We’ve written a lot about the following topics:
- What burglars steal (cash, jewelry, electronics, guns, prescription drugs)
- How burglars get in (front and back doors, windows, garage)
- Why many of them steal in the first place (drugs play a big role, and this trend is getting worse)
- Why an alarm system is an effective deterrent (homes with monitored alarm systems are only a third as likely to be targeted)
Most of us can only imagine what it feels like to come home and find your private and personal space has been violated – or even worse, to come home and encounter a burglar in the act. I’ve read a few accounts over the years that address an intrusion incident from the perspective of the psychological impact on the victim, but not all that many – which is surprising. Perhaps that’s why this story from Spokane Valley, Washington made such an impact on me.
“The things they did in an hour, take away so much and it literally takes weeks, and weeks, to prepare and try and move on from,” said Nick Whiteman, about his home being burglarized. It happened during the day while Nick Whiteman was at work and his 8-year-old son David was at school. “They took the whole window out of the frame,” Nick said.
What They Stole
The burglars took numerous electronics, both of their bicycles, and even some of the things Nick received as a marine. “They stole my Kindle and my Xbox,” Nick’s son David said. “They took a lot of memorabilia from the Marine Corps, a lot of stuff that wouldn’t matter to anyone else, but matters to me,” Nick said.
Concern for Son’s Emotional State
However, while Nick would like to get the stolen items back, it is his son that he is more concerned about. “He has a hard time sleeping through the night,” Nick said. “He’s up often, all night long, because he heard somebody at the door or at his window.” “It’s kind of hard to sleep at night and it makes me feel bad at school,” David said. “I feel like I don’t trust to leave the house.”
The two are still traumatized by what happened and even after changing the locks, his son is afraid it could happen again. “I’m worried that when we get a whole bunch of stuff back they might just steal it again,” David said.
Suspects in Mind
Although there are no suspects, Nick thinks the burglars are teenagers. “They even sat here and had lunch at the table, the whole pantry was torn through,” Nick said. “They just sat down and helped themselves while they were robbing the house.”
Police on the Case
Now Nick hopes someone will see this and help him find out who is responsible. “To know who did it and to be able to rest at ease at home again, because home doesn’t feel like home anymore,” Nick said. Also, because Nick thinks the burglars are teenagers, he suspects some of his stolen items are sitting in someone’s garage. The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office says they are still investigating the robbery and so far none of the items have turned up at pawnshops.
How an Alarm System Helps
Once again, there is no mention of an alarm system – but it wouldn’t surprise me if this home has one now. For one thing, it’s been shown that burglars do come back – they know that people usually replace the things like electronics that have been stolen. That’s why for a long time getting an alarm system was considered an “event-driven” purchase: something bad had to happen to convince homeowners to make that investment in peace of mind.
Times are Changing
That traditional attitude is changing now: plenty of people just want to protect their home and family, and to do everything they can to prevent an incident in the first place. And with alarm system doing so much more, including home automation, video, and text or email notifications, there are more reasons than ever to make the modest investment in wireless home security.
How an Alarm System Helps
The best way to deter a burglar in the first place is with a monitored home alarm system. If the perps are not scared away by the loud siren, then the police will be dispatched, and deal with them. And that’s where FrontPoint can help. We’re the leader in wireless home security and the #1 ranked home alarm company in the US. When you’re ready for a home alarm that’s safer, smarter, simpler, more affordable, and virtually impossible to defeat, you’re ready for FrontPoint: no hidden fees, the best interactive, wireless home alarm technology at the best price, and real peace of mind.