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Old 09-11-2007, 08:02 PM   #16
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We installed a doggie door and an underground fence for our dog about a year ago because I was tired of having to let him out every time he needed to go. Now there is very little that goes on around our house late at night that he dosen't let us know about (much to our teenagers dismay).
animals are awesome deterrants, or at least alarms, no doubt! I have a hybrid jungle cat who's totally spastic and hyperactive. I know he won't scare anyone away, or be able to hurt anyone, but if there's *anything* suspect, he wakes us up w/o exception (if there's a roach in the house, he'll wake us at 4am to come show us!). I really want to get a pitbull, but with the cat and the fact I plan to have kids in like 5 years, that kinda hurts that idea

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Old 09-11-2007, 08:51 PM   #17
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MT Consider this...

"Your home aint worth it"

To each his own but.......

The raging crackhead who decides your house is the pick up the day for the next rock doesnt care.. He wont rationalize... Just maime and kill til the court says " Dont do that anymore" and then I'm sure he will stop.

I have two trained attack shelties who will devour cheese or dog treats at will...

I also have three guns and a couple of knives...

But I do have UL 437 approved deadbolts on my doors which will make his shoulder hurt when he trys to push the door open and will make a lock bumper sound like a rabid woodpecker.

The cost at 2AM when you are on the inside....

Priceless..

Your call...
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Old 09-11-2007, 09:05 PM   #18
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I think you hit it on the head... theives look for an easy mark, not because there' any really valuable items, but rather he thinks he can get in and out and grab a few bucks easily...

Given that, I think that visual deterents work well... it's not scientifically proven, but a buddy who's a cop said he thinks that beware of dog, and "home protected by security company x" signs work well... home break-ins are usually opportunistic crimes... a guy cases the house, looks like an easy mark, in and out within 5 minutes... if they think anything will stop them from doing it in 5 min, they go to the next house...
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Old 09-11-2007, 09:13 PM   #19
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I think your right that visual deterrents will help with the run of the mill everyday con trying to find an easy prey but its the crackheads that ya really have to worry about. They dont think or play by the old guy rules..

Kinda like terrorists.. Its a new way of thinking we all need to adapt to.

Physical barriers such as locks and alarms, etc are what you need to truly protect your loved ones.
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Old 09-12-2007, 08:21 AM   #20
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A house around the corner was robbed at the same time.....both simple targets.....I will opt for the visual detterants......but I was in my car thinking about it yesterday.....realizing I have a nice aluminum bat right next to me.....and I can hit pretty well.....oh how I wish I found him.
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We spend $30/month on an alarm system, have motion sensor lights that activate at night, dead bolts on metal exterior doors, secondary locks on the sliding doors, pitbull mix dog (she's so sweet, but you'd be surprised at how someone reacts when they think a dog is even part pit).

I have no problems sleepin'.

You could always take Krav Maga. Here's some dude defending against a knife to the throat.
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A house around the corner was robbed at the same time.....both simple targets.....I will opt for the visual detterants......but I was in my car thinking about it yesterday.....realizing I have a nice aluminum bat right next to me.....and I can hit pretty well.....oh how I wish I found him.
That would work just dandy assuming he didn't have a firearm! Or if you were quicker than him

I have a large hand axe, thing is menacing! I was in the garage with my fiance at night and something triggered the motion sensors, I was out there in my underwear with an axe
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Old 09-12-2007, 05:44 PM   #23
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If the house around the corner was hit you'll probably have more problems until the person is caught.

Try starting a neighborhood watch and talking to your neighbors on a regular basis. Its a good way to look out for each other, and get to know your neighbors at the same time!

We had one in an apartment bldg I lived in up in Northern VA. There really wasnt a crime problem but we started one of the first in Arlington Co.
We scheduled cook outs, pool parties, etc and it was a blast!

Extra eyes and knowing your neighbors is always a plus.
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If the house around the corner was hit you'll probably have more problems until the person is caught.

Try starting a neighborhood watch and talking to your neighbors on a regular basis. Its a good way to look out for each other, and get to know your neighbors at the same time!

We had one in an apartment bldg I lived in up in Northern VA. There really wasnt a crime problem but we started one of the first in Arlington Co.
We scheduled cook outs, pool parties, etc and it was a blast!

Extra eyes and knowing your neighbors is always a plus.
That's funny, I was actually thinking of trying to initiate a neighborhood watch in my area... I don't even really know what that technically is, perhaps I've already started one lol. On my street/corner of my street, there's several houses including mine that are friendly, a couple of them armed, one of them is an old lady with phone #'s for other people. If someone messes around in our end of the neighborhood they'd better have their running shoes laced tight
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It doesnt have to be formal.. Knock on some doors and trade names and phone numbers/emails with your neighbors.

Most people want to know thier neighbors but just never find the time. Try a cook out or a community block party or yard sale..

Not everybody will participate which doesnt them bad, but the new friends you find from those that do will make your neighborhood a safer place.
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coolness! I've started a small neighborhood watch! More like corner of my block watch, but works for me lol

There's 5 houses that are all 'involved', but are all either bordering each other or almost bordering. Out of 5, there's only 2 houses that don't know each other directly (the other 4, including me, all know each other), and there's been 3 phone # swaps, so that's pretty good!
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Good deal!

Thats a great start. Maybe the other neighbors will get involved too.
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Not too many others that are in my direct vicinity I'd like to get involved. There's really only 3 more potential houses, and 2 of them I'm pretty sure they do hard drugs, and the other is a complete Ahole, so I really don't want to talk to that guy lol!
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Red neck burglar bars : size 15 or bigger muddy work boots, and 5 gal bucket of dog chow with KILLER printer on bucket, sitting by the front door.


Says it all. You will not look like a victim waiting to happen.
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holy hell Joey! where do you live? Bahgdad? lol

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