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Posted: 7/14/2009 7:19:06 AM EST
[Last Edit: 7/14/2009 8:29:50 AM EST by DLaw]
What have you done to make your house more secure? What tips do you have for Arfcommers?

Just got 3M window shield applied to the front windows of my house. Installed a strikemaster II and wednesday installing my security screen door....I also have a monitored alarm and 2 big dogs...What security measures/tips do you have?







Link Posted: 7/14/2009 9:22:35 AM EST
Link Posted: 7/14/2009 9:24:25 AM EST


Too many malfunctions, can't negotiate stairs...

Link Posted: 7/14/2009 9:39:44 AM EST
I don't have stairs. So far the malfunctions have not been life-threatening, but my walls are heavily ventilated. I've also had to replace the front door several times... solicitors maybe?
Link Posted: 7/14/2009 10:12:19 AM EST
Fenced in yard
heavy doors
two dogs
monitored alarm system



me
Link Posted: 7/14/2009 11:40:31 AM EST
I'm looking for some ideas guys where do I need to improve on my security set up?
Link Posted: 7/14/2009 11:43:54 AM EST
Beyond what has been mentioned - avoid large bushes/shrubs close to windows (good cover for bad actors). Motion-sensitive lighting. Be on good terms with your neighbors. Most of all, keep quiet about what valuables you have on hand. Don't tell everyone who'll listen about your guns/coin collection/high-end wine cellar/rare art work. You can't control who a co-worker will tell about your stuff... word gets around. My neighbors and co-workers know squat about my guns, and it's going to stay that way.
Link Posted: 7/14/2009 11:47:06 AM EST
A dog who isn't scared to tear someone a new asshole. Two is even better.
Link Posted: 7/14/2009 11:55:02 AM EST
Originally Posted By fishngrits:
A dog who isn't scared to tear someone a new asshole. Two is even better.


How's these


Anatolian


Tibetan Mastiff
Link Posted: 7/14/2009 12:06:01 PM EST

Originally Posted By DLaw:
Originally Posted By fishngrits:
A dog who isn't scared to tear someone a new asshole. Two is even better.


How's these

http://i31.tinypic.com/2dv536e.jpg
Anatolian

http://i31.tinypic.com/25f6pav.jpg
Tibetan Mastiff

Are those yours, or are you asking my opinion? They look expensive.

I have a pit bull/bullmastiff mix. I got him from the pound. He hates pretty much everyone, unless I'm with them.
Link Posted: 7/14/2009 12:16:51 PM EST
Originally Posted By fishngrits:

Originally Posted By DLaw:
Originally Posted By fishngrits:
A dog who isn't scared to tear someone a new asshole. Two is even better.


How's these

http://i31.tinypic.com/2dv536e.jpg
Anatolian

http://i31.tinypic.com/25f6pav.jpg
Tibetan Mastiff

Are those yours, or are you asking my opinion? They look expensive.

I have a pit bull/bullmastiff mix. I got him from the pound. He hates pretty much everyone, unless I'm with them.


The ones in the picks aren't mine, but those are the 2 breeds I have...



Link Posted: 7/14/2009 12:19:52 PM EST

Originally Posted By DLaw:
Originally Posted By fishngrits:

Originally Posted By DLaw:
Originally Posted By fishngrits:
A dog who isn't scared to tear someone a new asshole. Two is even better.


How's these

http://i31.tinypic.com/2dv536e.jpg
Anatolian

http://i31.tinypic.com/25f6pav.jpg
Tibetan Mastiff

Are those yours, or are you asking my opinion? They look expensive.

I have a pit bull/bullmastiff mix. I got him from the pound. He hates pretty much everyone, unless I'm with them.


The ones in the picks aren't mine, but those are the 2 breeds I have...



Beautiful animals. I'm sure they'll do fine.

