Some Thoughts About Security and What You Should do About It!

my family survival Some Thoughts About Security and What You Should do About It!

This is a guest post by Frugal Prepper and entry for our non-fiction writing contest.

In talking with a friend recently, I was rather concerned about a subject. This friend commented that her family all sleeps through thunderstorms and doesn’t wake up for even the really loud storms. She vacuums regularly while her kids were sleeping – even under their beds and they are accustomed to lots of noise while they sleep. She also said that they have a noisy household and they can all sleep through almost anything.

While all of that can seem to be a good thing for some reasons, I think there is also a big concern when we accustom ourselves to lots of noise, to where we do not notice it, even while sleeping. We do need to sleep and rest fully, and being wakeful can interfere with that, so we do need a balance. I suffered with insomnia for a long time and that is an extreme that we do not want, but neither do we want to sleep so deeply all of the time that anything can happen around us without our notice.

In our home, we have awakened to hear a prowler outside, to stop someone from stealing a gas can, to stop some mailbox bashing, to stop the theft of a trailer just in time, and to other unusual things. You may be thinking that we live in a very bad area, but though we do have crime in the area, it is not a “bad” area. In talking with the police, crime is up all over and it is not that we have MORE of it, but we do HEAR more of it because we tend to be alert. Our neighbors who sleep through anything haven’t awakened for the events that were also a threat to them and they knew nothing about them until we told them. I have met other people who feel a false sense of security and think that “nothing happens in my neighborhood.” Maybe things do happen in your neighborhood and you just haven’t heard about it – crime is not getting better, it is getting stronger, so if you truly don’t have it in your neighborhood right now, you probably will at some point.

If bad things happen in our world (more than they already are!), and we find that we need to be more careful and vigilant in order to protect ourselves, it would be good if we have already developed those habits.  Maybe we need to assess our awareness of our surroundings and what is normal – even for night time noises. In our neighborhood, we have had a truck or car drive slowly through the neighborhood at night many different times and that is suspicious activity and now we wake up if we hear such. We do realize that calling the police can be pointless to catch these people who are bent on doing wrong, but having the police show up helps since it becomes obvious to thieves that they WILL be observed in this neighborhood and they move on to another, at least for a while.

By the way, in case it seems paranoid to be concerned about vehicles driving slowly through the neighborhood, there was a distinct increase in thefts when that happened and people do drive through areas to see what is available and easy to steal. Also, many times, we would recognize the same vehicles driving through the area, but not belonging to the area – my boys are great with cars – makes, models, years, and even the sound of the engines of different vehicles and they are good at knowing what vehicles belong to what house – even blocks and blocks away, so a different vehicle is noticed and remembered. There can also be people who drive or walk through neighborhoods during the day looking for areas or homes that are easy targets.

We all know the basics of having our house well-lit outside at night, needing to keep things that would be interesting to thieves out of sight (like bikes, lawn mowers, tools, gps, etc. ), don’t keep loose bricks and rocks out front where they can easily be used as a weapon to break a window, keep ladders out of sight and not accessible, keep doors and windows locked, keep shades shut at night, don’t leave old newspapers out which can signal that no one is home, and more. Also, you don’t want to have a big tv, computer, or other expensive or attractive items inside your home easily visible to the outside of your home. The police even suggest that sheer curtains can be a help as it makes it harder for people to see into your home during the day. All of these things can help to deter crime and are beneficial.

After having a truck broken into and a gps, stereo, and garage door remote stolen, we changed how we did things.  This happened, by the way, after we had sold a cell phone to someone at our home through craigslist. The two rough looking men seemed interested in the truck (no, it was not for sale, but just sitting in our driveway) as they walked by it, but didn’t comment on it to us and just bought the cell phone and left…..several hours later the truck side window was broken out and the thieves stole things quickly and we awakened when they opened the garage door with the opener they had stolen. That was very scary and was also a good lesson to us. Those 2 men from craigslist may not have been the thieves, but we have made it a policy not to sell electronics from our home anymore and we meet people at a nearby store parking lot if we are selling small things. We also do not leave the gps in the window anymore, have installed more lighting, etc.

If you were able to talk with the police who patrol your neighborhood and if they felt like being open about it, I have a feeling that you would be shocked that there is much more criminal or suspicious activity in your neighborhood than you have any idea of……and it is getting worse all of the time. I am so thankful for the police who patrol and keep watch, but we cannot leave it all to them. They stop some criminal activity in progress, but more often than not, they are called in after the fact.

With all of that said, when you go to bed, do you leave the tv on for background noise and just sleep to that? What about using a “white noise machine”? (yes, you can buy them and people use them to shut out other disturbing noises so that they can sleep to the sound of waves crashing or wind, rain, waterfalls, etc.), what about playing music so that you can sleep? Do you need sleeping pills to help you sleep? All of these things can help some people sleep and if you need these things, maybe it is time to evaluate how they should work – like maybe only one person in the family can use them at a time, and then switch nights, so that someone is always able to be more alert. I don’t know what the answer is for you, but you may want to ask yourself, would you hear someone walking on the leaves outside your window or if a prowler were trying to open a window would you wake up or would you sleep right through it?

No, I do not think that we should be afraid to sleep and I do not think it is to be expected that we could hear EVERYthing, but we do need to realize that someone may decide to take from us or come into our home or try to hurt us and what would we do? Maybe extra perimeter defense devices or other security would help and allow you to rest easier. When I was single and living in a “garden/terrace apartment”, (a fancy way of saying the apartment was halfway in the basement and halfway above ground!), I felt quite vulnerable, so set up my own version of a burglar alarm. I saved empty soda cans and set them in the deep window sills so that if someone tried to enter, the cans would fall together and make enough noise to wake me up – it was a simple thing and yet, those cans DO make a LOT of noise, so it was a layer of defense for me. Even such simple things can be helpful.

