Thieves broke into my friend's house and stole all his laptops - they were savvy enough to touch nothing else.
There was a home alarm installed, which of course achieved nothing. The thieves ignored it, took the laptops, and left.
However, they actually logged onto the newest machine, which had no passwords, and connected to the internet with it.
My friend is an IT professional. His machine is loaded with remote access software, configured to log in automatically. He now has their fucking address and "could've taken a picture of them" if he'd been home a few minutes earlier. Naturally he called the police immediately with their details.
We'll have to see how that goes, but hopefully the worthless cunts will be arrested.
Incidentally, I've said it once, I'll say it a thousand times: if you have a home alarm system, even if it's monitored, you might as well rip it out of the wall and chuck it in the river for all the good it will do. It takes ten seconds to break into a home, steal the most valuable objects, and leave before ANY response can be organized. Alarms don't work; I've said it, now I've got recent evidence of it.
Get a dog. Alsatians are perfect: just an ambulatory row of teeth and an arsehole. Shutters on your windows. Gun and an irremovable safe behind your bed just in case you're home when they come a-callin' - or at least a baseball bat. Alarms may've been effective with particularly stupid criminals 20 years ago, but now they're smart enough to know that they can leisurely wander through your house picking up the laptops, game consoles, antiques and DVD players and be safely home before an effective response can be mounted.
It's not the 80s anymore, and criminals aren't quite as stupid as you think. They don't view "security lights" as voodoo magic anymore, and even your dog isn't a perfect solution - I know a dog trainer who lost a new puppy because some filthbags tossed it a piece of meat laced with bleach. The trained guard dogs ignored it, but they couldn't stop the little one from taking a few bites.
I've heard these kinds of criminals talking shop before. Trust me, they know your alarm means nothing, they will guess your hiding places, and they know what to take.
They're stupid, but not that stupid. A pair of earplugs and a relative sense of alacrity could render your alarm meaningless.
I suppose alarms have some slight use, but just please don't make the mistake of thinking an alarm obviates other security measures. There are some excellent things out there for reasonable costs that will make thievery much harder or at least give you a better chance at catching the buggers. An alarm system is definitely not enough on its own.
6 years, 5 months ago
21 Apr 2012 13:32 CEST