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anyone know typical burgler/break in scenarios?

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Greetings,

Knowing that some of you here are LEOs or have security experience, could you kindly fill me in on what the typical residential burglary involves? How much time is usually spent, how much recon is done ahead of time, what are the most common areas searched and to what extent, etc. (I'm trying to understand the *process*)? On the other side, what are the best deterrents (dogs, loud sirens, alarm company signs, etc.)? Are many attempts made when occupants are home? Any other info or statistics?

From what I've read/heard it's about making your property less inviting than another one. What would be the key ideas to achieve this? Lately this has been on my mind and is keeping me up at night (with my AR next to me). Thanks!

Regards, Jim
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Greetings,

Knowing that some of you here are LEOs or have security experience, could you kindly fill me in on what the typical residential burglary involves? How much time is usually spent, how much recon is done ahead of time, what are the most common areas searched and to what extent, etc. (I'm trying to understand the *process*)? On the other side, what are the best deterrents (dogs, loud sirens, alarm company signs, etc.)? Are many attempts made when occupants are home? Any other info or statistics?

From what I've read/heard it's about making your property less inviting than another one. What would be the key ideas to achieve this? Lately this has been on my mind and is keeping me up at night (with my AR next to me). Thanks!

Regards, Jim
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A burglary victim's thoughts

You want to be as inconspicuous as possible. NOTHING that identifies you as a gun owner! You have to screen the trash that goes in the can...take the empty primer and powder containers to the dumpster at work AND packaged so no one there comments and alerts a burglar who hears the comments second/third/fourth hand.

Alarms are good. My burglar alarm installer said "90% of the burglars will be stopped by alarm signs. The next 9% will be stopped by the alarm going off. The last 1% will only be deterred by a 12 gauge slug in the sternum."

Another thing is that after they made a good haul at your home, you are now on "the sucker list." They did so well the first time that they'll be back in six months or a year to see what you bought as replacements. This went on with my rural home for several years. I had multiple vehicles so they chanced someone being home or working nearby on the farm, BUT they still tried.

Unfortunately my wife didn't like dogs, so that asset was not available.
 

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Most B&Es are going to be during the day when kids in school & parents at work. Perps will enter threw a window not visible from the street. Exit will usually be threw a door. So door dead bolts you want them to be required for a key both inside & out.

You do want you place set up emergency responders get get to atleast the front door. So atleast fencing the sides & back will help. Now, as per dogs, atleast one that is outside when noone is home. Some breeds have a natural instinct to protect what is theirs. No dog should be left outside all the time, they need to socialize with the family.

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motion sensor activated flood lights come on when movement is detected and in what zone of property threat is in, motion sensor for driveway or gate if you have fence so when something passes by silent alarm will alert to threat. dogs are great too.camera's are cheap now and can send info to email or dvr,/ hunting/trail cams for outside or nanny cams for inside will help but only after the fact.small cams for perimeter now are about the size of 12 gauge shell and i.r. night cams are slightly larger. now with smart phones "droid" i pad you can look at you house from anywhere on the go or have program that alerts you to any motion activity. any puter can have a cam linked to it and most have cam built in so set it up when gone to send to email or remote turn on from inet.

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Jim,

I would be glad to give you what I know. As you may have guessed, crime is the same, but different depending on what part of the country you live in...if that makes any sense. I am an LEO here in Central Florida and I can tell you that 9 out of 10 burglaries that occur in my area are:

#1. Randomly chosen
#2. Targets of opportunity
#3 Usually are a quick "in and out" job

Understand for others reading this post, this is how it is in MY area. It may vary in other cities, counties and states. This is based on my 6 years experience in this general area. For the most part, here is the scenario as I commonly see it.

Burglars are usually one or two man teams and typically live in the same community or within a few miles (in the same town at a minumum). Suprisingly, despite what television shows have you believing, most of our burglaries occur during the day in broad daylight. The burglar usually drives through a neighborhood and looks for the house that is most inviting...that is, the house that appears unoccupied at the time. Once said burglar chooses the residence, some have even been known to knock on the front door waiting for a response. If the burglar gets a response (like say your home but your wife has the car), he/she will ask for someone by name that they know doesn't live there. You tell them no and they go find another house somewhere else.