Link Posted: 7/14/2009 12:34:46 PM EST
Originally Posted By fishngrits:

Originally Posted By DLaw:
Originally Posted By fishngrits:

Originally Posted By DLaw:
Originally Posted By fishngrits:
A dog who isn't scared to tear someone a new asshole. Two is even better.


How's these

http://i31.tinypic.com/2dv536e.jpg
Anatolian

http://i31.tinypic.com/25f6pav.jpg
Tibetan Mastiff

Are those yours, or are you asking my opinion? They look expensive.

I have a pit bull/bullmastiff mix. I got him from the pound. He hates pretty much everyone, unless I'm with them.


The ones in the picks aren't mine, but those are the 2 breeds I have...



Beautiful animals. I'm sure they'll do fine.



Thanks...They are great protectors especially of my girl..Wholly molly if they don't know you and you're in my girls space it's game on....

Found a pic of him with her...





Link Posted: 7/14/2009 1:39:31 PM EST
Originally Posted By DLaw:
What have you done to make your house more secure? What tips do you have for Arfcommers?

Just got 3M window shield applied to the front windows of my house. Installed a strikemaster II and wednesday installing my security screen door....I also have a monitored alarm and 2 big dogs...What security measures/tips do you have?


http://i31.tinypic.com/2exscap.jpg

http://i26.tinypic.com/mj321e.jpg

http://i27.tinypic.com/igm3hv.jpg


Per Square foot what did they charge to install the 3M film? What type of company did the installation?

I have the StrikeMaster2 on all of our doors and used 4" screws instead of the supplied 2.5". I also used the 4" screws on the hinges.

FB
Link Posted: 7/14/2009 1:42:57 PM EST
Originally Posted By Firebird69:
Originally Posted By DLaw:
What have you done to make your house more secure? What tips do you have for Arfcommers?

Just got 3M window shield applied to the front windows of my house. Installed a strikemaster II and wednesday installing my security screen door....I also have a monitored alarm and 2 big dogs...What security measures/tips do you have?


http://i31.tinypic.com/2exscap.jpg

http://i26.tinypic.com/mj321e.jpg

http://i27.tinypic.com/igm3hv.jpg


Per Square foot what did they charge to install the 3M film? What type of company did the installation?

I have the StrikeMaster2 on all of our doors and used 4" screws instead of the supplied 2.5". I also used the 4" screws on the hinges.

FB


For 79 sq ft of security film it was $537 dollars.....I went to 3M's website and got the info for an installer from there.

Link Posted: 7/14/2009 6:14:36 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/14/2009 6:16:20 PM EST by fearme]
Besides the obvious stuff, LOTS of lights always help.

Common domestic dogs also are usually over-rated. Sure they might make good alarms if someone can hear them (and care). Most domestic dogs react very poorly when confronted with real aggression especially involving multiple people.

In Africa I got to learn all about real home security. Real guard dogs are trained and few dogs make the cut. You need at least 2 but four are best in case one or more are killed. The pack instinct is strong. The animals I knew that were very effective and had, in cases, killed intruders were also not dogs you would want living with you as a pet (At least not with me!).

Link Posted: 7/15/2009 6:13:12 PM EST
Monitored home security system.

No tall bushes/tress near house.

Motion sensor lights outside.

Small dog, but very good alerter.

Glock 19 with Streamlight TLR-1 in quick release gun vault. Heavier weapons close by and GTG.

Me and wife trained.
Link Posted: 7/16/2009 11:40:42 AM EST
I don't know how your driveway is, but a GOOD driveway monitor/alarm could come in handy. I got tired of hearing my dogs bark ,then having to look out the window. I bought a $30 color camera from Harbor Freight 5 years ago and it still works great for me. I have a 50'' lcd that I can split screen to check/watch the camera.
Link Posted: 7/17/2009 12:25:52 PM EST
Nasty cactus under windows keeps people away, bugs won't eat them and you don't have to water.
Landscaping can be defensive in nature.

