True Crime Confessions: Former Burglars Share the Home Security Tactics That Scared Them Away

True Crime Confessions: Former Burglars Share the Home Security Tactics That Scared Them Away

If you want to know what really works to keep your home and family safe from break-ins, who better to ask than an expert at breaking into homes? That’s right, a burglar!

We’ve gone straight to the source to help you maximize your home security. Keep reading for six tips from former criminals on how they chose their targets and what you can do to scare them away.

Burglars Prefer Vacant Houses

The majority of burglars hit houses between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., when people are at school or work. Before they attempt to enter a house, they look for signs that someone is home. “I would check for cars in the street/drive/garage and watch for a short while for activity inside the house,” one former burglar confesses. “Also, I would watch for the flicker of a TV or computer screen, and as I got closer, I listen for noise from a radio or TV, or a person moving around.”

Here’s what you should do:

  • Consider leaving the TV or radio on while you’re away from home.
  • Timed lights and motion-activated lights (which you should install as part of your security system) can trick potential burglars into thinking someone is home.

Burglars Prefer Houses Without Alarms

If you don’t already have an alarm system or security devices, like cameras and motion detectors, your house may be an attractive target for potential burglars. A survey of 400+ burglars found that 83 percent said they would try to detect if an alarm was present before breaking into a house and 60 percent said they would find another target if there was an on-site alarm.

Here’s what you should do:

Intruders Want to Get in and Out, Fast

When it comes to breaking into a house, time is of the essence. A thief wants to get in, score the goods like cash, jewelry, electronics and easily-pawnable items and make a break for it. If a burglar can’t get into your house within one minute, he will often move on to the next target.

Here’s what you should do:

  • Slow the burglar down and encourage them to give up and find another house:
  • Get stronger locks like deadbolts and smart locks to add to the time it takes to enter your home.
  • Add security laminate to your windows, making it harder for thieves to gain access by breaking the window. The retired cat known by the moniker “taw4” says, “A crook’s worst enemy is time, and the laminate takes up too much of that.”
  • Keep track of your keys! About one in eight burglars reported picking locks or using a key they had previously acquired to gain entry. Get a really good key hider rather than giving your keys out to friends and neighbors.

Burglars Want the Easy Way In

Having strong locks is one thing, but they can only help so much if you forget to use them. You and your family must be diligent about locking the doors when you leave your house. Most burglars like to operate without forced entry. More than 60 percent of thieves come in through unlocked doors and windows.

Here’s what you should do:

  • Create a routine so you regularly lock your doors and windows.

A Big Dog May Not Deter A Burglar

Some burglars avoid dogs, but others don’t. Turns out, some burglars fear little, yappy dogs more than bigger dogs. According to one former burglar:

“Let me give you the low-down on dogs: they aren’t protection or security. A dog can usually be easily usually. Act friendly, give it a few rubs, and they’ll happily follow you around. If that doesn’t work, after my first run-in with an annoying dog (a small, yappy dog), I started carrying rawhide sticks with me. That stopped them very fast. Also, on the topic of dogs, if you want a security dog, get a small, loud dog that barks at almost everything. Big dogs may look scary, but considering most people don’t like the chance of their dog turning on them, the dogs are either very tame, or chained up. Small dogs, however, bark–a lot. Those were the only ones I was ever worried about. Even then, as I said, a stick or two of rawhide and they were down for the count.”

Here’s what you should do:

  • Install an alarm system (burglars can’t bribe alarm systems with treats!)

Thieves Look for Places to Hide

Contrary to what the movies suggest, many burglars break in during the middle of the day, when people are away at work. While you may want to decorate your lawn with flourishing foliage, when it comes to home safety, less is more. Criminals like targets where they have privacy; they’re more likely to choose a home with plants and shrubbery where they can hide from neighbors and onlookers:

“I tried to only hit houses with enclosed backyards. That beautiful wood fence you have up? Those lovely tall bushes? That ivy-covered fence? Congrats, you’ve just ensured that your neighbors will probably never see me.” -Former burglar

Here’s what you should do:

  • Make it easy for neighbors and passing cars to see anyone trying to break into your home. Add extra security to hidden doors and windows.
  • If a burglar thinks your house is secure (armed with strong locks and security devices), he will be less likely to try to break in.

