Home Invasions Hit Record Levels: Expert Offers ‘Common Sense’ Tips to Keep Intruders Out

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Nashville, TN –-(Ammoland.com)- When the economy goes down, crime goes up! Burglaries and home invasions have hit record levels.

The most troubling fact to many is that these crimes are occurring far more frequently in rural and suburban areas.

Gun and home security system sales have also hit record levels as people look for ways to protect their homes and families.

With the holidays approaching, homeowners must take some basic steps to keep intruders out of their homes.

Alan Young has made keeping people safe his life’s work. He is a sought-after speaker and security expert whose advice and products have been featured in magazines, newspapers, on numerous radio shows, and on top TV shows such as The Today Show, Fox News, Bloomberg, The CBS Early Show, The Discovery Channel, “It Takes a Thief,” and HGTV. Alan has given numerous talks to police forces, police academies and homeowners associations on ways to improve the physical security of their homes and lessen the chance of becoming a victim.

Crime is no longer a “bad area” problem. In the past several years, the increased distribution of methamphetamine and other drugs has dramatically increased the amount of crime in rural areas. “Better” suburban areas have also seen a significant increase in crime during that same time frame.

“It’s pretty simple, thieves have finally figured out that people in better areas have more things that are worth stealing and ‘new age’ drugs have really changed rural America,” says Young.

Young is concerned that most people view security as how to reaction to an invasion, rather on how to prevent one. He reminds homeowners that a home alarm doesn’t work until after an intruder is inside and a gun is a last resort that can only be used if the gun owner is at home. He believes that several major misconceptions, such as “alarm systems keep you safe,” continue to put people at risk.

“Police response time to a home alarm system is often over 20 minutes and most thieves can be in and out of a home in less than 5. Someone can kick in your door and be in your house in 10 seconds; is that enough time to find your gun? Will your spouse or children know how to use your gun if you are away? The key is to take steps to keep them out in the first place,” says Young.

Young’s advice to homeowners is to be proactive:

“Don’t announce vacation plans on social media sites, install proper lighting inside and out, keep shrubs trimmed, and most important, secure the exterior doors,” says Young. Adding, “Securing your doors and windows is crucial to increasing the likelihood of success against a burglar. There are simply too many easy targets out there. Make sure that you are not one of them.”

About:
Alan Young graduated Vanderbilt University with a B.S. degree and a dual major in Organizational Development and Economics, and an MBA from Vanderbilt’s Owen School of Management. Following graduation, he had a brief professional football career and joined Banc of America Securities as an investment banker, where he executed mergers & acquisitions and capital raising transactions.

It was after Young began rehabbing properties that experienced repeated break-ins that he and his engineer brother formed Armor Concepts and started producing the highly successful EZ Armor, Door Jamb Armor and ArmorDoor products, which are sold through Lowe’s, Menards and other retailers.

“Armor Concepts was formed as a way to provide economical products that homeowners can use to secure their homes. Education is my passion so I have made it a personal mission to educate others on how to think about security,” says Young. Adding, “Crime always increases around the holidays, which are right around the corner, so people really need to think about enjoying their holidays and avoid becoming a statistic.”

EZ Armor was recently recommended in an online article about apartment security as “an affordable door security device that will strengthen your entryways and help prevent unwelcome intruders from forcing their way in.” For more information on Alan Young or his products, please visit www.armorconcepts.com.

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To Nick Seidl Regarding your comment, “You sound like an ex con who listened to too much nite time public radio.” Nope. I am not an ex-con and don’t listen to the radio. I get my information from books, the internet, friends, and my life experiences. My two favorite web sites are LewRockwell.com and fff.org because they defend and promote individual freedom and personal responsibility. You sound like a control freak who does not respect the right of peaceful human beings to live their own lives according to their own values. “You should do more research on WHY opiates, cocaine… Read more »

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Nick Seidl

To Rick Jefferson; You sound like an ex con who listened to too much nite time public radio. You are truly clueless. You should do more research on WHY opiates, cocaine and anphetimine type drugs were made illegal. It is the ADDICTION FACTOR! How they were made illegal is wrong. I will give you that. Many shady things happened. I will also say marijua should be legal as it is far less destructive than alcohol. Now to guns. Less restriction is the key here. Wisconsin, where I live passed castle doctrine laws. Best thing to happen. You can now protect… Read more »

