I was checking around the net for some home security repair/tips after
my place was broken into in the middle of the day. I did find one
semi-helpful site: www.discovery.com/allstate.
Hoping that people can point me in the right direction - do you have
any tips or know of any books or articles that would help.
Forget all the home security and take out a bigger insurance policy. A safe
that is too big and heavy for 3 men to carry off is about all you can do.
Don't keep much money in the house. Anyone that is prepaired will be in and
out in a short time nomater what you do for a reasonable price..
These days cameras a cheap enough and small enough that you can wire
the place without breaking the bank. The burglar probably lives in
your neighborhood. Catching the little bastard and giving pictures to
his parents will probably get your stuff back.If not give the pictures
to the cops.
You can even look in from work if you have a broadband connection.
Certainly there are things you can do to harden the house against
people who don't want to break a window but you start making it a
death trap when you go beyond that. (bars and such)
In short, make you house more difficult and less desirable to break into
than your neighbors.
Physical security is best. Bars on doors/windows. Locked fence. Etc.
Then at least alarm stickers all over the place. This will discourage them.
Get stickers/signs here...
Cameras (along with signs) even if not connected can get them to go
If you do the above and they still break in (very bad areas), then get high
security locks (Medico), an alarm system, and/or real cameras with 24 hour
recording. Alarms in yellow pages (security), cameras and recorders here...
Home protection can be broken down into several areas:
1. Hardening the site (sturdy doors, locks, burglar bars),
2. Discouraging the malefactor through threat of instant discovery and
apprehension (monitored alarms, stickers), and
3. Killing the goblins.
Regarding #3, remember, whatever you say to the authorities, will convict
you irrespective of whether you're guilty. The safest thing to say - if you
have to say something - is: "I'm distraught. I think I'm having a heart
attack. I need to go to the hospital." Use the interregnum to contact your
lawyer. The next safest thing is: "I heard him scream 'I've got an axe. I'm
gonna kill you and every member of your freaking family! And your dog, too!
I'm the real Freddy Kreuger!' And I, in fear for my life, fired a warning
shot but I was shaking so much from fear the bullet hit him in the forehead.
I have to lie down."
Regarding #3. Go to www.sportsmansguide.com and buy yourself a body
bag. The goblin won't be any deader if found behind KMart rather than
on your living room floor but your life will be a lot less
complicated. Wear gloves. No fingerprints when you load his sorry
carcase into it. This presumes you're not some dickless pussy who's
afraid of firing a gun. You DO have a house gun? If not, practice up
on your begging.
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