Protect your home from the inside out and keep your loved ones and your valuables safe. If you have questions about home security or surveillance devices, contact us to speak with a home security expert!

Which Self-defense Tool Is Best For You?

Which Self-defense Tool Is Best For You?

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Taking in consideration your safety and our highest, most sought out self-defense weapons, we thought we would take it a step further and compare a few for you, the appreciated customer.  Out of our 25 top best sellers, we took to make an analysis of 5 of them.  The metrics in which we used to help us compare and contrast these 5 products is based upon 4 categories.  Categories we thought were highly important to your usage of these security based weapons.  The four categories we based this comparative analysis with are: Accessibility, Wearability, Fashionability, and Effectiveness.  Hope you enjoy the info graph above.  The article below from The Home Security Superstore is to help you understand and be able to read and appreciate this infographic to your shopping benefit.

First let us, define the categories:

Accessibility – how quickly anyone is able to reach, grab and use whatever defense weapon they have upon them.

Wearability – how convenient it is to hold the specific position of the defense weapon on you (your clothing, purse, bag, keychain, etc.).

Fashionable – how incognito is this defense weapon of chose.  Can it camouflage itself in a way that doesn’t seem threatening to the average person, or daunting to your outfit of chose.

Effectiveness – in comparison to the other defense weapons, how effective is this particular one you own.

Comparing these four groups, one is able to gauge, what security weapon is best suited to their needs or preference without sacrificing the power of its usage upon a said victimizer.

Ratings, are based on a simple low, medium to high range (when compared to their counter parts):


Now, for the 5 items we have compared and why they ranked as they did:

ZAP Blast Knuckles

Accessibility- Since the ZAP Blast Knuckles is one of the bulkier of the 5, it’s not easy to carryaround.  Nor, is it easy to put on for that matter, if one was in immediate danger.  For this matter it scored low, because it would probably take several steps and seconds or minutes to get on.

Wearability- On the opposite end of accessibility, the “wearability” of this item is actually very high.  It’s sits right in your hand upon your knuckles and this has one of the easiest uses.  It only requires that you swing. (this difficulty in range of motion may be subjective.)

Fashionable- As far as this category, the ZAP Blast Knuckles ranked low.  It’s not easy to make a popular fashion statement wearing a BIG brass Knuckle like object on your hand and walking around performing life duties as normal!

Effectiveness- Compared to the other products in this test comparison, the “Knuckles” ranged in medium effectiveness.  For the matter that it doesn’t have the highest potency in volts and requires a range of motion and activity, that requires one to connect with the victimizer.

*see graph to look at all ZAP Blast Knuckles ratings.

Expandable Solid Street Baton

Accessibility- It’s hard to store a baton on your person.  For this reason, out of all the popular itemsof choice, this in our studies ranks the lowest.

Wearability- There is no real way to wear a baton.  You kind of have to carry it with you and maybe in a bag or in your hand.

Fashionable- Again, when it comes to fashionability it is not normal for people to carry a baton in hand.  For this matter there is really no way to disguise this item into your everyday wear.

Effectiveness-  Out of all the items, this item ranked the least.  Many of the other items have built in voltage of power or spray that make them more effective.  This is a great weapon but requires physical movement and strength.

Jolt Cell Stun Gun

Accessibility- This item ranks high in every way.  It’s easy to have access to, especially in modern day
where a phone is used quite often and all the time.  With your phone being in your hand and this item being attached it, makes it verily accessible at all times.  Plus, the range of motion is common to the common persons activities.

Wearability- This item sits on your average phone as a phone cover, so this is very wearable.  It simply attaches itself to something you already wear and have made room for.

Fashionable- Again this item ranks high, because it actually is very fashionable.  Disguised as a case for your phone, makes it almost unrecognizable.  Plus, the fact that your phone needs a cover to it, this is the most fashionable item, as it’s one that you already use anyway as a decoration accessory to your phone. (true for most people, but not all!)

Effectiveness- the effectiveness of this defense weapon is very high.  The voltage count is one of the highest in our popular items.  Coupled with ease of use, makes this item, very potent.

