Showing posts with label victimization. Show all posts
Showing posts with label victimization. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Crime Prevention Begins at the Front Door

I have always been big on crime prevention, especially since my father's home was broken into back in the early 1970s. That prompted he and I to install a home-brew alarm system consisting of relays, surface magnetic door switches, foil tape on his windows with butterfly transition devices, and Amprite delay devices to provide an entry/exit delay (that sure took me back a ways).

Here's the deal, crime prevention should be part of everyone's life. Every single day good people are victimized by bad guys. In most cases the victim was not aware of things going on around him/her. Because they did not practice situational awareness, they failed to see it coming.

One of the most common areas where victimization occurs is in the home. More and more we're hearing in the news of home invasions where the homeowner(s) is there when a criminal act take place. In a good number of them the homeowner him/herself unlocked and opened the door, thus allowing a bad guy to push his way into the home.

The lives of two children, ages 4 and 7, were threatened Tuesday night when four people entered a man’s apartment and told him they would shoot his children if he didn’t give them money. (read more)

You can greatly reduce your risk by simply NOT unlocking and opening the door to a caller. Instead, verify who they are and what they want before incurring a risk. One way to do this is to install a through-the-door peephole lens through which you can see people on the other side.

In most instances you can talk back and forth through the door to find out what they want. If this is not efficient, then have a small two-station, battery-operated intercom installed. They can actually be installed back to back when they are surfaced on the outside and inside walls. If feedback is an issue, install a thin piece of foam or rubber insulation on the backside of each unit to minimize the problem.

Not all home invasions happen as a due course of unlocking and opening a door.

Berndt Anderson, 63, was awakened around midnight by a man rummaging in his bedroom at 130 Arbor Drive, according to a police report. Anderson told police that he chased the man out, but was confronted by two other men in the house -- one who appeared to have a gun.(read more)

In this case it's wise to install a burglar alarm system covering at least your doors. If you are concerned enough and you have the money, include the windows. This will help to frighten off would-be criminals once the alarm sounds. You might also consider installing a single-cylinder deadbolt lock on your bedroom door so if someone does proceed to enter once the alarm sounds, you can minimize your risk and maximize your chances of successful police response by locking your door.

Although there is no sure way to stop a determined criminal from getting into your home, you can slow him down and maximize your chances of survival in an assortment of ways.

About the Author

Al Colombo is a former trade journalist in the physical security and life safety markets. His 28-year career includes the title of Associate Editor with Security Distributing & Marketing Magazine and Technical Editor with Security Sales & Integration. His freelance work has also appeared in Security Dealer & Integrator, Locksmith Ledger, National Locksmith, Security & Life Safety, Alarm Installing Dealer, Electrical Contractor Magazine, and The Electrical Distributor, in addition to writing promotional copy for Honeywell Life Safety, Digital Monitoring Products, Home Automation Inc., Camden Door Controls, and numerous websites throughout cyberspace. To contact Al Colombo, click here.