3" screws to hold Latch plates and Deadbolt plates to door frames, replacing the 5/8" ones.. Make a One kick door into a 3-4 kick, time enough to wake up!
Dogs, Lights, good neighbors,,,,
Link Posted: 7/27/2009 8:51:58 AM EST
[Last Edit: 7/27/2009 8:54:27 AM EST by TheRocketmac]
Does "not having anything of value" count as good security?

Passports, Birth Certificates, SS Cards, Marriage Certificate, deed, unused cc's are in a lockbox at the bank.

Everything gets shredded and disposed with a secured hauler.

Computer, TV and kitchen knives are fair game though I guess.

Oh yeah, I do need to find some place to put the EBR, 590SP and 870. damn.


/ETA: Seriously. Monitored Security system (apartment complex).
We're on the ground floor with stained concrete floors. Safe is in an inner closet (not near any exterior windows/doors) and bolted to walls in the corner and weight 1000+lbs. It's not fullproof, but at least it's something.

Add very territorial dog that is home 24/7 and misc lights on at all times (thanks to timers).
Link Posted: 7/27/2009 11:00:52 AM EST
[Last Edit: 7/27/2009 11:01:38 AM EST by macman37]
One small thing people tend to forget when it comes to home security: Opsec!

Close your windows at night - I can't tell you how many times I've seen people with HUGE TVs just leave their big beautiful picture window blinds/shades open so people can see not only what you're watching, but also that you have a gigundus TV. Talk about a theft magnet. And it's so easily avoided!

Also: When you get that big TV (or anything of value) and want to dispose of the box, don't just put it by the curb. Cut it up and bag it (better yet: burn it).
Link Posted: 7/29/2009 8:08:18 AM EST
I keep all spare keys in my gun safe, so only the ring that is either in my pocket or on the nightstand next to me as I sleep is available.
If they're stealing my stuff, they're not using my trucks to do it.

Kharn
Link Posted: 7/29/2009 12:32:32 PM EST
Think delay tactics too... Leave a bunch of old spare keys out that fit nothing.
Link Posted: 7/30/2009 2:25:02 AM EST
Originally Posted By fearme:
Think delay tactics too... Leave a bunch of old spare keys out that fit nothing.


Delightful!
Link Posted: 8/9/2009 5:49:20 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/9/2009 5:50:50 AM EST by jekbrown]
I just want enough protection that either a) the 'other guys' house looks more appealing or b) the bad guy has to make enough noise to alert my dogs. Once they are alert, I'll be woken up and can defend the frontier. At any rate, I think a security system should be comprehensive, from permiter fences to lighting, cams, dogs, good locks and defensive planting. Any one of these things is pretty easily overcome...but all of them working together makes almost any other house look like a 'good score' to the average POS criminal. Anyone who is willing to blow all that off and attack your home anyway deserves all the 00 you can launch at them.
Link Posted: 8/11/2009 1:53:12 AM EST
Originally Posted By Lockstep:
Nasty cactus under windows keeps people away, bugs won't eat them and you don't have to water.
Landscaping can be defensive in nature.

3" screws to hold Latch plates and Deadbolt plates to door frames, replacing the 5/8" ones.. Make a One kick door into a 3-4 kick, time enough to wake up!
Dogs, Lights, good neighbors,,,,


true statement. try to make your plants work for you.

Link Posted: 8/21/2009 9:31:44 AM EST
Originally Posted By fishngrits:
A dog who isn't scared to tear someone a new asshole. Two is even better.


+1 on that. Two is so much better than one. I have a neighbor with 3 adult German Shepards!
Link Posted: 8/21/2009 9:34:54 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/21/2009 9:35:28 AM EST by PraesulPresul1]
Double tap..-oops
Link Posted: 9/2/2009 10:50:59 PM EST
A couple of things that I do. I have a fenced yard, but I keep a combo lock on the gate. Have to take it off when the mowing guys come. Otherwise, i leave it on and LOCKED! It CAN be shaked off from the outside if it isn't. Also, i have a lock on the rail of my garage door. This way, if it were somehow opened when I wasn't the one doing it, you might get 6" out of it. Plus all the lights, 3" screws, etc. Someone already said it but, OPSEC. If you don't trust them with your life they don't need to know what you have.
GT
Link Posted: 9/4/2009 8:39:27 AM EST
A couple of simple and cheap things to do.