Rick Jefferson
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Rick Jefferson

The history of human oppression and persecution is armed men violating the natural rights of defenseless men, women, and children. All this evil is made possible by “gun control”. For example, it was gun control that allowed the government in National Socialist Germany to arrest and kill millions of Jews and others. Gun control allowed the Armenian genocide by the Turkish government. All rapes and torture are made possible by gun control. The institution of slavery and the lynching of negroes was made possible by gun control. It was gun control that allowed the extermination of the Plains Indians as… Read more »

Rick Jefferson
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Rick Jefferson

Mr. Young I should have mentioned that I am familiar with your door-security product and would recommend it to anyone. I beefed-up my own doors and used expanded metal to protect my basement windows. As a public service, I have been warning the public about the continuing destruction of freedom that is taking place in our country such as the wars on drugs and the wars on guns which are, in fact, wars against the American people and their freedoms.(The USA is now the world’s leading police-prison state with the largest percentage of its population in prison. The enemies of… Read more »

Alan Young
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Mr. Jefferson, I understand your comments. However, the statement that you referenced was based on the fact that people using these drugs often commit property crimes in order to pay for their habits. This was not directed to the criminal element that goes along with the territorial struggles associated with their distribution or the impact that legalizing drugs would have on that associated crime. That is an entirely different conversation. I am 42-years old, so my best knowledge of Elliot Ness and Al Capone comes from the movie “The Untouchables”, which is actually a favorite of mine. My goal is… Read more »

Rick Jefferson
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Rick Jefferson

Alan Young has been mis-informed. Consider his statement, “the increased distribution of methamphetamine and other drugs has dramatically increased the amount of crime in rural areas.” The truth is that the so-called war-on-drugs, not drugs, is the biggest source of crime. It appears that Mr. Young has never heard of Al Capone and Elliot Ness. He does not know what happened when illegalizers succeeded in making alcohol illegal. So, I will help him. Alcohol Prohibition (the war that was waged against millions of alcohol consumers, producers, and dealers) produced a tidal wave of crime, violence, gangs, gang warfare, and the… Read more »

Rick Jefferson
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Rick Jefferson

Alan Young is wrong and clueless. Consider his statement, “the increased distribution of methamphetamine and other drugs has dramatically increased the amount of crime in rural areas.” The truth is that the so-called war-on-drugs, not drugs, is the biggest source of crime. It appears that Mr. Young has never heard of Al Capone and Elliot Ness. He does not know what happened when illegalizers succeeded in making alcohol illegal. So, I will help him. Alcohol Prohibition (the war that was waged against millions of alcohol consumers, producers, and dealers) produced a tidal wave of crime, violence, gangs, gang warfare, and… Read more »

Becker
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Becker

What’s the problem, shoot the SOB’s and that is the end of it. They can shoot your dog and pay no attention to an alarm system way out in the sticks. What they understand is getting blown away.

Raymond Miller
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Raymond Miller

I have carried wasp & hornet spray for years. I started way back when people were being targeted when they rented a car at the air port, I didn’t have CCW then but I would put a can of w & h spray in my checked baggage and as soon as I got to my rental car I would unpack it and put it on the seat next to me. I never had to use it but I’m sure I could have changed anyone’s plans in hurry if I needed to.

Rickvid in Seattle
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Rickvid in Seattle

Gene, while quite true, in this perverse world, the assailant can and will take you to court for assault with a deadly substance and being a terrorist. Use pepper spray.

Buck Crosby
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Buck Crosby

I have lights and cameras on the property , not the king that call the police or alert someone miles away , the kind that alerts everyone inside the home . I also have two yappy little dogs that piss me off because they wake me at every little sound , but it is worth it < i don't prefer comfort over security . OH ! YEAH ! I also have one more dog in the house , it isn't yappy but is somewhat bigger and EXTREMELY protective of his family , if all that fails I have a few… Read more »

Gene Clifford
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Gene Clifford

For those that are reluctant to own or use a firearm, Wasp and Hornet spray will knock down anybody it hits in the eyes, from 15 to 20 feet away with out needing a permit or background check. And you’ll not have to fill out any police reports.