TEN STEPS TO BREAK INTO A HOUSE
“When we think of a burglar, we think of a stereotypical ski-masked man dressed head to toe in black, crouched down, creeping in the dead of night, carrying a professional break-in artist's ideal toolkit. As common a culprit, however, is the average-looking person dressed in average street clothes on your average workday, entering via an unlocked door or a brick-induced hole in a glass door.”
All the points mentioned below are discussed in much more detail on the mentioned website; although could be seen as from the burglar's point of view. Below I only gave one thought after each dot:
ENTRY THROUGH WALLS AND CEILINGS
As unlikely as you may think this to be there are several thousand burglaries each year where entry into a dwelling has been gained by breaking through a wall or coming down through a ceiling or loft hatch. The following information covers the most common occurrences.
The following are discussed in detail on the mentioned site, with suggestions as to what can be done to prevent being compromised:
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Because of recent abductions in daylight hours, refresh yourself of these things to do in an emergency situation. This is for you, and for you to share with your wife, your children and everyone you know. After reading these 10 crucial tips, forward them to someone you care about.
It never hurts to be careful in this crazy world we live in.
1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do:
The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do!
2. Learned this from a tourist guide:
If a robber asks for your wallet &/or purse, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you….Chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you, and he will go for the wallet/purse. RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!
3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy. The driver won't see you, but everybody else will. This has saved lives.
4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc., & just sit (doing their chequebook, or making a list, etc. (DON'T DO THIS!) The predator may be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your head, and tell you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR, LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE.. If someone is in the car with a gun to your head DO NOT DRIVE OFF, Repeat: DO NOT DRIVE OFF! Instead run the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car. Your Air Bag will save you. If the person is in the back seat they will get the worst of it. As soon as the car crashes bail out and run. It is better than having your body found in a remote location.
5. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or parking garage:
A.) Be Aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor, and in the back seat
B.) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door. Most serial killers attack their female victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars.
C.) Look at the car parked on the driver's side of your vehicle, and on the passenger side…. if a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)
6. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. Stairwells are horrible places to be alone, and the perfect crime spot. This is especially true at NIGHT!
7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN! The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times; and even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN, preferably in a zig -zag pattern!
8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP!! It may get you raped, or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked 'for help' into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.
9. Another Safety Point:
Someone just told me that her friend heard a crying baby on her porch the night before last, and she called the police because it was late and she thought it was weird… The police told her 'Whatever you do, DO NOT open the door..' The lady then said that it sounded like the baby had crawled near a window, and she was worried that it would crawl to the street and get run over. The policeman said, 'We already have a unit on the way, whatever you do, DO NOT open the door.' He told her that they think a serial killer has a baby's cry recorded and uses it to coax women out of their homes, thinking that someone dropped off a baby. He said they have not verified it, but have had several calls by women saying that they hear baby's cries outside their doors when they're home alone at night.
10. Water Scam!
If you wake up in the middle of the night to hear all your taps outside running, or what you think is a burst pipe, DO NOT GO OUT TO INVESTIGATE! These people turn on all your outside taps full bore so that you will go out to investigate & then they attack.
Stay alert, keep safe, and look out for your neighbours!"
Centurion Systems, a leading South African gate automation and access control company, below shares some tips on how we can better safeguard ourselves and significantly minimise the likelihood of home invasion. Points covered are: Be vigilant; detect intruders; keep your drive-way well lit; keep your gate motor secure; and be well informed. As per Charl Mijnhardt:
“While the SAPS have made incredible strides in combating crime in South Africa, residential burglary and robberies are still major problems that see thousands of homes ransacked and residents traumatised every year. Home invasion is an intensely personal attack, an invasion of our privacy and an affront to our sense of security and wellbeing. In short, when intruders enter our homes, we feel violated.
A major component of the distress we feel after our homes have been burgled, is the prevailing sense of helplessness. But this need not always be the case. Centurion Systems, a leading South African gate automation and access control company, shares some tips below on how we can better safeguard ourselves and significantly minimise the likelihood of home invasion.
Most readers have no-doubt heard the expression ‘prevention is better than cure’, and this philosophy certainly rings true when it comes to effective intruder detection.
Any suspicious activity in the vicinity of your house should be reported immediately to the police or your local armed response company. Even if you have the slightest inkling that the loiterers in front of your gate might be up to no good, notify the authorities and rest easy in the knowledge that you might just have spared you and your family the trauma of being burgled.
In this instance, as with so many facets of modern life, technology is your friend. CENTURION has developed a range of innovative gate automation devices for bringing perimeter security to the home front. The D-Series range of gate motors, for example, incorporates the revolutionary Intruder-detection Alarm feature-set which can be interfaced with standard infrared safety beams and set to give an audible output whenever the beams are interrupted. This feature-set, which consists of the Ambush Alarm and Break-in Alarm, can also be relayed to a security company for a comprehensive perimeter protection infrastructure.
While criminals have undeniably become bolder in their efforts to get their hands on our possessions, the majority of them still operate under cover of darkness. A well-lit driveway should go a long way towards ensuring that there is no devious activity taking place at the entrance to your property. In addition, crime statistics do seem to indicate that the driveway is the setting for a disconcerting number of attacks on homeowners, with opportunistic criminals often hiding in the shadows, waiting to pounce.
Some modern gate motors, such as those manufactured by CENTURION, make provision for the connection of pillar lights which can be configured to switch on the moment that the motor is activated, bathing your driveway in light and hopefully driving away any unwanted nocturnal visitors.
If the gate is the final bastion between us and the outside world, then a gate motor is its armour, working in tandem with the gate to create a formidable barrier while also providing supreme convenience and functionality. Unfortunately, an alarming trend has emerged of late whereby criminals prise open gate motors in order to steal the lead-acid batteries inside, or they simply remove the entire unit from its foundation plate and abscond with it. This has become a real problem in suburban neighbourhoods, with some properties being targeted two or three times over the course of a month.
But, once again, being prepared is half the battle won. It is recommended that a reliable theft-resistant cage from a reputable gate automation manufacturer, is fitted. These theft-resistant cages fit snugly over installed gate motors and, when secured with a high-quality padlock, will go a long way towards minimising the likelihood of your operator being stolen or otherwise tampered with.
‘Education is the movement from darkness to light’, said Allan Bloom – and there are a number of things we can do to make that pivotal transition. Joining a neighbourhood block watch, or simply keeping an eye on your local newspaper for current crime trends in your neighbourhood, will help you always be in the know when it comes to keeping criminals off your property. The notion that crooks are always one step ahead is a pure fallacy and, with the right tools and know-how, you’ll always be firmly in the lead.
There are also more palpable means of being well-informed. GSM devices such as the CENTURION G-SWITCH-22 can be configured to send a text message to your mobile phone whenever your infrared safety beams are interrupted, or even when your alarm is triggered at home. This is intruder detection at its most intuitive.”
The foregoing was received from Centurion Systems. More info can be obtained from their website http://www.centsys.co.za/ or email@example.com or directly from Charl.Mijnhardt@centurionsystems.co.za.
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