question on home security

  1. We do have 2 dogs. (One barks at everything) ....We do have 2 signs (smaller, about knee high) that mention we have an invisible fence. After the dogs were trained, we had taken out the signs, however our area started to see an increase in car jackings so we placed the signs back out in the yard.

  2. You're looking to establish redundant reasons for someone not to try your house. Usually, that's going to be that it's noisy, inconvenient, and slow to bypass your security, because that increases the risk of them getting caught. You don't have the ability to make it actually impossible to get in - you're buying time and making it hard to do it sneakily.

  3. You have given alot - thank you! Yes, we put in new windows and solid doors within months of moving in. The 2 new doors (front and man door to garage) the windows are double panend and have 2locks each. The doors do have deadbolts on top of other locks. We are definitely going to implement the motion lights, and finding some thorny groundcover. We will have to look at an alarm system (see if the budget can handle that).

  4. I personally prefer to keep as many of the sensors as possible wired. It takes a bit more work to install but you won't need to be mindful of batteries etc.

  5. Get a guardian/protection breed dog or two and train them. Nothing was more of a deterrent than big ass dogs where we lived when I was growing up. People would drive up and nope right along.

  6. We used to have a Newfoundland (but she passed years ago and her appearance was bear like but she was a sweetheart) ... right now we have a rough collie and a miniature American Eskimo (daughter adopted her as a rescue for companionship, but the dog barks at everything- including the breeze, drives me nuts.

  7. I used to live in a third world country where almost everyone has a dog loose in their yard. Not even big, scary dogs most of the time.

  8. Cameras don't hurt. Security alarms don't hurt. If a would-be robber has the choice between a house with cameras and a house without, they'll likely go for the one without.

  9. Motion lights are a great deterrence. Deadbolts for your doors and reinforced frames can prevent most forced entry (unless a casual thief carries a hooligan tool, which is unlikely).

  10. Unfortunately, as I am sure you're aware of, you can't really stop people from taking pictures of your house from a public space. In some states, your laws may vary, you can't do anything to anyone unless they step onto your property. Some states don't even have stalking laws or restraining orders.

  11. lived on the coast growing up, went through tons of hurricanes. Dad had the exact same plywood sheeting mentality, we could have it up in half an hour

  12. I just read an article about more dogs and having good, trusting relationships with your neighbors lowers the rate of homicides, robbery and aggravated assaults in a neighborhood.

  13. You can make your home harder to enter with things like bushes or just using longer screws on your door's strike plate. Maybe just locking doors including your car. Thieves looking for easy targets will check door handles.

  14. We have 2 ... a rough collie (male - think Lassi if you are not sure what a rough collie is) and a miniature American Eskimo (she's our daughters rescue companion. But the dog dog barks at everything) ... been wanting to adopt a st. Bernard (but husband has a feet rule)

  15. To me one of the biggest things anybody can and should do is mix up your routine. We don’t really think about that all that much. We leave to go to work at certain times, take the kids to school and so on. Even switching up which way we go can even help.

  16. We have a fenced in yard with a horrible fence. A couple of weeks ago, I put out two criss crossing trip wires. Easy to take down in the daytime for the kids to play.

  17. As opposed to 2x4s, look into a metal door frame. They can anchor it into the foundation of a house and with the right metal door it’s damn near impossible to kick in or breach without heavy tools.

  18. One of the things I've done for security that isn't that expensive and works because of how my house is designed is sandbags. I have them under the porch (behind lattice so you can't even really see them). You can get under the porch without direct line of sight from the driveway/front. My thought being if I needed to protect myself I would have a rather good bulletproof barrier with good sight lines. This will not work for every house. The sand bags are stacked about 9" thick. It should stop most things I might encounter but not everything.

  19. Beyond cameras, I like flood lights on motion sensors. You can do either wired or on their own individual little solar panel.

  20. This is one of the reasons we prep lots of rotating can goods, ready to string them up everywhere if needed for alarms and other useful things.

  21. I plan on buying two signs for my mailbox on either side of the road “This home is protected by wireless surveillance and a BFG.”

  22. something affordable and adds extra protection is security film for your windows. Just search it up. A very useful application to delay intruders long enough for you to grab your gun to defend yourself.

  23. My cameras charge on a usb and last about 30 days. I have solar generators that can charge my smalls. Also have motion alarms that run on batteries to let me know if anyone is on the property. We only turn them on if we feel we need them. Like seeing strange people ib the area, which isn’t common.

  24. daughters should be carrying military grade pepper spray with marking ink on a key chain where they can reach it. i grew up in the bay area, according to law enforcement a tazer can give an adrenaline shock to dogs/people but pepper spray fully blinds/marks them and trust me ive used it and it works.

  25. Solid recommendations in this thread so far so sorry if I'm repeating here but, start out by conducting what we used to call a threat assessment or red cell of ur property. Stand on the street corner during the day and at night. Take pictures of every angle that is visible from the road and what isn't. Then try to determine the best way to get in without drawing attention at both times of day. Are there bushes or trees providing concealment for someone to gain access to a window? Is there a ladder on the side of the house or an awning that could grant access to a second level? Things like that, then come up with ways to complicate or shut off those means of access. Visual deterrents include fake or real security system stickers in windows, the dog bowl and ball near the front and back door that are large, functioning security cameras in areas of common approach and access and maybe even non functioning ones that are visible but cover less likely areas of approach. Functioning cameras and an alarm system are key as well and should include motion sensor lights. Select a series of lights in the house and place them on an automated timer so they can click on or stay on during odd hours when ur away from home. Moving on to physical deterrents or hardening, most break and enter scenarios are a kicked in door, I would highly suggest the installation of a metal storm door and steel door frame on all accessible ground floor doors as well as your main bedroom door and include the reinforced bolt and hinge system someone recommended earlier in the thread, this will be one of the most effective additions and allow you and outer and inner ring of security and buy you time for LE to respond. The sharp thorn bushes under all exterior windows is also a great idea just keep them just short of the window. Lastly, a dog of any kind will work great as an alarm system, purchase and train in the use of firearms, I'd recommend a 9mm glock 19 with a weapon light for home defense or a pistol caliber carbine with the same light and red dot sight. Along with this you should educate and train yourself on how to treat gunshot wounds and keep the appropriate medical kit around for that scenario as well. If someone does break into ur house at night, ur primary means of defense at that point should be to quickly secure everyone behind your now hardened bedroom door, and establish roles for everyone. While one person is calling 911 you should be grabbing a weapon that should already be loaded, people in your room should be staying low and getting behind cover away from the door etc. another tactic should be turning the lights off on the room and positioning a flashlight away from your cover point but focused on the door. In the event of them eventually getting through this will confuse them upon entry giving you time to do the lords work. Best of luck if ur preps.

  26. Thank you! You have given some great ideas as well. I went this morning and measured all of our exterior windows (trim to ground) and how far they opened (my stomach sank at how easy it was and how easy it was to access the inside screen lock) these windows will be taken care of (the other windows that we have been able to replace are double paned and are slider windows a touch more difficult but work can still be done. However, all windows do have double locks. (And ... yes, I did attempt to "break in a window that was unlocked - it can be done) ...

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