Sunday, November 1, 2009

Don't Let it Happen to You

As the holidays come up, we're all excited. And so are the would-be criminals. Burglaries and other crimes go up every holiday season as needs and wants go up as well. We were reminded of this sad fact by this article in the Honolulu Advertiser.

The Key Guy urges you to be prepared.
  1. First of all, lock your doors.
  2. Make sure your door and lock are both in sturdy condition. Don't make it too easy for thieves to get in. Most will give up if your door doesn't open within 2 minutes.
  3. Evaluate easily-accessible windows, which in Hawaii are often a point of easy entry for thieves, even in broad daylight, in secure neighborhoods.
If you see potential easy-access points for thieves, consider calling a security professional. Consider having a surveillance camera system installed. It's not as costly nor uncommon as you might think, and it could end up saving your life (or thousands of dollars).

Just last week, we read about a man in Florida who had a camera system installed at his house for $1,000. Burglars broke into his home and stole many valuable items while he was on vacation. Luckily, their faces got caught on camera! The local news station aired the footage to help identify the thieves. The man said the cameras were worth every penny of that $1000.