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A monitored home security system requires the usage of two-way communications between the security system and the 24/7/365 monitoring center waiting for the alert signals.
While wondering about those questions, ask yourself this question: “How long will it take the intruder to either take something valuable or harm your family?” Those are precious seconds that are being wasted as the criminal makes his way through your home.
A common problem with many homes today is that the telephone line is easily accessible from outside of the house. Some states have regulations where the phone lines have to go straight underground and not be exposed outside, while others enter and exit the house through the roof and stay far above the ground. Take a look at your situation and see if your phone line is accessible from the ground.
It’s not a secret in the criminal industry that cutting a phone line means that if a monitored home security alarm goes off during the robbery, the emergency signals won’t be transmitted and the police will not be dispatched to the scene of the crime unless you or a neighbor call them.
It’s also known that cutting the phone line will most likely not set off any alarms in the house or at the monitoring center. That’s because even today phone lines can be accidentally cut or brought down in high winds and ice storms. There are many simple reasons for a phone line to be temporarily unavailable, and because of it being cut by a robber or home invader is next to last on the list. There would be too many false alarms if monitoring centers had to dispatch the police every time that a telephone line were to temporarily go out of commission.
So for the burglars, they know that it will still be loud and noisy when the security system is triggered when they break into the house after cutting the phone line. The alarm itself will still work and be triggered like it normally would except for the fact that the monitoring center would not be notified of the robbery. The robber would just have to run over and disable the actual noisemaker (usually by smashing it or ripping it off the wall), and then they could take their time looting your house.
One trick is to place official stickers from your home security company on the telephone box outside of your home. This will scare away a lot of robbers alone. Most home security companies will gladly let you have a few extra stickers for free to place on the telephone box and on a few of your windows. If they don’t, then check on eBay for people selling the stickers and acquire them that way.
Of course, you don’t need to have a security system to cover your house with stickers and making the robbers think that you do have a working system. If you want to try to trick them that way, the newer the stickers and better known security company, the better.
The other way to protect your exposed telephone line is to use a cellular back-up system with your monitored home security system. Most of the national home security companies offer such an option as a back-up should your home phone line be temporarily unavailable for any reason. This uses the cellular signals to transmit the information to the appropriate monitoring center, so your home needs to be in range of cell phone towers to use this option.
As technology continues to advance and wireless technology becomes better and more widely available, the cellular transmitting devices will be the primary way that monitored home security systems stay in communication with monitoring centers, and using a physical wire to carry the signals will be a back-up option or reserved for those who want a more secure way to keep their home monitored.
As foolproof as it may seem, there is a way for robbers and burglars to get around the cellular back-up device. If the intruder has access to a cell phone blocker or jammer, it stands to reason that the intruder can use the jammer to disrupt the cellular communication between the home security system and the monitoring center. The security system and alarm will still go off if any of the sensors are tripped, but no signals will be sent to the company monitoring your system.
Do take note that the Communications Act of 1934 made it illegal to interfere with the public airwaves. It is also illegal to even own such a jamming device here in the United States.
If you do have a cellular back-up system and do believe that somebody is trying to break into your home, keep an eye on your personal cell phone. As long as it stays connected to the system, then the intruder most likely does not have a cell phone blocker. That would also be a good time to call the police and let them know of suspicious activity outside of your home. Don’t wait until the home security alarm sounds before you take action.
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When it comes to defending your home, one of the most controversial issues is the debate about owning and using a gun and deadly force to defend yourself, family and property. The Second Amendment in our American Constitution gives us citizens the right to bear arms. In your home you are allowed to own and use a firearm to protect yourself and your family against direct threats. For the most part, anybody can own a firearm, but there are a few exceptions:
If you’ve never owned or used a gun before, the best thing to do is head down to your local gun shop / firing range and speak with some of the owners or instructors on scene. The instructors can give you some good tips and pointers, and they’ll even help you learn how to aim, shoot and reload properly. If nobody at the shop or range can help you, then you’ll want to attend a private class or seminar about firearms. Most shops should have information about those classes, or if need be you could always ask for information at your local police station. Most police officers want the general public to know how to handle and operate a firearm safely and lawfully.
In general, the most important safety tips are to:
Before acquiring a firearm, you’ll want to check with your local laws to see if there are any special restrictions or procedures to owning a firearm. If you’re serious about protecting yourself while out of the house, you may want to seek a Concealed Carry Permit for your state or county.
There are three main types of firearms available to the general public today: handguns, shotguns and rifles. Each of them have their strengths and weaknesses. Knowing about them will help you decide which one is best for protecting your family and home.
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The rifle is one of the oldest forms of firearms in the world. Varations of the rifle can be traced back to the mid to late 1400s. In defending your family and property, the rifle is an incredibly powerful weapon for its firepower and range. This is ideal for ranch owners and other people with wide open spaces.
The size of the weapon is a distinct disadvantage indoors when it comes to going around corners and making quick turns to target the enemy. Because of it’s size and durability, the rifle makes for an effective club for indoor situations. Just swing the butt end of the rifle hard and fast, and the intruder will be in a world of pain.
The other disadvantage with the rifle is that it requires precision aiming, especially for shooting long distances. Unless the intruder is a few feet away, chances are good that depending on your skill and experience, you will miss the target when you fire the weapon.
In conclusion, the rifle is an excellent choice for those defending very large homes and large pieces of land. The rifle is poor for most indoor shooting, but works moderately well as an expensive club.
It can be argued that the shotgun is one of the best weapons you’ll ever use for defending your home. Developed in the late 1700s and first recorded use in 1776, the shotgun is handled similar to a rifle. The main differences are that the gun barrels are shorter, and instead of firing one projectile, multiple ones are fired at once. As a result the shot is spread out one it leaves the end of the barrel and spreads out into a fan pattern in mid-air. The further away from the shooter, the further apart the shot is from each other, and therefore the less damage that the shot will do to the enemy.
