Decoys Inspired by CIA and Law Enforcement Experts.
That's when they look elsewhere for an easier target.
Security experts over the years and a CIA operative who recently shared a tip on a report I came across have said a lot about the effectiveness of decoys to reduce the chances of a criminal selecting you or your home as a target. Let's start with the tip shared by that CIA operative:
While having a real security dog is one of the best things to do when it comes to deterring burglars, when it's not an option for someone, simply giving the appearance of owning a security dog can be just as effective.
Why does this work? Usually one or two people in every neighborhood, sometimes more, own a security dog. A crook (who is casing your house) is taking a serious risk giving thought to the idea, what if you don't actually have a dog? Better safe than sorry, for a crook. Most will skip your house and move on.
But what about the front door? Should you only put a dog bowl by the back door? Here's a few more tips to address that.
Have several "canine decoys" around your property.
- By your front door: A large bag of dog food, a large old leash (it should look worn) and even a muzzle. What does a muzzle say? It says to a would be burglar that your dog is dangerous.
- On the back of your vehicles, place stickers that say "Rottweiler of the Month Club" or something to that effect. On the other car: "My best friend is a Rottweiler" (Rottweiler, Doberman, Pit Bull, etc. Your choice.)
Now what if your cars are kept in the garage or simply no one is home that day?
On windows around your home, put up stickers about "Rottweiler Security."
Finally: Just outside any possible side windows a burglar may come through, lay out a large rubber dog bone on each side of the house (that also looks used, chewed on -- talk to a local canine breeder, they'll probably sell you a few they might have laying around) and some chewed on, old tennis balls. This is the kind of thing that tells a burglar you've got a serious canine in the house.
Unless someone knows you personally, and that you don't actually have a security dog, most would-be burglars and home invaders are going to take notice, and you are going to avoid being a victim of what could have been a very serious crime that day.
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(It may all come down to the "responsiveness" of local police as well as the reliability of the alarm company, as to how fast police respond to a particular alarm system.)
A professional burglar may know a way to disarm certain security systems. In the end, a security alarm sign may scare off local teenagers or drug addicts, but not a pro. Not always.
So, back to those canine decoys. The canine decoys may be a lot more likely to scare off the pro -- and the alarm signs can scare off most everyone else that might see your home as a possible score.
Or, if simply parked in front of your home, a would be burglar can come to the conclusion approaching from the road that you may be armed. If you're going to use these sticker on your vehicles, stop parking them in the garage -- park them in front of your home where they are visible.
A Few Ideas for Decoys
Stickers for supporting a law enforcement training organization -- and next to that, the popular "Dare to Keep Kids Off Drugs" could make you look like law enforcement (but you need both stickers, not just a "Dare" sticker).
You know that "Rottweiler Security" sign on your front or side windows of your home? You can have a sticker right next to it that says:
"If my Rottweiler doesn't get you, my Smith and Wesson will" (with an image of a pistol).
Black Canine Rubber Bone Chew Toys - If you can't find a local dog breeder willing to sell a few old, chewed up dog toys, you can buy this one, beat it up with a hammer so it looks a bit "chewed on" at casual glance, and place 2 or 3 outside your side windows, front door, and / or side gates.
Rottweiler Security Signs - Use on a window closest to every door to your home. Consider placing on each side window as well.
Beware of Dogs - "Beware of Dogs ... You Have Been Warned ... Not Responsible for Injury Or Death."
* Disclaimer: This site gets people from all walks of life and backgrounds. As a Christian writer I believe in living by faith in the Living God, and I know that a number of my readers are on that same page. When it comes to taking steps for home security, let God lead you in what steps to take or not take. He can protect us in the midst of the biggest dangers that we can face in life. Maybe that John 3:16 bumper sticker is a much better label for the back of your car than a "NRA" decal, if you really want to make a statement that matters.
You might make a nervous cop a bit more at ease in that moment, and avoid getting a gun pulled on you, or worse.
- If you're going to be gone, set up your vacuum in the middle of an entry way, with chord plugged into the wall. Lay out some cleaning supplies, a mop bucket, etc. It can look as though someone is in the home actively cleaning. (Turn up the radio in a back room and leave the television on in the front room.)
- Purchase a police badge (toy replica) that you can leave on a kitchen counter -- or any area in plain sight of main windows -- and put a clipboard, pen and a couple ammunition shells next to it.
- If you're a woman, and you live alone -- buy the largest men's work boots you can find at the local thrift store, and some men's tennis shoes roughly the same size, and put these on your door step.
I'm not advising people to take every step listed here. But you might be able to combine a couple of these steps in different ways to make your home look occupied on a day you are typically not at home, or -- with the police badge and ammunition shells on your kitchen counter -- you can scare of a night time intruder, if he sees these decoys where you've placed them in plain sight.
- Keep vegetation trimmed back away from your home, and also -- if you have any walls of brush around your home -- trim the underside -- so that the bottom of the brush can be seen from the street.
- As a noise deterrent, you can create an area of hard packed dirt stretching a few feet from the edges of your home. On top, lay a thick layer of gravel. Gravel makes a "crunch" sound when walked on, and this can deter certain crooks, in the same way a motion detector can (though a smart crook may figure out that if he lays a blanket over the gravel, or a towel, etc, that the noise is muffled).
- Experts advise not to simply turn on your porch lights when you plan to be away. A day time porch light that is never turned off can be a signal to a crook that you are away on vacation. Better, buy inexpensive dusk to dawn porch lights for the front of your home, and for the rear. You simply screw these into existing light sockets. When morning comes, the light turns off automatically. At dusk, as the day ends, the light comes back on.
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If anyone does show up at your door -- or calls ahead to your phone and lets you know you have a "delivery" (see link above about clever lies and scams crooks use) -- open your door and begin with, "Sorry, I have to keep my dog from getting past the door, I can't open it, he's dangerous." (It might not be the complete truth, but if it keeps your wife or daughter from harm one day, I think it's a safe white-lie to go with.)
Tens of millions of Americans live in or within a few miles of major cities with large populations of people who are not prepped with food and water, nor are they mentally prepared for a catastrophic disaster to strike.
The closer you live to any of these areas -- serious trouble spots -- the more danger you face to property and life following any major event that could be too much shock for a lot of people to handle. Even if you live a few miles away in a distant suburb, those downtown streets might lead straight to your neighborhood, and some bad cats could be heading your way shortly.
My goal isn't to try to scare anyone -- but to really get people to think about the consequences of massive social unrest and what it can mean for folks in the suburbs. Maybe it's time to seriously give thought to moving further away, or to a more strategic area less likely to be overrun in the first few days or weeks of a major disaster...
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