People snooping while at work

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by austin92, Nov 14, 2013.

  1. austin92

    austin92 New Member

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    Didn't know where to put this really but I've been having some problems with finding evidence and having suspicions that somebody is snooping around my place while I'm gone. I work night shift, clock n at 6pm and get out between 3:30 and 5:30am depending on overtime and I live alone. I live in a duplex with others around but mine is a little ways off from the others and my Nieghbor is never home. Mine and his houses are easy targets and I'm coming to you guys for help after "they" made another attempt to scope out the place or break n while I was at work tonight. I only have 2 doors with the front well lit and rear an easy target. I'm just at a loss for ideas of what to do. Im not allowed to have dogs and really don't have the cash to up and buy a 500+$ camera security set. I have my daily driver truck and a camaro that sits most of the time so it's easy to tell when I'm gone. I don't know what to do. I just know if I don't do something soon these guys are going to go from peaking through windows to breaking them. What do you guys recommend to keep these guys away? I don't feel like my things are safe when I leave anymore
     
  2. kaido

    kaido New Member

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    I know you said you don't want to want to spend money on a camera system, but why not buy something like a Gopro or Sony Action Cam? Both of those can be either set on a table or stuck to a surface that's less obvious. If you don't see anyone, you've still got a cool little camera.

    I've stock my Gopro on my car and got up to about 80MPH with no worries of it coming off its mount. There's also attachment to stick it on a picatiny rail, there's lots of extra uses for it afterwards.
     

  3. austin92

    austin92 New Member

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    I considered something like deer cameras but my problem is I barely afford hobbies after bills, food and gas. Something like that would take a while for me to save for and I'm worried they'll b back as soon as I leave for work again. I wish I could afford a nice camera set
     
  4. kaido

    kaido New Member

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    Well, that makes things tougher. Aside from the whole "get someone to watch your house for you" suggestion, I can't really think of much else that could be done.

    Do you own anything that already has the ability to record video? If so, you could always set that up facing where you think someone is possibly looking in from?
     
  5. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Dollar Tree has these cheap, crappy alarms for a buck. They work. Better than nothing. You could get a timer to make a lamp come on at random times. Anything to spook a burglar.
    Cameras capture evidence of the burglary. They don't prevent it. They don't even get your stuff back. The thief would likely take the camera too. At best, you would have photos for your scrapbook of some jackass carting away your possessions.
     

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  6. austin92

    austin92 New Member

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    Only thing like that would be my phone which is locked in my glove box while I'm at work. It's just a ****ty scenario because both my closest neighbors are about 30 yards away on both sides and there's a huge fence between my back yard and their yard and on the front side is an elderly couple that's asleep while I'm at work. Here's a pic out my front window covering the other homes n my complex and my 2 vehicles and a pic out my back window covering my 3 cubic inch back porch lol. On the other side of that fence is anther home. Tomorrow I intend on setting some things up to tell if it's animals, wind, or human moving stuff around. Hopefully I will b able to afford at least one deer camera out of
    This weeks check to get an idea of what's going on while I'm gone. It just sucks when you come home and hear noises that make you unholster and clear the property. It's not a good feeling.... :(
     

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    austin92 New Member

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    Wow those a crappy pics. I'll get more this afternoon...
     
  8. tri70

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    You can get a motion light in front and and back Tell the police and see if they will patrol the neighborhood or send a friend or family over in the evening a couple times a week. Build a strong door on a closet and lock it for valuables. Can you move to a safer area?
     
  9. SSGN_Doc

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    Game cameras are not a bad idea for at least figuring out if people are actually coming onto the property while you are gone. The Dollar Tree door alarms are not a bad idea either.
     
  10. willshoum

    willshoum New Member

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    Peeka boo..............

    A 12 ga. loaded with buck shot wired to the back door always works.....;)

    **** FROM THE MODERATOR **** I'm going to leave this post as a really good example of what not to suggest on FTF. Although meant in jest, this is blatantly illegal and will get you prosecuted. For any newbies, posts like this will be deleted.
     
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  11. kaido

    kaido New Member

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    Until you forget about it......
     
  12. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    Or it lands you in prison for booby-trapping.
     
  13. kaido

    kaido New Member

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    Hmm guess there's that too.

    I won't lie, I always found it a little stupid that you can't set "traps" through out your own house. I get the reasoning behind the law, but yeah, still seems just a hair on the stupid side of things.
     
  14. Vincine

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    Here’s a Radio Shack shopping list:

    ¼” metallic alarm tape for windows, some thin wire, a small box with a flashing red light or two. Maybe with a keypad or circular lock on it?

    Assemble the above and place the box on top of a couple of printouts of ‘Security Today’ magazine, in a location visible from, but out of reach of, a window.
     
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  15. 95sniper

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    Just go all home alone on them!
     
  16. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    How do you know someone is snooping around your place while you're at work?
     
  17. primer1

    primer1 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Rake the soil, or put fresh mulch by your windows to see if its human footprints or those pesky feral cats.
     
  18. txpossum

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    I think the idea of motion sensor lights has merit. They can be bought inexpensively, and all of a sudden being "spotlighted" when you're where you're not supposed to be can be extremely unsettling.

    Or, play possum a couple of evenings, part the truck around the corner, and see what happens.
     
  19. seancslaughter

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    http://www.homedepot.com/s/smartphone%20camera?NCNI-5

    either the belkin or brite view. They are cheap and you can take your smartphone or tablet to work and via the free app monitor the camera so you can see if anyones snooping then you can call the cops and catch em in the act. These really inexpensive cameras have foiled tons of burglaries recently and are a good investment.
     
  20. AIKIJUTSU

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    The main reasons for making booby traps illegal are:
    1. If there is nobody in the house when a perp breaks in, then nobody has reason to fear for his/her life. Therefore no justification for deadly force.
    2. Some innocent person (you) could be crippled, maimed, or killed by a booby trap that you forget to disarm before you enter the house.