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Security Isn’t Just For Computers

Security for People is More Important Than Security for Computers!

I received the following Email from my friend Gene.  Thought about it for awhile…then decided to post it here.

I hope some of the suggestions will be of value and make you think about what you do.

“Note: One thing I would add to this dissertation is the “BEWARE OF DOG” sign decoy. Good idea to put one up on your fence or door even if you don’t have a dog.”

Read all the way to the end. You just might learn something that will save your home from being burglarized.

I am particularly interested in the part about the wasp spray…

1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.

2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.

3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste… and taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.

4. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it..

5. If it snows while you’re out of town, get a neighbor to create car and foot tracks into the house.. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead giveaway.

6. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don’t let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it’s set. That makes it too easy.

7. A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom – and your jewelry. It’s not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.

8. It’s raining, you’re fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door – understandable. But understand this: I don’t take a day off because of bad weather.

9. I always knock first. If you answer, I’ll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Don’t take me up on it.)

10. Do you really think I won’t look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.

11. Here’s a helpful hint: I almost never go into kids’ rooms.

12. You’re right: I won’t have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it’s not bolted down, I’ll take it with me.

13. A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system. If you’re reluctant to leave your TV on while you’re out of town, you can buy a $35 device that works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real television. (Find it at http://www.faketv.com/)


1. Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and carry a rake. I do my best to never, ever look like a crook.

2. The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.

3. I’ll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he’ll stop what he’s doing and wait to hear it again. If he doesn’t hear it again, he’ll just go back to what he was doing. It’s human nature.

4. I’m not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?

5. I love looking in your windows. I’m looking for signs that you’re home, and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I’d like. I’ll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.

6. Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It’s easier than you think to look up your address. Parents: caution your kids about this. You see this every day.

7. To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a way to let in a little fresh air. To me, it’s an invitation.

8. If you don’t answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.

Sources: Convicted burglars in North Carolina , Oregon , California , and Kentucky ; security consultant Chris McGoey, who runs http://www.crimedoctor.com/ and Richard T. Wright, a criminology professor at the University of Missouri-St Louis, who interviewed 105 burglars for his book Burglars on the Job.

Protection for you and your home:

If you don’t have a gun, here’s a more humane way to wreck someone’s evil plans for you.


A friend who is a receptionist in a church in a high risk area was concerned about someone coming into the office on Monday to rob them when they were counting the collection. She asked the local police department about using pepper spray and they recommended to her that she get a can of wasp spray instead.

The wasp spray, they told her, can shoot up to twenty feet away and is a lot more accurate, while with the pepper spray, they have to get too close to you and could overpower you. The wasp spray temporarily blinds an attacker until they get to the hospital for an antidote. She keeps a can on her desk in the office and it doesn’t attract attention from people like a can of pepper spray would. She also keeps one nearby at home for home protection… Thought this was interesting and might be of use.


On the heels of a break-in and beating that left an elderly woman in Toledo dead, self-defense experts have a tip that could save your life.

Val Glinka teaches self-defense to students at Sylvania Southview High School . For decades, he’s suggested putting a can of wasp and hornet spray near your door or bed.

Glinka says, “This is better than anything I can teach them.”

Glinka considers it inexpensive, easy to find, and more effective than mace or pepper spray. The cans typically shoot 20 to 30 feet; so if someone tries to break into your home, Glinka says, “spray the culprit in the eyes”. It’s a tip he’s given to students for decades. It’s also one he wants everyone to hear. If you’re looking for protection, Glinka says look to the spray.

“That’s going to give you a chance to call the police; maybe get out.”  Maybe even save a life.


Put your car keys beside your bed at night.

Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents, your Dr.’s office, the check-out girl at the market, everyone you run across. Put your car keys beside your bed at night.

If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car.

The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies. This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator.

Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: It’s a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation.

Test it.

It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain.

It works if you park in your driveway or garage. If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar/rapist won’t stick around.

After a few seconds all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won’t want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there. This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime.


I am sending this to everyone I know because I think it is fantastic. Would also be useful for any emergency, such as a heart attack, where you can’t reach a phone. My Mom has suggested to my Dad that he carry his car keys with him in case he falls outside and she doesn’t hear him. He can activate the car alarm and then she’ll know there’s a problem.”

Thanks Gene for thinking of me!


6 Responses to “Security Isn’t Just For Computers”

  • Barry Wells on August 6, 2013

    Hi Cararta,

    Love the advice you’re giving here :)

    I often worry about my daughter being out late and have taught her the 2 areas to attack if a male ever tries it on. These need to taken up close (and personal) if you get my meaning ;)

    The wasp spray sounds like the ideal solution for here and my home protection.

    You’ve made some fantastic points here and I like that you’ve added them from the crooks point of view, more alarming that way…. Which I hope will get the point across even better.