If they do not get a response, they will usually do a quick look around through your windows and doors, ensuring that no one is home and seeing what goodies are in plain view. When it comes to entry, well that depends on the burlgar...some will simply use a door or window you have left unlocked...some lift the sliding glass doors off of the track (common and easy to do)...but in my experience, most just kick in the front door in, breaking the door frame and giving them instant access to your house.

Once inside, the burglars usually respond to the bedrooms first. Once there they begin opening most of your dressers, cabinets, closets, etc. (the common hiding areas for most people). Jewelry is almost always taken, as well as cash and change. They will also take small electronic devices (ipods, gaming consoles, etc.). Now what they take really depends on how they arrived on scene. If they are on foot, it is usually money, jewelry and small items that they can carry on their person. If in a vehicle, electronics are most often the target, inlcluding your televisions, gaming consoles, movies, stereos, firearms, tools, etc.

For the most part, if a burlgar feels comfortable that there is no alarm or reason to rush (sirens, phones ringing, etc.), he/she may spend as much time as needed...especially if he is on foot. This is because there is no vehicle outside to raise suspicion from neighbors and passer-by's. Essentially, no one knows he is there because the house appears normal.

If he/she is in a vehicle, they are usually very quick, grabbing items in plain view or in obvious hiding places (sock drawer, under your matress, etc.). Once they have the items, they throw them in the vehicle and they are gone. If he/she is on foot they put everything in thier pockets or in backpack and leave out the back door usually. Most of the burglars that are on foot usually know the area and use pathways, cut throughs, etc....staying off of the main roads.

Then you come home to find out that your front door is broken or your slider is opened and items are missing. A terrible feeling I can imagine, as I see it on thier faces all of the time. BUT - Like you suspect, there are many things you can do to help prevent burglars from entering your house. I can tell you in the last 6 years of continuous weekly burglaries, I can't recall one burglary that occured where the owner owned a large or aggresive dog. I really can't...so IMHO, that would be the #1 burglar deterant. Here is a small list of things you can do before leaving your home.

#1.) Make sure all windows and doors are locked. It's very easy to turn a handle or remove a screen and lift the window.
#2.) Close all of your blinds and curtains. This eliminates the burglar from seeing your toys inside.
#3.) If you have an alarm system, buy a VERY LOUD audible alarm that sound immediately. The burlgar may damage your door, but will typically run when it sounds.
#4.) If it is at night, make sure you have motion lights or at a minimum leave a few small lights on inside. I like leaving the tv on with the volume up.
#5.) DO NOT HIDE YOUR INHERITANCE UNDER YOUR MATTRESS OR IN YOUR SOCK DRAWER. Get a safe...a real one. You may be able to hide your jewelry in a pistol sized safe, but guess what...the nice handle it comes with makes is easy for the burglar to carry it out.
#6) When you buy high priced items (TVs, Gaming Consoles, Guns, etc.), do not place the boxes out by the road with the trash (break the boxes down and put them in garbage bags)...better that the two houses down doesnt know what you have in your house.
#7) Lock any entryways into your house (e.i. the door inside your garage). It is very easy to defeat a garage door locking mechanism, so lock the interior door as well.
#8) If your going to be gone for an extented period of time and you have a neighbor your trust, let them know and have them keep watch. Give them your number and specific instructions (like to call the police if there is a car parked in the driveway, etc.).
#9) It may be cheesy, but put an alarm company sign out front, even if you dont have an alarm. It may not prevent a burglary, but may make them think twice.
#10) If you can afford it, buy a video security system and a good DVR that records 24/7. I have solved several burlgaries with footage (tags, faces, suspects, direction of travel, etc.)

There are probably a million different precautions you can take but remeber this. Short of your house being armored, if a burlgar really wants in, he'll find a way. But that doesn't mean you can't make it difficult for him. Keep your valuables in a safe, give FIDO all the love he requires and lock your doors...those small things can change a burglars mind.

Even though I am an LEO, I still take several preventive measures when I leave my house. I first conduct a walk through checking to make sure all of the doors and windows are locked. I shut all of the blinds and curtains. I turn on a light or two and usually turn on the tv. If at night, I flip on my porch light and make sure the switches are on for my motion lights. When I leave from the garage, I lock the interior door (both handle and bolt lock) and when I press the clicker, I watch the door go all the way down and close. Dont assume because you pressed the button the garage door will close. Wait 5 extra seconds, its not gonna kill you.

I hope that this has helped in some way and undertand this is just my opinion and experience. These are not rules to live by, but are recommended. Just a simple 3-5 minute walk through everytime you leave may mean the difference between being burglarized or preventing a burglary.

