Home Security is A Must
The necessity for home security cannot be overlooked. Today is August 29, 2018, and this morning while my wife and I were still in bed thieves broke into our garage with the house being next. There have been many posts on Wealthy Affiliate recommending security of all sorts, from computer security, personal banking, and travel. Give your personal security some thought.
This morning the thieves pried open a gate and drove their quad into the yard and then forced open the patio doors of my office that led to my garage. They took petty stuff and then came to the door of the house and knocked to see if anyone was home. I got up and went to the door and this guy said that his car broke and needed help. I said I will get dressed and help. I went back in and locked the door and when I came out to get my jacket I found my office had been searched and this guy was gone.
After a look around and assessment I phoned the RCMP and reported the break in. I found out later that the same people went down the road and assaulted a neighbor and stole his truck and wallet. That's the dangerous part ! How close did I come to getting assaulted.
I spent two hours with the police giving a report and reviewing CCT video and security pictures. Somehow the RCMP recovered my property and I will get it back. There is minor damage to doors and a very big feeling of being violated.
What To Get Out Of This
The thieves were in my garage for about 15 - 20 minutes. When my son went to work he did not set the alarm system and If that had been set they would have been gone a lot sooner. SECURITY PROTOCOLS ONLY ARE USEFULL IF THEY ARE APPLIED ALL THE TIME.
When I went to the door I was to naive about who was at the door. The second thief could have attacked me and got in the house. A LACK OF SITUATIONAL AWARNESS.
If the thieves had found wallets and keys there had been more theft. My procedure is to lock up all sensitive material at all times. Even if I have to go into the lock up several times a day I still lock everything up. This includes wallets, keys and firearms. The problem with gun safes is that they look like gun safes. If you but something big and heavy its may not be that big of a problem however if its is light it will probably be stolen. These tin gun boxes are junk, Buy a safe.
Security cameras are a must have option. CCT TV plus wild life cameras are what I use and have had good results. There are lots of options and it pays to do some study before buying anything. Along with cameras properly placed motion sensor lights are a good idea too.
Insurance is a necessity. Its also nice to never have to use it. It could take months to recover from an event that with some preplanning and preparation could be avoided. The best insurance is to make your home unattractive and difficult for thieves. I am always scared that these undesirable people might do something to my cats and dogs.
In closing, I find that rural Manitoba is a not a very stress free environment. We have to pay attention all the time. Maintain your situational awareness and don't leave your valuables out in the open. Get a good security system and use it all the time. Password all your computers and backup your stuff. Remember you can't build websites if your computer is gone! Watch out for your neighbors.