Sunday, April 19, 2009

Motion Detection Lights - Keep the Bad Guys Away

Burglars don't like light. They want to sneak in and grab their loot - your valuables and hard earned possessions - without being seen. You can discourage the criminal types from visiting your property with a few outdoor motion detection lights. Surprise any unwelcome visitors with some nice bright light!

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Do It Yourself Home Security

Did you hear about the family in New Hampshire who caught a burglar - in their house - in the act? This story made the news recently. This family had a video home security system installed in their house. When the burglar entered the house the hidden video camera kicked on and sent an alert to the homeowner while she was at work! One quick call to the local police and minutes later the criminal was on his way to jail!

The motion detection triggered the video camera to capture video - which could be immediately uploaded to the web and send an alert to the homeowner! How cool is that? The technology available today is fantastic. And is surprisingly affordable.

The system this family had is available for about the price of a 32" Hi-Def TV. They probably had less than $500 invested in their in-house video surveillance system. You can buy these systems at Amazon - or even some local Walmarts.

Here is the Digital Video Security System they used. This system has some awesome capabilities. You can store the video right on your own computer - or choose to have it automatically uploaded to the Internet where you can then view it online! ( This must be the option they had in place - since she could see the burglars in her house - while she was miles away at work! )

Times are tough. Unfortunately some people choose to steal in order to satisfy their own needs. The good news is - you can protect your family, your home and your hard earned possessions.

Here is another site for some inexpensive tips on Home Security.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Trust in the Lord and Keep Your Doors Locked!

Every neighborhood is filled with plenty of nice, decent, mostly hard-working citizens just like yourself. They are not the ones we need to worry about. Or, are they? We got hammered - almost cleaned out - by the teenager across the street. While her Mother was playing lookout!

Of course the local law enforcement would have a hard time linking the Mom to the crime. And the overall loss was of such insignificance as to render this crime unworthy of prosecution. At worst these teenage drug addicts / burglars would have received a few months behind bars - even more likely would be a probationary slap on the hand. While the Mom continues to live in her free rent low income subsidized housing.

Don't let this happen to you. Secure your property. Your neighbors may be as nice as they come. And they still might not see the little twerps who break through your open window in a matter of minutes. They may not see the all too familiar sight of another neighbor's car carrying off your hard-earned possessions.

Protect your property some common sense and easy do it yourself home security measures!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Protect your Loved ones

Home Burglaries seem to increase exponentially this time of year. The nice weather and easy pickings make home invasions way too easy for a many an evil-minded thief. Don't let them harm your family or home. Take steps to protect your loved ones and your property! A few simple precautions may be all it takes to make a burglar think twice and move on to easier pickings.

Do it yourself home security can discourage the bad guys. Make them unsure and not willing to take the risk. Take the easy steps to protect your loved ones and your valuables with a system of wireless home security cameras.

Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.

For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. Psalm 37

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Living well

"Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." Ephesians 4:26-32

Several decades ago, then President Reagan was shot one day and nearly died. While recovering in the hospital his daughter came to visit him. During their visit he told her - "You know, Patty, We have to forgive him ( the shooter )" - or so the story goes. President Reagan wasn't about to let hatred consume him.

Paul's words to the Ephesians centuries ago remind us of the need to forgive and put wrath and malice aside. Of the need to live well and let bitterness, wrath, and anger go. Get rid of the anger. Don't let anger, wrath and the thoughts of revenge consume you. Is it really worth it?

Take a few simple steps to protect your loved ones and your property. Take action on proactive measures to avoid the anger in the first place. The bad guys don't care if we forgive them or not. They don't care about our anger. And I doubt they are too concerned with revenge happpening to them.

All we can do is live well. Put anger aside. Take actions to avoid the potential criminals. Make a plan and then get to work on it. You can plan and implement a reasonable do it yourself home security system.

President Reagan had many smart people planning for him. And despite their well thought security measures he still got shot. Luckily he survived. The plans paid off. He was rushed to a hospital and given medical care within minutes. He forgave. And I'm sure he planned some more.

We might not be able to prevent every crime. And we can sure make it harder for the criminals to ruin our sense of security. Take the steps to protect yourself and your family. Hopefully you'll never need to forgive someone!