* I also forgot to add something in my first post. Record EVERY serial number on anything in your home that has one...especially your firearms. With no serial numbers, the chances of recovery are usually cut in half. If you have serial numbers, you can at least have them entered into FCIC/NCIC for the future. That way if the idiot tries pawning anything or a good officer decides to run a serial number, it will come back as a hit and you will get the item back. I say this because no sh*t, my second year on the road, I recovered a nickle plated S&W .38 special from the trunk of a car on a traffic stop. I arrested the driver for possession of cocaine and when I searched his car I found the pistol in the trunk. I ran the serial number and BAM! It came back as a hit...the gun had been missing for over 10 years and the victim lived in Tennessee I believe. The pistol was worn, but he got it back. So take that for what its worth. And when you record your serial numbers, dont just write them down. If you have a computer, write it in a document, save it in several different places and put it on a flash drive (in case burglar steals your computer). Am I paranoid? Maybe, but I feel better.
 

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SAPPNASTY, excellent post. I'm very good friends with a Hillsborough County Sheriff Office detective that has said what you have almost word for word.
 
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The vast majority of the ones in my jurisdiction occurred during the weekday during the daytime hours. The intent is when no one would be home. Only one individual committed the entry during the early evening hours which tended to really get our attention. We were concerned that he didn't make an attempt to avoid contact with a homeowner.

Turned out the guy was just stupid. One homeowner actually confronted him with a handgun but did nothing as the actor fled quickly.
 

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Greetings,

Thanks everyone! SAPPNASTY, that was an awesome response; really appreciate you taking the time to write it out. I'd like to give you all a bit more back ground to generate any further ideas.

I'm situated in the middle of the woods on some acres, at the end of an almost 1/4 mile drive going up a hill. The house is not at all visible from the road, nor from any of the few neighbors. Before the house was built (Started the main construction early this spring and getting close to done just now, though I'd been working on the lot and building the barn for about 4 years prior.) I've found sets of foot prints coming up the drive and going off into the woods. That had me concerned that someone may have been doing recon to see what was going on back here. Now it could have just been curious neighbors, but also could have been potential threats.

I've been up here full time only since the end of September living out of an RV, but have been here everyday since spring doing the building. There have been a lot of different construction trades, sub contractors, delivery trucks, etc. over the last year, so it's got to be know far and wide there is a nice, new house going up way back in the woods. So, as much of a low profile that I'd prefer to keep, it's been beyond my control that many outsiders have been here. I don't mean to generalize, but some of the subs were from cities out of the immediate area with no ties to this community; people talk and word gets around.

The last of our 4 large dogs (Rotts and Akitas) died last year, so likely we won't have another till spring at which time we can start to build up a pack again. I'd heard stories about burglars bringing bags of burgers and such to distract dogs long enough to gain entry. I know they can be trained to not accept food from strangers, but every dog is different and I don't think that can be counted on 100%. It would also be pretty easy for someone to shoot a dog in the head with an air gun or whatever (safety of the dogs is very important to us).

I've installed motion detector flood lights all around, working on the alarm system, getting good locks, have a good safe, etc. I'll go through every point in all the replies and try to improve the situation best I can. I'm just really bugged out lately and can't get these concerns out of my head; like some kind of premonition or whatever. Thanks again for eveyones' input.

Regards, Jim
 

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In the past, I've had solicitors come to my door under the guise of "donations for at risk kids in the ghetto" or something along those lines. They scope the inside of the house from outside the door and test whether or not you open the door. I've even caught a few talking to my wife at the front door while one or two snoop around the back
 

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A big +1 on everything that Sappnasty posted. The thing to keep in mind is the resburgs are committed by people that want to be as quick as possible. The longer that they are in your residence the more chance they have of being caught. So make it hard for them.

Since you live in the country I would recommend gates and fences. Don't let some dirtbag drive right up to your front door and load up on goodies. At my place I have layered security. Two gates, natural terrain that only allows access via my driveway. Alarm system, reinforced entryways, lots of locks, motion sensor area lights and last but not least a large, hungry German Shepard Dog waiting inside to welcome any miscreant who makes it past my security. I've also posted a sign prominently by my front door that says "Knock Loudly, Day Sleeper" which is true some of the time.

Also lock up any keys for vehicles that may be around your place. There's nothing worse than coming home to a looted home and having had the putrid punk having driven off in your car with your property.

