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I Am Enough

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people
won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,

we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically
liberates others." ~ Marianne Williamson

Remove the Nots

Remove the Nots

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Home Invasion Prevention Tips

In light of the murders of the Florida couple in a home invasion robbery, I thought I'd provide some information to help keep us all safe.



When hiring contractors:

  • Limit areas workers can access
  • Don't provide information about security systems you might have. If the control panel is near a door, conceal it with a photo or something. Reputable company has no reason to ask about this.
  • Do a background check on the contact name you are provided. Run the name through Google, facebook, myspace, etc.
  • If you have a safe, consider removing it from the home while work is being done on your home.
  • Let neighbors know work is being done, duration of the job, etc and ask them to keep an eye on suspicious behavior.

IS A BURGLAR WORKING YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD? Burglars and other criminals often strike neighborhoods where residents do not watch out for each other and do not call the police when they observe suspicious activity. It is very important that you be alert to the following activities, they may be happening in your area:

Strangers going door-to-door, (front or back, night or day)), or loitering around the houses where residents may not be home.

Strangers entering a neighbor’s house when no one is home.

Strangers at your door who claim to be lost or looking for someone else.

Strangers running, possibly carrying something of value, not wrapped or packaged.

Strange vehicles waiting or driving in the area, parked in neighbor’s driveway, or loading property.

Vehicles driving without lights, or parked and occupied at unusual hours.

Unusual noises such as screaming, gunshots, dogs barking continuously, glass breaking, etc.
YOU MUST TAKE ACTION Burglaries and other crime can be stopped if you and your neighbors get involved.

Form a Neighborhood Watch Group (brochure available) and keep a list of Neighborhood Watch members on your refrigerator or near the main telephone in your house.

When you notice suspicious activity, call the police at 911. Then, call other Neighborhood Watch members to notify them of the activity so they can secure their homes, turn on lights and be alert for further activity.

Be prepared to do your civic duty in reporting crime, being a witness for the police and testifying in court if called upon to do so.

Develop good habits in personal and home safety so that you re not an easy target for a criminal.

Never allow strangers to enter your home for any reason such as using your telephone or bathroom. Call 911 for them if they need help.

Be wary of sales people, solicitors, or others who claim to be legitimate. Make them prove it with identification. Then call back to their office to verify it.

Remember, a burglar has to knock on your door to see if someone is home, just like anyone else does. If someone is at your door and you are not expecting a visitor or do not already know them, you should become suspicious.

Never leave house keys under the door mat, in the mail box, etc., burglars check these places.

Make sure your home is secured with good doors, windows and locks. Then keep them closed and locked when you are away, even if you will only be in the yard or next door.

Place valuables such as extra cash and jewelry in a bank or safety deposit box.

Keep your shrubs and trees trimmed so they do not become places for intruders to hide. Keep your property neat so burglars know that someone cares for it.

When you are away from your home, make sure things appear as if someone were home. Leaving a radio or television on, the usual lights on, a car in the driveway and using timers are just a few good precautions.

If you will be gone for an extended period, make sure a trusted neighbor will watch your home for you, pick up your mail and call the police if suspicious activity occurs. Also notify the police of your plans. This information will be provided to the officers who patrol your area.

If you have an automatic garage door opener, never exit the garage until the door has closed and you are sure no one entered when the door was open.


LIGHTS: Install lights over all doors, mount spot lights on each corner of the house to illuminate all exterior walls.

RECORD ALL VALUABLE PROPERTY: Keep a record of serial numbers along with a detailed description of your property.

SLIDING DOORS AND WINDOWS: Cut a heavy dowel or broom handle to the length of the bottom track and lay it in the track so that the door or window will not slide open when forced. Your door and window dealer also sell devices that serve this purpose.

BASEMENT OR KITCHEN DOORS AND WINDOWS: Consider securing with strong ornamental grills or screens.

SASH WINDOWS: Should be secured with quality locking devices. Small wooden blocks or similar devices should be installed in the side tracks to limit the height that the windows can be opened to four (4) inches.

GARAGE DOORS: Should be closed and properly locked. All ladders and tools that may help a burglar break into your house should be locked in the garage or house.

PORCH AND YARD: Should be clear of all newspapers and circulars. Keep the grass mowed and the snow shoveled.

DOGS: Any dog that barks loudly when a stranger comes to the door is a good deterrent. The noise will scare away most burglars.

BURGLAR ALARMS: Shop for the system that best fits your needs. Alarms do discourage burglars.


  1. Excellent suggestions.

    quite a few years ago, someone knocked at my door and wanted to use my phone, he seemed angry and my instinct told me not to let him in. About two or three days later it was all over our local newapapers, he had murdered someone. I recognized his face and he was a neighbor of one of my daughters friends who live two blocks away from us. You just never know.


  2. Excellent tips. On the opposite side of Iris, I let a lady in once to use the phone who was lost and her car was broken down. I guess because it was a woman I thought is was safe. She remembered my name and address and sent me a gift. But it is scary, you never know.

  3. In our industry, we've learned that most break-ins occur through the front, side, or sliding doors, and that most people are not educated in the area of home security tips. There are some important tips here in which many homeowners can benefit - nice work!