The things that we have experienced with crime in our area have been in the last few years, and we all expect that when things get worse economically and politically and in other ways, that crime will also get worse. In many places, the police are saying that they are unable to answer all of the calls they get and sometimes tell citizens not to expect them to. We are left rather vulnerable. I know that we would rather hear suspicious noises and behavior BEFORE a crime is committed, BEFORE a burglar enters our home, BEFORE something is stolen, BEFORE it becomes a matter of defending ourselves with stronger means. If we hear noises and can scare off the criminals before they feel comfortable being in our area, that will help us. That could be by turning on outside lights, by setting off the panic horn button on the car remote or some other plan you may come up with. Yes, we can use our 2nd amendment rights to defend ourselves, but sometimes, the wiser course is to take care of a problem in the early stages before it gets to that point.

Maybe instead of all of the sleep aids, we would do well to exercise more, and more vigorously, walk more, and breathe deeply and get our blood pumping, and make sure we are having good nutrition and/or vitamins, and do things to increase our good health so that we can sleep more soundly and yet also be alert. Like I said, I do not know all of the answers on this, but I do think the subject deserves some consideration and planning.

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Comments

  1. I am a heavy sleeper and was wondering if you had any advice on how to stop sleeping through every noise I hear. Thanks!!

    • That is hard….my husband tends to be the hard sleeper in our family, which has given me even more of a tendency to be a light sleeper. At times, I need to sleep soundly for a few nights and knowing that my sons are more alert helps me to rest better. It may be that trusting God to protect while you sleep…….and asking Him to awaken you if necessary is what you need to do. I know I do ask Him to wake me up if I need to deal w/ something….and it has happened….even for my husband. That is a hard question though and I am certainly not saying I have the answer. May God guide you in this.

    • SheepDog says:

      Boarding school really helped with this!

      Probably a little late in your case, but I know many that slept lightly after a few weeks in a dorm room.

      SD

    • Nordri,

      I am a heavy sleeper. To make up for that fact, I got a big dog who barks like crazy when a stranger walks on his sidewalk. He has woken us up a couple of times over the years, a couple of times from police at a neighbor’s house another time for a strange car parked across the street. My dh is a light sleeper. The sight of him standing on the front porch in holding a tactical shotgun while wearing his tighty-whiteys is enough to scare anyone away.

    • That’s what the your significant other is for :)

    • Having inherited several of them, I’ve discovered that hysterical, yapping miniature chihuahuas are the perfect alarm. They raise an alarm at the slightest noise, and then try to outdo one another with the “ferocity” of their response. They DO wake up the soundest sleepers, and they don’t even eat much…

  2. Tactical G-Ma says:

    Frugal Prepper,
    This article couldn’t be more timely.
    We even had a young woman knocking on doors during the day to see who was home.
    My 70 yo sister ran off a carload of yahoos when she heard them kick in the neighbor’s backdoor. Gunshots are common in my neighborhood. But I know who it is and what caliber. We have pesky critters. Still I’ll call and text the nearest next nearest neighbor if So-n-So got another bobcat. Or I notify neighbors if weshot a critter or if we are going to let the grandboys play with fireworks.
    There is no escaping crime. We can only be vigilant in our efforts to deter crime.

    • Hearing someone kick in a door would be terrifying…..glad she ran them off.

      • Tactical G-Ma says:

        So stupid! She reached in her sweater pocket for her phone. They must have thought she had a gun.

        • mindful patriot says:

          Just sayin…as soon as I turn 80, I will have earned my cred and WILL open carry a revolver over my skirt on my hip. (slung kinda low, gangsta-style)
          yep

  3. Frugal Prepper,
    Excellent points and a timely article. My son’s girlfriend car was stolen while she was at work last night. She kept her license and her debit card in her vehicle. So she was on the phone late last night cancelling her card. My DH and I have told them many times to not keep articles like that in their car!! DH was asking son last night “Are you ever going to listen to us when we give you advice? It would make your life easier!”

    We need to add security lights to our home and I want to add cameras to our home and car.

    I once set up glass bottles in front of a door that would not close tightly as an alarm system and I had it that way so I would know if someone came in it while I was away. I had a peeping tom that turned out to be my landlord, this was back in the early 80’s.

    • That’s a hard lesson to learn not to leave important stuff in vehicles – we learned after our truck break in, that having a gps, or a gps HOLDER, or EVEN the mark on the windshield where the gps holder goes, can be appealing to a thief. Problem is that we don’t think like a thief, so we never consider such things. There are many such things to think about.

      • I know many who have had their vehicle broken into. One LEO had his broken into in his own driveway. They got away with his gun, badge and other stuff. I know many women who leave their handbags in the car. That is never a good idea!

        • this makes me think that a good exercise for the family would be to pretend you are a rotter and think of how you would go about casing a neighborhood, stealing or worse.
          after dinner everyone could put on his 2 cents worth. then think of ways to protect yourselves.
          we just aren’t dirty enough in our behavior to imagine doing evil.
          that’s where i slip up. it is difficult.
          walk around the outside of your domicile and think evil. it helps to see the vulnerable points.
          we live in a crime-ridden city that is depressed but nothing like detroit. you cannot sleep sometimes in summer because there is so much gunfire.
          husband used to call the bedroom window arsonvision because there were at least one or two fires each night.
          most of the empties are burned already so that’s mostly over, thank God.
          we usually don’t take walks in the evening either, just in case.

  4. From my own experiences I can share some thoughts. When my children were young, I was always getting scolded about “can’t you hear what they are up to?”. It became general background noise. But let there be a “thud” and quite suddenly, I was instantly moving. I had “trained” my senses to filter out the usual and alert on the unusual. Same things when looking down the road driving, or out in the woods walking. I don’t focus on the “normal”, it’s the abnormal that gets my attention.

    Our dog is the same way. Normal noises, she sleeps right through them. Unusual engine noise, conversations, car door closing, things that go “bump” in the night all illicit a low growl from her. I like it.

    But it is a learned trait. The military enhanced it, but I was support not combat arms, so the training I got was minimal.

    There are environments that are completely foreign to me, they have a tendency to “overload” my senses. These areas I try to avoid as much as possible.

    My DW is always having to listen to me talk about “situational awareness”. “Keep your head on a swivel.” “Soft targets” don’t look up, don’t make eye contact with “undesirables”. I do, it makes them know I see them, and usually uncomfortable. They go away and look for easier targets.