A very wise mentor once admonished us to remember - "Living well is the best revenge". Thank You Irene. I wonder if she had been reading Ephesians that day.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Plan your defense

She called late on a Friday afternoon. Wanted to know what happened. I was busy and on my way out the door, but I thought it wouldn't hurt to speak with her briefly. Maybe I should have treated her like a telemarketer and politely excused myself. Maybe I should have asked her to call back. I started to tell her about the break in. I had immediately replaced my door locks - just in case the burglars got the extra set of keys I was unable to find. Before I could finish...

"We won't be able to reimburse you for that" she interrupted. And I had just started. She called to ask what happened. Barely twenty words had left my mouth when she let me know the bad news. I hadn't even got to the bulk of the losses. And she is already letting me know that her big insurance company wasn't going to pay - for even the simplest little expense - like replacing my door locks.

This gets me to wondering - If this rude, and unfriendly claims representative is already starting to deny me - what's next? Was this a negotiating ploy on her part? Was she trying to bully me into accepting a watered down, worthless offer? Was she just preparing me for more bad news?

Maybe she was having a bad hair day. Maybe her boss just hollered at her for paying some other customer too much on their claim. Maybe she was in a hurry to get home and didn't want to deal with me.

Who cares about maybe? All you really care about is getting reimbursed for your loss. Isn't that the reason we purchase insurance? Don't their TV ads propose to help soften life's little blows? To make our lives better? Don't they claim to be there for us? On our side?

Whatever their lame, profit based reasons - we owe it to ourselves to do as much as we can to prevent unexpected losses before they occur. Easy, simple measures like keeping your car doors locked. Keeping our houses as secure as possible. Closing the garage door when no one is around. Closing and locking windows before leaving.

Simple precautions can help protect you and your loved ones from all but the most determined criminal types. They won't let much deter them. The biggest majority of burglaries and home or business break-ins are performed by small time burglars in search of an easy bounty. Electronics and jewelry they can easily pawn or sell for a few dollars. Or trade for drugs.

Make the right decision and be proactive. Install deadbolts and use them. Install window locks and use them. Install outdoor lighting with motion sensors. Maybe even some wireless security cameras.

Plan your defense before you need it. Protect your family, your loved ones, your home, and possessions with a simple and effective do it yourself home security plan.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Do it yourself home security

"For a righteous man falleth seven times, and riseth up again; But the wicked are overthrown by calamity." Proverbs 24:16

Everyone makes mistakes. People make incorrect assumptions all the time. " That will never happen in our nice little neighborhood. After all, the bad guys live miles away" I thought!

Our error was in letting our guard down. Our defense was practically non-existent. Allowing our rear window to remain open and let some fresh air in while we left town for the day. We could have left the front door wide open and saved ourselves the expense of fixing the storm window the burglars damaged.

They encountered practically no roadblocks gaining entry through the rear window. They easily popped the storm window screen out of its frame. A lawn chair just a few short steps away had provided them with an easy stepping stool. The break-in most likely took fewer than ten minutes.

While little sister played lookout, the thugs entered our home.

Let the destruction begin. Some burglars can’t resist that unexplainable urge to wreak havoc in the homes they burglarize. They must get some kind of perverted or evil sense of joy from trashing peoples homes. Creating an instant disaster area wherever they go - throwing things around and emptying drawers as they search for their loot!

Our Bible says to forgive your enemy. To Love them. Proverbs goes so far as to suggest feeding them -

"If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; And if he be thirsty, give him water to drink" Proverbs 25:21

Why is this whole forgiveness thing so darn difficult? Why is it that the right thing to do is not always so easy?

I'm sure someday the Good Lord will share those answers with us.

In the meantime, I’ll stick to studying the Bible. And praising his glory. And being thankful for this humble little house we call home.

"Prepare thy work without, And make it ready for thee in the field; And afterwards build thy house" Proverbs 24:27

And we'll keep learning from our mistakes! I read recently that a smart man and woman learn from their mistakes. Then a wise man hires the smart man to make sure he doesn't suffer the consequences of those mistakes! We aren't able to hire a a smart man. But that won't deter our efforts to implement some security measures around the house.

We’ll invest some money in securing this house. And we'll invest a little time towards a do it yourself home security plan! It doesn't take much. Some basic measures and a few wireless home security cameras.