed out to me the other day, throwing an empty package from a new computer or a flatscreen tv may be like advertising your new stuff to the bad guys. Sounds far fetched perhaps, but it could happen.

john December 18, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Guess what? If I encounter an intruder in my home I’ll either shoot it or if I have wasp spray close at hand I’ll use it rather than put my life in jeopardy!
Federal law my rear end…

fahima March 24, 2012 at 3:43 am

We all know the risks of our houses being attacked by a burglar; instead of worrying all the time about the potential burglars who might come into your home, it is for the best that you go online and discover the range of home security – security systems offered by Apex Direct. You will see how the security systems guarantee all-night monitoring of the desired property, that they come with sensors for both the door and the windows (detecting any kind of movement) and also with a high decibel siren. Add to that the detection of glass breaking, the medical emergency protection and the keychain remote arming – and you will have a complete package.

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