    • That “keep your head on a swivel” is good advice…thank you. We also tend to listen for the unusual………or thinks that have alarmed us….such as certain trucks that we are suspicious of. The problem is that a person can get pretty exhausted being on “high alert” for everything, so it is nice when things stay quieter.

    • The EOD unit I was stationed with went to Cherry Point one summer for an exercise. The Chief Petty Officer in charge of the trucks and generators slept in the same tent as me.

      One night the generator ran out of fuel and started to sputter and wind down. That CPO was roused from a sound sleep and was actually getting up as he woke up. He was still in his skivvies by the time he hit the tent door. The guy got accostumed to hearing the engine noise in his sleep and when it changed…

      One young sailor got the a$$ chewing of a lifetime from the Chief for letting the generator run out of fuel :)

    • Hiplains says:

      JP, I grew up in the woods at about 9200 ft altitude which naturally made me see, hear and smell and sense things different. Thank you for making me feel more “normal” ! This awareness is a corner the mind turns and will never change regardless of surroundings. Hard to talk about because most people’s eyes glaze right over. I don’t even bother – haven’t for years.
      Had conversation this morning with DD (who is expecting) but said she is not afraid when she walks for 2 reasons; #1 She asks for The Lord’s protection each day #2 She is more than able to recognize the undesireables and has no hesitation to make eye contact and let them know she’s on to them with only a look. That is so true – they look for the weak target. Plus she has the option of taking her 100# GShepard with her ;).
      Personally, I love a good dog too. Plus the whole idea of living a ‘small’ unobtrusive lifestyle makes for less of a target now AND later.

  5. Like Conrad Hilton said: “Location, Location, Location”

    We picked a rural area, then the dead end of a small, county road….surrounded by mountains to our back and sides. It is kind of a unique location, but it amazes me how many folks buy a place with ZERO consideration of security.

    Then put up a gate at the front of the property that stays closed unless we are actually entering or exiting or expecting company. Then built 1500′ back from the gate, and you can’t even see the house or most of the place from the gate.

    There is no “drive by in the middle of the night” stuff going on…..or in the daytime either. Most property crimes are crimes of opportunity. Bad folks are usually lazy, and will not enter a place with a clearly locked gate. (BEFORE the gate, we had all kinds of sales folk, religious folks, sight seeing folks, etc. The GATE is the key. Even THAT didn’t keep out the census folk…though it DID make ‘em huff and puff their way up the driveway…..ahahahaaaa

    Then use a couple of Dakota Alert MURS driveway alerts so we know when anyone is coming up the driveway.

    Also, we have NO yard lights. You want to sneak up here at night, you better have night vision or be willing to trip over stuff. I DO have quite a few switch controlled lights I can light the place up with…..not just on the house either.

    Couple that with some dogs, and you’ve got 99% of the problem licked.

    • That’s great….so many of us yearn to be in the country, but are not able to yet……..maybe someday.

    • Chuck Findlay says:

      Something to think about, if your house can’t be seen from the road and bad guys force their way in they can and will rape, beat pillage and kill without fear of being noticed by others. Don’t think it can happen? Read FerFal’s book on what did happen in Argentina in 2001. It was a common thing to read about remote homes having gangs break in, stay for days raping every woman they found, even little girls and also they beat people to death trying to extract info on hidden valuables. For safety and work people moved into cities, not out of them. This is where every other self-proclaimed survival expert has it backwards, They have no real experience to back up their move to the boonies ideas. FerFal lived through it and also did some historical research on other fallen societies and found moving to a city actually made your chance of staying alive better. Rawles did not do this research, or at least he doesn’t talk about what human history has shown us. But he does make his fiction books about living in the remotes of Idaho doing 24/7 patrols with 1/2 dozen $1,800 black rifles, cammo outfits, night vision, illegally converted guns sound sexy. Too bad it’s almost all pure BS.

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      • If you go back in Europe in certain places, certain times, the rural standard was the fortified farm house because rural areas were dangerous.

        I went through the Kyber Pass a couple times, from Afghanistan to Pakistan, and the only houses there were fortified farm houses. Walls two stories tall, any exterior windows just big enough for shooting from, massive wooden gates. Some had towers with rifle slits.

        All the animals were kept inside at night as the ‘houses’ were actually farm compounds which incorporated the house, barns, and food storage. No one left those houses, even in good times, except in groups, and heavily armed.

        A single serious predator can just sit back a couple or three hundred yards with a good scoped rifle, and shoot people when they are out of the house. Then wait, hours or days if need be, for anyone else to come out. I like the isolated rural house in good times, but in seriously bad times I’d prefer being part of a small community.

    • TnAndy,
      Sounds like you just described our home,,,,right down to the census workers who walked up the drive cause the gate was locked.
      We aren’t just sitting back thinking we are safe against everything, we are still viligent!

      But you could never get us to move to the city,,NEVER!
      We have animals on our small farm, we grow a big garden and I can the produce.

    • Encourager says:

      Putting up our gate was the difference between night and day. Before gate, in one of many instances, we caught some 20-somethings in the front yard. The man was headed for the house and the woman actually had the gall to shade her head so she could case out the barn through a window. When the dog started barking, the man stopped, unsure. When I yelled out the window at the woman and told her to get back in her car, the man asked “what’s the problem? We’re just lookin’ around!” Uhhh, that IS the problem!

      After gate, nobody just comes down the drive without a reason. We did have one man lay on his horn for 2 minutes trying to get us to open the gate. I used the intercom and told him he was trespassing. He said “Open the d@#$ gate!!!” I told him I had the local police on speed dial and I already called them. He left in a big hurry.

      It still amazes me how brazen and bold strangers are getting, as if they have rights on YOUR property.

  6. Chuck Findlay says:

    Before you begin to think your doors are actually locked do some searching on U-Tube on lock picking and Lock-pick guns. A lock pic gun is only $50.00 and anyone can open 90% of US made locks with just an hour of practice time. European locks are made to a much higher standard then those sold in the USA. I have a lock pic gun because I work with rental apartments and every so often a tenant moves out that changed the locks and doesn’t give the land lord the key.

    I know the package said “Bump or pick Resistant” when you bought the door lock. But if you live in the USA that is for certain a lie. And padlocks are just as easy to open, look on U-Tube.
    .

