Writing about home security all day can be a bit of a drag. Every now and then, however, the writers of the Security Blanket like to use special occasions as an excuse to write more interesting stories. Past articles have looked at everything from horror movie serial killers to the zombie apocalypse. This time, our inspiration comes from Valentine’s Day and focuses on something a few of us might have actually had to deal with: ex-significant others. No one likes dealing with love gone bad but when it goes crazy things can be dangerous in a hurry.

With your trusty home security system and a little bit of foresight, you can stop even the most… unruly of exes. So here are a few ways to save your skin based on real life tales that prove love isn’t worth the effort.

AUTHOR’S NOTE: Check out our other interesting home security articles discussing Home Alone, home security robots, and the greatest thieves in movie history!

My Love Is Burning For You

What Happened

Apison, Tennessee is a small town about 30 minutes west of Chattanooga. Not an awful lot happens in Apison, other than being featured in a random episode of The X-Files in the 1990s. Occassionally, even the sleepiest burgs get a flash of excitement.

On Saturday, February 9th, just in time for Valentine’s Day, 55-year old Richard Dillon decided to get drunk and set his ex-girlfriend’s house on fire. Rather than flee, Dillon decided to watch the show from the front yard. He was even nice enough to immediately confess once authorities arrived.

Home Security Advice

In this instance, the house wasn’t saved. Neighbors contacted authorities once they noticed the fire but Dillon continually poured gas on the home, accelerating damage. In this scenario, a home security system with monitored smoke detectors might have made the difference between complete destruction and saving the home. Firefighters and police did eventually respond and Dillon was arrested. Neighbors stated that the ex-girlfriend was doing well and was glad that Dillon was in jail. She reportedly added, “I feel like a burden has been lifted.” That’s completely understandable…

You Stole My Heart… Now I’m Taking Your Purse

What Happened

It’s understandable that people knock back a few after a break up. And alcohol seems to a common element of most crazy ex stories. And the story of one 29-year old Massachusetts man is no different. Neal McIntosh Jr. had recently been dumped by his 31-year old girlfriend. Unfortunately, McIntosh decided to get hammered and get a little revenge by breaking into his ex’s house. He cut off the tops of some flowers, stole a purse, and threw some other items in to a garbage bag before stumbling upon his ex asleep in bed. She called the police, who arrested McIntosh.

Home Security Advice

This one is a pretty easy. Basic home security precautions will keep any intruder from successfully gaining access to your home. In the event you’re concerned someone specific might try and get into your home, it’s probably time to call the proper authorities. However, there’s only so much police can do once a restraining order is put in place. And they can usually only act after an imminent threat has been reported. A monitored home security system will call for help the moment a sensor has been activated, saving time and maybe lives. Additional accessories that should be considered include door jambs, motion detectors, and security film.

Love Cuts Deep

What Happened

Many people feel the need to get revenge after a break up. One of the more common and extreme forms of revenge is slashing an ex’s tires. The worst offenders keep doing it over and over, until they actually get press coverage for their actions. Marc Grainger is one such person. A British citizen with a history of harassment of former exes, Grainger slashed all four tires belonging to his former girlfriend. The two had been dating for 10 months but the 46-year old Grainger didn’t fit the bill. British authorities placed a restraining order on Grainger and released him from custody.

Home Security Advice

This one is a little bit trickier and largely depends on where you can store your car. If you have a garage at your disposal, clear out some junk and park your car there. A garage door sensor or standard security sensor can monitor access to your garage and notify you whenever someone tries to gain access. Some people also use interactive video surveillance cameras to monitor their cars. If something happens to it, checking your video feed is as easy as logging onto your computer or smartphone.