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Old 04-16-2012, 09:18 AM   #16
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Good for you!! These things will give you peace of mind. Now, enjoy your freedom before some new dude jams up your time

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Old 04-16-2012, 09:34 AM   #17
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Do I need to replace my deck door? The door I have looks like this.
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I wouldn't. Like has been mentioned, if they want in they will find a way. You could replace that door with a bank vault door, and they'll just go to a window. It's impossible to make the house impenetrable, only discouraging.

If you want to keep people away from the door, put a security camera -or even fake security camera- in plain view of the door. Home DVR camera systems are pretty cheap now. A sticker on the door that says "ADT" or "Video Surveillance Present" will work well also. The one thing burglars want even more than your stuff is not to get caught.
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Old 04-16-2012, 11:59 AM   #18
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Mr Dog...YOU were a copper??? who knew....
Apparently HE did.
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Old 05-21-2012, 12:33 PM   #19
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What is a tankless water heater going to do for security, hook it up to the fire system and spray the crooks with scalding hot water? I guess it could work.


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Old 05-25-2012, 02:01 AM   #20
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If your car has a key-fob activated alarm keep your keys near you while in your home. If you see a suspicious person on your property hit the alarm.
Get a few cans of wasp&hornet killer. You know, the kind that sprays 20 feet or so. A good blast to the face works as well as mace, and no permit needed.
A motion activated outdoor light near each entrance and near any unlit out buildings.
Always leave a radio or TV on when you're out.
If out for a few days or more, I'll leave a TV on and I'll put a couple of lamps in different rooms on timers set to go on and off a couple of times per night.
Always suspend your mail delivery if you're gone for more than a few days. A box ful of mail is a sure sign that no one's home.
If you're gone for more than two weeks make sure to have your lawn mowed or driveway plowed if needed.
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Old 06-01-2012, 10:20 AM   #21
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Even every little thing you do to "deter" an intruder is better than nothing. Install a driveway alarm that will turn on your porch light when the alarm is triggered. These are inexpensive units that the homeowner can purchase and install rather easily. I live alone in the country and just having that added security helps me sleep better at night.
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Old 06-01-2012, 12:55 PM   #22
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We have motion activated floodlights that light up the yard and driveway if somebody comes within view. We keep our doors locked and mind what we put out to the trash. I often slice up cardboard boxes into smaller sections and position them so there's nothing advertising that we got a new TV, such as what was mentioned earlier. I don't exactly have a bat next to my bed, but there's enough crowbars within immediate reach (renovating a couple rooms right now) that allow me to sleep better at night.

This is getting into the tech side of things a bit more, but I did just install a motion detected video surveillance system too. I just picked up two outdoor-rated night vision cameras (granted, I did some homework and got some nice ones that ran me a pretty penny) and have software running on my Linux server to detect any motion and begin recording immediately when it does. I haven't spotted any burglars yet, and certainly hope I never do, but I did notice earlier today that there's two super tiny kittens living under my ground level deck. Who knew? I'm going to look a bit further into that this evening... don't want the little guys venturing into the street!
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Old 06-01-2012, 01:35 PM   #23
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I'm not one to try to advertise a paticular product....

After we got burg'd last Dec, I installed the Lorex wireless video camera setup...comes with two wireless cameras....motion detetion and the LCD display looks like one of those digital photo frames...in fact, it has a few 'dummy' pics that it goes to when it goes into 'idle' mode....downside....it uses a SD card so your limited to how long it will record....but then again, it only records when you enable it and it detects motion.

The following video is one it took a couple of weeks after I installed it....we had an issue with a recycling thief coming on our property and stealing our bottles....

As you can see in the video...it also has sound.....and it showed me a side of my wife I have not seen and hope to never see....at least directed towards me....



The video is edited....there was about 7 min from the time that he walked up until my wife heard and saw him on the monitor...

Also....we like it because it lets us see what is going on around our house....especially keeping an eye on the kids.....
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Old 06-01-2012, 03:18 PM   #24
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I wanted to add one more thing.
Don't add your name to your mailbox
as would-be thieves can easily call
information or look online for your home
phone number and call to determine who is home and when.

Otherwise great advice from everyone else already.

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Old 06-01-2012, 03:37 PM   #25
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As you can see in the video...it also has sound.....and it showed me a side of my wife I have not seen and hope to never see....at least directed towards me....



The video is edited....there was about 7 min from the time that he walked up until my wife heard and saw him on the monitor...

Also....we like it because it lets us see what is going on around our house....especially keeping an eye on the kids.....
Wow! She scared me and I wasn't even there!
Although. A lot of those creeps carry knives or worse.
Without my great equalizer on my hip or in my pocket I would have waited for the cops.