    • I don’t know that I wanted to know that!!!! :) I do appreciate hearing it though…..so many things to consider…..thank you for sharing this.

    • Ever Vigilant says:

      I leave my doors unlocked a lot, I’m not worried about someone coming in…….but they are not going to get out….except on a stretcher…

    • Antizombie says:

      I have threatened for years to do the following (but haven’t yet) and that is to place a heavy wood or metal bar across the door on the inside on two brackets. This would be a low cost means of securing the door from entry. Most doors are framed with at least two 2×4 studs an each side of the door. Just make sure you lag bolt the brackets int o the framing of the door. Only trouble is that you won’t find it in decorator weekly.

  7. I used to hear a lot during the night. Then i went and replaced all the windows with double pane,and then insulated the cieling with 12 inches of blown in insukation,and now,I can hardly even hear the train horn when they do their 3 am drivebys. I dont know what il do if the shtf. Ill have to leave one of the dogs out at night,,,,,,,,,no,,,, i couldnt do that.

  8. I can hear a ant tap dancing on a leaf. I wish I could sleep through the whole night. I hear the raccoons going into the trash.

    • That’s more my problem too………I have to work to sleep well.

    • SoCalPrepper says:

      Me too. My nickname from my grandparents was “elephant ears.” I hear EVERYTHING…including conversations down that hall at work that I probably shouldn’t. Husband is the sound sleeper.

    • Papabear says:

      There are many people like you and SoCalPrepper. DS1 has that kind of hearing too. Most sleep with some form of ear plugs just so they can get some rest.

  9. Donna in MN says:

    No criminal activity known in my rural area in years, and I am sure the crime prevention on my home were my German Shepherd type dogs, up to 6 of them in my house. I have 3 left, which being over 100 lbs is intimidating to strangers who see them in a window and hear their deep barks. I don’t close the curtains on my windows, I want people to see my protectors. They know footsteps even in short grass, and open or cracked windows for breezes carry the scent of a stranger inside.

    They go on walks with me, some stay home while I am gone, and they take turns. I used them for bear protection while picking berries, wolf protection while in the woods because Mesha and Justice were part wolf and protect their pack…. and being of a giant wolf ancestry, they are twice the size of a wolf around here at 140 lbs and 32 and 33 inches at the shoulders. Their smell is very keen. This is how my warning and defense system is.

  10. I’m considered a physical security expert with 25 years experience and continue to manage security in a large mail order pharmacy. No one has yet to mention the best alarm system yet, a couple of small yappy dogs. After I had to retire from patrolling the war zone area of our city on graveyard shift because of a heart problem, I took desk jobs overseeing physical security. My heart issue causes me to tire out in a 14 hour day and lets me sleep deeply. We have a large humidifier running all the time in our home that creates back ground noise. We have a tiny dog and he let’s me know if I need to wake up and look into a matter. I also have experienced the bump in the night noise when the dog is with the kids at grandmas and I will come right out of bed in full alert mode, code orange. Cameras won’t stop a bad guy, every night on the news we look at a bank robber. Lights are very important outside. I leave our outside lights on all night. You can find a light switch timer that will turn your outside lights off and on for you. Cost about $28 at Lowes and is as easy to install as replacing the up down switch on your wall. Please forget about adding the doggy door for your little yappers. Way too easy to get into your house through. Don’t open the door to who you don’t know and if you get cameras use them as your windows to around your door areas so you can see if others are hiding to push into your home when you open the door to the person knocking. It is important you know your neighbors and if there are vehicles cruzing your area let them see you looking at them. Try your best to write down license and color of car. Let the police know at the non-emergency number for your area (you do have it written down and in your phone?) or your neighborhood watch captain. Bad people do not want to be noticed and if they are the will leave the area usually. I’m lucky that I still have my jacket with a badge and my duty belt that I will slap on and go out in the middle of the street and make sure the see me writing their info down and maybe a cell phone picture. I don’t advise the untrained to do this as some bad guys take offense to my actions. I don’t want you getting hurt. Watch what you throw in the trash as this is an advertisement you got a new TV or such. And don’t show off the new stuff to the neighbors. Neighbor them tells someone else that their neighbor (you) just bought a new 80 inch tv or a AR-15. That person tell their friend and word is out. This COULD also happen from any service worker you you let in your house. Get a dog, get lights, get a Dakota type alarm for your driveway and get a good nights sleep.

    • We have talked about getting a dog, but the idea is if we leave the city….not enough room for a dog w/ kids and other misc stuff on our city lot………especially since several of us have allergies, but you make a good point about dogs…..although I have read different books where someone is attacked when they follow a pattern of letting their dog out to do his business….that would need to be considered also.
      I used to love big windows – huge windows….now I think more in terms of windows for light, but want smaller ones that can be more easily defended.
      We have kept a list at times of vehicle descriptions, people descriptions and license numbers if we could get them….in case any trouble came up…….. We have pulled all the neighbor kids along w/ our kids to our deck area when we saw a vehicle w/ a person who seemed to be watching our kids….they left right away after they saw me notice them and remove the children, making me think they really were.

      • Encourager says:

        Many people who are allergic to dogs can tolerate a poodle or other dog that do not shed. You can buy a medium size poodle. They are great bird dogs and faithful to their pack. You will just have to learn to groom them.

      • axelsteve says:

        Labadoodles are supposed to be hypo allergenic.

    • patientmomma says:

      Kevin, I have 3 tiny yappy dogs that can hear an ant walking by the garage door. Then I have 3 medium size dogs who only hear people or bang noises. Outside I have 8 large dogs with really deep scary barks and 6 of them are black so they can’t been seen at night.

      The previous owners of my property had a security light installed by the electric company on top of a telephone pole and it lights up the entire house area. I have motion lights on the barn and a solar motion light on the chicken coop to help me see and shoot the predators.

      I just installed day/night video security and my kids are still installing fencing around the entire house compound. Next a driveway gate and MD also recommended the dakota system, I’m thinking for the driveway and down at the barn. I know my close by neighbors and the vehicles they drive, and nobody but the mailman stops on this county road. During nice weather, the elderly couple across the road sits out in their porch swing all the time and they can see the front driveway of my property.