Diablo Tactical Stun Flashlight

Accessibility- Since this item utilizes an object that already has a popular usage in our lives, the flashlight ranks very high in accessibility because its expected to be kept in hand and used to light one’s path.

Wearability- This item ranks medium in this category, because technically it is bulky and long, so it is not the easiest to put in your pocket perhaps.  Maybe your bag, but most times, this item is one you keep in your car and use with your hands whenever needing it as a flashlight. 

Fashionable- The fashionability of this item is high, do to the fact that it is heavily disguised in an item that has a popular understanding, usage and expectation in our society. 

Effectiveness- This item, while being powerfully packed, is very effective in that, it is already in motion.  While you are lighting your path before you, you can easily target the victimizer and send a charge their way (whether it’s a dog or person).

Streetwise 18 key ring spray

Accessibility- Being that the average behavior of a person outside (traveling from home to car, or car to work, or anywhere in between) is that their keys are in their hands, this item is very accessible.

Wearability- Obviously, being that it sits on your keychain, this item is wearable.  We gave it a medium in this category, do to the fact that keys can get bulky and make it hard to fit in your pocket.  The more you place on your keychain the less wearable it becomes.

Fashionable-  Fashionability also received a medium.  Do to the fact that people rarely see your key chain and that while, it is small and convenient, it can make your keychain a little less attractive and a little more bulky.

Effectiveness- This item is very effective, do to the ease of use and the power of the spray.  It requires minimal steps and stretches a wide distance, making impact of higher probability in any one use of it.


All of these items are a top choice from security and self-defense online shopping sites.  For the most part, it is up to preference and usage or behavior as to which tool would work best for you.  However, in our studies, it seems that for the average person the Jolt Cell Stun appears the most effective based on these categories we’ve chosen to compare with.  By all means, let this serve as a mere, basis for further understanding, and take a look at these and other products we have online.  Make your educated choice of purchase and stay safe!

There’s No Reason to Ever Be Locked Out Again

There’s No Reason to Ever Be Locked Out Again

It happens to everyone at one point or another. You run out to grab the mail or pick up a gallon of milk and discovered that you’ve forgotten your keys. However, we all know that keeping an extra key underneath your doormat isn’t safe, and thankfully most deadbolts and locks have advanced beyond the point where you can jimmy them with a credit card.

Luckily, technology has given us more options on where and how to hide keys in the event that you forget yours on the kitchen counter. Real Estate Agents use key vaults almost exclusively – big, boxy devices that hang from door knobs with a keypad to unlock the contents. Unfortunately, these key vaults are a neon sign to burglars and thieves that a house is unoccupied, so they’re not recommended for everyday use. They can also be fairly easy to smash, so they’re not always as secure as you think. There is also the option of hiding a key on your dog’s collar, but we all know that Spot is a sucker for a good ear rub and a couple of treats, so again, maybe not the most secure option.

In most cases, the best place to hide something is in plain sight. Now that magnets are stronger than ever, a key box can easily be secured to the wheel well of your vehicle. You could even find an out of place location on your grill or snow blower.  Any metal surface with some type of nook or cranny can become a hiding spot.

Decoy key boxes are also very popular and can often be ingenious. Who would think the thermostat mounted next to a door or window hides your key? Or that one of your sprinkler heads scattered across your lawn actually holds a spare? 

Small combination lock boxes can be useful, as long as they’re not swinging from your doorknob. You could keep one in your garage or shed, as long as it’s not too easy to spot to a casual passerby. Key storage is also available in the form of the old standby fake rock; however, remember to make it hard to spot.

Here are a few other hiding spots that might work:

  • Birdhouse
  • Deck or Pergola
  • Dryer Vent
  • Potted Plant

As with any hiding place, you’ll want to disguise the key box or location as much as possible. Strength in numbers can really work in your favor here. If there’s a grouping of rocks, birdhouses or potted plants, it’ll take a would-be thief a few tries to find the right one. Some people also advocate burying an extra key; however, if you live in a particularly rainy climate you might find yourself dealing with more mud than you anticipated. And if you live somewhere cold, there’s always the chance the ground could freeze, in which case you will not be seeing that spare key until spring.

The Home Security Superstore has a collection of key storage options, including key boxes, lock boxes, combination lock boxes and more.

Check them out here and never be locked out again.

