If common sense were not enough, just take this tip from law enforcement professionals all over the US: never confront a burglar in your home. But there’s a big problems with this advice: you may not know when you come home that there is actually an intruder inside, rifling through your belongings. That’s where having a monitored alarm system comes in – it’s your best defense against that potentially fatal face-to-face with a perp in your home.
Real Tales of Confrontation
Two more “burglar confrontation” stories just came to my attention. As you will see, when homeowners have no warning, the results can be frightening. The first report is from Hawthorne, New Jersey, and actually ends well: nobody was hurt, and police were able to apprehend the suspect.
A Woodside Avenue resident interrupted a burglary in her home and was able to give police enough information to locate the suspect and recover missing jewelry, police said. The Hawthorne resident returned to her home at 11:04 a.m. and observed a male intruder in her home. The intruder left the home, while the resident followed him out and called police at the same time. The resident gave police a description of the suspect, the direction he was driving in and the make and model of the car, a white Mercedes SUV. Police found a car matching the description sitting between two cars at a red light, and blocked all the cars in to prevent any chance of the suspect fleeing.
Police arrested Ahmet Islami, who was found to be in possession of various jewelry items including, watches, rings, and earrings and coin collections. He was also found to be in possession of a screwdriver, flashlight and gloves. Other police officers responded to the victim’s home where she was able to positively identify the jewelry police recovered as hers that was missing from the home. Islami was charged with burglary, theft and possession of burglary tools.
This Next One is Scarier
This woman was lucky – these confrontations often end very badly for the homeowner. Imagine your feeling of vulnerability if that happened to you. That’s why police increasingly recommend that when you have a monitored alarm system, you should also arm your system while at home as well as when you’re away. The next story comes from Dayton, Ohio and has a more serious ending.
Two men reportedly fired several shots at a woman and her children when she walked in on a home burglary at her Ryburn Avenue residence late Monday night. According to a Dayton Police incident report, the woman was walking in the back door of the home at about 11 p.m. when she spotted the men inside. She had two children with her, one in her arms.
What Not to Do
When the men turned out the lights she told them they, “might as well come on out,” according to the report. That’s when one of the men fired three shots, and she ran with the children to hide in the basement. Police found one bullet casing and two bullet holes in the house. A glass table was shattered. They also found several boot prints, according to the report.
The Usual Items Stolen
The burglars stole a laptop, a Blu-ray player, an Xbox system and some video games. The suspects were described as both wearing khaki cargo shorts, one in a white shirt and the other in a dark shirt. One was wearing a baseball cap while the other had short dreadlocks.
In this case the homeowner defied the rule of common sense, and confronted the intruders. Better to leave and immediately call the police. And better yet, rely on a monitored alarm system to detect the intruders in the first place, so police can be dispatched. You want the police to confront these burglars – so you don’t have to.
No Alarm Systems
As is usually the case in these situations – and I could cite countless more from daily crime reports – there appeared to be no alarm system in the home of either victim. The fact is that only about 20% of US homes do have a monitored alarm system that can trigger a police dispatch. Imagine how much safer you would feel when entering your home at any time of day or night, without worrying about who might be there. And with interactive monitoring services, such as those offered by FrontPoint, in addition to police dispatching you can also receive a text or email any time a door opens, telling you which door. That’s the kind of protection more people are looking for today, as home intrusion statistics continue to get worse across much of the US.
A monitored home alarm system can absolutely help to prevent these confrontations in the first place. And that’s where FrontPoint comes in: we’re the leader in wireless home security, as well as 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 world-class service. With a burglary occurring every 14 seconds in the US, there are still lots of homes – and homeowners – left for us to protect.