      I realize all this is only a deterrent and any serious bad guy will find a way in; but it sure would be easier to go on down the road a ways to another house.

  11. mindful patriot says:

    Even though I live inside city limits, I have an attack cat. Not kitty-cat, Cat. Even friends give pause before coming to our house (they call first, so I can put the Cat away temporarily).

    His name? Ezio Auditore, Master Assassin.

    No joke.

    • mindful patriot says:

      When we move to the fortress, I really need to put up warning signs with a Big Cat pic that reads, “Turn back now unless you want to be Cat food”

      • patientmomma says:

        How does one train an attack cat? I have a stray kitten, who will eventually be a cat. She is not afraid of any of my dogs and will jump on the big dogs in a heart beat.

        • mindful patriot says:

          hello PM, it sounds like you have the makings of a good attack cat. S/he must be socialized to recognize your authority from kittenhood, but the wild in her MUST remain so that s/he does not become timid around strangers. It is a balancing act. And, s/he has to be smart, otherwise, family members could become lunch. Well, not so much with a housecat…
          Similar to a guard dog, they have to be able to distinguish friend or foe from your verbal or non-verbal commands, and how to react appropriately without killing the foe. (If you have ever seen kittens playing and one pins another with it’s mouth open on it’s throat, you know what I mean.)
          But, that’s play.

          When I enter the house, I have a specific song I sing to make him aware of my presence and that all is good in the world. If I enter without my song, he is on immediate protective guard, especially if anyone is accompanying me. He knows the word “foe” and is lightening fast to get between me and the accompanying person until I say “friend”. When I am not at home, he will not attack an intruder, only stare him down with a low warning growl, but he will protect my housecat. Seriously, no one comes face to face with a big Cat without thinking twice about changing their schedule.

          The UPS man leaves our packages outside.

          My cat is not your typical housecat. He was abandoned by his mother (or lost) and I brought him home in an attempt to save him. That entails a whole other story, but it involved ‘roo-ing him to keep his body temp up. When I realized he was no typical housecat, I researched extensively proper care & feeding as I respect the wild in him. However, by that time, it was too late to attempt re-integration. Certain laws must also be respected.

          He requires a lot of physical activity, of course.

          He is good protection because he is intimidating due to his size, he knows commands, and he is self-controlled.

          • mindful patriot says:

            btw- I never really intended to have an attack Cat for prepping, it just sorta happened. But I just read further down about how dogs can be deterred with a steak from an intruder…need to give this serious thought. I do not know what Ezio would do if thrown a steak. Probably be gone in one gulp expecting more :)

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            • mindful patriot says:

              I hope I did not lead you to believe I am anti-2nd amendment…nothing could be further from the truth.

  12. Chuck Findlay says:

    Get a small dog, my dog lets me know when the neighbors paper is delivered at 4-AM, she barks when the neighbors come home or start their car. She barks when the mail is delivered. Dogs are great alarms.

  13. OwlCreekObserver says:

    When we bought this place a little over a year ago, we first replaced all door locks. Then we replaced the old side door to the garage with a new steel door. A few weeks ago I installed a security system that is monitored 24/7 from the same company that MD recommended — much cheaper than the big name companies but with the same (or better) protection. I have sensors on all doors as well as a motion detector for when we’re not home. I like to think that just having window stickers saying that we have a monitored alarm system will be enough to discourage most intruders. There are absolutely no guarantees, of course. If someone wants to take what’s yours, they’ll find a way. But I do sleep a little better at night knowing that I’m likely to be rudely awakened if anyone breaks into my house or garage at night.

    I read recently that most burglaries take place during the day between about 10 and 2 because that’s when most folks are away. Burglars often come to the front door to see if anyone’s home and if anyone comes to the door they have a story all ready (selling yard maintenance and such). If nobody answers, they feel pretty safe about getting in and out quickly. All you can do is try to make them unsure enough that they’ll decide to go after someone else instead. By the way, they usually head straight for the master bedroom because that’s where most valuables are usually found.

    • There was criminal activity in the area for a while where someone would enter a home, during the day, WITH the homeowner on the property……….How? through the garage door which the homeowner left open while he was mowing on the side of the house, back of the house, or even in the front yard. Seems “safe” when you are right there, but when your attention is on something else, it is easy to miss someone slinking around.

      • axelsteve says:

        Another reason to have a dog or dogs. Someone may slip by me but the pups won`t let that happen.

    • patientmomma says:

      Anyone who comes to my front door gets met with my gun. Neighbors come to the garage which has a security door to the house.

      • when outside i have the door opener with me and i keep the garage closed. it isn’t convenient when getting a gardening tool but it is safe.
        trained my girl to do the same.

  14. I am a light sleeper, my wife could sleep through(and has) a hurricane, so that is why we have dogs. they hear everything and wake me up if they are concerned, I did not teach any of my dogs that, and over the years I have had many, they pick it up themselves by watching me react to noise in the night.

  15. Hi Frugal Prepper, You mentioned keeping ladders out of sight and inaccessible.

    We have two step ladders and an extension ladder in our carport, which faces the road. I hung the ladders on the far in side of storage shelves to minimize their visibility. Then I ran a heavy duty bicycle cable through them all and added a Master padlock.

    Far from perfect, but it makes it tougher to steal them, and tougher to use them to break in. If they have bolt cutters, they can get in, but if they are that equipped they will likely get in anyway.

    I also took the pry bars out of the carport and put them indoors. The YouTube videos of gun safes which were opened with pry bars are pretty sobering.

    • Good idea – ladders are hard – especially when you have a few and some are extension ladders – sounds like you have a good idea with the way you store them.

    • worrisome says:

      Add some loud noisemakes to those ladders and they could become an early warning system.

  16. Jonathan says:

    Never bring people from craigslist to your house unless the item can’t be taken to another place! A large percentage of burglaries are committed by someone who has been in your house already!

    • kid close to us stabbed when advertized a car and ‘buyers’ came to look at it. he survived but his only sibling had been recently killed in an awful accident at the family business. had to be the last straw for his parents.
      also don’t agree to show your merchandise after dark and have several people around don’t be alone.