1. Keep your name and adress out of the phone book. Any thief who knows your name and that you have something they want can get your adress from the book. It isn't that difficult to find where someone with an unlisted number lives, but it is one more hoop a would be criminal has to jump through.

2. Avoid devoloping a routine in your life. Most people are easy to pattern and anyone casing your house will have your schedule down better than you do.
Link Posted: 9/4/2009 8:46:07 AM EST
In case I haven't mentioned it before, those of you with garage door openers in your cars, bring those inside don't leave them in your vehicles..
Link Posted: 9/4/2009 10:06:27 AM EST
Good ideas in this thread. I agree, not showing off or running your mouth about what you have is the best security. If someone wants in, they'll get in. Trick is to make your house a harder target than the neighbors.


Entry doors:
Do you have thumb latch deadbolts? If so, and there is glass nearby. All someone has to do is break the glass, reach in and unlock the door. Replace them w/ double keyed deadbolts. At night and when your away, take the key out of the deadbolt. Granted someone can always kick the door down, but that should be reinforced as well.

This can be a fire hazard, but if you have a place close to the door to ALWAYS keep the key, I don't see a problem with it.

Garage Doors:
For those of you w/ windows on your garage doors... when the door is shut, look and see where the rope hangs to manually open the door. Does is hang within reach of the garage window? If so, all someone has to do is break the glass, reach in and pull the rope. Garage open! (unless you have some other kind of lock.
Link Posted: 9/4/2009 2:00:38 PM EST

Originally Posted By DLaw:
In case I haven't mentioned it before, those of you with garage door openers in your cars, bring those inside don't leave them in your vehicles..

I ran a switch to the outlet that gives power to our opener. When we set the alarm at night we flip the switch.
Link Posted: 9/6/2009 1:02:05 PM EST
Security windows and doors, film on the window's are good but a true laminated double pane window with a strong frame is better.

Large loud dog... mostly for intimidation and alerting of who the robber/invader really needs to worry about. ME!

Lighting is essential.

Monitored alarm is good but more to alert the occupant, what ever is going to happen will be done before LEO's get there.

Secured "House gun" near bed ie. pistol with mounted light in a quick safe in the night stand.

secondary weapons Shotty, AR etc.

A plan for the wife and children. They need to know what to do when you are doing what you have to. A secure place sort of a safe room. Also have the wife instructed in how to use her weapon of choice.

Hopefully when the time comes any sons will be able to help the cause (providing they are old enough)

All ways be alert and ready and remember that hesitation/apprehension kills, and not who you want it to. The thing I have found over the years is that the people who would do these things have nothing to lose so they do not hesitate in their actions. So just remember if you are going to do it. DO IT!
Link Posted: 9/7/2009 11:30:16 AM EST
Originally Posted By Firebird69:

Originally Posted By DLaw:
In case I haven't mentioned it before, those of you with garage door openers in your cars, bring those inside don't leave them in your vehicles..

I ran a switch to the outlet that gives power to our opener. When we set the alarm at night we flip the switch.


Very simple and works, great idea.
Link Posted: 9/7/2009 11:31:08 AM EST
Originally Posted By DLaw:
Originally Posted By Firebird69:
Originally Posted By DLaw:
What have you done to make your house more secure? What tips do you have for Arfcommers?

Just got 3M window shield applied to the front windows of my house. Installed a strikemaster II and wednesday installing my security screen door....I also have a monitored alarm and 2 big dogs...What security measures/tips do you have?


http://i31.tinypic.com/2exscap.jpg

http://i26.tinypic.com/mj321e.jpg

http://i27.tinypic.com/igm3hv.jpg


Per Square foot what did they charge to install the 3M film? What type of company did the installation?

