Interesting burglary tactic...

breamfisherbreamfisher Senior MemberPosts: 13,052 Senior Member
One reason why it's advisable:

1. not to rely on your alarm.
2. use the lock feature on a breaker box.
3. keep a flashlight handy at night.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/crime/os-orlando-burglars-kill-power-20110711,0,4312773.story
Overkill is underrated.

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  • KENFU1911KENFU1911 Senior Member Posts: 1,052 Senior Member
    Good advice...........a dog would be handy too.......Ken
    My idea of a warning shot is when the 2nd bad guy watches his 1st buddy go down....
  • NCFUBARNCFUBAR Senior Member Posts: 4,324 Senior Member
    They will even cut the phone line so a monitored system can't send notice to the center, I know they now have the cell option. But I live so far out the response time for the deputies is 10 minutes if it I CALL THEM ... add 20 minutes if ADT were to go through their junk ... part of the reason my alarm is monitored be MY FAMILY ... $35 a month ... yeah right :roll:

    My alarm has a decent battery backup so they'd have to wait an couple hours ... but if they time it right they do do it during the week when nobody is home.

    Have always had a 4 digit combo lock on the breaker box but the truth be told the hasp (on the box ... not the lock) could be cut with just a good pair of dikes ot even take and twisted off.

    A flashlight is a MUST!!! (preferably attach to smoething the spits lead).
    “The further a society drifts from truth ... the more it will hate those who speak it."
    - George Orwell
  • JasonMPDJasonMPD Senior Member Posts: 6,102 Senior Member
    In the city I work in, it is more common for this tactic to be used on businesses. But, apparently, it is gaining commonality in residential burglaries, too. Alarms that are monitored seem to often be silent alarms. I rarely go to a residential alarm call where the alarm is audible. Unless I am driving by the house when an audible alarm goes off, our response time is almost completely contingent on the alarm companies response in calling the PD.

    Dogs are unpredictable when it comes to alerting homeowners to foul play. I've been to a couple home invasion burglaries where the German Shepard and Rottweiler in the house did not make a sound or take any action when a guy broke in during the night. And the homeowner said that during the day strange visitors and noises usually get barked at by the shepard.

    I'd say a loud, audible alarm is best for a home (with interior AND exterior sirens). Something with a system to turn on lights in the home would be good, too. With loud house alarms, awakened neighbors call the cops before the alarm company, usually, it seems.

    -Jason
    “There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.” – Will Rogers
  • mythaeusmythaeus Senior Member Posts: 831 Senior Member
    Now if we can only come up with strategies against "no knock" warrants ruling by SCOTUS in light of the recent "fake police" home invasions in Baltimore:
    http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/crime/blog/2011/07/third_home_invasion_by_fake_po.html

    Al
    "In a controversy, the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth and have begun striving for ourselves." - Siddhartha Gautama
  • BullgatorBullgator Member Posts: 393 Member
    There was a string of break-ins by me where the criminals removed the power meter from the side of the house and plugged a welding transformer into the socket. It boosts the house voltage and fries the alarm (and all the rest of the electronics).
  • bruchibruchi Senior Member Posts: 2,582 Senior Member
    How much is a night vision headset?
    If this post is non welcomed, I can always give you a recipe for making "tostones".
  • JasonMPDJasonMPD Senior Member Posts: 6,102 Senior Member
    mythaeus wrote: »
    Now if we can only come up with strategies against "no knock" warrants ruling by SCOTUS in light of the recent "fake police" home invasions in Baltimore:
    http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/crime/blog/2011/07/third_home_invasion_by_fake_po.html

    Al

    Unless I missed it, I didn't see any comments by SCOTUS on that page. Or were you saying there needs to be a ruling by SCOTUS about no knocks?

    -Jason
    “There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.” – Will Rogers
  • HAWKENHAWKEN Senior Member Posts: 1,685 Senior Member
    I have a flashlight. It is attached to the slide under my Glock 22. I also have a 100 pound bloodhound that lets me know when anyone approaches.....Robin
    I don't often talk to people that voted for Obama, but when I do I order large fries!
    Life member of the American Legion, the VFW, the NRA and the Masonic Lodge, retired LEO
  • DoctorWhoDoctorWho Senior Member Posts: 9,496 Senior Member
    That is why I like an alarm that alerts Me when someone opens an outer gate, climbs over an outer fence etc....
    Once the bad guy is inside, its a bit late in the game.
    Cameras are dirt cheap now.

    Aside from an older tired dog, I have a hard time believing your average pooch is going to let anyone break in without
    barking, if My dog is not sure (wind direction) he barks when I approach many times.
    "There is some evil in all of us, Doctor, even you, the Valeyard is an amalgamation of the darker sides of your nature, somewhere between your twelfth and final incarnation, and I may say, you do not improve with age. Founding member of the G&A forum since 1996
  • JasonMPDJasonMPD Senior Member Posts: 6,102 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    He is saying there should be a ruling against thugs busting down your door.

    It's called Burglary...been on the books for years. :tooth:
    “There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.” – Will Rogers
  • DoctorWhoDoctorWho Senior Member Posts: 9,496 Senior Member
    It's called being intentionally obtuse, as a former LEO I can testify that it is a self preservation technique we LEO's used when confronted by cold hard facts and irrefutable evidence, it started with Alfonse Bertillion.

    No knock warrants are a really poor idea at best.
    "There is some evil in all of us, Doctor, even you, the Valeyard is an amalgamation of the darker sides of your nature, somewhere between your twelfth and final incarnation, and I may say, you do not improve with age. Founding member of the G&A forum since 1996
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