  17. Curley Bull says:

    My ole Daddy taught me to go to sleep listening to the night sounds and to wake if they changed. This was later enhanced in the military. However, as I’ve gotten old, I must admit that I’ve gotten the ability to sleep through a storm. I don’t sleep that good and when I do get into deep sleep, I’m all but dead. I’m thankful for a little, nosey, loudmouth dog that has caused me to levitate out of bed. I also rely on the Lord to cover me as He has all these years.

    My alarm system is not monitored, but when that siren goes off, even the neighbors get out of bed.

    You can never be too safe. You can be a survivor or you can be victim. Bad things do happen to good people and I try to live the Boy Scout motto; BE PREPARED

    • Donna in MN says:

      2 of my dogs snore, do yours? When that keeps me up, all I do is make a quiet “pssst” noise and they wake up and stop snoring. I think dogs have alarm bells going off when the littlest of noises goes off while they are in a deep sleep putting away the noisey ZZZZZ’s.

  18. I have a tip if you are selling something on Craigslist or some other like web site, if it is a small item, have them meet you at the local library, or if it is a larger, more expensive item and you plan on selling items on a regular basis, rent a storage unit. you can display an item(s) in a storage unit, and not worry about someone “casing” your home or business. Most storage facilities also offer insurance that you can rent on a short time basis, so even if the bad guy comes back and tries to steal the item, you are protected.

  19. Chuck Findlay says:

    I have a handyman / home repair business and the last year I have had 5 housed that were broke into and had all the copper pipe ripped out. They do a lot of damage beyond just the copper pipes, they frequently destroy the door, and do more damage in the kitchen and bathrooms to get at the copper. they rip cabinet doors off the cabinets to work faster, they tare other things up in the basement. Almost every job needs a new water heater. A few jobs last summer the bad guys left the water running doing even more damage and costing even more.

    Hardly a month goes by that I don’t get called to rebuild the water system in a home.

    The cost of these repair jobs ends up costing several thousand dollars.

    I would suggest to everyone that you make a sticker of some kind that you can put on you back or side doors that says all copper pipes has been replaced with plastic pipe. Also put glass blocks in the place of basement windows as we seem to have kids being used in several jobs that go in through the basement window. It has to be a kid as these windows are small. Nothing like bringing your kid up into the family business…

    And some of these break ins are in nice neighborhoods, it’s not just a lower income area problem.

    Also check to see if you are covered for this.

    Almost ins. companies will not cover a home that sits vacant for more then 30-days, many of the people I work for are having to dig deep into their pockets to repair these homes. Rental homes frequently can take 2-months to get a good tenement into them.

    The take from one of these break in is usually less then $30.00 in scrap price of copper, and they cause many times that in repair and loss of rent.

    • Black Rose says:

      I see a lot of those vacant vandalized homes. It all depends on how your insurance defines vacant. Keep the power and water on. Keep a cot in the home and spend a night or two in the home, are you doing repairs? upgrading? A home under construction can not be considered vacant on most policies.

      In my area I see a lot of grow homes and these are in nice areas. I am amazed how creative some of the renters are in hiding the operation.

  20. Chuck Findlay says:

    I have a handyman / home repair business and the last year I have had 5 housed that were broke into

    That should read last summer alone, not last year.

  21. Take the remote door openers out of vehicles that are not parked in the garage.

    • patientmomma says:

      My family all had garage door openers in their cars, so I installed cipher locks on the doors located inside the garage which enter into the house and to the basement. Now if we are working in the yard and the garage is open, the doors lock upon closing and you have to know the code to get in. Nothing of importance is stored in the garage, except cars.

    • thanks. stupid me didn’t think of it. how blind can i be?

  22. I was thinking about what i would do if someone tried to break my window thats right by my bed. I wouldnt have anything to protect myself with except a stick of metal that i need to dig up and put closer to my bed. I might see about getting a pocket knife.
    our neighborhood isnt that safe, especially at night. I dont like being outside alone when its dark. My mom told me about squatters that were living in some abandoned house. Our garage door is locked and the key is kept inside the house with the other keys. We dont even keep our car in it.

    • Chuck Findlay says:

      Get something bigger the just a pocket knife. Oven cleaner or wasp spray can inflict some serious pain if sprayed in someones face. A hammer is a very deadly and easy to use item that most people have. As far as knifes a “Cold Steel Bushman sells for $22.00 on Amazon and has a hollow handle made to also be turned into a spear. A old wood broom handle will work. They are super tough and very reasonably priced. Take a look on the cold steel web site to see what abuse these knifes take and just keep going.

      .

  23. A.J. Holborn says:

    Buy a dog. Great early warning system and the number on deterrent against burglary.

  24. A.J. Holborn says:

    number one deterent

  25. expose_the_devils says:

    1. Lock your cars up in the garage and secure it each night.
    2. Fortify ALL your doors to the outside with a steel security door or at least a steel kick plate with 3″ screws. Place a knob bar behind the door( bar between the knob and floor) after locking it because bumper keys made all your locks obsolete. Especially at night.
    3. Drill your windows with a screw or add a pvc bar behind them.
    4. Make sure your home is well lit. Scum hates light.
    5. Install fake or real cameras in view of the street. Scum hates cameras.
    6. Lock up tight after dark. Stay inside as much as possible.
    7. Lock your electrical breaker box. Scum will turn off the power to bait you out at night.
    8. Get a driveway sensor and place it in the driveway and one or two on the sides and rear of your home.
    9. Get a Fake TV(faketv.com) or leave a light on at night in a room visible from the street when going to bed.
    10. Secure your home in such a way where an intruder has to break something in order to enter. The sound of breaking will arouse you naturally.
    11. Dont just rely on dogs, all the training in the world can be broken with a steak. A clever thief will bring meat and feed the dog for several nights before actually attempting to enter. Keep the dogs locked up at night and away from strangers always.
    12. Go to sleep earlier, you sleep hardest the first few hours and lighter as the night progresses. The later at night, 11pm-430 am, the more likely scum will prowl.
    13. Never go outside at night to confront or investigate a strange noise. It could be a ploy to bait you out. Use windows to view and if necessary wait until morning. If its that serious call 911.
    14. If you have gates, lock them with a padlock at dusk.
    15. Have a plan if confronted IN YOUR HOME by an intruder on what course of action or defense you will take and learn it. Rehearse it in your head on a regular basis.
    16. Trust you Lord, and sleep well.