I have the StrikeMaster2 on all of our doors and used 4" screws instead of the supplied 2.5". I also used the 4" screws on the hinges.

FB


For 79 sq ft of security film it was $537 dollars.....I went to 3M's website and got the info for an installer from there.



DLaw can you post a link? I looked but did not see a place to find a local dealer.
Link Posted: 9/8/2009 7:46:03 AM EST
Originally Posted By JoshAR:
Originally Posted By DLaw:
Originally Posted By Firebird69:
Originally Posted By DLaw:
What have you done to make your house more secure? What tips do you have for Arfcommers?

Just got 3M window shield applied to the front windows of my house. Installed a strikemaster II and wednesday installing my security screen door....I also have a monitored alarm and 2 big dogs...What security measures/tips do you have?


http://i31.tinypic.com/2exscap.jpg

http://i26.tinypic.com/mj321e.jpg

http://i27.tinypic.com/igm3hv.jpg


Per Square foot what did they charge to install the 3M film? What type of company did the installation?

I have the StrikeMaster2 on all of our doors and used 4" screws instead of the supplied 2.5". I also used the 4" screws on the hinges.

FB


For 79 sq ft of security film it was $537 dollars.....I went to 3M's website and got the info for an installer from there.



DLaw can you post a link? I looked but did not see a place to find a local dealer.


http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/WF/3MWindowFilms/CustomerSupport/WheretoBuy/

Link Posted: 9/8/2009 2:44:14 PM EST
DLAW, did you get the security screen door installed? How do you like it? Are the holes small enough to keep insects out? Can you see in through the mesh at night?
Link Posted: 9/8/2009 5:01:37 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/8/2009 5:02:19 PM EST by ajtayl03]
Originally Posted By DLaw:
In case I haven't mentioned it before, those of you with garage door openers in your cars, bring those inside don't leave them in your vehicles..


QFT.

A month or two ago somebody just down the street had their house broken into. Some fool used their garage door opener in their car to gain access.

Happily, the story ended well. The man of the house heard the door open and went to investigate. Found the intruder hiding in a closet and wrestled him to the floor while the wife held him at gunpoint and called the cops. Turns out they also had houseguests that night, one a former FBI agent. That dude picked the wrong house to break into.

ETA: Spelling fail.
Link Posted: 9/8/2009 5:30:21 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/8/2009 5:30:51 PM EST by macman37]
Went through the house this past weekend and replaced every exterior door hinge and strikeplate screw with 2.25" screws. Cheap, easy peace of mind, whatever that's worth.
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 7:11:02 AM EST
Originally Posted By NCCAT:
DLAW, did you get the security screen door installed? How do you like it? Are the holes small enough to keep insects out? Can you see in through the mesh at night?


Yes I did get the door installed, had a couple buddies over for beer and barbeque, took us about 2-2 1/2 hours from start to finish.....We drank alot of beer during the process. I freaking love it. I have no windows that open in the front of the house. Now I open up the front door open the back windows and the breeze is fantastic.

The holes are really small, but bugs come in all shapes and sizes so It probably keeps most of them out.


You can see through it but the best way to describe it is like a dark window tint on glass...

In my opinion it was worth the $$$...



Link Posted: 9/10/2009 4:18:09 PM EST
Originally Posted By Lockstep:
Nasty cactus under windows keeps people away, bugs won't eat them and you don't have to water.
Landscaping can be defensive in nature.


Security through Environmental Design
I like it!


Link Posted: 9/19/2009 2:11:17 AM EST
I have my home set up with Insteon remote control light switches and motion detectors. Also have Linksys wireless camera's with motion detectors set up to view outside the house. (Cameras are inside the house but set up in transom windows looking outside)

At night if someone gets near any of the doors / garage door, the outside flood lights come on automatically. This also sets off the motion detector of the video cameras to capture any activity. We have cats and a pet door, and I've been able so set up the motion detectors so that the cats don't randomly set them off.

