Recently, I stumbled upon video footage of a man beating a woman. This wasn’t a case of domestic violence, however. Instead, it was taped evidence in a home invasion robbery. As a three year old girl sat on the sofa and witnessed her mother being savagely punched, kicked and tossed around like a ragdoll, the home’s nanny cam gave testament to more than just a crime in progress. It told the story of how brutally violent robberies can take place in the light of day, in the privacy of one’s own home and in the best of neighborhoods.
In the news video I watched, a veteran police officer was stunned by the nanny cam footage, which quickly went viral and was also broadcast on national news channels. It’s hard to imagine anyone feeling too differently about seeing a defenseless woman beaten by a man twice her size as her baby girl looked on. By his own account, what caught the officer even more off guard though was the fact that these sorts of crimes rarely happen in the New Jersey suburb where this incident happened. Here’s where I have to disagree with the officer despite him having spent decades on the force.
Why Am I Not Surprised?
As hard as the video was to watch, I was not surprised that it happened. Much less was I surprised that it happened in such a nice suburb. This isn’t me being callous. It’s me being aware that home invasion robberies can happen anywhere.
Think about it. If you were a robber, would you prefer to force your way into a home in a low-income area or one where homeowners enjoy a very comfortable lifestyle? Which one is likely to have more expensive items for the taking? In which neighborhood are homeowners more prone to be lulled into a false sense of security?
I also found it difficult to be surprised by the fact that this man entered through the woman’s front door during broad daylight. After all, if you’ve read this blog for any length of time or even care to browse through our archives right now, we’ve repeatedly told you that criminals often try access through front doors first. You wouldn’t believe how many people leave these doors unlocked during the daytime or how many people feel comfortable opening their front doors to strangers during daylight hours.
While searching for information on this case, I discovered a number of similar stories in other parts of New Jersey. This problem is not restricted by boundaries, however, as home invasion robberies can take place in any town. Let this story merely serve as a reminder of this fact.
Surveillance Video Saves the Day
I’m happy to report that the intruder has since been caught. Considering the videotaped evidence against him, it’s unlikely that he’ll see the light of day for a while. In addition to his capture, a few other elements of this ordeal leave me feeling thankful.
Why would I feel thankful about anything other than his capture? Well, for one, while the woman sustained serious bruising, cuts and chipped teeth, she is alive; ditto for her three year old daughter who witnessed it and her one year old son who was sleeping upstairs. Neither of the children were physically harmed either.
I am even more thankful for the fact that this woman had a nanny cam installed in the home. Imagine if this monster had been allowed to roam free forever, or if he were caught, but without enough evidence to convict him. Thanks to surveillance cameras in the home, just about every second is recorded on film. Imagine who else he might have hurt, possibly even killed without proper evidence leading to his capture and conviction. Her nanny cam will make sure that this guy never gets a chance to repeat his offense.
Let This Be a Lesson to Us All
Despite my relief about this poor woman’s survival and her attacker being removed from society, I can’t help but realize certain security details which may have reduced the likelihood of this ever happening in the first place. I don’t blame victims and that’s not what I’m doing here. What I am saying, though, is that we can learn a thing or two about home security in this scenario. In addition to installing indoor and outdoor surveillance cameras everywhere, we should all:
- Keep security alarms on even in the daytime
- Have multiple panic buttons stationed throughout the home (and teach everyone how to use them)
- Never open our doors unnecessarily (this is where video intercoms really come in handy)
It’s impossible to say whether these tips may have prevented this family’s terrible ordeal. They may, however, prevent another one from happening elsewhere. While this criminal is off of the streets for the time being, there are scores of others waiting to take his place. Don’t let this frighten you, but, instead, empower yourself with knowledge and secure your home while you have time: Home Security Store Camera Systems.
Did you see the viral video referenced in this post? Do you know anyone who’s ever been the victim of a home invasion robbery? What advice do you have to share with our readers?