Security Systems in the Joplin Area

Touchton Electric and Alarms, Inc.

Serving the residents of Pittsburg, KS since 1969. Touchton provides Security Systems in the Joplin, MO and Pittsburg, KS areas. Touchton Electric offers a diversified array of security services, including residential and commercial security systems, fire alarms, camera systems, access control systems, and network cabling.

In 1969, Elijah “Touch” Touchton was discharged from the United States Air Force after serving for eight years, including one year in Vietnam. After being discharged, Touch, Doris and their daughter Janet moved to Pittsburg, Kansas. Touch’s goal was to attend Pittsburg State University and to become an electrician.  While attending classes, he also worked part-time for R.E. Emerson until graduation.

Touch started his own business, Touchton Electric Service, in 1972, doing residential and commercial wiring.  A classmate, Floyd Crain, worked with Touch as an electrician.  Another classmate, Phil Lane, became the office manager.  When Phil retired, Wanda Nickle was the office manager for many years.

In the early years of the business, “Butch” Emerson was Touch’s “coach”.  He was available at any time of day or night to answer questions or offer advice.  He was a good friend and an important part of Touchton Electric becoming an established business.

Please contact us by calling (620) 232-9294, or emailing us here.

The Criminal Side to Home Invasion

By on October 31, 2014

No Failsafe Method for Keeping Criminal Away

There is nothing you can do that will ever completely prevent a motivated criminal from attempting to enter your house. However, you can take steps to slow them down from entering or having your house so hardened that they’ll make their own decision to avoid it. Remember this, all security is simply buying time. Locks, alarms and deterrents are all just buying time and are nowhere near foolproof. Locks can be picked, alarms can’t send anyone soon enough and deterrents can be avoided by an observant criminal.

Analysis of a Criminal Mind Can Help

It’s important to understand how criminals work during a home invasion and some characteristics of these violent offenders. Primarily they target homes where they’re less likely to face resistance and gain access to important information like pin numbers, jewelry, cash, etc. There’s also the chance that these criminals are just looking for a violent confrontation or a sexual assault opportunity. Unlike typical burglars, home invasions require homework and these criminals will spend the time to properly target a person or residence. Most good burglars will watch a home to see when the homeowner is gone, but home invaders will go as far as knowing your daily routine. This will include where you work, where you shop and where you hang out. All this information will be collected to determine not only the value of their target, but also the resistance they might face.

Deception Often Used

These criminals could use deception to approach your residence posing as a delivery man, salesman, or even have a woman accomplice to knock on the door while the aggressor waits out of sight. This situation would normally occur during the day and is a technique employed by the criminal as a scout. Always be suspicious of those that you allow into your home, such as the exterminator, carpet cleaner, repairman, etc. If something doesn’t feel right, ask them to leave and request someone else or go with another company. This is also a good time to mention to use a reputable company that’s been recommended to you by someone you trust.

Techniques Unique to Invaders

When attempting to enter your residence, home invaders will employ techniques commonly found in CQB (Close Quarters Battle), which are Speed, Surprise and Violence of Action. Speed and surprise are fairly self explanatory, but Violence of Action relates to the overwhelming control these criminal will use to overwhelm their victims and instill fear. This will occur during the first 60 seconds of their initial contact, as they’ll be looking to counter any threat they might face.

Working in pairs is to be expected, so remember to always expect that. If you’ve countered one threat, there may be more, so always keep your head on a swivel and remember your situational awareness. You have to be prepared to be restrained with duct tape, rope or zip ties if these criminals do get the jump on you. While they shouldn’t if you’re prepared, you need to know how to defeat these restraints when the opportunity presents itself.

Drug Dealers Common in Invasions

Ironically, drug dealers are prime targets for home invasions. The abundance of cash, drugs and valuables is highly desired by other dopers and criminals. Not that it’s a bad thing and we could all care less about them anyway. Whatever is driving the home invader’s motives, this threat is real and one that needs to be taken seriously.


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Consider Carefully the Proper Medical Alert System

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