As Sappnasty stated, most thieves will just kick in your front or back door to gain entry so spend some time making it hard for them. They hate making noise which draws attention to them. Add security film and shatter sensors to any accessible windows.

Most of them will also dump every drawer that they can pull out to see what's in them or may be taped on the bottom of them. It's pretty heart breaking for the victims to come home and find their precious personal property dumped in a pile on the floor.
 

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Not a LEO... but I have been hit several times.

The first case, at night while I was sleeping. Veerry creepy. I left the garage door open on a summer night and somebody came in, grabbed a purse, took the cash, left the purse and credit cards outside. Later it turned out that we had a neighborhood cat that would simply go around the neighborhood checking doors at night. If sighted he would simply run, using the terrain to his advantage. Police came to my door one night asking to camp out in my back yard, which was part of the escape route. We had the feeling that the perp was either mentally off or a thrill seeker. Don't know what ever came of it. Police never came back to fill us in.

Then I left my car unlocked and had items removed at night including coins in the ashtray. Could have been the same night cat from before.

When the neighborhood was getting hit again, including losing more coins from the car... we had a situation where the city police had chased away some trolls from under freeway and the trolls came to my neighborhood to camp out. After watching these guys walking around my neighborhood, I raised a major stink with the police. At first the police said there was nothing they could do, so I indicated that I would have to take care of the situation myself. Then the police got more creative and got the camps removed and cleaned out. The thefts then ceased.


BTW, never, ever, leave a gun in a car. I had a friend who kept a handgun in her console. Someone just came along, put a nice rectangular brick hole in the side window and walked off with a boatload of stuff including the gun. Cars are never secure.
 

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Not much to add to Sappnasty's excellent summary. The vast majority of home burglaries here are what we call 'smash and grab' jobs. They get in the quickest way they can, grab what's easiest and quickest to find, and get out. Sometimes they pick their victims at random, sometimes they have some bit of info that leads them to your house - something they heard or saw about what's inside. I won't repeat all the usual stuff about newspapers piled on the porch, etc.

If you're going to the trouble of putting in dead bolts, get the good ones with long steel bolts. I've seen steel doors in steel frames kicked in because a cheap dead bolt bent like a piece of wet spaghetti. Dead bolts that require a key both inside and out are a good idea because they can't carry much loot out a window, but they do have their drawbacks. They can be a pain for the homeowner because you're always needing a key to let the dog out in the morning, answer the doorbell, etc. Leaving a key in the lock just defeats the whole purpose. I also worry a bit about finding a key if there was a fire.

Doggie doors are another point of entry. They send in a little kid who opens a door or window. Window AC units can be yanked out pretty easily to give access. Sliding glass doors can be lifted off their tracks even if you have one of those locking bars to keep it from being slid open. You can put some screws in the upper track to prevent this.

Anything to slow them down is a plus. If you can't afford a big gun safe, one of those $100 locking cabinets from Wally World beats nothing and they can be screwed to a wall stud in just a few minutes. Those things are harder to get open than you think, especially for an amateur.

It never hurts to have a lure - a pile of costume jewelry or a replica gun. I used to have a broken .22 pistol that wasn't worth the cost of repairing. I used to leave it out in the open in my reloading room just as a lure. Sure enough, it got stolen by some kids but they left lots of other stuff alone once they thought they had a big score. (These were kids that my kid had let in the house. There was a fad where I live of several 'new friends' coming over to visit after school but before parents came home. While one would distract the kid that lived there, the others would make a quick sweep of the other rooms.) BTW, that gun turned up a few months later when it was taken off a kid in the next town. They tracked it back to me because of the serial number I gave the police.

There's a whole world of camera systems out there from cheap, motion-activated 'nanny-cams' to complete surveillance systems that transmit to a secure location. The most extensive systems I've ever seen were DIY jobs put in by dope-dealers.

Professional burglars are pretty rare nowadays and that's good because there's not much you can do to stop them. But the typical kids and punks can be scared away or frustrated. Anything that makes noise or slows them down will help.
 

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as someone who has been in the security field, the best advise is to go up to your house from the outside with the idea of "how to break into this house"

When i was a bodyguard, and later an armed guard, the ability to say "how would i rob my self" is important. if you cannot anticipate issues then the criminals will be able to find your weak spots.
 

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Excellent posts all! Snapnasty pretty much summed up my experiences.