    • Donna in MN says:

      I have a solution. Keep the dog inside so no thief can feed it a couple times before breaking in. I never leave my guard dogs outside at night or when I leave my home. They can be taken out easily left outside. Inside, an intruder has to break in while the dog is barking/attacking the intruder, giving you time to defend your home with your guns. As I mentioned before, I have Shep and Weapon inside.

    • Great ideas – thanks!

    • You can train your dogs not to take food from strangers, or at the very least train them not to eat without a release signal.
      I didnt train my dogs for this, but my female wont be bribed with food. She would probably eat the hand and leave the steak. But Donna has a good point, dont leave your dogs outside.

  26. Chuck Findlay says:

    There are 2 versions of the Bushman out there, both are the same knife, but with different sheaths. The older one sells for $22.00 and has a cordura sheath and the newer 2013 one has a plastic molded sheath that I see being sold for $30.00.

    I have the older one and it works great. Like I said the knife is the same.

  27. NJGunGUy says:

    Well stated Frugal Prepper. My family and I live in a “safe neighborhood” and according to my neighbors nothing ever happens here. They do not believe that burglaries do happen in our neighborhood or they think it’s a rare occurrence. As a result they have a very false sense of security and leave their window blinds raised exposing everything they own and showing that no one is home. I keep the exterior of our home very low keyed and slightly unkept in the hopes that a thief will decide to by pass our home for a better bounty.

    • In our neighborhood, we have observed a neighbor who has left his vehicle running….in the driveway……..with the driver’s door open…..while he is in the house for many minutes sometimes. Foolish. There is that false sense of security here also……sometimes all a thief, or would be thief, needs is just a window of opportunity…..I don’t plan to give it to him, if I can help it.

  28. worrisome says:

    Hope the wonder dog has already proven herself as far as a watchdog. She is way too valuable to leave out at night and most of the time is with me where ever I am. She sleeps more during the day and takes intermittent paces around the inside of the house at night. She has been trained not to bark much, but if someone is rattling a door or window, even if it is the wind, she goes nuts. I owe it all to a neighbor who worked with her and the trainer we took her to.

    My BIL and nephew are both looking to similar training and getting dogs of their own. Up at the BOL when I am there and with my neighbor’s GS, that would be 4. I like the odds in that.

    • Worrisome, I love when you tell us about Hope. I am so glad you found her and that she is an amazing dog for you.
      My baby girl takes trips through the house at night too. All bedroom doors are left open so I can hear what the kids are up to, and after everyone goes to sleep, she will ‘tuck us in.’ She will go to each bed sniff us, and then go check the next person. She even checks on the rabbit and birds (although I swear she is checking to see if she can make a snack out of the birds). She will do this 2 or 3 times a night. Even though her bed is in our entry way, where she sleeps during the day, she will take turns with the kids throughout the night.
      My pup on the otherhand, will sleep through the night. He curls into a ball in front of the door and thats that. When I go outside at night I have to shove him out of the way and usually he’ll stretch, yawn and curl right back up. I guess at least if someone tried coming through the front door they would have a hard time getting it open, and if they managed they would probably trip over him…

      • worrisome says:

        TG, my other dog, is useless. Weighs in at about 40#, loves everyone, and doesn’t see the need to protect anything. She is simply the “princess”. Hope has certainly made up for all of our efforts to save her. And candidly, she seems to see a need to show gratefulness for that in her efforts to behave and help out. She isn’t a natural at guarding and she is often very scared, but seems to muster something from deep down and do it anyway. Makes her special. AND I am in awe of how she overcomes her fear………’tis a lesson for me. Mostly she just makes me happy and she is never ever far away here at the house. At this moment, my left foot is asleep because there is a dog head on it :). Up at the bol she does venture down to the pond a couple of times a day by herself……………and comes back wet………and muddy…………and relaxed. BIL has put in an outdoor hose hooked up to both cold and hot water…so we have a bath station for her. We are NOT going to win any war over that pond with her. It is hers, she just knows it is.

        • Worriesome,
          I had a rescue that overcame fear to protect our family, too. He was quite the warrior but only if my husband wasn’t around…God bless that dog..I miss him.

          • axelsteve says:

            We have a shepard mix(we guess) who is an excellent natural guard dog. She weighs 45 to 50 # but she has a good ear and great sense of smell and a viscous bark and growl. She is a good dog.

        • I had a big, black lab who went ballistic when someone knocked on the door. Before I opened it, I would get a good grip on his collar and he would not stop straining and barking. This cut most conversations with strangers short. If they didn’t seem inclined to leave, I would let the dog pull me closer to them, still barking and looking like a mad man. That would be the end of the conversation. The best part is that, if I had let the dog loose, he would have given them all big, sloppy kisses – but they never knew that. It worked quite well. :)

  29. I am the person that when I fall asleep, I am dead to the world until my body gets enough rest…. unless, the dogs bark, I hear a noise I shouldnt, or dont hear noises I should.
    With a million kids, dogs, birds, a rabbit, well my house always has noise. I have learned to tune out so much. I can sleep through alarm clocks, the tv, my dh getting up and going to work. But if my house goes silent I am up in a heartbeat. I hear braking glass and you can bet I’m running, the same with thuds, bangs or any other suspicious noise. But honestly I filter noise during the day too.

    I know all the neighborhood cars, the sound of them, I even know the way their headlights look at night. I know the sound of the neighborhood dogs, and our residential rooster (we had one show up one day and no one knows who he belongs to, so we let him roam), I know where every kid in the neighborhood belongs. When a cat fight happens, I can tell you which cats are at it. So while I filter noise, I am not oblivious to them.

