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By thc0655 on Fri, Nov 4, 2016 - 5:12pm

Timely review of burglary prevention steps to be taken

Here's a local TV station's segment on preventing home burglaries.  They asked 86 people serving prison time for burglary to provide information and what they got was very revealing (though standard stuff).  Worth a watch (3:29), though you should take it all with a grain of salt, because these are people who got caught and convicted. wink

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By thc0655 on Thu, Jul 16, 2015 - 10:51am

How would you have fared in this home invasion attempt?

Watch this home security video of a recent Philadelphia home invasion attempt and honestly ask yourself: If these guys had done the same thing at my house, how would it have turned out?  (Don't just read my description of the home invasion below, because that will only engage you intellectually.  Watching the video will engage you emotionally too, and you need that to properly learn from it.)

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By thc0655 on Wed, May 27, 2015 - 1:57pm

Time to batten down the hatches?

Michael Snyder, in his signature way, is advising readers to batten down the hatches regarding your safety based on recent developments.  I live in Philadelphia so I battened down my hatches a long time ago. However, just this week a began carrying a second spare Glock magazine on my belt and wearing a Kevlar vest TO CHURCH (mostly because of a "premonition" re: ISIS).  Trouble is brewing, but I'm not sure I see it the same way Snyder does.  

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By thc0655 on Fri, Mar 6, 2015 - 5:26pm

Real world survival tips from Ukraine (via FerFAL)

FerFAL, author of Surviving the Economic Collapse, recently posted some very valuable survival tips on his website gleaned from people who are surviving in the current civil war in Ukraine.  There are numerous very valuable lessons we can learn from the survivors' accounts and advice, and we should learn them now vicariously before we have to learn them by personal experience in the "School of Hard Knocks."

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By thc0655 on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 - 7:02pm

Home invasion armed response on camera

In an apartment building, a crazed man kicks in his neighbor's door wielding a machete intent on killing the two people inside.  The resident locks his door but when the crazed, homicidal man kicks in his door he fires three shots from his handgun, putting an end to the danger.  The crazy neighbor with the machete lives and will now stand trial on serious charges.

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By thc0655 on Thu, Dec 18, 2014 - 9:53am

"Bump key" burglaries

Here's a news story about a string of "bump key" burglaries in South Jersey all committed by the same suspect.  Considering how easy it is to gain entry into a home using a bump key and considering you can watch how-to videos on the internet, I'm amazed it doesn't happen more often.  But the fact is most burglaries don't involve bump keys or otherwise "picking" locks.  For instance, one of my neighbors just had a burglary in her home three nights ago through an UNLOCKED rear door.  Duh!

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By thc0655 on Tue, Aug 12, 2014 - 10:24am

Mega-burglary in "super safe" suburb

Here's a megaburglary ($200,000 in jewelry and whatever else was in the safe) in a so-called "super safe" suburb (Moorestown, NJ). The house looks to me to be worth well north of $1 million.  The homeowners went away for the weekend leaving a broken alarm system and THE DOORS UNLOCKED!! because it's so safe in Moorestown.  (This is so monumentally stupid my spider sense warns me this may have been a insurance scam in which the homeowners are involved. I'm sure their insurance company is going to conduct a thorough investigation before paying out.)

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By thc0655 on Fri, Jun 13, 2014 - 9:49am

Don't hide gold in your dresser!

If you must hide valuables at home (instead of in a private vault or bank safe deposit box), at least make them hard to find.  I handled a burglary recently in which the burglar was in the victim's house for at least 30 minutes but DIDN'T find her cash because it was so cleverly hidden.  (The victim was a 73 year old woman with no training or education in crime prevention.

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By thc0655 on Sun, Mar 23, 2014 - 7:38pm

Prevent burglar's entry through your garage

I have previously shared that I responded to the burglary of an NFL player's home in which entry by the burglars was gained through the garage door.  The entry was gained by breaking one of the small pieces of glass in the garage door, then using some kind of tool (something as simple as a straightened metal hanger would work) to pull down on the emergency open lever just inside the door.  Presto!  The garage door opened, the burglar(s) walked/drove inside, then closed the garage door.