In our area, we've had a rash of daytime smash-n-grabs. Between 0900 and 1400 somebody knocks at the door. When no response, they walk to the back of the house and either kick in the door (easy to do most of the time...) or break the window and open the one-sided deadbolt.

I agree with everything in all the posts above, BTW.

I am armed almost 100% of the time and every time I return home I assume there may be a perp inside, so I always take a peek at the garage window and the back door/windows just in case. And I have a 6 foot chain-link fence around the house with a locked gate. I had the fence-man customize the fence by turning the fencing "Upside-down" so that the unfinished spikey ends of the wire are pointing up. :) Works very well, BTW.


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Most burglaries in my city are cases where the perp goes in stays a matter of minutes and is gone with what he can grab. The method of entry in many cases is where the perp kicks in the back door or enters through an unlocked door/window. They will come up and ring the bell and when no one comes to the door, they will go around back and kick the door. They will rip the bed sheets off the bed, fill them with loot and get out of Dodge as quickly as possible.

It is best to have dead bolt locks on all exterior doors and get the kind where you must have a key to open it on both sides. Don't get the kind with a twist knob on the inside, because they can then easily exit the home with your possessions. OTOH if you have the type where you must have a key to open it on both sides any burglar who breaks into the house will have to remove his stolen booty through a window because he can't exit through a door.

Here's another vote for an alarm system to secure your premises or at the very least get some alarm signs and post them in conspicuous places.

Also don't leave valuables in unattended motor vehicles. My PD has worked many cases of unlawful breaking and entering a motor vehicle at restaurants along the interstate. People travelling through have a tendency to leave valuables when they go in to eat. They come back out to find the door glass laying all over their seat and their valuable gone. These cases are very difficult to clear because most people don't have the serial numbers and in some cases don't even know the make and models of their pistols for us to include on our incident reports. Without this information the stolen property will never be entered into the NCIC, thus their stolen property will never be hot and there will be no chance of it being recovered.

In my 30 years as a cop I only recall one case of where a burglary occurred where a gun safe was broken into and the guns removed and it was an inside job.

The family had a crack head son who knew that they'd be gone for two weeks on vacation and when they returned the Fort Knox safe had been peeled open. The thieves did not attack the door, they cut a hole in the top and opened it like a sardine can. Fortunately the victim had all of the serial numbers, which means we could enter them into NCIC and several of his weapons were recovered.

To increase the odds that you won't become a victim of burglary, make your home look occupied at all times. During the day put a sign on the front door saying "DAY SLEEPER DO NOT RING BELL" and leave vehicles in the driveway. Cut the shrubs away from windows so that a thief can't hide in the bushes while he breaks in. Get a dog to help alert you to interlopers on your property.

Keep your doors locked during the day while you are in the house so that someone can't just walk in on you. Keep a handgun available and don't answer the door at night without one concealed from view. Write down the serial numbers on all of your valuable and ones that aren't serial numbers put your drivers license number or SS number on them as a means of showing that they're yours. The police can run either your DL or SS numbers and find out who the property belongs to.

Start a neighbourhood watch program with the assistance of your local PD and get to know your neighbours habits and what types of vehicles they drive. Watch out for one another and call the cops at the first sign of something being questionable. Cops love nosey neighbours.

All for now...

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In my area there are three basic types of breakins:

1) The professonal- these are comparatively rare and are done by people who make a very good living at it (between prison terms). They know what's inside that they want, they go in and get out with true valuables.

2) The addict- the most totally reckless and disorganized. They're looking for anything they can sell to get money for a fix, and will smash things in the process until they're satisfied they have enough to get what they want to shoot up.

3)- Teenagers- often, but not always, future life-long criminals. They're looking for status stuff like Ipods and smart phones, sneakers, whatever, but are also looking to get the thrill of the danger and the pleasure of vandalism, some sort of feeling of personal power. These are the jacoffs that will do real damage to the interior of a home and crap on the rug etc. As a group, or when in a group, they have a grab bag of motives, material gain isn't always the most important.

[A fourth type is the sexual predator, not usually lumped as a crime with 'ordinary' breakins but they do perform them.]

Most forms of protection have already been discussed. Lighting and noise (like a radio left on, or something more elaborate) are great preventors, dogs are great unless the dog knows the person breaking in, which happens when it's teenagers. And dogs can always be drugged by tossing in some roofies inside hot dogs. An alarm system is great with all but group 1- but having a sticker from a real, known company is indeed the greater part of the deterrant there.

