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The deal with any robbery, is unfortunately, unless they just catch a lucky break, there really ain't a damn thing the police or anyone else can do about it.
I'm sure we all know, but I'll point it out. Some of the best things to do, is have your sh!t secured. All a damn lock does is keep honest men honest. Invest in a safe if you have a goodly bit of small easily transportable valuables or guns. I laugh at the portable safes. It's like a comedian pointed out, "what's the point? So the burglars can take it back to their lair and crack it open at their leisure?"
Cameras. If you got 'em, make sure they work. If you can't afford one, a fake one may serve as a deterrent, or a game/trail camera will work. Priority areas are avenues of approach, i.e., hallways! (If you have one hallway in your house that accesses several rooms, that hallway NEEDS to be covered. You WILL likely get the perp on camera!) Doors that enter or exit from the home. Garages. It doesn't do much good to have a camera on a hidden corner under the eave, aimed at the driveway. We've all seen the surveillance footage from these I'm sure, and it's absolutely worthless. It amounts to, "yep. That's a person alright. Looks like a male." and that's about all you can usually make out. Now, I used to work for Cisco Systems in Raleigh/Durham NC, and their cameras were AWESOME! We caught an employee cheating on his wife in the back of an SUV in the parking lot, and were able to read the freaking time on his wristwatch! The camera was mounted on a light pole about 30 yards or so away.
Invest in stronger doors and windows. This is expensive, and not foolproof. NOTHING will stop a criminal who's determined enough, but the harder you make it, the more likely they'll be to hit an easier target. The competition shooter mentioned above likely wouldn't have benefited from this if the perps KNEW he was a hardcore competition shooter.
Clear the cover away from your house. Remove the shrubs and hedges, especially, or at least, away from the windows and doors. If your neighbors happen to drive by while a break in is in progress, they may see and call the police. THIS HAS HAPPENED BEFORE!!! There's no telling how many robberies have been foiled by a well intentioned neighbor. I've had one call the police on me while I was breaking into my own home. I'll tag on the story at the end of this post. But also, removing the growth from around the doorways serves another purpose: People have been accosted by attackers while leaving or attempting to enter their own homes, by perps hiding in the bushes next to their doors. Don't give criminals a place to hide, and remain situationally aware even on your own doorstep.
Security lights. They're annoying as FU(K when you're trying to sleep and that joker's shining in through your bedroom window. Suck it up and buy some heavier curtains. Your neighbors can't see someone breaking in and call the police while you're out of town if they can't... see.
Home alarm system. Most of them cover something like 2 doors and a likely window, that's it. Know what your system covers, and either upgrade, or compensate in some fashion. I don't advocate booby trapping your home because I'm pretty sure it's illegal as hell and will put you in prison, but I know this much, if someone breaks in through my backdoor, they'll WISH they HADN'T, and that's all I'll say on that matter. Except that if they are wily enough to take the first step into my home, then the second, they'll likely be done walking on the third. I've got near infinite bayou. Find the body, I dare ya, but be mindful of them gators. So... Find SOMETHING to compensate.
Can't afford an alarm system? There are other options... Stickers and signs. If you ain't got a system, you can make them think you do. You can usually sweet talk ADT or BRINKS into giving you some for free. I mentioned booby traps earlier. That was more in reference to lethal booby traps. It's perfectly legal in every place I know of to booby trap your home with audio recordings of loud ass dogs going ape chit. Get creative. There are also timing systems for lighting and TVs and such. Everyone has a smart phone these days (most everyone anyway) and you can even control these from smartphones. On that note, you can access many cameras from them. My sister and I got our mom and step dad a game/trail cam for Christmas. As mentioned on the earlier post about a camera, it automatically uploads to an online server, where they can view the pics from the comfort of their home. My step dad has it set up so that he gets a notification on his phone, and just the other night he was showing his coworkers "hey, look what's standing right in front of my camera right now..."
Car alarms!! In the case of a home invasion robbery, and you happen to be home, keep that key fob nearby! If you hear someone breaking in, you can hit the panic button on that key fob to set off your car alarm, and it MAY scare them off. As always, be prepared for the worst, hope for the best. Also, be mindful, I don't know about all car alarms, but I know mine won't go off unless the door is opened from the inside after being armed. This means that if you bust the window out, you can take whatever you want in silence (except for the sound of busting the window) as long as you don't open that door!
Of course there are many more, but I don't know them all.
On valuables... You want pics and serial numbers of everything you own of value that can be walked off with. Duh. I'm sure that goes without saying. But think of this... What about that toaster or microwave? No one ever thinks about those... My hair clippers were stolen when I was robbed. IF I'd thought to record the make, model, serial, and take a pic, and IF the dirty rotten cock suckers had tried to sell them at the local pawn shops, THAT could have been the lucky break I mentioned earlier that could have led to me recovering the heirloom ring I inherited from my grandfather, valued at around 3 grand. ANYTHING that is good for ten bucks at a pawn shop, you want to record the info on it. If you're robbed, YOU do the footwork. Obviously, give all the info to the police, but do you think they're going to check with the pawn shops weekly for a stolen toaster or hair clippers? They will forward at least some of the info to the local shops (around here, they have an app for that, don't remember what it's called, but it makes it easy for them to share the info with ALL the shops via a simple messaging system, similar to "reply all" in an email). But oh, no, the police ain't got time for all that. Carry your ass to the local pawn shops and peruse the shelves. Get to know the staff, explain what's up, give them the list of stolen items yourself, in person. And don't neglect your local thrift stores either. They gather little to no information on people that make donations, but they may have security cameras if you happen to find my damn hair clippers on the shelf.
So. I'm done with that for now. I invite anyone and everyone to add to it. Maybe a moderator will see fit to make this it's own thread? Who knows.
So, the story on the neighbor calling the police on me. I was around 14, and a pudgy bastard, have been since puberty. It's always been a standing policy at the home I grew up in, when you've been playing in the snow or mud or anything else that just gets nasty, you strip to your skivvies on the back deck, shove the clothes in through the laundry room window, and then come on in and go clean up.
On one of the, oh, I dunno, 3 days of snow we had that particular year, I'd been out playing in it, and got filthy (it's about as much semi frozen mud as it is snow in North Mississippi). I followed procedure, but then realized I'd locked myself out of the house. I knew my keys weren't in my pocket, and the laundry room window was too small for anyone to fit through anyway (part of the reason no one ever bothered locking it. Also, we kept a cheap stereo on the windowsill for outdoor entertainment) So, I meandered my freezing cold, barefoot, fat ass around to my dad's bedroom window, which I knew was always unlocked, because he like to smoke pot in his room and let the smoke blow out the window (he knew I'd steal his stash if I found out he had any), plus, his window was ten feet off the ground, so he just KNEW no one would break into it. But then there's me...
so, I'm in my tighty whiteys, barefoot, freezing... I pull the garbage can under his window, grabbed a stick and pushed it open, then hauled my fat ass up. Got about halfway through, and got stuck.
The neighbors called the cops. They relayed the commentary to me. "Some fat ass naked guy on drugs or some sh!t is breaking into my neighbors house!"
Yeah... They just gave me a good hard shove after letting me hang there a few minutes explaining myself.