How Security Lighting Can Help Keep Your Family Safe

How Security Lighting Can Help Keep Your Family Safe

The cover of darkness serves as a security blanket for many thieves. Night gives the illusion of security and safety, the ability to move undetected no matter the intention. This is why one of the key things you can do to keep your family and your belongings safe is install security lighting.

Outdoor security lights offer a simple, yet effective way to protect your home by literally shining a light on the problem. And with the recent proliferation of solar, LED and motion-sensor security lighting options, you don’t have to rack up a high electric bill to feel secure.


Here are three of the most common forms of outdoor security lighting and what makes them a standout option for you.

   1.  Outdoor Motion Sensor Lighting

Lighting that is triggered by motion offers you a great chance to startle a burglar – if you’ve ever gotten caught in a motion-sensor floodlight, you’ve probably experienced that “deer in headlights” feeling. They also help to reduce electric bills by only triggering when motion is present. One of the drawbacks to motion sensor security lighting is that the direction and position of the lights must be fairly precise in order for them to do the most good.

Also, if you live in a rural area where critters abound, you might find your yard or driveway flooded with white light for no reason. The same is true if you live in an urban area where foot or auto traffic could trip the sensor unintentionally.

    2.  Solar Security Lighting

Using solar-powered security lighting is a terrific alternative for environmentally conscientious consumers. Charged solar cells greatly reduce your reliance on electricity and make it a cheaper security alternative. Of course, solar-powered lights come with their own challenges, including sensitivity to inclement weather that can prevent energy production. Even dust can have a detrimental impact, so do your research on your area and its weather conditions before investing in this lighting.

     3. LED Security Lighting

LED bulbs are also a great environmentally-friendly alternative. Unlike incandescent bulbs, LEDs are measured in lumens, not watts. Watts are the unit of measure that draw upon electricity and determine how much energy it takes to power your desk lamp or outdoor lighting. In general, watts can draw up to 5 times more energy than the equivalent amount of lumens. LED lights are also brighter in general than typical light bulbs and generate less heat.

If you’re looking for the lighting you need to secure your home and keep your family safe, check out the Home Security Superstore’s full line of security lighting. Our motion sensor and LED lighting options work for any budget. You can also choose from a wide selection of lights with security cameras if you want to add an extra layer of protection.

How to Prevent Bike Theft

How to Prevent Bike Theft

Despite the fact that many types of theft have decreased in recent years, instances of bike theft are on the rise. This is bad news for environmentally conscious commuters and bicycling enthusiasts. While bicycle theft is a particular scourge on college campuses, in truth it can strike anywhere.

Recovery of stolen bicycles is also a fairly big problem. It’s estimated that only a fraction, maybe even less than five percent of stolen bikes are ever recovered. So, it’s obvious that the best way to protect yourself from bike theft is to protect your bike.

bike wheel with lock

Top 5 Ways to Protect Your Bike:

1.  Make It Look Less Enticing

There’s a good chance that you bought your bike for its aesthetics, at least partly. However, sleek design and bright colors also attract thieves. Consider spending some time making your bike look less attractive—in short, make it ugly. If the idea of doing permanent damage to your ride hurts your soul, try less permanent methods like duct tape. There are even online tutorials that demonstrate how to create a look of faux rust on your bike.

2.  Use an Alarm

Similar to alarm systems for your home or car, you can get a portable alarm system for your bike. Most alarms come as part of a padlock that will admit a sound if someone tries to tamper with it. Often, the annoyance of an alarm and the attention it draws is enough to deter a thief. You can also try to fake thieves out by applying a decal to your bike or padlock that indicates you have an alarm.

3.  Secure Your Bike Even at Home

Depending on where you live, your bike may not be very secure even when you’re at home. If you lock your bike in a shed or garage, make sure those locks are engaged every time you leave your bike behind. Consider installing security cameras (or fake ones, like these) that will allow you to capture the thief’s face if the worst happens.

4.  Use High-Grade Locks and Chains

This might seem like a no-brainer, but don’t discount the efficacy of using high-quality padlocks and industrial strength chains. The more hoops a thief has to jump through, the more likely he or she is to give up. Check out this post to see examples of bike lock types.

