Gee, even the rich and famous can be burglarized. Recently a man apparently broke into the West Los Angeles home of Sandra Bullock; he'd also been stalking her. He pleaded not guilty to the charges which include weapons possession-one of the weapons was a machine gun-all found in his home.
All in all, bail was set for $2 million, and it has yet to be determined if there's enough evidence for him to go to trial.
He got onto Bullock's property in the wee hours of the morning by climbing a fence. Bullock locked herself in a room once she became aware that someone was on the premises. A call to 9-1-1 was made from inside the house, and he was arrested at the scene.
Whether you're a wealthy movie star or an average Joe or Jane with an average income, there are security measures you should take. After all, you don't have to be famous to be the target of an intruder.
- A surveillance system should be set up inside your house, complete with an ear-piercing alarm.
- A home security system will also contact the police should you not be there or be rendered incapacitated by the intruder.
- A would-be intruder will think twice before trying to penetrate your home upon sighting the security company's decals and signs on your property.
- Have a surveillance system protect the entire perimeter of your property.
- Imagine you're away from home and your smartphone alerts you that there's an intruder on your property. This technology exists. Security cameras, upon detecting motion, can send an alert to your mobile device. The cameras can also set off a siren or lighting that would send an intruder running.
- Not only can your smartphone receive an alert, but there are apps that allow you to view your home through your mobile.
- If you have the money, or are resourceful, build a "panic room" aka "safe room". Google it.