The advantages to the shotgun are the power, durability and effectiveness of the weapon. At close range the power of the shotgun is devestating. One close hit on the intruder and you won’t have to worry about pulling the trigger a second time. Using a shotgun requires little aiming, and you can creep around corners and quickly spin around, fire, and hit your target. As long as you’re pointing in the right general direction at least some of the shot will hit the intruder. It’s quick and easy to stop the threat against you and your family.
The shotgun also has two good nonlethal uses. First, the weapon looks very imtimidating. This is an excellent crime deterrent. An intruder looking down the barrel of a shotgun will heavily reconsider continuing with the crime. Second, as a last resort, the shotgun can also be used as a club. The relative lighter weight and small size than a rifle allow you to swing it faster and more arrurate than a rifle. The strike will be just as effictive as it would with a rifle.
The major downside to the shotgun is that you may extensively damage your home in a firefight. Unless the intruder catches most of the shot, chances are good that the remaining shot will start to tear apart your walls, doors, furniture etc. You’ll definitely want to aim carefully and fire as few rounds as possible with the shotgun.
In conclusion, the shotgun is an excellent choice for anybody serious about defending their home. It has a short to medium range capability that can easily work well anywhere from inside a small apartment to a large home
If you’re looking for a firearm that is small, easy to carry on you, and able to be used with one hand, then the pistol may be for you. When considering a handgun, the two main choices are going to be between a revolver and a semi-automatic pistol.
Revolvers are very reliable, rarely jam or have other mechanical issues, but only on average carry between six and eight rounds at one time. Some variations can carry ten or more rounds, but those aren’t that common. The major downside to revolvers is that it’s a very slow reloading process. Make sure to either have a backup weapon or the the intruder is down after firing your rounds, because you most likely won’t be around to finish reloading and fire again.
The semi-automatic pistol is a very common choice for gun owners and most professionals who carry on at work. The pistol usually carries between twelve and fifteen rounds at a time in a clip, and by having previously loaded clips you can quickly reload the pistol at any time. The main problem with the pistol is that it needs to be constantly cleaned, or chances are likely it’ll jam when ejecting a spent round, or when loading a new one.
In general, handguns come in all shapes and sizes. There are units small enough to be easily concealed in your waistline, and handguns powerful enough to take off a person’s leg. It only takes one hand to operate a hundgun, though most people use both hands to help keep the pistol steady when aiming. Just like when using a rifle, a handgun requires careful aiming to hit the intruder. Wild shots will easily miss the person.
The greatest advantage is that a handgun can be used effectively in very tight places. Hallways, closets and even inside cars are no problem for using a handgun to stop the threat. The hardness and solid construction also make the weapon semi-effective as a club if needed.
In conclusion, if you can aim properly, the handgun is a great choice for defending your home. Don’t count on accurately shooting long distances, but for use inside a small to medium size home or apartment is perfect for this weapon.
A growing number of robbers and burglars have been breaking into homes through the letterbox in the front door.
A letterbox is commonly a metal flap in your front door that allows the mailman to drop the mail inside of your home. Letterboxes are usually about six to eight inches wide and one to two inches tall. In the United States, many of the older homes still have letterboxes, whereas the majority of the rest of the homes use a post office box or mailbox. Almost all homes and buildings in Great Britain use letterboxes, and they’re also common throughout western Europe.
Front door letterboxes are excellent for mail security. As long as your mailman delivers you the correct mail, and it can fit through the metal slot, then it’s extremely unlikely that somebody could steal your mail as anybody could in an ordinary mailbox. The mail goes through the slot and either falls into a container or lands on the floor, safely out of reach of a mail thief.
For privacy concerns, letterboxes are very bad. Most of them do not lock. It’s very easy to walk up to a home with one and simply lift the flap and look inside the home. This could be used to spy on people, determine if somebody is home, or use it to break into your home.
Breaking into a home through a letterbox requires a burglar using a long rod to reach into the home and either unlock a door or window, or basically using the rod as a fishing pole and using it to grab a set of keys that may be on a nearby table or hanging on a wall. Burglars have recently been going on a crime spree and breaking into homes by reaching in through the letterbox.
If you have a letterbox and are concerned about your privacy, the best thing to do is to buy a small latch and manually lock the inner flap of the letterbox after you receive your mail. Of course, this requires you to be home to lock it, and if you forget to unlock it you will not receive your mail.
NOTE – You should check and see if it’s legal in your area to lock the letterbox.
You may also want to modify the inside flap so that it can only open part way. This will still let the mail be inserted, but the burglar will have very limited access. Make the burglar only reach down, instead of up, straight, or to the sides.
NOTE – Make sure it is legal to modify the letterbox in your area. Also, if the inner flap cannot open large enough, then magazines and large envelopes may not fit through the opening.
Ultimately, the best ways to protect your front door are to install a bump-proof double cylinder deadbolt and to keep spare keys out of sight from any windows. Many people like to hang spare house keys and car keys by the doors for quick and easy access, but burglars can reach inside with a long rod or even fishing pole, and steal the keys through a letterbox or open or broken window. If you’re going to keep keys by doors, make sure they are out of sight at all times. The bump-proof double cylinder deadbolt will make it exponentially harder for intruders to break in through your door without causing significant noise and damage.
Remember, the harder you make it to break into your home, then the less likely it is that you’ll be robbed. Burglars commonly want to hit the homes with weak or no security. Making them work for it and stay exposed will increase their chances of getting caught. Make them move on to a different home instead of yours!