More Warnings on Confronting Burglars: One Homeowner Shot, the Other Attacked

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Every police department in the US agrees on this important advice: do not, under any circumstances, confront a burglar in your home. The big problem is that you don’t always know that an intruder is in your home when you walk through the door – especially if you have no monitored alarm system to alert police and scare the burglar off. It’s a dangerous situation when you enter your home thinking all is well, and encounter someone in the act of stealing your cash, jewelry, or electronics. When you have no warning, as happened in this story from Bethlehem, PA, the results can be tragic.

A man was shot when he returned home Monday afternoon and caught a trio of burglars in the act, police said. The gunfire erupted around 2:45 p.m. inside a home in the 500 block of Jischke St. in Bethlehem, said. Det. Sgt. Mark DiLuzio, Bethlehem Police Dept. Kevin Cook, 39, was shot once by one of the three intruders. Cook was rushed to St. Luke’s Hospital in Fountain Hill, Lehigh Co. The only description police have of the three intruders is that they are Hispanic men who drove off in a dark-colored SUV.

You Can Avoid Your Own Violent Encounter

These stories are always frightening to read. Assuming a determined burglar is going to find a way in (and they generally do), then what’s the best defense? The answer, very simply, is readily available and surprisingly affordable: a monitored home alarm system. The best way to deter a burglar in the first place is with proven technology that scares the burglar away and sends an alarm so that police can be dispatched to your home. If the perps are not frightened off by the loud siren, then the police will deal with them when they get there. Police are trained to handle potentially armed and dangerous intruders – you’re not.

Homeowner Attacked in NYC Suburb

Police said the incident began when the Orangeburg resident arrived home at 2 p.m. and discovered two men in his living room, where they were taking items from a hutch. Police said the two intruders attacked the resident, with the struggle spilling out to a common hall area in the condo building. During the struggle, police said, the victim defended himself by punching both intruders. Police said that as the victim restrained one intruder and called out for help, the other intruder dropped a bag of silverware and fled. When police arrived, they arrested intruder who had been restrained. The condo resident was not injured in the struggle, police said. Police found have two metal lock picks and a Leatherman tool, as well as black gloves, on the intruder they arrested.

More and more homes are choosing peace of mind with a home alarm, and that’s where FrontPoint can help. 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 only one in five homes in the US protected by a monitored alarm system, there are still lots of homes – and homeowners – left to protect. Are you one of them?

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  1. Amil

    Too complicated and expensive, Jack. The control is a table-top device, and close to the door so you can hear it. Force the entry door and there’s a time delay that gives you time to find the control panel/transmitter and smash it. (Follow the entry warning tone.) This has always been the weakness of systems where the brains of the system is easily accessible to anybody, Real alarm systems have control panels separate from the keypads and not easy to find in the 30 sec. delay period.

    • Peter M. Rogers

      Thanks Amil, for your comment. I suggest you do more homework on FrontPoint and our technology partner, Alarm.com, to broaden your frame of reference. For one thing, self-contained wireless alarm control panels (such as the GE Simon XT used by FrontPoint) now represent the majority of new systems being installed in the US. And sadly, for the great majority of these systems (but not FrontPoint’s systems), an astute burglar CAN disable the control panel before it dials out to the monitoring center. Here’s the difference: FrontPoint uses Alarm.com’s cellular radio in every system we sell, which makes a FrontPoint system inherently safer to begin with – no phone line to cut. And when it comes to the “crash & smash” scenario you describe, Alarm.com has a patented level of protection that ensures the monitoring center will be alerted even if the panel is destroyed or disabled. No other alarm technology does this – it’s patented by Alarm.com – but it makes a FrontPoint system with Interactive monitoring virtually impossible to defeat. Please read about “crash & smash” protection on the FrontPoint and Alarm.com web sites, and thanks again for this opportunity to clarify a significant FrontPoint advantage.

  2. Amil

    Too complicated and expensive, Jack. The control is a table-top device, and close to the door so you can hear it. Force the entry door and there’s a time delay that gives you time to find the control panel/transmitter and smash it. (Follow the entry warning tone.) This has always been the weakness of systems where the brains of the system is easily accessible to anybody, Real alarm systems have control panels separate from the keypads and not easy to find in the 30 sec. delay period.

    • Peter M. Rogers

      Thanks Amil, for your comment. I suggest you do more homework on FrontPoint and our technology partner, Alarm.com, to broaden your frame of reference. For one thing, self-contained wireless alarm control panels (such as the GE Simon XT used by FrontPoint) now represent the majority of new systems being installed in the US. And sadly, for the great majority of these systems (but not FrontPoint’s systems), an astute burglar CAN disable the control panel before it dials out to the monitoring center. Here’s the difference: FrontPoint uses Alarm.com’s cellular radio in every system we sell, which makes a FrontPoint system inherently safer to begin with – no phone line to cut. And when it comes to the “crash & smash” scenario you describe, Alarm.com has a patented level of protection that ensures the monitoring center will be alerted even if the panel is destroyed or disabled. No other alarm technology does this – it’s patented by Alarm.com – but it makes a FrontPoint system with Interactive monitoring virtually impossible to defeat. Please read about “crash & smash” protection on the FrontPoint and Alarm.com web sites, and thanks again for this opportunity to clarify a significant FrontPoint advantage.