Homeowner Catches Burglar

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  1. TxEMTP69

    TxEMTP69 TGT Addict TGT Supporter

    Feb 17, 2009

    CORPUS CHRISTI - A Corpus Christi man who took his kids to school Thursday morning returned home to find a burglary in progress.
    The man said he swung back by his house to pick something up. When he walked into his bedroom, he found it had been ransacked and he also found a burglar hiding in the bathroom.
    The family that lives there was surprised to find their house become a target because they felt they were safe with the tall fence they have around the house and guard dogs, but that clearly wasn't enough.
    Lissette Amador wasn't at home at the time, it was her husband who found one of the teen suspects around 9 a.m. Thursday morning.
    "He said that when he was coming in he had seen our room, that things were tossed around, so when he went into the restroom, he saw a guy was standing in there hiding," Amador said.
    Amador's husband ordered the juvenile to stay put while he called police. When officers arrived they began looking to see what things the suspect could have tried to steal, but instead, found another suspect instead.
    "Officers checked the house and found a second subject hiding in the bedroom, so we have two arrests and both of them are juveniles," CCPD Lt. G. Ermis said.
    Both juveniles were taken into custody. Nothing was stolen and only two empty duffle bags were found that belonged to the suspects.
    Amador's husband told his wife he probably walked in on the would-be burglars just as they were about to load up their bags.
    "We're at work and we expect to find our house the way it is when we come back. It concerns me, I don't know if it's something that will stop now that they got caught," Amador said.
    Amador said they're now thinking about getting an alarm system.
    In addition, the family had a 25-year-old nephew that was staying with them. He had worked a late shift, so he was asleep when the two juveniles broke in. Apparently, he slept through the whole thing.

  2. ZX9RCAM

    ZX9RCAM Over the Rainbow bridge... TGT Supporter

    May 14, 2008
    The Woodlands, Tx.
    Always made me worry about having guns that could be used against me in the house & accessable, although not in plain site if I came home to find somebody in my house.....of course they would have to do something with the 135# GSD first.
  3. txinvestigator

    txinvestigator TGT Addict

    May 28, 2008
    Ft Worth, TX
    So much for the theory that "I would wake up if anyone tried to break in" and "I have mean/tough/big/noisy etc. dogs and no one will break in"

    No house is safe. You can only make it more difficult for the burglar. We have layers at my house. I have a 95 pound GSD that has chased land surveyors from the yard, and gets his hackles up whenever someone approaches.

    We have a FULL PEREMITER alarm system that covers all windows and doors and is backed up by interior protection. We also have dead bolts and USE them. We don't let shrubs obscure windows.

    When I was a cop I made lots of burglaries where the dog was in the house. Dogs the owners thought would somehow prevent a burglary. I made plenty where the neighbor would come by while I was making a report and told me that he saw a "strange person/vehicle, etc" and now he realizes he should have called 911. (so much for your neighbors keeping you safe).

    In a decade I made 1 burglary call where the alarm was on and functioning. The burglar only took the microwave that was on a cart right next to the back door that was kicked open.

    I made lots of alarm calls that were good alarm calls, but no further entry took place. (that said, there have been times in Dallas when a fully functioning alarm was set off, but the burglar entered anyway and cleaned them out)

    From the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association;

    Burglary Facts and Statistics…

    • Property crime makes up slightly more than three-quarters of all crime in the United States
    • In 2008, there were an estimated 2,222,196 burglaries—an increase of 2.0 percent when compared with 2007 data.
    • There was an increase of 3.6 percent in the number of burglaries in 2008 when compared with the 2004 estimate and an increase of 5.8 percent when compared with the 1999 estimate.
    • Burglary accounted for 22.7 percent of the estimated number of property crimes committed in 2008.
    • Of all burglaries, 61.2 percent involved forcible entry, 32.3 percent were unlawful entries (without force), and the remainder (6.4 percent) were forcible entry attempts.
    • Victims of burglary offenses suffered an estimated $4.6 billion in lost property in 2008; overall, the average dollar loss per burglary offense was $2,079.
    • Burglaries of residential properties accounted for 70.3 percent of all burglary offenses.