If there's a rash of breakins in a particular neighbourhood, it's nearly a sure bet it's a local male teenager from 16 to 19 years of age.
 

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Several years ago I lived in an apartment and was robbed during the day, when I was at work. The perp apparently had a master key (or several keys), as they unlocked the door, and robbed several apartments that day. I have not lived in an apartment since then, but I vowed to change my locks in every property I inhabit - apartment or not. Damn the maintenance men, management and lease terms. If they can't get in, I would deal with that if/when it happened. Nothing is more important than my security.

Luckily I had renter's insurance, and receipts for just about everything that was stolen (I'm anal like that). To all those who rent, and don't have rental insurance, get it. I purchased my first firearm with the insurance payout.

Another word of advice: if there is a threat on your property, and they do not pose immediate danger to you, saying, "The cops are on their way," will usually get them to leave quickly. I've done this before, when a fight broke out on my side yard (corner lot) in the early hours of the morning (just some drunk college kids), and suddenly the fight wasn't important anymore :)
 

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From what I have read from professional burglars is that they will operate mostly during the day when they don't expect anyone home. The people that break in at night know someone is probably home and are more likely to be looking to hurt you or are on drugs.

They said most doors are NOT locked when people are home so they open it up and go right to the bedroom and lock the door. Should someone try to come into the bedroom while they are in there they will just think their significant other accidentally locked it while the burglar slips out the window which is where they are going when they are done. It will be 2 weeks later that the wifey notices some of her jewelry gone.

So here is my plan for security at my house when I buy one in 6 months.
1. Dogs, I like Boxers, they are a good size dog, great with children but VERY protective.
2. An alarm system that sounds a loud alarm and calls the police, this will be turned on even when we are inside the home.
3. Wifi security camera. They run on a battery and can be activated from anywhere in the world through the internet as part of the service. Also the ones I am looking at are motion activated to record to a server. These will be placed outside the front and backdoor to watch outside, then in the gargae, basement, and watching all entryways.
4. Physical security, a locked door can be kicked open by almost any teenager in about 2 seconds so I am getting these kits:
http://www.doordevil.com/
Also the house I buy will have no large sliding glass doors or other easily defeated entrances. Garage door will be reinforced.
5. Lastly motion detector floodlights outside. This also helps with abductions/hostage taking which can happen when you are most vulnerable like most people are as they absent mindedly walk in and out of their house. Someone waiting outside can quickly shove you inside and do whatever they want from there. If you drive up and these lights are on you may want to drive around the block.
 

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I am not a LEO but my dad was and I have been a Locksmith for 20+ years. The best advise is definitely to look at your own house as a target and try to find your weak links on a walk-thru from the street to the inside. The thing to really concentrate on is that you can't rely on any one item to keep you and your possessions safe. You want to have over lapping layers of security to lessen the odds. The first thing is to spend good money on all of the products that you will be relying on to protect you, the old adage "you get what you pay for" definitely should be heeded. Starting at the street you could have a gate across the driveway
How well lit is the exterior of your property? Solar, motions, and standard lighting.
Have an alarm company sign at the edge of the driveway and decals on doors and windows that would be targets.
Buy high quality deadbolts.(most big box and home center stores carry lower quality models, order online or through a locksmith)
Have an alarm system professionally installed that doesn't just rely on your entry door and a few motion detectors.
Use your high quality deadbolts and alarm system.
Any areas with a lot of glass that may be broken have a security film installed on the glass.(some of these are so tough that even an axe won't be able to do any more than get stuck in the window.)
Try to have a hardened room that is easily accessed with phone and weapons.
Buy high quality safes.(Yes plural safes, the average gun safe is not rated for protection of valuables. A quality safe will have a rating from UL that gives it a certain protection level. Most "gun safes" fall into their own category and the protection levels from burglary and fire are not as high as a safe designed for protection of valuables. Gun safes are meant for guns(there are a few exceptions), everything else should be in a separate safe. What all this means is that if you carry insurance on any of your valuables, the proper safe will actually give you a discount on your coverage that very well could cover the cost of the safe in several years.)

The last is to try to have some OPSEC by being aware of your surroundings and not to shoe or flaunt your possesions to make yourself a target.

There is so much more to do as well but these are a great start.

Hope this helps,
Chris
 
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