Inexpensive home security measures

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  1. GatorDude

    GatorDude New Member

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  2. Shingles44

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    Just IMO charlie bars for standard hinged doors are almost useless. But, for sliding doors and windows they are very effective since the only way past them is to break the window. At least you can hear that and have a few important moments to prepare (ready your 1911). A fitted length of heavy wooden dowell or 1x2 works well for this.
     

  3. orangello

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    If you can stand those small barky dogs & your complex allows them, consider one simply for an alarm substitute.

    It sounds silly, but an older relative got up to check on a noise in her apartment (really bad neighborhood, wouldn't move) without picking up the pistol by her bed; her chihuahua went so nuts that the hiding burglar jumped out a closed window. (chicks also dig lil doggies ;) )
     
  4. AsmelEduardo

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    It was exactly what I was going to say … a small barking dog is the best substitute of an alarm, they are capable of detecting the intruder before he has tried to enter to the house … just when they "feel" his presence immediately they begin to bark to the door or window; and it already put away a thief who is going to prefer an easier prey. I had a Miniature Pinscher besides of the size it is a faithful and noble dog. Sometimes only he was going out running and stopping barking behind the door, later I realized that there was someone out conversing in the corridor. That's why that class of dogs are the best alarm, they "activate" before the incident, which makes think 2 times to an intruder before trying something.;)
    Lamentably I had to put to sleep to my dog last week, it has me badly:(, this it is the only great problem with these beautiful little animals, one endears very much them but you knows that they are not going to live longer than yourself. That could be a problem if you have little childrens or toddlers because when the dog pass away maybe they still young.:rolleyes:
     
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  5. Benning Boy

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    A 5 pack of Remington 00 buck is $3.17 at Wal Mart.

    Goo Gone is $5.47, for afterwards.:rolleyes:
     
  6. orangello

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    I taught night classes for about 10 years & learned that a good way to get an unruly class's attention was to ask some really off-the-wall question that had been rattling around my skull; one of my favorites was "so, if somebody breaks into your place & you pop them with a shotgun, who has to clean up that mess?". This one worked really well at getting their attention, especially the night that this girl raised her hand and answered my semi-rhetorical question. She explained that this were her family's business for several years :eek:(normal-looking chick too). Apparently, SOP is to sponge mop the walls & then roll up the carpet & pad. Chick mentioned that she had no problem with people goo, but couldn't handle the wet food ecountered when hand-washing dishes. :D
     
  7. GatorDude

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    Hmmm...:rolleyes:
    A - The Charlie Bar Provides Initial Resistance, forces invaders to resort to heavy noisy kicks and falls to the floor.
    B - The Dog wakes up and barks and challenges intruder.
    C - GatorDude's wife wakes up, maces intruder, and spreads blue tarp in entry hall.
    D - GatorDude plugs intruder (if needed) and he falls on blue tarp. :eek:
    E - GatorDude's wife makes GatorDude move to better neighborhood.
    F - Apartment complex charges extra for human goo be-gone treatment.
    G - Weeks later we get deposit less human goo treatment. :p
    Anyway, that's a first draft plan...

    Here's the Charlie Bar I use --
    Product Review: Master Lock Dual Function Door Security Bar - Associated Content
     
  8. opaww

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    My home security system, a little costly but well worth it.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJWrjBv5_vw]YouTube - BurglaryCommercial[/ame]
     
  9. ktmboyz

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    I find two German Shepards work just fine :eek: I dont think I know any one with enough brass to open the door while staring down two sets off drooling angry teeth :cool:
     
  10. mrm14

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    Another thing that can be done relatively cheaply is a couple of inexpensive timers for your wall outlets that you plug a couple of lamps into. Having some lights come on and off throughout the house a few times a night creates the illusion that someone is home and or awake and moving around the house.
     
  11. Yunus

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    Cheapest thing you can do that is also efficient. Buy a sign that says "This house protected by Brinks" or another company of your choosing. If your house/apartment has a security system sign and any of your neighbors do not, your not the easiest target and that is key.
     
  12. GatorDude

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    That sounds like a winning idea there. I like it!
     
  13. layton

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    Protected by shotgun guard 3 days a week, you pick the day.



    Layton
     
  14. LegatoRedrivers

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    [​IMG]

    Of course, there are always non-lethal traps you could set for intruders...

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  15. robocop10mm

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    As a Burglary Detective I can give you some realistic, inexpensive advise.

    Layer your defenses like a military position.

    1. Your outer perimeter should make your place look less inviting. Fence and locked gate for rural property. Good lighting for suburban property. Motion sensor lights, dusk to dawn lights, etc.

    2. The inner perimeter should be capable of considerably slowing an intruder day and night. Good locks including double cylinder dead bolts (they take a key to get in or out) so the BG cannot simply break a window, reach inside and unlock the door. Check with local fire codes as they are not legal in some municipalities. The lock is only as good as the frame it throws into. Use 3" long deck screws to secure the striker plates (the brass plates on the frame the dead bolt/door latch go into). They can kick open the door but they had better be really big and strong and will have to kick it multiple times.
    Auxiliary locks on the windows. A good trick is to drill a hole on each side of the window frame slightly larger than the diameter of a double headed nail. Slide nail into the hole (paint nail head to match the frame). This will significantly slow the intruder yet allow easy opening when YOU choose. If a piece of glass gets broken replace with Lexan (polycarbonate) You can beat this stuff with a hammer and it will not break and does not yellow like plexi-glass does.

    3. Dogs are good. Large, protective hungry dogs are better. Yappers wake up the eaters.

    4. Good marksmanship with a major power firearm. 12ga preferred. The resolve to use it is essential.

    5. Cell phone to call 911 prior to shooting and an attorney's phone number on speed dial for after the shooting. Remember this "I was in fear for my life and the lives of my family. I want to speak to my lawyer." Then shut up.
     
  16. IGETEVEN

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    Perfect Robo, except no big dogs just a little "yapper" at any sound or movement made in or around the house. He looks pretty damn mean too!
     

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