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Myth: Home Invasions Don't Happen Often...
Unfortunately, home invasions happen very often, whether you think they do or not. A unsuspecting homeowner in New Jersey was shocked by her door being kicked in and a strange man entering her house.
Obviously he was there to rob the house and while he did get away with some jewelry, he beat and choked the mother of two in front of her 3 year old daughter.
Warning: The video below is graphic.
The Mind of a Criminal
It's important to understand how criminals work during a home invasion and some characteristics of these violent offenders. Primarily they target homes where they're less likely to face resistance and gain access to important information like pin numbers, jewelry, cash, etc. There's also the chance that these criminals are just looking for a violent confrontation or a sexual assault opportunity.
Outsmarting the Criminal Mind
So how do you fortify your home to become a hard target and take steps to protect yourself? Education and planning are key, so use these steps below and get started!
- Keep your house well lit at night to discourage would-be criminals. Have motion detecting flood lights on low-lit areas around your home.
- Post stickers and alarm signs on the exterior of your home. Even fake alarm decals and signs can be a deterrent.
- Don’t leave heavy objects in the backyard that can be used to throw through windows, particularly patio furniture.
- Invest in security cameras with motion sensors, inferred and a solid recording device like a DVR. The cost on these has come down considerably from what they used to be.
- Make sure your camera recording system is housed in a lockbox so a thief can’t take the recording of their crime.
- Redundant camera angles can help capture footage of a criminal that has properly cased your house and knows the path they can take to disable a camera before it sees them.
- Internet cameras can also be a good option if you’re away from your home and still need to monitor them.
- At the least, have a zone alarm to alert you when someone is coming to the door or up the driveway.
- Use highly visible house numbers so that the police can readily identify your home.
- Don’t enter your home if it looks like it’s been illegally entered, leave the premises and call the police.
- Be aware of the trash you leave on the curb. Break down boxes from recently purchased items like TVs and conceal them from prying eyes.
- Use solid-core exterior doors including the door into your garage, which should also have a deadbolt.
- Get a wide-angle peephole and use it before answering the door.
- Have a spare key hidden in an uncommon place outside your home or better yet, with a neighbor.
Why Secure Your Doors?
An intruder can be in your home in 10 seconds. More than 85% of all break-ins are through a door.
If you own a gun, will you have enough time to reach it? If you're not at home, will your family be safe?
Only Armor Concepts reinforces all of the weak points of your door - the jamb, the lock area and the hinges. If all of those points are not reinforced, your door is not secure.
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