Home Invasion Crimes

 Posted on  April 12, 2012  by Branch Manager

A New Haven Connecticut tragic home invasion attack left a father beaten and his entire family dead. He was the only surviving witness to the brutal rapes and murders of his wife and two daughters. Cases of this type to this goes to show that truly sick individuals are out there and they are capable of committing such heinous criminal acts.

We should not be paralyzed with fear, or be so terrorized though that we think about it every single moment. Sleeping with a shot gun and being paranoid is not the answer. Instead we simply need to remain aware and be as best prepared as possible in case of a home invasion. Basic precautionary steps are often the best solution for mitigating these types of crimes:

• Always lock all doors, windows and garages.
An oldie but a goodie and just because you live in a safe neighborhood doesn’t mean you should always make this a habit

• Invest in home lighting equipment which automatically turn on when you get close to your home Remember that lights are a bad guys enemy so the more lit up your home is the better. Just don’t go overboard to the point that your home can be spotted in space

• Install solid core doors, heavy duty locks and security systems Some people may have the cheap hollow doors, which can be kicked down pretty easily

• Always use peepholes before opening the door up for anyone Be especially mindful if you are used to getting a lot of guests

• Talk to your family about a plan of action and act out a possible scenario Just like you want to do with a fire meeting, talk about an escape route If escaping is too dangerous, have a designated safe room where you call for help and defend yourself if necessary

Hey Officer, can I get a bag of weed?

 Posted on  April 12, 2012  by Branch Manager

Apparently two Montana teenagers were in desperate need of more weed and texted their buddy up for some more. But the fates were pretty funny that day and somehow they ended up texting a local sheriff instead.

At first the sheriff thought it was a joke but ended up responding and passing the correspondence off to a narcotics officer. The teens eventually met up the narcotics officer and were obviously in serious trouble; so much so that they turned white and their knees started wobbling.

Although the teens were on record for purchasing weed, they’re not going to face any charges. That’s all up to the parents. Hopefully their parents have the good sense to scare the kids more than the officers did after that. I know if my parents ever caught me doing stuff like that I would get much more than a stern lecture. I probably would’ve tried to hide anything in the house they could have used as a weapon.

It seems like kids these days aren’t getting the proper discipline that they need and just get a simple slap on the wrist when they miss-dial their drug dealer and end up calling a local police officer. It would be nice if this kind of incident happened more often too but I guess it goes to show that kids do stupid stuff like this all the time but they’re still kids.

I suppose we’ve all been there and have done stupid stuff in the past but that’s life and we learn from our experiences and grow into fine upstanding citizens soon after, but it would be nice if it was like that for everybody. Living and learning through incidents like these are enough for most Americans to live a life without crime but not so much for some other kids living in poorer and crime ridden neighborhoods.

Life Imitates TV?

 Posted on  April 12, 2012  by Branch Manager

Dexter is one of my favorite shows on Showtime and has been popular for quite some time; which was why I was surprised to hear of a news report stating that a 17 year old in Cincinnati killed his 10 year old brother and was inspired by the show.

He told police that “I just feel like him” without any remorse or emotion. The ways that he killed his younger brother was too disturbing to elaborate on so if you want to know the details you can go here.

Although this murder took place December 2009, I still hear about every now and then on other news channels too. It also reminds me of the whole debate with the video game Grand Theft Auto and how some kids were inspired by the video game and went on a little crime spree of their own. It got so much attention that the video game was banned in Australia.

I guess incidents like these remind me of the old “chicken or the egg” debate. If kids like these are already predisposed to violent behavior, I don’t think it really matters what they watch or play. I don’t think you can blame TV and video games for behavior like this. Simply put, bad people will always do bad things no matter what they play or watch.

Caylee

 Posted on  April 11, 2012  by Branch Manager

If you’ve put up a Facebook status railing her for her actions, sent out a tweet calling her trial a sham or said anything derogatory about her to anyone, I suggest you do the same. Because while she has the potential to be a millionaire thanks to the unfortunate death of Caylee, it’s only potential at this point. Her fame and fortune really depends on our interest in her, her case, and everything she wants to do with her life now that it’s over. We literally have her future in the palm of our hands.

If Casey Anthony Writes A Book, Will You Read It?

 Posted on  April 11, 2012  by Branch Manager

The article below brings a good point many Americans will be asking themselves if and when Casey Anthony releases a book or movie.

Casey Anthony has been a free woman for about a week now. And while no one seems to have any idea where she actually is—last we heard, she was reportedly getting reconstructive surgery done to alter her look, with her lawyers footing the bill—one thing is clear: she has the chance to be everywhere over the course of the next year or so.

There’s been talk about a movie based on her legal proceedings, a reality TV show about her life after the trial, and a host of other things that would allow her to cash in on her notoriety now she’s out of the slammer. But the most likely scenario right now sees Anthony writing a book at sometime in the near future about her life, her daughter Caylee’s life, and life as she knows it now that she’s being viewed as the woman who literally got away with murder.

Business-wise, it makes plenty of sense for her to go down this route. Anthony has been a hot topic for the last few weeks and it seems everyone wants to know more about how she’s coped with aftermath of her murder trial. They want to know how she wakes up and looks at herself in the mirror every day because, whether she actually committed the heinous crime she was accused of committing or not, she still has to deal with the fact that her only daughter is dead. They also want to know more about her relationship with her parents and get her reaction to the not guilty verdict that came back in her favor earlier this month.

But, regardless of how controversial Anthony is or how much people seem to want to know more about her, there’s still a question that needs to be asked: Would you read a book by Casey Anthony, if she decided to write it? It’s a question a lot of other business-minded folks are asking themselves right now, as they try and decide whether Anthony really deserves a reality TV show, a slew of interviews and other opportunities in light of how the trial played out.

People are obviously interested in her. But, at the same time, are they willing to spend their hard-earned money to line the pockets of a woman who clearly played some role in the death of her daughter? Do they have the patience to sit through a book about a woman they clearly despise? And, can they try and take a look at things from Casey Anthony’s point of view—or have they already decided they don’t care what she has to say?

For my money, I’m buying a book about someone who’s actually making a difference in the world, not someone who lucked out at the hands of a jury and is now going to try and make a quick buck off her 15 minutes of fame. I’m also not watching any reality TV shows starring Anthony, checking out any interviews with her, or paying any attention to her from here on out.

If you’ve put up a Facebook status railing her for her actions, sent out a tweet calling her trial a sham or said anything derogatory about her to anyone, I suggest you do the same. Because while she has the potential to be a millionaire thanks to the unfortunate death of Caylee, it’s only potential at this point. Her fame and fortune really depends on our interest in her, her case, and everything she wants to do with her life now that it’s over. We literally have her future in the palm of our hands.

And we can all start by not reading the book that we know she’s got coming sometime soon. Because she may have chance to be everywhere over the course of the next year or so…but only if we let her. And that’s the last thing that we want to do right now, right?