The Lincoln-Highlands Association is a resident organization devoted to fighting crime in Oakland, California's Diamond District.
A hundred residents are needed for the program, which would require $30 a month to fund a security guard to patrol the area five days per week.
Other neighborhoods have had success with private patrols, and the push for the Association's private guard was spurred by an armed intruder who shot and wounded an elderly woman in her house.
However, not all residents are gung-ho on paying for the patrol. One resident says that keeping ahead of crime is the city's responsibility, and one security guard isn't omnipotent. On the other hand, how else can crime be deterred, wonder the supporters. The supporters say they've gotten a very warm response to the plan and will continue seeking out more supporters.
Home Alarm Systems: Can Do Everything but Handcuff the Intruder Security systems these days can do just about everything save for apprehending your home's brazen intruder. Modern-day systems come with all sorts of features that will either deter break-ins or make break-ins more difficult, plus also keep the homeowner aware of everything that's going on with their property: inside and out.
Features include wireless cameras that have full web access to them, remote controlled and timed lighting, iPhone and Android apps to control and monitor video surveillance from anywhere, remote controlled thermostats, among others. A web dashboard allows the user to control all aspects of each feature, which includes programming in a reaction to a specified incident.
Despite all these features, it's easy to program such alarm systems, which yield to the user significant awareness of their home's internal and external environment.
Guard or no guard, don't keep putting off getting a modern home security system. No intruder wants to wait for you.