Did he end up waiting for the cops or was that him running away at the end?
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Old 06-01-2012, 04:14 PM   #26
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Now THAT was beautiful. Your wife laid down the law! I'm not even sure I'd have the guts she had to run out and do that. So how do you have these gizmos set up? Do they do any sort of recording to a server/DVR or is everything SD card based? Some systems are one way, the other, or both. I take it that camera must have been well hidden. He sure waltzed back that walkway without a care in the world yet it was within his directional field of vision. I was also surprised to see a daytime shot... I was expecting a night video when I first clicked...

I believe my cameras support audio, but I haven't hooked that up. I remember seeing a plastic green wire hookup on the back that looked similar to the connectors a lot of ceiling mounted speakers use. I was just so happy I found an IP66 rated outdoor camera that could withstand a wide array of temperature changes. In PA we go back and forth between arctic and mild winters quite a bit, so having the "as low as -4*F" stamp of approval was comforting. I had considered a Lorex system earlier on, but when I found some rather nice Linux based software to run for motion detection, it was a no brainer since I already have a Linux server that runs 247 in the basement anyway.

I like how you got to benefit from the system too. That's got to be the ultimate "gotcha" feeling when your already-invested labor in putting the system in pays off.
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Old 06-01-2012, 04:28 PM   #27
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Just curious what software do you use? I tried zoneminder at home and it does not work all that well. It detects the fussyness of the image (especially if it's dark) as motion so it's constantly going in alarm, and I could not figure how to extract video or do anything useful, or even tell where I want the video to be recorded etc... it just seemed so limited.

Another challenge is finding a camera that can withstand -50C to +35C temps. I've been wanting to set one up to oversee my driveway. Got thugs checking my car doors all the time, would be nice to catch them in the act.
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Check this. I just bought one and I recommend it.
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Wow! She scared me and I wasn't even there!
Although. A lot of those creeps carry knives or worse.
Without my great equalizer on my hip or in my pocket I would have waited for the cops.

Did he end up waiting for the cops or was that him running away at the end?
He stayed there until deputies arrived.....they then gave him a ride to the hotel with bars....

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Now THAT was beautiful. Your wife laid down the law! I'm not even sure I'd have the guts she had to run out and do that. So how do you have these gizmos set up? Do they do any sort of recording to a server/DVR or is everything SD card based? Some systems are one way, the other, or both. I take it that camera must have been well hidden. He sure waltzed back that walkway without a care in the world yet it was within his directional field of vision. I was also surprised to see a daytime shot... I was expecting a night video when I first clicked...

I believe my cameras support audio, but I haven't hooked that up. I remember seeing a plastic green wire hookup on the back that looked similar to the connectors a lot of ceiling mounted speakers use. I was just so happy I found an IP66 rated outdoor camera that could withstand a wide array of temperature changes. In PA we go back and forth between arctic and mild winters quite a bit, so having the "as low as -4*F" stamp of approval was comforting. I had considered a Lorex system earlier on, but when I found some rather nice Linux based software to run for motion detection, it was a no brainer since I already have a Linux server that runs 247 in the basement anyway.

I like how you got to benefit from the system too. That's got to be the ultimate "gotcha" feeling when your already-invested labor in putting the system in pays off.
The LCD display contains the SD card. Each time it detects motion it records...so the SD card has a ton of avi files....if I want to look at any of them....I just unplug the card and toss it in the computer....I can figure out which one I want by the time/date stamp.

As I noted above....it also makes a great monitor for what the kids are doing. As soon as we finish the 2-story addition, we are going to move it to the upstairs bedroom so we can watch what is going on at night.

I also plan to supliment it with additional wired cameras and a DVR. I also working on how I can integrate all of it as part of a security system...

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Just curious what software do you use? I tried zoneminder at home and it does not work all that well. It detects the fussyness of the image (especially if it's dark) as motion so it's constantly going in alarm, and I could not figure how to extract video or do anything useful, or even tell where I want the video to be recorded etc... it just seemed so limited.

Another challenge is finding a camera that can withstand -50C to +35C temps. I've been wanting to set one up to oversee my driveway. Got thugs checking my car doors all the time, would be nice to catch them in the act.
This Lorex wireless does not require any software....downside....if I wanted to do remote viewing....I have to run the av output into a computer and basically run a skype session to see what it sees. That is one of the reasons I want to add a DVR and wired cameras at a later date.
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Old 06-02-2012, 07:59 PM   #30
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In many towns, police are more than happy to do property checks while you are gone. Just call them and let them know the timeframe you will be gone for. They won't sit there and monitor your home, but they will do drive bys. Any extra bit of deterrent will make the criminals think twice!

And don't mention to too many people that you will be gone. I love those Facebook posts where people say things like "Can't wait, leave for Florida for 4 weeks tomorrow! The dogs will be at the kennel all sad without us". It's like a criminal smorgasbord....

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