This past week the home of a couple who reads my blog was burgled. I don't know much about exactly what happened or whether they had a home security system. If they have something in place, it wasn't effective in this case. It seems as if the thief knew the family's schedule since it happened during a very short period (an hour and a half) when no one was home.
In these days of unemployment and a tough economy, it's a good idea to do what we can to protect ourselves against break ins. Some people do that with a watch dog. I'm not sure that this sign I found on eBay would do much to deter crooks.
These next couple of signs would make anyone think twice before breaking in.
It's hard to know what might happen at the following home.
It's not just guard dogs who fall asleep on the job.
So much for the security of a gated community, huh?
This sign might be one of the best deterrents.
I know that a picture is worth a thousand words, but there are times when words paint a situation more clearly than a picture could ever do.
Here are a few simple ways to keep burglars out of the house by putting carefully-worded signs in prominent locations:
Dear Mr. Butcher,
Starting tomorrow, please leave eight pounds of meat for Brutus. Six pounds only makes him angry and vicious!
Dear Mr. Mailman,
We found bloodstains all over our mail. They must be yours. The next time you put mail into our slot, please be sure to keep all parts of your body well clear of all openings.
PS. Any sign of that book we ordered? — "The Care and Feeding of Wild Jungle Cats"
Dear Mr. Exterminator,
Be very careful when you go inside! The termites have eaten through most of the floorboards and you will fall into the basement where all of the rats are!
To whom it may concern:
Some of the items in this house have been engraved with Federal Identification Numbers. Others have merely been wired to explode when touched. Good luck!
Selma, don't come in! The boa constrictor got loose again.
Here's how to install a wireless security system in four easy steps:
1. Go to a second-hand store, buy a pair of men's used work boots, a really big pair.
2. Put them outside your front door on top of a copy of Guns and Ammo magazine.
3. Put a dog dish beside it. A really big dish.
4. Leave a note on your front door that says something like "Bubba, big Mike and I have gone to get more ammunition — back in 1/2 an hour. Don't disturb the Pit Bulls — they've just been wormed."
Do you have any words of wisdom on home security?
"How many lives sink into oblivion through too lates and if onlies?" - Drew Conley
Geeks used to say, "Home is where you hang your @." With Wi-Fi available in so many places, is home still where you hang your @ ?