5.  Take Your Bike with You

According to a former bike thief, thieves might puncture a tire on a bike they’re looking to steal just so the owner will leave it behind, which will give the thieves  more time to get to it. So, if you come out of work or class and see a puncture in your tire, don’t abandon your bike. Chances are, it won’t be there when you come back.

Bikes are relatively easy to steal: they’re light, fairly nondescript, and taking one typically only results in a misdemeanor. However, it is possible to protect your bike and keep your wheels with you where they belong. Check out the all the bike protection options the Home Security Store has for you.

How do most home invasions occur? Securing your points of entry.

How do most home invasions occur? Securing your points of entry.

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Home invasions are a scary proposition. As we have discussed before in our post Home Security Tips Revisited, there are steps that homeowners and renters can take to keep themselves and their property safe, as well as working in tandem with organizations such as Crime Stoppers and neighborhood watches.

While there are more than 2.2 million burglaries in the United States every year, the FBI estimates that up to 90 percent of all home burglaries could be prevented by just making a few adjustments. Here are four high-profile areas to focus your security efforts on:

1. Doors and windows

It’s possible you live in a neighborhood where people leave their doors unlocked, but most of those idyllic settings disappeared sometime in the 1950s. Make sure your door is sturdy. Many burglars don’t use finesse when breaking in, they simply use brute force. A hollow or non-reinforced door will make it easier for someone to gain access.

Technology has allowed homeowners to become more sophisticated in their protection efforts, including the mass-market availability of keyless locks. One benefit of these locks is the ability to program and delete access codes as needed. This makes it a great option for someone who might need to gain temporary access to a construction worker or cleaning worker.

2. Front door

Not everyone who approaches your front stoop and rings your doorbell is there for a good reason. In fact, there is a long-standing tactic used by would-be burglars of ringing the doorbell in order to determine if anyone is home, or even just to gain easy access by having the homeowner open the door him or herself.

There are a few different things you can do to discourage this: put a motion sensor light by your door, use a peephole, ask for identification, install doorbell cameras. These cameras work in two distinct ways:

  • They allow you to see exactly who is at your door and make a determination whether to answer or not.
  • Record the person at your door on camera so that it can be provided to the authorities in the case that person is there for nefarious purposes.

3. Backyard

If you’re lucky enough to have a backyard, make sure it is secured via gates that lock or privacy fences that discourage climbing. A backyard is normally a secluded location that gives burglars a way to get into a house without being detected. A motion-activated floodlight is also a great diversionary tool as it might spook a wannabe burglar when it’s activated.

4. Garage

Garage door openers, like TVs, come with remotes with default pass codes that need to be reprogrammed. Unfortunately, too many homeowners don’t change these default settings making it an easy way for people to gain unauthorized access. This is especially true if you tend to use your garage as a primary entry or access point. Be sure to change the passcode – and not to 123 either.

We carry a variety of options in all of these different categories to make you and your home more secure. Please join in the conversation below and share your tips and tricks for keeping you and your home safe!

Ways to Hide Nanny Cams

Ways to Hide Nanny Cams

We’re all busy, and most of us with children (and jobs) need to leave our little ones with trusted guardians during the day. But there have been tragedies and malfeasance in the babysitting world, and trust is wlays questionable. That’s why making sure your nanny is taking good care of your child is critical. To make sure you can trust your nanny, it’s a good idea to learn ways to hide nanny cams from the start – before any unfavorable circumstances arise.

If you’re wondering where to hide a nanny cam, it’s easier than you might think. Hiding a nanny cam can be as easy as installing a camera somewhere inconspicuous. Depending on the involvement your nanny has in household chores, however, you may want to opt for a more covert camera that absolutely won’t be discovered when your nanny is cleaning around the house.

Disguising Nanny Cams

It’s completely within the law to record your nanny without him or her knowing, as long as you’re only recording video and you don’t record in places where one would reasonably expect privacy – for instance in parts of the bathroom. In many states, recording with audio does require advising your nanny that you’ll be filming. But, you don’t have to tell the nanny where the camera, or cameras, is located.

Disguising nanny cams is imperative so that you can keep an eye on your child’s bedroom and all areas of the house where the nanny and child might interact. It’s crucial that you install a nanny cam that blends in seamlessly with the surroundings and won’t be uncovered should things be picked up, moved, or used.

