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Home Security News: Aug. 20th to Aug. 24th

August 24th, 2012

It’s been a fascinating week for home security news. Celebrities were robbed, cops stopped the bad guys, and data showed that home invasions are on the rise. Check out this recap of the best home security news stories from the week of August 20th 2012.

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Rapper LL Cool J Beats Up Burglar

It was over 20 years ago that LL Cool J had a major hit with “Mama Said Knock You Out“, but earlier this week the 44-year old knocked out someone else… an intruder in his Los Angeles home.

The incident happened earlier this week when Jonathan Kirby, 56, attempted to rob the rapper/actor, whose original name is James Todd Smith. Kirby, a transient with a lengthy criminal record, suffered a broken nose and jaw during the robbery. Police say LL Cool J acted in self-defense and charges will not be filed. If convicted, Kirby could face 38 years to life in prison under California’s 3 strikes law.

Crime Goes Hollywood

It seems like something out of the Mission: Impossible movies. Two robbers disguised as NYPD officers made off with nearly $200,000 from a New York check cashing place. For month, police were baffled by the crime. Until they got a tip saying that one of the suspects looked like a mask offered by a high-end special effects company. As it turns out, the tipster was right.

The mask was sold by California-based CFX Composite Effect for $569 and was so realistic, neither police nor eyewitnesses could tell the robbers were, in fact, representing themselves as a completely different race. (The mask gives the appearance of a bald Caucasian male while the robberies are black males.) The robbers were so pleased with their purchase, they even sent the company a thank you letter, which eventually led police to the suspects.

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Home Invasions are on the Rise

According to reports from home security companies and law enforcement agencies, the number of home invasions increased in July 2012. The report also shows that 60 percent of sexual assaults occur during home invasions.

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