    One survey in Pennsylvania showed that 81 percent of residential intrusions occur through the first floor.
    34 percent of burglars entered through the front door;
    23 percent through a first-floor window;
    22 percent through the back door;
    9 percent through the garage;
    4 percent entered through a basement;
    4 percent through an unlocked entrance;
    2 percent through a storage area;
    and only 2 percent entered anywhere on the second floor.
    A study in Connecticut showed that 12 percent of burglaries occurred through an UNLOCKED door and that in 41 percent of alarmed homes that were burglarized, the security system was not turned on.

    Homes without security systems are about 3 times more likely to be broken into than homes with security systems. (Actual statistic ranges from 2.2 times to 3.1 times, depending on the value of the home.)
    Businesses without alarm systems are 4.5 times more likely to be burglarized than commercial locations with electronic security in place. Losses due to burglary average $400 less in residences with security systems than for a residence without security systems.
    Source: An Academic Study of Home and Business Security, Temple University Department of Economics Simon Hakim and Andrew Buck, 1992
    Police Believe Security Systems Reduce Burglaries...

    In 1994, the International Association of Chiefs of Police passed a Board Resolution stating that professionally installed and monitored alarm systems are useful instruments to deter crime and provide peace of mind for residential and business owners. More recently, in a survey of 1,000 police and fire chiefs, 85 percent of the police officials said security systems decrease the likelihood a home will be burglarized. Almost 90 percent felt security systems increase their chances of apprehending burglars, and 85 percent said they encourage the installation of electronic security systems in residences and businesses in their communities.

    Source: Private Security Report from the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration

    A new study conducted by Security Sales & Integration and sister publication Police has found that 96 percent of the law enforcement community believes the alarm industry is of value to both police and civilians. Other key results of the study include: More than half of the respondents report cooperative relationships with alarm companies; Nearly nine in 10 law officers who have their own security alarm systems use them regularly; 84 percent of police say alarm systems are an effective means to protect people and property; and 56 percent of all agencies have no plans to implement any policy changes related to false alarms
    94 percent of alarm owners are satisfied with their alarm systems. Nearly 90 percent of U.S. households rate home security alarms as moderately or very effective, according to a Consumer Home Security Study conducted in part by the National Family Opinion Research Institute.
    Source: Security Industry Association Research Update Vol.3, 2001
    Facts about Burglar Bars…

    California has passed laws requiring that security bars used on escape windows be releasable and that all security bars be labeled with safety information. Mississippi and Texas have laws with varying requirements. Underwriters Laboratories has set standards for window-bar releasing systems.
  4. TxEMTP69

    TxEMTP69 TGT Addict TGT Supporter

    Feb 17, 2009
    good info, thanks TI
  5. Hawghauler

    Hawghauler Active Member

    Oct 5, 2009
    We have an alarm, dogs, and when home firepower. All that is surmountable by someone with a grudge but the average "for profit" thief would find it bothersome.
  6. TrailDust

    TrailDust TGT Addict

    Oct 29, 2009
    What are the Castle Doctrine laws like in Texas?
  7. Texas42

    Texas42 TGT Addict

    Nov 21, 2008
    TXI, are you selling alarm system?

    I'm just joshing you. : )
  8. txinvestigator

    txinvestigator TGT Addict

    May 28, 2008
    Ft Worth, TX
    Google Texas penal code section 9.32.
  9. Eli

    Eli Well-Known

    Dec 28, 2008
    Ghettohood - SW Houston
    Is 'burglary of a habitation' still a 1st degree felony? When I went to cop school many years ago a first offense was 2-99 years or life here in Texas!

  10. txinvestigator

    txinvestigator TGT Addict

    May 28, 2008
    Ft Worth, TX
    yes, 5-99 years


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