Hiding Nanny Cams

So, where do you hide nanny cams? You place them inside of normal everyday objects to get the most stealth from your camera. You can choose cover recording setups, like teddy bear nanny cams, nanny cams that look like coffee makers, clock nanny cams, and lamps that have nanny cameras in them.

It’s best to opt for a combination of these cameras so you have multiple views of the inside of your house (for outside, choose landscaping lighting nanny cams). Place a framed picture nanny cam over your baby’s crib or put a smoke detector camera in the kitchen where your child’s food is usually prepared. Nanny cams will pick up actions and words that you can review to determine if your nanny is the best choice, or if he or she is doing something criminal. If you feel you need to record the area where your baby takes a bath, it’s important to note that you can position a nanny cam toward the tub but not aimed at a toilet that the nanny might use.

These are just some of the ways that you can hide a nanny cam to make sure your little ones are being taken care of properly. For all of your needs, The Home Security Superstore has affordable  nanny cam options for you.

The Right to Bear Nonlethal Arms in Massachusetts

The Right to Bear Nonlethal Arms in Massachusetts

The United States Supreme Court recently overturned a ruling in a Massachusetts court, which convicted a woman for carrying a stun gun.  The state court ruling was one of controversy as it supported Massachusetts’ stun gun law banning the possession of stun guns and Tasers. This law seemed to violate a citizen’s right to carry a weapon for self-defense. Indeed, the convicted woman was carrying a stun gun in order to protect herself from an abusive former boyfriend.


The Massachusetts woman, Jaime Caetano, had been arrested in Ashland in 2011, after police found the stun gun in her purse during a search. The search was originally conducted after Police suspected her of shoplifting. Caetano argued that the state’s ban on stun guns deprived her of her Second Amendment right to bear arms.

The Massachusetts law banning stun guns to anyone but police prompted the officers to arrest Caetano, who was eventually convicted of illegal carry. The Massachusetts Supreme Court upheld Caetano’s conviction, ruling stun guns and Tasers were not weapons that the Second Amendment meant to include.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Ruling

Fortunately for Caetano and other concerned citizens, the unsigned U.S. Supreme Court ruling recently vacated the Massachusetts stun gun ruling. It declared that the state court improperly came to the conclusion that the Second Amendment only allows protection using weapons that were considered common when the nation was founded. The U.S. Supreme Court referred to its landmark ruling from 2008, regarding handguns in the home, and stated that the Second Amendment includes the right to any instrument that would constitute “bearable arms.” It explained that the Second Amendment applies to “bearable arms” that might not have been in existence at the time of the Constitution’s original writing.

The state’s lawyers urged U.S. Supreme Court justices to allow the conviction to stand, arguing that the Second Amendment does not include weapons not usually possessed by law-abiding citizens for the purpose of lawful protection. They contended that it only allowed for weapons in common use at the time of the 2008 ruling.

The U.S. Supreme Court had consistently turned away in the past from opportunities to expand their 2008 ruling to weapons used outside of the home. However, this recent ruling wiping out the Massachusetts stun gun law was an accepted invitation by the U.S. Supreme Court to make a statement on the ban’s relation to the Second Amendment, and it did so with statements from Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito referring to the new ruling as “grudging.” This is presumably because the ruling did not categorically express that bans on stun guns were unconstitutional, but it came close to doing so.

The recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling will send the case back to the state of Massachusetts for another trial. Until then, we have Justice Alito’s words to live by, which state that it is a “fundamental right of self defense” to carry weapons for protection, like stun guns, so that Americans can defend themselves and do not have to worry about being disarmed by state authorities.

If you’re looking for stun guns and Tasers that can offer you protection inside or outside of the home, The Home Security Superstore sells a variety of stun guns for women, stun guns and Tasers to carry on key chains, shooting stun guns, and even cell phone stun guns.

Reference:  Jaime Caetano v. Massachusetts, March 21, 2016

Campus Sexual Assaults, Complicated Issue

Campus Sexual Assaults, Complicated Issue

In my article about ‘Who Should Investigate Campus Sexual Assaults‘ we came to the conclusion that “the question is a long way from being resolved.”

