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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-08-2007, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
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What do you do to protect your home?

I'm settling into a new place. After a few years of apartment living I'm back into a house with a garage. I got to thinking about my tools and my situation. I don't own a lot, but I'd hate to replace it. And I'm sure I'm going to continue to add to what I have.

But how do you keep somebody from backing a truck up to your house while you are at work? Do you board up the windows and doors and work in a bunker? And what is the best way to document what I do have for insurance purposes?
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First off....don't advertise....dirt bags usually don't take something unless they know you have it. This was one of the reasons we bought a house that has a detached garage in the back....With the gate closed, no one knows what I have or what I'm doing. So, if your garage faces the front...keep the door closed unless your working in it.

Get a dog. Most entries are through a back door or window. A dog in the back will keep 99% of the dirt bags out.

Take a video walk of you house and garage recording everything you have.

Engrave you state drivers license # on tools and electronics. Most pawn shops will not take items that have a lic # on them that does not match the num of the guy selling it.

Record ALL serial #'s. Not only do you stand a much better chance of getting your stuff back, the dirt bag stands a better chance of going to jail for being in possession of stolen goods.

And don't worry. If people want your stuff bad enough...they will take it. Do the above and you will put yourself at the bottom of the 'likely victim' list.

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Sound advice from JeepDawg.
Insure your "stuff", but to protect what's really important, teach everyone how to use that 12 gauge pump shotgun that you always keep handy.

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Have 10 kids... that way it's highly unlikely that there will never be a time when there isn't anyone home... especially you, you won't be able to afford to go anywhere.
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a dog is always good ..... it doesnt need to be mean.....just noisey

I like Labs and Lab mixes....they are some of the best dogs out there!

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Chain link fence completely around the place, 3 loud dogs, and a motion sensing alarm on the gate.
That alarm is loud enough to be heard for a long ways and it turns floodlights on.
Funny how many times it's gone off in the middle of the night, I look out and see someone hightailing it down the street. The gate is back from the street where nobody would be unless they were trying to open the gate.

The alarm is simple and cheap - it's just a motion sensing floodlight hooked to a car alarm.
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Good advice!

So far,
from post to post
1.Things you need to do(Jeepdawg)
2.Firearms. BUT THAT NEEDS TO BE WITH GOOD TRAINING(raduckal)
3.Keep people around as much as possible.(LEVE)
4. a dog is priceless.(greg)

1 is just good darn common sense. Actually the most bang for the buck.
2 while I live by this it takes IMHO training to make it a safe response
3 best answer, but not the easiest. People scare other people away 99% of the time.
4 just read it again. Dogs aren't for everyone and take a TON of time. But they are the BEST alarm you can have if you want to "afford them".

ANd my addition................
Good neighbors. I can't be home all the time and neither can my wife. I have good ones next to me that will call first and shoot second. A man can't ask for more than that when he's not home.

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All good advice. eerything was covered,

If you use the concentric rings of security, you start with:

*The perimeter (fence is good start),
*Then, between the fence and the house your next layer would be something like a dog, motion detection light, neighbors, etc,
*Move to the next layer and secure the building (doors, windows, etc. by keeping them secured and/or monitored by an alarm system)
*Then move to the inside (using anything from electronic systems, or if you prefer, guns )

Burg systems are pretty cheap if you can find someone locally to by you one wholesale, and they are not hard to install.

You can go with someone like ADT or something like that, but they get you on the monitoring fees. Buy one and install it yourself and just put in a nice loud siren and you don't need monitoring (unless you want the peace of mind for your family when you arent't there).

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Wow!, some of you people are paranoid

So far, everywhere I've lived, I just locked the doors, and sometimes, I wouldn't even do that. And if anything get's yanked, I've got insurance to cover the loss.

The protection that you need is going to be area dependent. Higher crime area, more protection, lower crime area, minimal protection.

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dont forget razor wire!

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