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Burglary Prevention - January 8, 2013, 09:25 PM

So from past experience of robbery, nothing other then rape, or getting hit with a gravity hammer(Dane Cook reference) rounding a corner, is as bad as the feeling of being burglarized. In Ashburn, a recent neighbor was hit.

Wanted to start a thread with active prevention and dissuasion techniques to prevent burglary of home and auto. With the winter season in progress, and economy not doing too hot, crimes are bound to happen.

Off the top of my head, a dissuasion technique for sure could be the placement of dog related items around the house or on the front/back IE dog tie up chain.

Anyone else have anything to add to the list.
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January 8, 2013, 09:30 PM

lets try and keep this somewhat practical so people may learn/use the benefits.
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Security system, security system signs in yard, bright ass motion lights, and a couple firearm manufacturer stickers on your cars.


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Security system, security system signs in yard, bright ass motion lights, and a couple firearm manufacturer stickers on your cars.
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Also if they get signs that you have a dog it helps.


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January 9, 2013, 02:27 AM

I will also stress really bright motion lights.

I installed from and rear motion lights on our townhouse in Sterling, mainly so that my wife had a lit driveway to walk up. Kids in the neighborhood always mingled around our front/back yard since we're right to an open grass sitting area; I'm sure they're respectful for the most part but I didn't like the thought they were potentially in our back yard for no good reason.

The rear security light I installed is a dual head LED unit, something like 3000 lumens, enough to light up the entire area behind the house with ease. The front light is a little more classy since I tried to keep the same design as what was already there, the single bulb is 800 or so lumens as to not annoy the neighbors too much yet still light up the driveway.

Since installing both units we noticed that the kids have stopped mingling in front of the house and I have never seen a single person in the backyard. The folks currently renting the home from us have mentioned multiple times that they really like having the lights (which their last place did not have).

Besides installing motion lights I would highly recommend a wireless camera kit (Logitech Alert for example; ping Spud) to capture people nearby (I wouldn't make the location obvious as this won't necessarily deter a thief but it will help provide additional evidence to the police). We used an older D-Link setup that had a wireless monitor as well to show what each camera saw, also worked great to see who was at the door.


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January 9, 2013, 08:09 AM

You're can't make your house impenetrable. The best you can do is discourage the smash-and-grab burglar so that he looks for an easy score elsewhere. Someone who specifically targets you because he knows what you have, whether its guns, motorcycles, cash, jewelry, electronics, etc. will also take the time to figure out a way around your security measures.

With that in mind:

- Good locks on the doors, not the cheap contractor-grade stuff from Lowes or Home-Depot. We have these: Welcome to the ASSA High Security Locks Web site

- Window security film (tinted versions also help keep the house cool in summer), something like Ultra Series - Ultra Protection safety window film for commercial, industrial - 3M US

- Dog with a deep bark. I noticed that since we have three, one is always "on duty". Gotta love GSD's.

- Put up alarm/surveillance system signs (even if you don't have one).

- If you get any high-end electronics or expensive items, don't put the empty box(es) on the curb. Drop them off at the recycle center yourself.

- Install motion sensor lights

- Plant thorny bushes under your windows. Pyrocanthia works. If that isn't possible make sure that whatever landscaping is around your windows doesn't give a burglar a hiding place while he breaks in.

- Find the nosy neighbor on your block who is retired and home all day, and let him/her know that you think your place is being cased.

- If someone does manage to break in, an automatic pepper spray dispenser will help ensure that the perps leave quickly: Pepper Spray Booby Trap Alarm


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Dog, bright lights. Locked gates for back yard. Alarm system with signs.

Leave a car in your driveway if possible, an empty driveway says you aren't home.

Lights on timers set to different times around the house.

Keep your blinds down. Don't let people inventory your home from outside. Out of sight, out of mind. Charlie bars on all sliding doors. Lock all windows. Remove window fans from lower level before you leave. Test your windows and doors for strength.

Try to break in to your own home. That's how I found the any window could be opened in my previous home, if I pushed in and lifted up any window, it would defeat the locking mechanism of the window.

Think like a wolf. For example, don't leave the box of your new 50" TV sitting outside for the garbage man. Cut it up or burn it. Things like that will increase your chances of not being violated. Stop the newspaper / postal mail if you leave town. Ask a neighbor to watch for any deliveries etc and promise to do the same.

Most thieves go for low hanging fruit. Keep yourself from being the easiest target on the block.

For the absolute worst case scenario, home invasion, have a gun and know how to use it. Establish a safe room.
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and a couple firearm manufacturer stickers on your cars.
Would make traffic stops more interesting...
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- Good locks on the doors, not the cheap contractor-grade stuff from Lowes or Home-Depot. We have these: Welcome to the ASSA High Security Locks Web site
Along with good steel security doors set in steel door frames.
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....and a couple firearm manufacturer stickers on your cars.

I would think that would make you a target for folks looking to steal guns.
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I would think that would make you a target for folks looking to steal guns.


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Unless you're home 24/7, it doesn't pay to advertise.
Yep. Let them find out if you have a gun the hard way.
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January 9, 2013, 08:39 AM

Since I live downtown, it's like I live in a prison. Bars on all my doors and windows haha
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Yep. Let them find out if you have a gun the hard way.

Yep. Like that mom in GA who blew away the burglar a couple days ago:

Georgia Mom Hiding With Kids, Shoots Intruder - ABC News
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