Defense Against Crime

03/03/2011

Don’t Get Cleaned Out This Spring..

Filed under: Crime Prevention,Self Defense Infomation — peppereyes @ 12:54 PM
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According to the bureau of Crime statistics

In the United States

  • One Robbery happens every 1 minute
  • One Property  Crime every 3 seconds
  • One Burglary every 15 seconds

Several cities have experienced an increase in property crimes last year, specifically burglaries. These are cyclical events, having declined the past few years, but now on the rise largely due to the increased popularity of large, flat-screen TVs. It is important to note that many of these incidents were likely the work of just a few individuals with successful methods, rather than a large variety of one-time thieves. Some of these individuals were arrested and charged, some investigations are still pending. Some of them may be targeting you for their next caper.

Tips to secure your home

I’ve written several times, in details about home security, and just like diet books, there just seems to be a great need for it. Did you know that home security starts with decreasing the chances of your home being burglarized? When I take my dog for walks in various subdivisions, I make mental notes of what homeowners are doing wrong. Many homes are easy targets for burglaries without the owners even realizing it. Although the opportunity for your home to be a target for burglary is high, simple everyday counter measures can be taken to increase your home security without even purchasing an expensive home security system.

  1. Burglars prefer to target empty residences. – If it looks like nobody is home then this presents a great opportunity. Here are some great clues that no one is home; Drapes closed tightly, no noise or lights turning on, no cars in the drive way. The cure is easy slightly open drapes, turn the radio to talk radio, and put your lights on random timers. Leave a parked car in your driveway, even if it’s the neighbors.

  2. A quick escape is important for a burglar, so high fences or hedges are a real deterrent. – High fences are one thing- High bushes and trees close to your house are another. First, while privacy fences are great, they make great hiding places for criminals who want to break into your house unnoticed. Likewise, overgrown bushes and trees close to your home allow a burglar to hide and can provide leverage to higher windows of easy entry. Always make sure all scrubs are trimmed back and not covering windows.With the weather getting warmer there is more people are leaving things open as they work around the house. This is an invitation for danger.  An unsecured door, such as garage, sliding door, or a patio door, presents an opportunity for a burglar to enter your home, and even surprise you. Unlocked garage or shed doors allow thieves to tools to assist in the entering of your home. Take the time to install strong dead bolt locks on doors and fixed weak doors and window, so that you won’t spend time wishing you should have.

     

  3. A dark property is always attractive. 90% of all intruders choose not to enter a residence that is well lit. Does your home have low wattage bulbs in outdoor lights, no motion sensor lights or lights on a random timer, no lights on other outdoor buildings, such as shields or garages, or no outdoor lights at all. Always ensure well light areas on and around the home.

     

  4. Most burglars look for something worth stealing –There is an old saying, never give a thief an opportunity. That being said, don’t advertise your purchases. Do not leave the boxes in the trash, and don’t brag about your expensive purchases in the open. The same is said of vacation plans. Don’t discuss your plans in the check out line at the store … you don’t know who is listening. Would you leave $500 cash sitting on your lawn? Do you make your valuables visible from outside the home, such as having lawn mowers, bikes, and cars in your garage with the door left open, shades and curtains open to view jewelry, electronics,  lap top computers or items you do not see as worth stealing are still valuable to others, even items you do not view as valuable, but others will, like alcohol. Get in the habit of closing blinds at night and keep the garage door closed and lock. Don’t leave valuables such as MP3 Players, GPS devices, or other items in your car.

     

  5. Thieves look for any information to make themselves sound like they know you, to create trust and open your door or worse, tell your children they know you and get information from them. When I was working for the Census Department a few years ago I was working in a really nice subdivision that had nice homes and lots of nice stuff. One thing that I noticed on lots of houses – homes with the names on the mail box. All a crook needs is a phone book to find out who you are. Get your number, and then call your house. One of the other bad things you can do is have your message on your answering machine to say ” We are not home right now….”. Please remove your name from your mail box, and if your answering machine has that type of message, please change it to something like “We can’t come to the phone right now …” or if you have call forwarding, have calls sent to your cell phone. You may also wish to remove any references to your name on your message as well.

     

  6. Burglars find out the majority of your personal information in your every garbage. Your trash is another person’s treasure. Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America. There is no nightmare like having to prove you are who you say you are, or proving that you didn’t purchase a new car in Denver Colorado, when you stay in Raleigh North Carolina. To that end don’t provide thieves with clues about you that can be used to allow them to become you. Don’t carelessly throw your garbage away in accessible areas, including your own garbage. Consider purchasing an inexpensive shredder and shred any important documents, receipts, bills, statements, credit cards, that have account numbers, or your social security number on it. You should even shred invitations which could give a date of when you may not be home. Don’t throw all the shred pieces away at once or in one place, you can use it in mulch piles, or as shipping fillers

     

  7. Burglars observe your daily behaviors – You may be watched. Do you leave the house at the same time every morning? Do you drive the exact same way to work? Can’t anyone know for certain that your house and those of your neighbors is empty every day from 8:30AM to 6PM. Consistent routines give burglars an estimated amount of time to complete their job, which allows them to be more careful without getting caught. Try not to be too predictable, come home earlier on some days, or leaving for work later on other days. Leave early and if possible, come back home on random days of the month. Don’t make the mistake of hiding your spare key in typical places, such as under the door mat, above doorways, or anywhere close to the door, as well as in the same spot regularly in a visible area. Invest in cleaver key hiders, so that you can hide your keys in areas that people cannot watch you retrieve it and do not let kids openly show friends where keys are hidden.

     

  8. Over 30% of home burglaries are termed by police as “no force” entries. –
    OK the by gone days of being able to leave your home unsecure are OVER, I’m not even sure they existed anywhere except on TV. Leaving your home with windows or doors unlocked or even open thinking you’ll only be gone temporarily, is just an invitation for a thief to come in.  You and your family have to practice and remind each other to always, not matter what the circumstances are, to always close and lock all doors and windows when leaving the house unattended. I actually went on a all day trip and thought I locked the front door. When we came home, the front door had blown open. I was a good thing I had noisy neighbors, so that my home was untouched while I was gone.

     

  9. Almost 30% of all break-in’s happen by kicking in the door – According to the FBI Crime statistic division, every 12 seconds a home is invaded by kicking in the front or back door, and two o’clock in the afternoon is the biggest break-in time. Consider installing a device like the strike master II, or at least get the Ultimate lock that can resist being bumped or kicked in.

     

  10. Make a thief think twice. – From everything that you read. Thieves want easy targets. I’ve heard thieves say the houses that avoid most are the ones with a BEWARE OF DOG sign. The second group of houses are the ones with security sign. Personally I like just having a dog, because they sound off when anyone they don’t know comes near your house. My younger brother has a Rottweiler and one day a bunch of people came to his house, some were friends of his roommate. Out of character, the Dog starting growling at one guy, and barking. My brother asked the person to leave his house, he may have been up to no good. Normally, the dog doesn’t bother anyone.

PepperEyes.com is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable personal protection products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility for yourself, your home or your business, buy our high quality discount personal protection products and arm yourself with the knowledge of the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option  

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