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Emily wanted me to talk about a safety issue that many people have expressed their recent concerns – home security and what to do to keep your family and home safe from burglaries or home invasions.

There are two important aspects to remember for home security against potential break-ins: secure you home with proper hardware and electronics, and make sure that your entire family ALWAYS uses them correctly.  Follow these simple guidelines with no exceptions.

Remember, if you come home and your house has been broken into, DO NOT GO INSIDE.  Call the police immediately and wait for them to arrive, away from the residence or at a neighbor’s house. 

There are 4 basic types of burglars and home invaders:

1.                  Professionals – these are the most sophisticated type of burglars or “cat burglars” and they generally are interested in businesses or extremely wealthy homes.

2.                  Opportunists – these are generally juvenile delinquents and pose a medium amount of danger.

3.                  Thrill-Seekers – these are also generally juvenile delinquents and pose a medium amount of danger. A higher danger potential are gang members, voyeurs, rapists, and murderers.

4.                  Drug Addicts – these are unskilled, unpredictable, individuals usually high on drugs.  Basically, these types of individuals commit up to 90 percent of all burglaries and home invasions.  Since they are desperate, irrational and prone to violence, they are very dangerous.

What simple precautions can you do to protect you and your family from being a victim of burglary or home invasions?

1.                  Install door reinforcements.

2.                  Install window reinforcements.

3.                  Install garage and yard reinforcements.

4.                  Install simple home electronics.

5.                  Install an alarm system.

6.                  Good neighbors:  know your neighbors and watch out for one another.

7.                  Join or start a Neighborhood Watch Group.

These are simple preventative measures to keep in mind when you’re home:

1.                  Keep your windows and doors locked.  About half of all home invasions happen because of unlocked doors or windows.  If you’re outdoors gardening or at a neighbor’s house, remember to lock your door and carry a key with you.  Be careful where you hide a house key and don’t make it obvious.

2.                  Never blindly open the door when someone knocks or rings the doorbell.  This can be a burglar practice called a “push in”.

3.                  Avoid a “scam in” and never open the door to a stranger no matter what they say.  These types of scam artists are master manipulators.

Pay attention to what goes on in your neighborhood.  If you see anything that looks suspicious or looks out of place, report it to the local police immediately.

Be sure to talk to your children about home safety strategies and implement them into your daily routine.

For more information on how to keep your home and family safe from break-ins or home invasions, contact your local law enforcement agency or security specialist.  

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In my crime fiction novel Compulsion, Emily takes her job seriously as she hunts down child abductors and serial killers, even though it’s all done anonymously and behind the scenes.  One thing that she strongly advocates is public safety, and she will do whatever it takes to make sure that we are all safe. 

One place that everyone should feel safe is at home.

Sometimes, we forget that when we’re in the safety of our home to keep vigilant and alert, especially when we are coming or going.

1.                  Always have your key ready before you get to your front door and pay attention to what’s around you.

2.                  Keep ALL windows and doors locked at all times when you’re away from your residence no matter what the temperature is outside.

3.                  Keep your front entrance area well lit, replace light bulbs regularly, and make sure that fixtures are in good working order.  If possible, have motion lights installed in addition to the regular outside lights.

4.                  If you arrive home and find your front door open: DO NOT GO INSIDE, call the police immediately from your cell phone, neighbor’s house, or pay phone. 

5.                  If you live in an apartment, list only your last name and first initial (especially ladies) on your mailbox.

6.                  Don’t buzz someone in to your building or apartment complex unless you know them.

7.                  The same goes for holding the door open for someone you don’t know that has been waiting.  Don’t let anyone into your building or apartment complex that you don’t know.

8.                  If a stranger needs to use your phone in an emergency, keep them out, and offer to make the call for them. 

9.                  If you ever have ANY doubt or feel threatened in any way, call the police.  Report anything that seems suspicious to the police immediately. 

These are just a few important safety precautions to remember when you’re at home, especially when you’re alone.  Everyone should always feel safe and secure inside their own home. 


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It’s important to keep daily life in perspective and to be vigilant and alert to all of your surroundings.  It is not only for your own personal safety, but also for your family, neighborhood, and community.  Common sense goes a long way to being safe and secure.   This blog is dedicated to posting safety tips and useful websites. 

In profiling, a victimology report is used as an important investigative tool to help find out the perpetrator responsible for the crime.  It’s a thorough study of all available information in regard to a specific victim and it can help to answer the who, what, how, and why they were targeted as a victim of a crime.

Categorizing victim risk to crime is divided into three basic groups: low, medium, and high risk levels.  This refers to an individual with little or no risk in their social and work lives to being exposed to the high risk of danger or suffering harm or loss due to their lifestyle.  

Early in my profiling studies, students were asked to assess themselves and someone close to them to find out who would be more at risk in becoming a crime victim.  There were some assumptions made in class before we really took an analytical look at ourselves, for example, like women were more at risk than men, and single rather than married individuals were more of a risk as well.  The assumptions aren’t necessarily true in all cases.   

These are 21 basic characteristics to take into consideration for possibly being a target of a crime.  This is actually the foundation for beginning a victimology assessment report in a crime scene investigation.  It’s interesting to take these basic aspects into consideration and to figure out if you are more at risk from becoming a potential crime victim than friends or family members.  And why?     

1.      Age

2.      Gender

3.      Race

4.      Physical Characteristics and Strength

5.      Single or Married

6.      Work History – Income Level – Type of Work Performed

7.      Education Level

8.      Personality Characteristics – Positive & Negative

9.      Energy Level

10.  Type of Home Location – Rural or City?

11.  Types of Close Relationships – How many?

12.  How do you spend your work time?

13.  How do you spend your home time?

14.  Medical History

15.  Fears

16.  Exercise Routines & Activities

17.  Shopping, Entertainment, and Miscellaneous Activities

18.  Alcohol Consumption

19.  Hobbies

20.  Friends, Neighbors, Co-Workers, and Family Members

21.  Criminal History

What are your potential risk factors? 

Please remember, be safe and always vigilant in your routine.  If you ever feel threatened in any way or witness a crime, please REPORT IT IMMEDIATELY to law enforcement.  

Jennifer Chase
Award Winning Author & Criminologist

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