Keeping abreast of local and national headlines, I’m frequently reminded that none of us are safe from criminals. Not even while relaxing inside of our own homes. Security alarms are a necessity no matter where you live in the world and it is becoming increasingly clear that no homeowner can afford to stop at a single alarm system. Criminals use all sorts of sneaky tactics to gain entry to homes and, therefore, it is necessary to also invest in the deeper security provided by panic alarms.
A Simple Burglary vs. a Home Invasion
It saddens me to hear story after story of home and office burglaries. The loss of personal property combined with the cost of structural damage (such as broken windows and doors) is a frustrating reality for many burglary victims. As disheartening as these events are, they cannot be compared to the physical trauma, the emotional despair and the loss of control often experienced during a home invasion robbery.
All Control is NOT Lost
Just this week alone, I find myself mulling over the details of three different news events and I cannot help but imagine what a difference the installation of a DIY panic button may have made in each scenario. After all, once someone has been able to access a home’s interior without sounding an alarm, anything is possible. While the occupants of a home may feel a complete loss of control, a panic alarm can help restore some of that control and may even prevent bodily harm or worse.
Recent Headlines Confirm the Need For Panic Alarms
In one local news story, I read about the unfortunate rape of an unsuspecting young woman who undoubtedly thought she was completely safe while sleeping alone in her bed, especially since other family members were also in the home. Unfortunately, this false sense of security lulled her into believing that it was okay to leave her window open as the weather has not completely cooled off here in California, which can make sleeping in humid temperatures quite uncomfortable in some areas. Just before 4 a.m. her sense of security was shattered as she was hit in the head and raped by a sick individual who’d managed to climb through her bedroom window. Though she was able to make enough noise to awaken other family members, the rapist still managed to harm her before escaping and later being apprehended by the police.
This story should serve as a reminder to all not to leave windows open (which often renders security alarms pretty much useless unless two window contacts have been installed in such a way as to allow a window to be left slightly ajar, yet still sense when it is being opened beyond the allotted space, but I digress). This unfortunate story should also illustrate the need to sleep with a panic alarm next to the bed at night just in case an intruder manages to make his way inside during the wee hours. The Visonic Wireless Emergency Push Button is ideal for these types of scenarios.
The Cable Guy Or a Devious Lie?
Another local story also stirred a warning that many who regularly read this blog are familiar with. Two men wearing service uniforms and claiming to be with a cable company were brazen enough to knock on a woman’s front door claiming that they needed to come inside in order to service lines inside of her house. Luckily, this smart homeowner listened to her gut which told her that something wasn’t quite right. As she pressed them for information, she was handed a business card that looked a bit worn and which further added to her suspicions that this was not an actual service visit. Turning them away by refusing access, she also noted that they exited in a van which did not bear any of the company’s branding. Sure enough, after phoning the cable company, her suspicions were confirmed in that the company knew nothing of a service visit and never dispatched anyone to her home. What were they really planning?
Now, whether she’d had a security alarm or not it wouldn’t have made much of a difference in this case. I say this, of course, because there was no breaking and entering involved, but she opened the front door for them, instead. The homeowner was quite lucky in this instance, but other homeowners may not be since criminals have been known to produce a weapon or even aggressively push past someone once a door has been opened. This is why we so often recommend two-way video intercom systems in order to safely communicate with strange and unexpected visitors through a closed door (with alarms on!). A good panic alarm such as The Honeywell Two-Button Panic transmitter is recommended for instances like this woman’s experience since it can be conveniently worn on the wrist while at home and will alert an alarm monitoring company as soon as it is activated so that officers can be dispatched even if a homeowner is unable to get to a telephone in order to call for help.
Everyone Should Be Armed With a Panic Button
Scenarios like these can happen to anyone. Most of us feel safe enough in our own homes to the point where we actually place ourselves in jeopardy even when we don’t intend to. This is not about blaming victims (or would-be victims) because we understand that even with locked windows and security alarms, determined criminals often find a way around these barriers. It is for this reason that we cannot drive home enough the importance of security layers and, in particular, installing affordable and easy-to-operate panic alarms.