Big sign outside Hudson home displays promise to would-be burglars

Claudia Holland sits on her porch with one of her dogs, Speedy
Claudia Holland sits on her porch with one of her dogs, Speedy
Jessie and Hank
Jessie and Hank

HUDSON, TX (KTRE) - A son, wanting to protect his family's Hudson home, had a large sign made for his front yard. He says it's a promise, not a threat, to would-be burglars.

The sign reads, "Try to break into this house again, your head will be blown off."

Last Wednesday, Steve Holland's 71 year-old mother, Claudia, had just turned off the TV around 11:30 p.m. when she heard a "whop" sound as someone kicked open her front door.

"I guess the dogs kept them from coming in.  I never saw anybody so I guess the dogs scared them and they left," said Claudia Holland.

She says her three tiny dogs, Jessie, Hank and Speedy went nuts, barking ferociously at the people on the other side of the door.

"It was scary because I thought what am I going to do?" said Claudia.

She called police, and she now has a new door and deadbolt.  However, that wasn't enough for her son.

"The idea that if she hadn't had those dogs to kind of scare them off... what could've happened," said Steve Holland.

He was out of town on business, but he says 99% of the time someone else is with her in the home. Still, he wanted to do something else to keep the home safer.  He immediately called his friends at Lufkin's Adfab to make the large sign for the front yard.

"I just wanted to put out a big enough message not just to whoever broke-in, but the rest of the community," said Steve.

It was put on the lawn just a few days ago, and already the family has gotten so many calls laughing at the sign. Steve says it's not a joke, there's three guns in the home.

"You're lucky she dialed 9-1-1 instead of getting the gun out of her walker," said Steve.

He says whoever tries to break-in next won't be as fortunate.

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