    Thanks for sharing Cararta,

    • Cararta on August 6, 2013

      Hi Barry,

      Thanks for the UP!

      Most of this advice was included in an email I received from a friend in Florida. He is always
      sending me things that he thinks are important and requests I share.

      Think sometimes I can share over a wider audience by posting online. Many I put on
      my shared pages….but felt this one could go here, because People are more Important
      than Computers!

      I tend to be a little lax when it comes to putting things away so I have a about one half of a
      can of Wasp Spray sitting on my table on the back porch…Think I’ll move it into the
      kitchen and put it on a shelf to keep it handy!

      I was invaded with “Carpenter Bumble Bees” and they love the wooden posts and deck on the porch..
      if you don’t deter them…they make holes everywhere, lay eggs and then the woodpeckers
      come by to peck out and eat the eggs!

      Some of the things suggested, I have been doing for awhile, especially carrying my car keys
      in my hand in shopping center parking lots….even in the day time! The Walmart where I shop was
      recently blessed with a rash of purse snatchers…even the grocery store isn’t exempt!

      Think I’d rather take a chance on the Wasp Spray before having close contact unless absolutely
      necessary….included in a security class at the hospital was the suggestion that a car key held correctly makes a great weapon…aim for the eyes…sounds awful..but self defense is self defense!

      Something else I do is always keep my car keys in my pocket or my hand if no pockets when I am shopping, just in case someone watched me go in and decided to grab my purse…no keys to my car in there!

      Half the battle is being aware and making a few changes in your habits!

  • Susan Neal on August 7, 2013

    Thanks for these great tips, Cararta – it makes me very glad I have a pair of noisy dogs – and some great neighbours!

    Love the tip about the car keys, but mine don’t trigger an alarm, so unfortunately that’s not an option for me right now.

    Excellent advice about not advertising your holidays online.

    Like Barry, I love the way this is presented from a burglar’s perspective – really makes you think.



    • Cararta on August 14, 2013

      Hi Sue,

      Sorry about your car keys not working! I have a 98 Nissan and I check the
      alarm every once in awhile, just to see where it will go off from. Have an
      agreement with my next door neighbor that if it goes off and doesn’t stop to
      come find me!

      Car keys if held properly make a good defense weapon if nothing else. If you are
      that close, poke an attacker in the eye…sounds terrible but the way I think about
      it is this…you have nothing good in store from someone who is attacking you!

      That little ditty was from a Be Aware class we had to attend in Nursing School because
      nurses often work odd hours and sometimes in not so safe places.

      Dogs and Neighbors are great assets…cherish mine!


  • Donna Merrill on August 7, 2013

    Hi Cararta,

    Well, growing up in Brooklyn NY, there are many tricks I’ve learned. Having a dog (I have 3) is a great way to send them running! I love the idea of Wasp Spray. I have an air horn I was keeping by my bed, but car keys seem to do the job better!

    The main thing to me is to be vigilant. You never know when someone is going to break in your home, car, or even snatch your purse. There’s a lot of bad guys out there. I always keep five dollars in my purse and the rest of the stuff in my pocket. This way if a purse snatcher comes to me, I tell him that’s all I have.

    I was mugged twice in NYC – one time at gunpoint, but I managed to get away (long story)

    I thing the worst thing people are doing these days is posting where they are from restaurants to vacation. It’s like telling the world….Come on in..I’m not home!

    Great post, I really enjoyed it.


    • Cararta on August 14, 2013

      Hi Donna,

      Being aware is a big part of being safe. Sorry you had the bad luck to get mugged.

      As for sitting in a restaurant and posting on Facebook, I have not become afflicted with
      the text disease…only recently was given a
      phone with a keyboard for Christmas..unlimited texting and calling but no internet
      so I stay at home glued to my PC!

      The article really was from an email sent to me by a friend…I just found a video
      to insert and an addition here and there…I even forwarded the email intact to
      a few friends and relatives then decided it wouldn’t hurt to share here.

      I think the most important part besides the Wasp Spray is taking the time
      to sit down and really think about what to do…like practicing for the fire
      alarm at school…

      Funny, I live in a very rural area..so two nights ago at about 11:15 was surprised to
      hear a knock on my back door…Got my can of wasp spray (have glass in the door) and
      accompanied by my Barking Biting Beagle found a woman with a young man standing on the
      back porch.

      His truck had broken down at the end of my driveway and they wanted to know if o.k. to push
      off the road and leave until they could come back in the day time and get. Very innocent,
      but you never know!

      Funny, my next door neighbor lives on top of a hill…as soon as he saw them leave, he
      called to find out if everything was O.K. Said he was almost on the way over, but saw
      them walking back down the driveway….a good feeling having a good neighbor!

      Come again and poke around, I have a lot of hidden stuff!

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