Home Security Goofs – Please… DON’T Try This At Home
We have written articles on stupid things home burglars have done. Some of them are actually pretty funny. You should check them out in our two articles entitled ‘Are These The Dumbest Criminals?’ and ‘Seven Crooks Who Need The Burglary 101 Refresher Course’ and get a laugh or two.
But in today’s article we are taking a slightly different look at the topic of home security. This article could be called “stupid things that homeowners have done.” Here we are taking a look at some great examples of things for homeowners not to do when it comes to home security.
In this case out in Los Angeles, homeowners in a posh Manhattan Beach beachfront home left their Doors Unlocked allowing two suspects to enter the home. Fortunately, their security cameras caught images of the two, both of whom are being apprehended. The moral of this story is, don’t leave your windows or doors unlocked. Almost 40% of all home burglaries happen through unsecured entryways.
A local police official said it best “We can’t hit the point home enough — people are busy and (some of) these homes are large, but we’re asking that people lock their doors and windows when they’re not home. And if you have an alarm, start using it.” We would add-DUH!
And to us this just takes the cake. You may as well advertise on TV that you are going away. In jolly olde England Ricky Hatton’s house was broken into after he made a Twitter Announcement but luckily for the burglars the former champion fighter wasn’t at home.
Ricky ‘The Hitman’ Hatton became a two-weight class world boxing champion and recently bought a house that has not yet had a burglar alarm put in, although one is being installed soon.
After ransacking rooms burglars stole two expensive Rolex watches, credit cards, and an undisclosed, but thought to be large amount of 500 euro notes. The moral of this story is if you’re going to be gone from your home, don’t let people know. Burglars are a lot smarter than you think.
And finally the story from the New England area, where a resident was returning to his home about 12:30 in the afternoon and realized that his home had been burglarized and that the Burglar Was Still There. According to the story, a scuffle ensued with the homeowner prevailing. The homeowner was extremely lucky that the burglar wasn’t armed and that he didn’t get the tar beat out of him. The moral of this story is, let the police do their job of capturing the bad guys.
The lessons to be learned from these examples are:
Lock all your doors and windows even when you’re at home.
Put inexpensive yet effective burglar alarms on your doors and windows. Most burglars are first or second time offenders and are freaked out by the sound of a shrill siren made by a burglar alarm like this one that sounds a 110 db alarm when a protected window or door is compromised.
Avoid making these mistakes and you will be way ahead of the game.
Consider putting a self-defense product such as a pepper spray or stun gun inside your home just in case you happen to encounter a burglar. This Pepper Shot 3-Pack includes a 2 oz. pepper spray canister for home use with optional wall mount.
Have you ever made these goofs? Come on, share ?