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  • jackleg Jan 3, 4:22 p.m.

    Just a thought to the people whining about other people leaving cash in their home... Ya know, lots of people have jars or top drawers full of quarters or other spare change. It's probably not sequentially numbered in 20's like you seem to think.

  • smcallah Jan 2, 6:05 p.m.

    "Really? and if the result of your childish "defense" is your or your families life or the theft of gun that goes on to kill others just to protect some "stuff" you have insured anyway....is that responsible?"

    A gun is not used to protect "stuff" that is insured. That is illegal in North Carolina. It is used to protect you from severe injury, murder, or rape, or the same done to someone in your house.

    What is childish about the ability to protect your family from something that the police have no time to protect you from? The police don't sit on your street waiting for your call at 2am.

    Ask the family of the 14 year old in Henderson that had to use his dad's shotgun to kill one of the 4 intruders that broke into their house midday when only his sister and he were at home.

    What do you think the outcome would be without the gun?

    Responsible gun owners are not the problem. I won't suggest they are the solution either.

  • smcallah Jan 2, 6:00 p.m.

    "Tell them that I have already called 911 and that they have about 2 minutes before the Cops arrive......and that they are welcome to anything they can grab in that time as my insurance will cover it all at replacement cost. If they already have the drop on me so I can't call I wouldn't be able to use a gun either..... As you said the odds are low to start with and when you add the odds that having gun would really save me any injury or worse it becomes vanishingly small odds. Certainly not worth the 8000 dead Americans every year or those 20 kids......."

    Yeah, the cops aren't arriving in 2 minutes and they know that as well. The cops will be arriving in 20 minutes and taking a report.

    If they had the drop on you, how'd you call 911? You can pick up a gun as quick as you can pick up the phone. Also, presumably, this would happen at night, your house would likely be dark. You know the inside of your house, they don't.

  • smcallah Jan 2, 5:57 p.m.

    "Smcallah wrote..."

    henzoo,

    I didn't write what you quoted me as writing. You might want to check who you attribute things to. That's 2 people in a row that don't even know what I said.

  • smcallah Jan 2, 5:56 p.m.

    "smcallah This is for you. Had you rather have a gun and not need it or need it and not have one. Think about it."

    mautry,

    What are you talking about? I didn't say anything against guns. I have guns and have not needed them for home defense and hopefully never will.

  • superman Jan 2, 4:58 p.m.

    I am always amazed the number of people who keep cash at home. They have so much cash they dont take it with them? Seems it would be a lot safer and more convenient to use a credit card. I use my credit card for almost everything. Pay it off each month and get CASH back a couple times a year. I always have cash in my wallet but prefer to use my cash back credit card.

  • junkmail5 Jan 2, 4:07 p.m.

    Remember...when seconds count, the police are only minutes away!

  • farm Jan 2, 4:00 p.m.

    Hey Grand Union.... 2 minutes for the police to arrive? Where do you live?

  • Grand Union Jan 2, 3:50 p.m.

    "Just because you don't choose to defend your home doesn't mean the people that do are irresponsible in doing it."

    Really? and if the result of your childish "defense" is your or your families life or the theft of gun that goes on to kill others just to protect some "stuff" you have insured anyway....is that responsible?

  • Grand Union Jan 2, 3:47 p.m.

    " Had you rather have a gun and not need it or need it and not have one. Think about it."

    Had you rather had a Stinger missile and not need it and not have one and need it?

    And would your Family rather you not have a gun when you got depressed or mentally ill and killed them all? The odds of that are far higher than your supposed "need".

  • Dan Cooper Jan 2, 3:40 p.m.

    Watching the video is like watching socialism in action and it's why liberals aren't upset by this crime, because it's everything they stand for wrapped up in a 5 minute video, the only thing missing from the video is a Pelosi play by play.

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Jan 2, 3:36 p.m.

    Bull. I have been broken into twice and not that all a big deal. A hassle, sure and a mess, sure. Not soemthing desirable but if no one was home (my situation) not that big a deal. You put on your big boy pants and get over it. You control your life and your fears, not some clown who breaks in.

  • Grand Union Jan 2, 3:27 p.m.

    "If you were home invaded, what would be your entire plan to protect your family? I know the chances of being home invaded are low, but for the sake of argument, what is your plan?"

    Tell them that I have already called 911 and that they have about 2 minutes before the Cops arrive......and that they are welcome to anything they can grab in that time as my insurance will cover it all at replacement cost. If they already have the drop on me so I can't call I wouldn't be able to use a gun either.....
    As you said the odds are low to start with and when you add the odds that having gun would really save me any injury or worse it becomes vanishingly small odds. Certainly not worth the 8000 dead Americans every year or those 20 kids.......

  • Grand Union Jan 2, 3:08 p.m.

