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Home Invasions: Are You Protected?

09/16/2010 02:06 pm ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

I'm not one to dish on celebs, although I did just meet Mario Lopez on the set of "EXTRA." Cool dude took a pic with me. Celebs are no different than you and I. They are fallible and vulnerable humans, who just get lots more attention.

With one big exception -- they are much bigger targets than we are because often they have more money.

A half dozen teens from a hoity-toity suburb of LA fancied the celeb lifestyle and considered themselves part of the "in" crowd. While they lived the celeb lifestyle by hanging out in all the clubs, staying up all night and doing drugs, their thirst for drugs led to the need for more money to pay for those drugs. So they started to steal. They first started to break into cars. That was their "gateway" felony which led to breaking into homes. They were dubbed the "Bling Ring" and many are now in jail.

Their methods were simple. They tracked their victims by using social media, Facebook and Twitter. They knew when they were home and when they were away. They even used Google Earth to scope out their homes.

They would approach a home and knock on the door and ring the bell. If nobody was home they'd jiggle the door knob. When a door was locked they looked under the mat for a key and often found one.

In 2008 Paris Hilton's home was burglarized. Shortly afterwards she installed a burglar alarm to prevent another home invasion. Many people install an alarm after their house is robbed. They react emotionally opposed to being proactive with a home security installation to protect their homes and families.

Paris Hilton recently tweeted she was almost the victim of a home invasion by a man carrying two kitchen knives. Her publicist was quoted saying, "The security cameras and alarm system were alerted and the police immediately came to the house and arrested the intruder who was attempting to break a window when they arrived."

Without an investment in security this could have been a lot worse. And situations like this happen to millions of people every year. Protect yourself for a dollar a day with a monitored system.

Robert Siciliano personal security expert to ADT Home Security Source discussing Home Security on NBC Boston. Disclosures.