Guru is shocked that some of the alarm door to door salespersons are as ruthless as they are when they lie their way into the doors of our naive and trusting people. We have had them tell our customers that we are out of business, they are our sister company, we sent them to upgrade their system….you would be as amazed as I am that the clean cut guy or gal standing at your door is telling lies to get into your home to sell you an alarm system. The biggest lie, of course, is that you are getting a free alarm system worth big bucks when you are getting a long term contract where you will pay even if it stops working! Come on, everyone, do you really believe that you will get it for free! But these other lies to get into your home are really the worst….why would you want someone who is deceiving you to get inside to have your social security number and bank account information which they will need to sign you up! What else do they have in mind for you? Guru is warning you……
In 2010 there were 3,901 car thefts on Oahu…sounds like a lot doesn’t it? I am sure some went to the chop shops for parts but some, more than a few, went on a crime spree. Stolen cars are the vehicles of choice for burglars. Think about it…you grab a car and if you are seen committing a crime while using it, if it is stolen they can’t trace it to you. You just dump it when your day of burglarizing homes is over. If you see a house being burglarized and you see the car the burglar is driving, you can take down the license plate number which will help the police. Even more effective is in addition to the license number, you give them a more detailed description so they can find it sooner. Does it have dents or scratches, are there decals or stickers on the car, is it a strange color or multicolored…whatever you see that will lead the police to that car before the thieves just dump it somewhere. Guru says, be aware! Give a care!
State of the art touch pad alarm system…$195 plus tax and $45/mo for remote access….interested? Call 741-8665. Guru
I attending a meeting recently that had a policeman speak about what makes a good witness to a crime. Yes, it is shocking to witness any crime and we often sort of lose our wits for a while but here are a few things to remember so you can REALLY help the police identify a criminal.
Hair Color; streaks, two tones, weird dye job, poneytail, mullet (yes, I still see one occasionally), etc. and, of course, no hair at all.
Physical disability (cane, limp, etc)
Unusual jewelry or clothing (they may not have time to get rid of it before the police find them), teeshirt logos and sayings.
Lets all step up our observation skills. We all have them and we all can use them and help prevent and solve crimes.
Guru (I’m watching you!)
Guru was invited to the Olomana Community Association meeting last night to discuss the large rash of burglaries the Windward side is having. September alone reported 35 burglaries in District 4. This is terrible. Enchanted Lakes alone accounted for 11, followed by Maunawili & Olomana for 6, Lanikai & Beach Park 4, Coconut Grove 4, Aikahi 7 and the Business District 3. What a disgrace of Aloha spirit. The police dept. was there to speak and it is obvious they are doing all they can and probably prevented many more burglaries with their alertness and presence. But, as you can see, it is simply not enough. Be on the lookout. Everyone is in danger of being broken in to. Dogs can be bribed. Louver windows are open invitations. Wake up and have an alarm system installed before you lose the things you enjoy and cherish. Systems are as low as $850. Be smart. Guru
2011 crime statistics are out for Oahu and although it looks a little better it is still shocking how many burglaries we have on this island! There were 5,760 reported burglaries on Oahu in 2010. This is 239 fewer than reported inn 2009. Good but good grief! Almost 6,000 burglaries in one year on our little, friendly island! Mind you, these are the reported burglaries. It is estimated that 40%…yes 40% of burglaries are never reported. So we are in better shape but certainly not great shape given the amount of money lost last year not to mention the loss of peace of mind for thousands of families. In total, burglaries, larceny (money theft), and car theft totaled 31,668 incidents…just for Oahu. Shocking and sad…protect yourself…get a car alarm, for heavens sake and more importantly….GET A BURGLAR ALARM SYSTEM NOW. Call Mary 734-4374 for free estimate….Guru
Guru just loves technology…the newer the better…particularly when it is designed to make security systems easier and easier for anyone to use. Honeywell’s new Lynx Touch is just that…an exciting way to have an inexpensive, state-of-the-art, alarm system with a wonderful color touchpad to use. It is menu driven and training sessions on it are so easy that the customer has already figured out how to use it before we even get there to train. Our bargain package is so affordable anyone can have a first rate alarm system installed in their home or business in a few hours. Call Guru’s office at 734-4374. Ask to speak to Mary, Guru’s assistant. She will give you all the details. Aloha…Guru
Even the Guru, who has seen and heard everything in regards to crime on Oahu, was surprised at this one. A customer in Portlock was approached by the police one day last week and told a gang, yes a gang, of burglars were in the neighborhood and to look for several cars, full of people, parking on her street. Sure enough, shortly after 5 cars parked (she is on a corner), one got out and strolled down the street in one direction, two headed in other directions. One looked up at her house on the little rise and asked his pal, “does it look like anyone is at home?”. The other guy answered yes, he thought someone was home. So of course, they headed in the other direction. According to police, this gang literally “gangs up” on a street, with backpacks for the small stuff and hit as many houses they can find with no one at home. Then they leave as quickly as they came. The police figure there are about 100 members of this particular gang and they roam the island so they never stay in one area too long. If you see anything like Guru described above in your neighborhood, we advise you to immediately call the police to check it out rather than wait to see if your neighbors get ripped off. If you don’t have a good alarm system call us today and we will give you a free estimate. Aloha, Guru
The Hawaii Better Business Bureau has come out (on a tv newscast no less) to warn the public about the fraudulent and deceptive practices of door to door alarm sales companies. Anyone who appears at your door and tells you they are there to “upgrade” your existing system may not be from your company. Anyone claiming your company is no longer in business or has gone bankrupt may be lying. Anyone who will not give you a few days to think about their offer to you is not acting in good faith. Anyone without a legitimate business card with more than a cell number on may be a fraud. So if you are approached and any of these things are apparent about the person standing there, insist on checking them out thoroughly before you even let them in the door. You can always get an excellent alarm system for about the same amount of money from a legitimate local company who has been in business in Hawaii for many years and has a great rating at the Better Business Bureau. I am proud to say that Guru’s rating at the BBB is A+! Guru
Lanikai is one of the most beautiful areas on Oahu….unfortunately it is also one of the most burglarized. Be warned if you live in Lanikai that burglars wait to see who leaves their home via car or on foot and then hit! You must not leave your doors and windows wide open as we used to do. You really need an alarm system. Call Security One, Inc. at 521-0092 or 734-4374 and get a free estimate for an excellent alarm system. In the meantime, lock up even if you are just going to walk the dog…my friend Linda was gone for 10 minutes and found her purse and all her credit cards gone when she came home. Guru
I worry when someone wants to install bars on their windows instead of an alarm system. I worry because not only can they be removed given enough time and concentration from a burglar, but if there is a fire you are really, really risking dying of smoke inhalation because the fire department can’t get in. Smoke inhalation is the killer in a fire. You go unconscious much too fast to get out of the house and if there are bars on the windows the fire department can’t get in. Also the cost of bars is, in most cases, higher than a good burglar/fire alarm system. Go figure! Guru