If ever there were a heartless robber, it's the one (or two/three?) who stole a little dog named Pepper, a schnauzer-poodle mix, as part of their burglary in New Jersey.
Barbara August, the homeowner, said, "I'm devastated-I keep thinking I'm seeing her." She wonders why the burglars didn't just put Pepper in her crate and then do the ransacking. August also explained that the burglars got in through a back door that was not locked due to a defect.
But this story has a happy ending: A few days later August and her husband were reunited with their "schnoodle."
Here's how to prevent home thefts:
- Keep your home's exterior well-lit, and use timers on indoor lights so nobody thinks the house is vacant.
- Have an alarm system and one that sets off a sound (when you're home) and shrieking alarm (when you're not) whenever a door or window is opened.
- Lock your doors and windows! If something's broken, waste no time getting it fixed. Hollywood likes to perpetuate the idea that burglars typically use elaborate tricks to get into a home or simply whack a window with a sledgehammer to get in. But the reality is that many just traipse right through an unlocked door or crawl through an open or unlocked window.
- As for burglars who get past a locked door, a solid core door will be very difficult to bust through. Use heavy deadbolts-ones that go deep into the jamb that have 3-4 inch screws. A sliding glass door can be guarded with a wooden dowel that prevents it from being opened from outside.
- Wooden dowels should be installed on top of windows as well. Windows should have films over the glass that prevent breaking. Top everything off with a glass-break sensor anyways.
- Get an alarm system AND security cameras. Today's surveillance cameras are more affordable and easier to install than ever.
- Get to work now on your security system; don't wait till you're victimized.