Two Inexpensive Devices Could Have Protected Paul Pelosi

Magnetic Door-Open Sensors and Motion-Detector Cameras Offer Protection
WASHINGTON - Nov. 3, 2022 - PRLog -- Many are concerned that the cameras at the home of Nancy Pelosi were not monitored, and as a result her husband suffered serious injuries at the hands of an dangerous intruder.  The Washington Post also wonders if, with some 1800 cameras feeding the command center for the U.S. Capitol Police, it would have been possible to stop the intruder in time.

The answer is clearly yes, since very inexpensive devices - either wireless magnetic door-open sensors and/or wireless motion-detector cameras - probably would have alerted Paul, as well as law enforcement, in time to prevent the tragedy, says public interest law professor John Banzhaf, a former security officer and security consultant.

Had the outside doors to the house been equipped with simple $15 wireless magnetic door-open sensors of the type mounted in millions of homes, both Paul and the police would have been alerted to a door opening late at night.

So, given the many threats against the Speaker, and the obvious concern that miscreants might try to kidnap or injure her husband even when she is away, there seems to be no excuse for not having such simple and inexpensive devices installed on all doors through which an intruder might seek to gain entry.

Banzhaf, who just published a detailed study ( showing an equally inexcusable lack of security at most K-12 schools, colleges and universities, noted that such inexpensive door-open devices would have alerted school authorities to the unauthorized entry of a shooter in Uvalde, potentially saving the lives of many children who died at the hands of an armed intruder who entered through an unlocked door.

While it may seem impossible - or at least impossibly expensive - to monitor 1800 or more cameras for break-ins and other suspicious activity, it really is not, explains security- and computer expert Banzhaf.  The simple answer is motion detectors.

As an inexpensive and possibly even better alternative, anyone can buy a simple camera for less than $40 which will send a signal to a cell phone if there is significant motion (even in the dark) or a suspicious noise.  The recipient of the alert can then immediately view a video recording for the past 30 second on his cell phone, even from a remote location, and call the police, alert the intended target, or take other appropriate action.   @profbanzhaf

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