Violent Home Invasion In East Nashville...Lessons Learned from Local Home Security Expert

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On June 11th, an intruder forcibly entered a home in one of Nashville’s prominent East Nashville neighborhoods and shot the resident. Armor Concepts’ CEO and Security Expert Alan Young offers common sense tips on how to economically prevent home invasions.

Nashville has become the “it” city and some neighborhoods have developed a reputation for being particularly cool. In the eyes of many, East Nashville is one of those undeniably cool areas. Once a less desirable part of town, it is now bustling with coffee shops, trendy restaurants, and hipsters living in newly renovated, million dollar homes. However, as one East Nashville resident recently found out, a great neighborhood does not eliminate the risk of crime and home invasions. On Saturday, June 11th, just past 10PM, a resident in East Nashville was shot in his bed while he was sleeping. According to Nashville News Channel 2, the shooter allegedly broke into the house by kicking in a locked back door and then fired upon the sleeping homeowner. It is reported that the victim was rushed to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and that police do not have any information on the suspect.

“Many people think that living in a nice neighborhood means that they don’t need to protect themselves,” said security consultant Alan Young. “Todays ‘trendy’ neighborhoods were yesterday's bad neighborhoods and crime has really increased everywhere.”

So does this mean that Nashville’s current and future residents should be concerned about the safety of this rapidly growing city? According to The Tennessean, approximately 85 people move into the Nashville area every day. Will incidents like this deter new residents from moving into areas like East Nashville when moving into town?

“This isn’t an issue with East Nashville being dangerous.” Said Young, “in the past several years there have been home invasions in suburban areas such as Brentwood and Belle Meade. This also isn’t about Nashville being a dangerous city. Nashville is a very safe city, relative to other cities its size. This is about residents needing to understand the importance of securing their homes and protecting their families, regardless of where they live.”

Mr. Young recommends that homeowners take a few simple steps to secure their homes. First, make sure that windows and doors are visible to neighbors and are not covered by large shrubs or trees. An increased cover gives thieves more time to work. Second, make sure that the perimeter of your home is well lit. Thieves are less likely to attack a well-lit home. Next, Place an alarm sign in your yard, whether you own an alarm or not. Studies have shown that thieves are less likely to break into homes with alarms. Finally, while the steps above may help deter a thief, Mr. Young recommends that all homeowners install grade 1 deadbolts on their doors and reinforce their doors with a product like Door Armor, a do-it-yourself product that is guaranteed to stop kick-ins and costs about $70.00. Door Armor can be purchased at most Lowe’s stores or online at armorconcepts.com.

Mr. Young concluded, “Living in a great area means that you have something worth taking. It also means that you have something worth protecting. It takes about 10 seconds for an intruder to kick in a door and be inside of your home. Contrary to what people think, security does not need to cost a lot. With some common sense and a few economical steps, many home invasions can be prevented."

Alan Young is CEO of Armor Concepts LLC, a Nashville based company that specializes in the development and implementation of physical security solutions. Since 2004 Armor Concepts has secured more than 225,000 doors with its proprietary Door Armor, FIX-A-JAMB and Armor Latch products and has been featured on The CBS Early Show, Fox News, Bloomberg and the TODAY show among others. For more information on Armor Concepts, visit armorconcepts.com.

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