We are sad to report a severe case of home security having gone wrong. An intruder has managed to break into the second largest home in America. It’s a castle, in fact. He doesn’t appear to have stolen anything, but he did try to murder the unsuspecting homeowner.
Think it can’t happen to you? Think again.
When Security Fails
Listen, we’re not going to lie to you here. No home security is absolutely foolproof. We’d like to tell you otherwise– that certain devices and strategies are impenetrable, but if an 84 year old nun can break into a super secure nuclear facility and a millionaire’s castle can be breached, then a very determined criminal can break into your home.
An elite class of highly skilled professional crooks know how to override even the most complex home security system while remaining undetected. In fact, in the case described above the intruder even managed to make his way past an actual security guard who was stationed at the entrance of the 23 acre estate. The surveillance cameras apparent on the property didn’t even seem to phase this guy much as he waited more than two hours for Gary Melius to exit his home before opening fire on him.
Right about now, you’re probably thinking that your home doesn’t stand a chance against such a criminal and you are right. Someone like this would break into your home in no time flat. The good news is that a person like this isn’t interested in you or your home.
Elite Criminals Vs. Every Other Burglar in America
To be clear, we are just as clueless about the true identity of the shooter as the police are right now. What we suspect, however, is that this person is a professional criminal of the highest degree and that he was hired for his skill and track record in penetrating such high security in order to harm the castle’s owner. If true, you can rest assured that this person has no interest in you or anything in your home. It would not even surprise us to discover that this person had zero interest in Melius or any of his belongings, as there’s a good chance that this ruthless criminal was simply hired by another to do the job. Authorities believe that his gun jammed making it impossible for him to complete his effort. Thank goodness!
Conversely, the kind of criminal interested in breaking into your home probably isn’t as skilled or brash as the suspect in this case. Someone interested in breaking into your home will likely want to avoid security signs such as an alarm system and surveillance cameras. Unlike the castle’s intruder, an ordinary burglar doesn’t see the reward being worth the risk of getting caught while breaking into your home.
There are two very valuable home security lessons to be learned from this unfortunate incident. First, any home in any neighborhood can be burgled. There just is no such thing as a crime-free neighborhood. Second, a good home security system helps protect your house and your family against a break-in, but you still must keep your wits about you. In other words, be ever-vigilant about who has access to your home. In this case, the home is used as an event venue, a hotel and the owner even hosts weekly events where high-profile guests are entertained. This means that there is a lot of foot traffic going in and out of the property. So much so that even a guard stationed at the gate may have simply made a mistake in allowing a criminal access to the home.
Preventing a Similar Event
To avoid becoming a victim of a similar home invasion it helps to strictly limit the number of people allowed into your home. And never ever let your guard down. This means layering your home security and believe that if an intruder has an opportunity– even a tiny one– he will likely exploit it if you are not very careful.
Also, practice common sense security such as not being distracted while walking to and from your home, use security lighting to keep your home’s perimeter well-lit at night, regularly check security cameras to ensure that they have not been tampered with and keep your alarm system armed at all times.
Perhaps thanks to the gun’s misfiring Melius is expected to make a full recovery. Another lesson to be learned here, however, is that guns are not guaranteed protection. Even if you have a gun in your home for protection, take note of this malfunction and take it as a cue to continue to layer your home security and consider a gun only as your last resort.
What do you think of this castle’s intrusion? Does it raise any security concerns or questions for you? Do you have anything to add to this post that our readers might benefit from? We’ve reserved a little space for you below and sincerely look forward to your thoughts, ideas and suggestions.