Here we will share with you more headlines stories about campus sexual assaults, a complicated topic, but it won’t go away.

This story from a television station in Texas is about the underlying reasons of under reporting of campus assaults. It seems that of all the colleges and universities that are being investigated by the Department of Justice for mishandling sexual assaults on campus, half of them are in Texas. Federal law prohibits discrimination against those who had been sexually assaulted.

Laura Dunn, who is now an attorney in Washington DC, helps student victims through a nonprofit. She said many more assaults are now being reported that do not get fully investigated. She points out something that we have been saying for years, that campus police forces are part of the campus system and they don’t want to make waves. She firmly believes that sexual violence will continue to be a problem until an investment is made in meaningful prevention education that starts in middle school through high school.

The story by ABC news seems to blame campus sexual assaults on under age drinking because campuses turn a blind eye to it. This story is centered on Wolfgang Ballinger, who is president of the Psi Epsilon Chi fraternity at Cornell. He was charged with first-degree attempted rape, first-degree criminal sexual assault, and first-degree sexual abuse. It was noted that the fraternity is cooperating with Cornell during its investigation.

In a separate piece by CNN on the same sex assault case mentioned above they added that the fraternity was suspended. The suspension is invoked when “details of a credible report compel the university to cease activities of the organization for the safety of the members, those joining or guests,” Apgar said.  During this suspension, the chapter “may not engage in any activities other than operation of its residence,” according to the statement.  In a statement Friday, Psi Upsilon executive director Thomas Fox said the fraternity has suspended all chapter activity on campus.

“Sexual assault, and any form of sexual harassment, is against our policy and in opposition of the values of Psi Upsilon” Fox said. “Our chapter is cooperating with Cornell’s investigation into this matter and any members involved will be held accountable. The Chi Chapter at Cornell has a distinguished history with the University and we are committed to continuing to be a benefit to Cornell and the Ithaca Community. “

In this story in the Huffington post is about the program that leads to bystander intervention whenever people witness situations that could lead to assault. The program is officially called “Green Dot” and is one of the bystander intervention programs that hundreds of colleges across the country are using to combat sexual violence. One grant from the Department of Education to study the impact of bystander intervention found that fraternity men who are trained in the program were 40% less likely to commit sexual violence. The story points out that as colleges nationwide come under heightened scrutiny for how they address sexual assault, bystander intervention has emerged as a favorite strategy for preventing rape on campus. It provides hope that students can prevent other people from engaging in bad behavior. The White House is heavily promoting the program.

This is an editorial in the Guardian by Jessica Valenti about campus assault stats and the naysayers who doubt them. She makes the point that even though the statistics may vary, the studies over several decades have repeatedly confirmed that there are extremely high rates of sexual assaults on US campuses. She makes the point that not trusting statistics is an age-old tactic designed to distract people from the truth.

This story from ABC news reminds me of something that I wrote several years ago about parents sitting down with their young daughters before they go to college and having a heart-to-heart talk about campus crime education. “The numbers are staggering” so says the article with a sexual assault occurring every 107 seconds and the numbers while they can be argued about seem to center around one in four women is sexually assaulted at some point in her college lifetime. And yet, with those high figures campus sexual assault is one of the most under reported crimes of all for a wide variety of complicated reasons including, among others, peer pressure from fellow classmates. It is not uncommon for the victim to live in the same dormitory or go to the same classes with the perpetrator. How uncomfortable is that?

Many parents may feel uncomfortable talking about this topic, but they owe it to their daughters to make them aware of the issue so that she can take some preventative steps that might include taking a self-defense course or arming herself with a self-defense pepper spray.

The CBS affiliate in Albany, New York did a story that showed that Sex Assault Reporting in New York State colleges as skyrocketed under new policies. In the last two years since the government began cracking down on sexual violence and colleges the number of schools under federal investigation for handling assaults is gone up six fold. Experts say this reflects better reporting rather than actual uptick in sexual violence. At the State University of New York at Albany, for example, officials say the number of alleged victims seeking help increased from 23 to 150.

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What other factors are involved in campus assaults? Should universities be involved in investigating them? Share your opinion about this hot topic. What is your view on campus assaults? Are they over/under exaggerated? Let’s hear your thoughts!