    "No wonder a castle gets raided every 30 seconds in NC...No punishment = No deterrent."

    Same argument could be applied to your silly guns.....they don't seem to be much of a deterrent either, do they? Burglary rate in the US is about the same as in the UK. All they seem to do is give something else to steal and put guns into the hands of criminals.
    What you fail to grasp is that most criminals don't think at all, let alone think about possible consequences anymore than a teenager thinks about the likely consequences when they jump on skateboard......or don't put on a seat belt.

  • henzoo Jan 2, 3:06 p.m.

    Smcallah wrote, "Where is the NAACP? If this were 2 white suspects, people would be on here screaming that it was a racist act...well I think it is. Who is going to "fight" for this white couple? Got to love the "I want what I want now" mentality. Get a job you bums." How about you fight for them? What's your plan?

  • mautry Jan 2, 1:53 p.m.

    smcallah
    This is for you. Had you rather have a gun and not need it or need it and not have one. Think about it.

  • Gatsby Jan 2, 1:29 p.m.

    Its a good think NC law will take these criminals off the street and maybe remove a few fingers as punishment...what? They will be out back on the streets within 3 hrs after getting a hot lunch?

    No wonder a castle gets raided every 30 seconds in NC...No punishment = No deterrent.

    Thanks ACLU...Thanks for NADA

  • smcallah Jan 2, 1:25 p.m.

    "And the NRA want to lock up the insane? Its the gun owners that are the nuts! What kind of fool wants to start a gunfight in a house where his kids are on the other side of 1/2" of drywall?"

    Not kind of fool wants to do that. And probably is not an NRA member or a responsible gun owner.

    There are types of home defense ammo you would buy that would not penetrate drywall. You would use this to protect other family members, and if you live in an apartment, protect people in other apartments. An NRA member or someone that trained for home defense would know this.

    Just because you don't choose to defend your home doesn't mean the people that do are irresponsible in doing it.

    If you were home invaded, what would be your entire plan to protect your family? I know the chances of being home invaded are low, but for the sake of argument, what is your plan?

  • johnny2times Jan 2, 1:22 p.m.

    Where is the NAACP? If this were 2 white suspects, people would be on here screaming that it was a racist act...well I think it is. Who is going to "fight" for this white couple? Got to love the "I want what I want now" mentality. Get a job you bums.

  • smcallah Jan 2, 1:19 p.m.

    "I can't help but wondering how good his system is if it didn't include sensors that sound an alarm and signaled the alarm company?????"

    Did you not read the article or what? It clearly says that he put in the cameras to watch is dog, not monitor for burglars.

  • smcallah Jan 2, 1:17 p.m.

    "you're living in a fiary tale worl if you don't think the homeowner wouldn't be arrested."

    Not that I would personally do it, but under NC law, if someone is at your door trying to break in, while the door is still secure, you can shoot them through the door. And if they come in the house, you can shoot them as well, which is something I would do if I had a reason to feel threatened and they continued to come towards me in my own house.

  • jdalenc28 Jan 2, 1:02 p.m.

    Bummer for such great photographer - enjoy his shots of Raleigh and beyond at raleighskyline.com

  • pappybigtuna1 Jan 2, 12:56 p.m.

    put up signs? you expect criminals to read signs? thus the title "criminal"

    We can't get legal drivers to read signs or obey them.

    What these people lost in this crime, they will never get back, this crime will be with them the rest of their lives, their trust level has changed. Anyone they don't know will be looked at as a perp. This is much bigger than most of you can undrstand

  • Grand Union Jan 2, 12:56 p.m.

    "Bleach also was poured over a box that records the video from the cameras"

    Why not just take the box? Ideally nowadays you could simply have the video uploaded to the Cloud....that way they cannot destroy the evidence no matter what they do.

  • Grand Union Jan 2, 12:49 p.m.

    They walked around the house for 15 minutes? I mean cameras are geat, but if you're that concerned about safety, wouldn't adding a burglar alarm system been almost a no-brainer?"

    Camera are for catching crooks not safety.

  • Tax Man Jan 2, 12:47 p.m.

    NC has a great Castle Doctrine law. If you come into the property you can be killed and the person living there has no duty to retreat or give any warning! If you want to protect yourself you need to get your permit to carry and arm yourself. Practice regularly and make sure your guns are safe!

  • saturn5 Jan 2, 12:45 p.m.

    I have a similar system in my home, only it uploads still images to a web server so even if they destroy/steal the equipment, I still have access to the images. It's not a substitute for an alarm system, though.

  • Tax Man Jan 2, 12:41 p.m.

    WE can watch the trial on video as well. Hope they catch them and lock them up for a very long time. My system is a big German Shepherd Dog and a .45 M1911 - no videos needed and no surviving criminals.

  • Malaki Jan 2, 12:37 p.m.

