In a recent home invasion in Atlanta, Georgia, four men and two women were pistol-whipped by their intruders after they were forced to hand over their money. A gunshot was also heard by one of the victims after they escaped through a nearby window. Luckily, the bullet did not hit anyone. In another story, however, the victims were not as fortunate. According to the news report posted by STLToday.com, two men and a woman invaded a home in St. Louis, Missouri during the evening hours. Police reported that the motivation for the home invasion was robbery. During the crime, however, one of the male intruders shot and killed one of the victims. While the other two victims survived, they were shot when they attempted to run away. As a security professional, what’s unsettling about these stories is that many of the popular security devices that residents place their trust in—alarm systems, motion-activated outdoor security lights, “Beware of Dog” signs, and surveillance cameras—serve as psychological deterrents only.
For instance, when an alarm sounds, it typically means the intruder is about to and/or has already entered the premises. At that point, your only hope is that the perpetrator will flee the scene. But between the adrenaline rush and the mind-altering drugs that run through the veins of many of today’s heartless criminals, they can turn your worst fears into a living nightmare in the time it takes the police to arrive to your home. Does that mean you should do away with your home alarm system? Absolutely not. A home alarm system is an important layer of any home security plan. However, understanding the true purpose of the device is critical—which is to alert you when someone breaches your home’s security through a window or a door. An alarm can’t physically prevent an intruder from entering your home, especially if that home invader is dead-set on finishing what he started.
To keep your family safe and secure, you must equip your home with more than psychological deterrents. In addition to an ear-piercing home alarm system and bright, motion-activated security lights, you need a reliable early-warning device that can alert you the moment someone sets foot on your property. You also need security devices that can hold up to the brute force of a would-be intruder and prevent or at least delay their entry into your residence.