Need your help. Lights on or off??

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by DodgerBlue, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. DodgerBlue

    DodgerBlue New Member

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    Ok we recently bought a home in a "nice" area. It's on a golf course.
    At night that hole is DARK, can't see a thing, like a void space then there's the homes on the other side.
    Well we keep our patio, front door, and car port lit up at night. Within the last month twice we have some sticky finger M.F.rs come and take this or that. In the military we called it target of opportunity. Just can't leave anything outside.
    My question is are the lights helping or hurting? Some say keep it dark and they cant see. or keep it lit so they can be sneaky in the dark somewhere eles.
    What do you all say?
     
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Unless you have good night vision sights on a rifle, keep it lit. Most thieves are a bit shy. and do not like the light. But take a hard look at how your lights shine. Mine shine in their eyes as they approach, not in mine. Makes for a much cleaner sight picture. PS- several of mine are motion detector floods. The "startle" effect of a light suddenly coming on can be discouraging.
     

  3. Yunus

    Yunus New Member

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    Have you thought about lights on motion sensors? They stay off until someone gets to close and that should startle anyone whose is just looking for a target of opportunity.
     
  4. DodgerBlue

    DodgerBlue New Member

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    i have motion on the sides but old fashion 100w on the mains
     
  5. jjfuller1

    jjfuller1 New Member

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    was there any time frame for the theiving? weekdays, weekends??.. take a few days off work and stay up all night watching... motion sensors would be a good option i think.
     
  6. kenhesr

    kenhesr New Member

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    Might purchase a cheap security camera w/night vision & recorder. When they come back, being new to the area you probably won't recognize the sobs, but the police might.

    Be sure to leave out some nice "bait" for the folks! :D

    Otherwise I'd think the more light the better.
     
  7. gregs887

    gregs887 New Member

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    Leave one or two on and have a couple more on motion sensors.
     
  8. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    These, in combination. The NV camera systems are becoming MUCH less expensive. They had a decent, multi-camera, night vision system with a 250 gigabyte DVR on woot.com the other day for about $300. The cool thing now is to be able to check in on your smart phone.
     
  9. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I keep my lights on. I also have a spinner target that I sometimes deliberatly leave sitting on my front porch. It is shot to crap. Nobody messes with anything in my yard. Just saying.
     
  10. knfxda

    knfxda New Member

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    Awesome! Now, I know where to get a free spinner target! Thanks!

    :D
     
  11. Vincine

    Vincine New Member

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    You could get a couple of bodies and impale them on spiked poles set in your lawn. It’s how Valid the Impaler discouraged dishonesty. I understand it worked well for him. I don’t even think you’d have to light it up for it to have an effect. ;)
     
  12. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I would like to get a sign for my front door. Something like, "Home invaders will be carried out in a bag."

    That was a joke of course.
     
  13. jca1

    jca1 New Member

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    two words.....wildlife camera
     
  14. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    Yea, that's a good idea.
     
  15. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    The wildlife camera might be easier and cheaper than an installed set of security cameras, but they aren't free and are quite portable and not so hard to remove. Just sayin'; pawn shops would probably not have trouble selling a lightly used game camera come fall.
     
  16. freefall

    freefall New Member

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    Put up some "Beware of Dog" signs.
     
  17. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I think this is a good idea.

    When I took my son to the range I asked him if he wanted to take his targets home. He said "What for?" The guy in the lane next to us said "Hang them on your front door." Might be a good idea. :D
     
  18. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Do you turn the lights off when you go somewhere during evening?

    Trip wires that turn on special lights and siren?

    electric fencing?
     
  19. OC357

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    I have been thinking of this myself to put out back. I could probably get a bunch of pics of the neighbors cat....a possum, woodchuck, and a racoon or two and then there is a big fat skunk around here too....haha

    I always leave lights on when I am out at night.

    I have security lighting that is motion activated.

    Good thread.

    OC

    (ps......I have a squirtgun.....:p:D)
     
  20. notdku

    notdku Administrator Staff Member

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    I grew up close to a golf course. It's kids, I don't think either way will matter. I would make it a point to stay up late, if it is kids a good shouting should help.