    I think the heading is misleading. It's not a security system, it was just cameras to keep an eye on their dog. Cameras are great as part of a system, if your system includes monitors and an alarm. The fact they walked around for about 15 minutes is indeed scary.

  • TeresaBee Jan 2, 12:03 p.m.

    Here is the full video on Youtube.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v06-7E35FEA

  • Walkin Man Jan 2, 12:02 p.m.

    They walked around the house for 15 minutes? I mean cameras are geat, but if you're that concerned about safety, wouldn't adding a burglar alarm system been almost a no-brainer?

  • mlodata Jan 2, 12:02 p.m.

    Good way to get shot!

  • Alert5 Jan 2, 11:59 a.m.

    I can't help but wondering how good his system is if it didn't include sensors that sound an alarm and signaled the alarm company?????

  • paulawindley Jan 2, 11:41 a.m.

    What happened with the alarm, or there was not an alarm?

  • North Carolina Cutie Jan 2, 11:28 a.m.

    I know how they feel my home was broken into I wasn't home. I was told if they try too come in my home while I was home just don't leave them talking. Believe me I will give them what for.

  • smithslva Jan 2, 10:52 a.m.

    PowderedToastMan - The homeowner would not be arrested for shooting the intruders. NC revised the Castle Doctrine in December of 2011. We no longer have a duty to retreat and can legally assume that anyone forcing their way into our homes are there to do us harm.

  • busyb97 Jan 2, 10:34 a.m.

    "you're living in a fiary tale worl if you don't think the homeowner wouldn't be arrested. "

    How would you figure that?! He might be taken in at first, but if someone invaded your home- even ATTEMPTED to, you legally can shoot to kill. Granted, no one should WANT to do this, but in a situation where you are fearing for your life and your family, you are legally allowed to defend with deadly force.

    If you have a security system, and then put up stickers just saying you have video surveillance, that might deter. Even if you don't have the video cameras.... I bet this guy gets a monitored security system now though!

  • rargos Jan 2, 10:25 a.m.

    "Yeah, I'd rather be home in the middle of my shooting fantasies when someone breaks in so my children can witness me killing an intruder, rather than not be home and call the insurance company and email a video of the crooks to the police." - tgiv

    You've obviously never had your home broken into. The trauma of having people tear your home apart and the loss of the feeling of safety in your own house is especially traumatic to young children.

    Most people would rather throw away their possessions than have them taken by force.

    Please don't talk about something you apparently know NOTHING about.

  • tgiv Jan 2, 10:17 a.m.

    Yeah, I'd rather be home in the middle of my shooting fantasies when someone breaks in so my children can witness me killing an intruder, rather than not be home and call the insurance company and email a video of the crooks to the police.

    I'm all for protecting my family by any means necessary, but I would never prefer to kill someone than not be home during a break in.

  • superman Jan 2, 10:16 a.m.

    You should secure the windows with two long nails. Drill a hole on both sides of the window and insert the nails. You can pull the nails out in an emergency or if you want to open the window. A typical window lock can be opened with a putty knife. Remove the short screws that hold the door lock and the jam plate. Use about a 2 or 3 inch screws. Makes it much more difficult to kick in the door when you use longer and thicker screws. Might want to consider using a little more caution and hide the camera. Dead bolt locks are also a "must" They have to break two locks to kick in the door. If you dont secure the windows and the doors better-- you may as well leave them unlocked. With the short screws holding the door you can lean on it and it will open.

  • Das G Jan 2, 10:12 a.m.

    Thanks kikinc for doing what wral apparently can't.

  • PowderedToastMan Jan 2, 10:11 a.m.

    JohnnyVoodoo.. you're living in a fiary tale worl if you don't think the homeowner wouldn't be arrested.

  • Rebelyell55 Jan 2, 9:51 a.m.

    nice video cam system & should be no problem id'n these guys!

    mernst
    January 2, 2013 9:24 a.m.
    .....................Thinking the same thing, their picture are most likely already on file at the LEO.

  • kikinc Jan 2, 9:48 a.m.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v06-7E35FEA&feature=youtu.be

    Here is the link to the Youtube footage.

  • Raleighliving Jan 2, 9:41 a.m.

    The furniture appears blue because the camera is infrared.

  • just my2cents Jan 2, 9:31 a.m.

    piene2, just FYI, the furniture is not blue.

  • PowderedToastMan Jan 2, 9:26 a.m.

    This is a lot of attention for a burglary.

  • darylfoot2 Jan 2, 9:25 a.m.

    I doubt any "tape" was involved...

  • mernst Jan 2, 9:24 a.m.

    nice video cam system & should be no problem id'n these guys!

  • maybelle Jan 2, 9:17 a.m.

    Why is the video not at the top of this article so it can be enlarged and seen, just in case they can be ided?

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