From my bedside, I can hit a button to turn on outside flood lights manually if I hear a noise. I can also hit a button which turns on all lights inside and out (with the exception of the bedroom where I am) if I think someone is inside the house.

Have an alarm system as well, but my wife and I are both very light sleepers and one or both of us would hear someone coming into the house anyway.

The cameras are nice in day as well. If I'm sitting at my PC, I can use the software to see a view of all the cameras at once to see what's going on outside. Also, if I'm on travel I can log in over the internet to see what's going on outside the house. Don't travel much anymore, so I rarely get to use that feature though.

I've been able to add to this system a few pieces at a time over the last few years. It's modular and relatively inexpensive compared to the high-end surveillance options.

Oh, yeah, and if power is out, I have my AR with a Surefire Weapons Light attached.
Link Posted: 10/1/2009 8:39:34 AM EST
My wife and I just bought moved into a nice upper-middle class neighborhood almost a year ago. There have been three break-ins in the past 6 months, one of them our next door neighbors. I'm fairly certain that my Rottie deterred anyone from contemplating my house. But, our neighborhood watch noticed a car parked suspiciously in front of our house the other day. It was filled with four "urban youths". Most likley they were casing the nighborhood and probably my house.

This has made me rethink my security set-up. Have the security lights with motion detectors and the dog. All of the break ins, though, have occurred during the day. My concerns are the front door, basement walk-out door, and the sliding glass door to the deck. If someone wants in bad enough they'll get in, but for most commin criminals, if it's a hardened target they'll move on.

I'd like to find a way to reinforce both the front door and the basement door. Has anyone tried this product? http://www.djarmor.com/ It looks promising. I'd also like to buy stronger doors, if anyone has recommendations.

Has anyone found a good solution to sliding glass doors? The 3M film will help, but can't they be easily lifted off the track?
Link Posted: 10/1/2009 9:31:56 AM EST
Originally Posted By SIG_gunner:
My wife and I just bought moved into a nice upper-middle class neighborhood almost a year ago. There have been three break-ins in the past 6 months, one of them our next door neighbors. I'm fairly certain that my Rottie deterred anyone from contemplating my house. But, our neighborhood watch noticed a car parked suspiciously in front of our house the other day. It was filled with four "urban youths". Most likley they were casing the nighborhood and probably my house.

This has made me rethink my security set-up. Have the security lights with motion detectors and the dog. All of the break ins, though, have occurred during the day. My concerns are the front door, basement walk-out door, and the sliding glass door to the deck. If someone wants in bad enough they'll get in, but for most commin criminals, if it's a hardened target they'll move on.

I'd like to find a way to reinforce both the front door and the basement door. Has anyone tried this product? http://www.djarmor.com/ It looks promising. I'd also like to buy stronger doors, if anyone has recommendations.

Has anyone found a good solution to sliding glass doors? The 3M film will help, but can't they be easily lifted off the track?


Alarm/Strikemaster/Security door/3M/Cameras and one more big dog....These are what you need..

Link Posted: 10/4/2009 7:47:06 PM EST
I've taken a hard look at my home security. I live in a rented town home and I'm trying to get out and back to a house, hopefully my offer is accepted on a short sale. For those living in a townhome/apartment, I've figured this to be about the best and most affordable.

