Perimeter Security: If it ain’t locked…

Gary Jonathan McCormick has told police that he was sitting in his Antioch living room watching television this morning, with his wife asleep on the couch, just before a masked man entered whom he said he shot and killed in self-defense.

McCormick, 34, told Nashville police he opened fire on the man when the intruder directed his demands for money and other belongings toward McCormick’s wife.

McCormick told police that while his family was at rest, a gunman, masked in a bandana, entered through an unlocked screen door just before 9 a.m. McCormick said the gunman made demands toward him and that he complied, but the gunman continued to demand more.

via Police: Antioch homeowner kills masked, armed intruder.

Damned lucky.

My wife is a damned stickler about making sure everything is locked down and God Bless he for that.  It is “doctrine” to do a “perimeter” walk to check for unlocked doors and windows before going to bed, but I think in reality and due to the fact that some criminals do not care to wait for the house to be empty or you to be asleep,  one should do at least a quick check hourly on doors that are used more often and at least a full lock check every eight hours, probably should be six be better.

Remember, assumption is the mother of all f*** us.

3 Replies to “Perimeter Security: If it ain’t locked…”

  1. [quote]but I think in reality and due to the fact that some criminals do not care to wait for the house to be empty or you to be asleep, one should do at least a quick check hourly on doors that are used more often and at least a full lock check every eight hours, probably should be six be better.[/quote]

    There is paranoia and there is paranoia. If you feel the need for a roving patrol checking the status of your door locks you might want to consider cutting back on the caffiene or finding a better neighborhood to live in. If you can’t trust your wife (who seems paranoid as well) to lock the door after she comes in why do you wait for up to 60 minutes instead of getting up, walking over right then, and checking to see the door is in fact locked. Besides, if she did slip up you can address her forgetfullnes when it happened, not an hour later. (That’s the way you train puppies. Probably works with training wives, too. :>) )

    stay safe.

  2. For my particular personality, keypad locks are probably the best thing I’ve done for security. I don’t need to make sure I’ve got keys, I don’t need to decide if it’s worth digging for them, I just push the button and lock the door behind me, whether I’m going in or out.

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