Thursday, January 19, 2012


  Dogs are great deterrents to burglars. Even a small, noisy dog can be very effective. Burglars do not like to have attention drawn to their presence, or the obstacle of a dog bothering them once inside.   A well trained dog can be a wonderful asset.  Barking at a ringing door bell may seem like an annoyance, but to a would be burglar, it is a warning.  Even showing your control over a well trained dog in public can intimidate someone with bad intentions.   They have to assume that if that dog will sit and stay when you tell it, it will also attack them or defend you when told. 
  If dog's are not your thing, consider an electronic version.  There are several options out there for this.  Basically a recording of a dog barking that can play based off of a motion detector or even a switch (like a doorbell) These work great in garages because the sound will often echo and seem larger than it really is. 


Thursday, January 12, 2012


Take a few minutes and approach your home or business as if you were a potential burglar, you will probably surprise yourself how vulnerable we make ourselves.  As you approach the home, what do you see?    Is there any reference to an alarm that is noticeable? Such as a yard sign or window stickers.
  How about an open garage? I see so many homes driving around that leave their garage doors wide open all day.  Think about what is in there:Tools, cars, storage, etc.  Also, in my experience, most people do not think to lock the door from the garage to the house.
   Front doors, most likely the first place a burglar will check.  Is there a security door present, if not, how about a dead bolt lock on the entry door?  Burglars see these as obstacles, not wanting to work too hard, they will go somewhere else.
   Next, approach a window.  What do you see, flat screen? computer? Purse sitting on the table?  Consider drawing the shades when not home or when you don't need the light of the window.  Thieves are looking for the biggest payoff with the least amount of effort.  If they do not know what they are going in for, it will reduce the chance that they would take the risk.


Thursday, January 5, 2012


Become friendly and familiar with your neighbors.  Get to know their basic routines and who should be around, including service workers.  A new trend is for burglars to pretend to be service workers: landscapers, bug sprayer, house cleaners, etc.  I have heard several stories of a neighbor simply thinking the "Jones" family is just getting their lawn mowed and it turns out they are being robbed.  So keep and eye out for unfamiliar vehicle that could be posing as businesses.  Any legitiment business should have some kind of identification such as: logo on vehicle, uniform, badge, etc. See a landscaping truck and trailer but no workers or noisy lawnmower? Could be a problem......