-Long heavy duty screws in the strike plates/hinges on the doors. Maybe even a 2nd deadbolt higher on the door, like you see on NYC apartment doors on TV.
-Screwed down locks on the window frames.
-Broom handle in the slider track, pin in the door frames. (I still feel that the slider is the weakest point. Another unit was broken into a few months ago and the bad guys through a big rock through the slider to gain access) I haven't wanted to invest in burglar bars for the slider, or window film. Too expensive for a rental.
-My townhome has a builder installed alarm system, with a motion detector in the living area, and all windows/doors sensored. I hacked it and set it up for personal use. I don't subscribe to monitoring, I know people in that industry and I'm not too impressed with the service from call centers. I set it when I leave the house, and set it to 'instant' when I go to bed. The best piece of mind is having it set at night since I sleep upstairs away, and I'm a heavy sleeper.
-Lights on at random times, and always when I'm away.
-Semi Auto 9-shot 12ga with a blinding light. 9 shot .45 with a blinding light

That's about all I can throw at them right now.

When I get the house, I've already planned on the following.
-Beefed up door hardware/strikeplates/screws
-Rekey the house with better locks
-Exterior motion lights at the right places
-Installed security system with a direct line to my cell phone
-A couple of cameras front and back networked to my computer with a feed to my TV
-Window locks
-Driveway gate. There is a 6-8 car driveway there with a double gate that swings open. I'm going to look into a sliding automatic gate to replace it.
-And again, fully armed with choice HD weapons.

I do have a dog, but he's a big teddy bear. He'll bark at noise, but I can't guarantee that because he's a heavy sleeper too!
Link Posted: 10/5/2009 3:26:47 PM EST
A few months ago I added a new layer of defense. Knock Out rose bushes. One side of our home has large windows and a neighbors six foot fence seven feet away. These things have grown to the size of a basketball in short time and promise to be 4ft wide and 4ft tall. Thick as a briar bush, found at HD / Lowes and will cut you to ribbons.
Link Posted: 10/6/2009 8:45:51 AM EST
Originally Posted By SIG_gunner:
Has anyone found a good solution to sliding glass doors? The 3M film will help, but can't they be easily lifted off the track?

Put a screw into the frame above the door about 3-4" in from the wall. It will prevent the door from being lifted up off the track. Depending on the door you might want to do both ends.


Link Posted: 10/6/2009 4:58:23 PM EST
That trick still doesn't stop a brick from smashing the window. A buddy of mine just got robbed, the bad guys threw a cinder block through the slider. He didn't have a motion detector or a glass break sensor so his alarm didn't go off. They made of with a butt load of stuff too.
Link Posted: 10/6/2009 7:44:59 PM EST
I had a house with a glass slider and it drove me crazy security wise. My current house has all steel exterior doors with reinforced strikers and quality steel hinge screws. Motion sensing lights are good and no garage door openers in cars is a must. That one is just too simple for the bad guys. PRetty much any of them can easily get in a car these days and once they have your garage door opener, the garage is just too easy a target.

I am a big fan of dogs. Even the ones that are not necessarily guard dogs but they make great warning devices and also would be a good distraction for the bad guy if things did get ugly. I also believe valuables such as cash, jewelry, guns, etc should be locked in a bolted down safe. And of course one of the very best things to decrease your risk of a break in is really simple... always have lights on in and around your house. It seems so basic and simple but it really works. We have lamps that stay on all night as well as lights on outside along with motion sensing floodlights in key areas outside. To keep the cost down, we use those compact flour tubes in the always on lights so they only use a few watts.
Link Posted: 10/7/2009 5:16:39 AM EST
Originally Posted By jrsmiles:
That trick still doesn't stop a brick from smashing the window. A buddy of mine just got robbed, the bad guys threw a cinder block through the slider. He didn't have a motion detector or a glass break sensor so his alarm didn't go off. They made of with a butt load of stuff too.

No shit. I was supplying that cheap fix because someone said they know about adding 3M film but wanted a way to keep the slider from being lifted off the track. If someone wants in your house bad enough, and doesn't care how much noise they make they can break any window or door to gain entry. The idea is to make it more difficult for the common criminal to get in. I've got sensors on every door and window along with glass breaks at the sliders (which are hurricane resistant glass), a big dog, motion lights, etc. All of this helps make my house a less-desirable target but I'm under no illusion that someone couldn't get in if they really wanted to.

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