    Even though I am a heavy sleeper, my sleeping patterns are odd. I am never in bed at the same time. Its nothing to see me up at 3 am or at 6 am. And I also read once that criminals look for habits. I never walk my dogs at the same time, we never go anywhere on the same day except sundays. We dont buy a lot of electronics, but when we do the boxes are broken down and bagged. I cant claim that bikes are put up all the time but i have warned my kids-their lesson night mine if/when it happens. Vehicles stay locked, even during the day. When my front door is open to let in fresh air, my dogs are stand guard in front of it.

    And then theres my dogs. My male is a pup yet but he is going to be huge. I named him goliath for that reason. At 6 months he is already bigger than my female. And he is black, and a pit bull, for some reason that combination scares a lot of people. My female on the other hand, well, to put it mildly she is very protective. One of my neighbors whom she doesnt like tried sweet talking her with food, everything from hot dogs to dog treats. Ha! The treats stayed where he threw them until the cats came along and ate them. The only way a person is allowed into my home is if someone in my family comes with them, the only exception in her mind is my parents. If I open the door for someone she doesnt know she will literally push me back and stand in front of me…. not to many people knock on my door. The cable man, when he installed my internet, well lets just say my dog did let him in, but everytime he moved she growled. If I am outside and she is in, well her happy butt is in whatever window she can best see me in. It would not surprise me if she went through a window if ever she felt the need.

    I will not say that the things I do will prevent a break in, but there are much easier houses than mine. Realistically, I think thats all we can do, is make ourselves a hard target.

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  32. Bookworm says:

    I can sleep through the loudest thunderstorm, but let the power go off and we have complete silence, I’m awake in no time. Turn on a light and I’m awake too. A noisy dog with very good hearing might be handy for waking one up to unusual noises.

  33. Security has been on my mind recently and today I had a wake up call about just how vulnerable I suspect most of us are to being a victim. First the story and then the after action.
    I saw the solicitor coming from a couple houses down and going door to door to peddle magazines or give to save the planet . I was outside in my garage and heard him talking to some neighbors and of course we get these from time to time and I never buy anything. As it is spring break my young son was outside with me and we were casting to get ready for some lake fishing. The solicitor had just gone to my neighbors house and that put him behind me and my son. He said hello and went into his pitch. On the second sentence I stopped him and said we weren’t interested. He was a little upset and asked me if I just would give him a chance to continue. To which I said no thanks, we’re not buying anything. At this point his thin veil of civility left him and he started to go on about how I was disrespecting him. Rather than let him finish I walked up between my son and him and told him to get moving. This is where it gets interesting. He said “Or what?” “What you going to do?” “Call the cops?” “That’s all anyone can do in this neighborhood” Then the threats escalate. “I’ll come back and kill you and all your neighbors.” Well that didn’t take long. So at this point I’m pretty alarmed. He’s continuing the threats with me telling him to just keep moving. We are up on the sidewalk now and I have the fishing pole in my hand and now he’s coming back towards me and starts in on how he’s going to kick my behind and puts his finger in my face. So I whipped his hand with the fishing pole thinking, Oh well, game on. But he backs up and heads up the street. At this point I’m pretty adrenaline fueled but not mad. The only thing that made me mad is that he threatened to come back and kill us. So I did the exact thing that he had predicted. I called the cops and gave them a good description of what he looked like and what he said. Now he sees me with the phone and starts moving up the street at a trot as my wife comes out of the house to get our son. Since my son was safe inside I started to follow the guy up to the main street where he broke into a run. I lost him two streets up and felt that running him off was enough. 20 – 30 minutes later the cops show up and we go through the description and what was said and done by whom. Now at this point the cops and DW start giving me information that I did not have before. DW tells me that these people come to the door at least twice a week often in the evening and that she opens the door to listen to the pitch and then tells them no thanks. YIKES! I didn’t know that. Then the cops tell me that these people are often recruited in cities that are not in the same state. The recruits are then bused to different areas given, a neighborhood to cover and then picked up by a handler in the evening. That’s scary. These people are basically anonymous except to the company that hires them. I’m sure getting records from any of those companies would take a court order and then who know’s if the information is correct?

    So the security implications are that these people are not local, are desperate to make a living, can be mentally unbalanced (another nugget of info from the cops) know where you live and have a map of your neighborhood.

    Now DW perspective. She was mad at me for not just listening to the pitch and then saying “no thanks”. She told me that we don’t know who these people are or what they are breathing, and they just may be capable of extreme violence. She knows I was armed but worries that I would not end up on top of the situation. She worries that these people could come back when I’m not around.

    From my perspective, this is my property, that trumps all else.I work hard for what I have and will not give it up easily. People shouldn’t expect to come on my property and threaten me or demand something from me. It will not end well for them.

    From the police perspective. They deal with this everyday. They are on DW’s side but It took them over 20 minutes to show up. A lot can happen in 20 minutes.

    How would you have handled it? What would you have done different?

    • Wow…..that sounds scary! I probably would have listened and then said, “No, thank you.” However, in our neighborhood, usually once or twice a year, we have had someone from the inner city, come to our door.
      We have a NO SOLICITOR sign up that they disregard – and when I pointed it out to one person, they said, “That doesn’t count – it’s homemade.” and they proceeded w/ their sales pitch. (BTW, we checked with the police department and they said it DOES count – no matter how the sign is made – a no solicitor sign means they are not supposed to come to our door.) My husband is good about asking people if they have a solicitor’s license from the city since that is the law here. He then explains that it is the law here. He is firm but kind.
      Well, these people who usually come once or twice a year are from the inner city – usually selling candy bars – WAY overpriced – like $3.00 for a $1.00 bar-cheaper than that if you buy in bulk. I am kind, but say, “No, thank you.” They will push as to WHY I won’t buy it. If I say we are on a tight budget, they won’t accept that – I have had them say to me, “It’s because I’m black, isn’t it?” and then act disgusted. That is not true at all, but where can that conversation go? I have also had probably 2 or 3 of them say to me (at different visits). “So, you don’t care about keeping me out of gangs, huh? I live in the inner city and am working to get out and you just don’t care!” At that point, I feel some fear as there is no truth to what they are saying, but it becomes obvious that they are not interested in truth, but in their own ideas. Thankfully, they don’t come often….some years not at all……..they must be bussed in, like you said, as there are usually a couple of people walking down our street – one on each side…and sometimes we have seen them picked up….and noticed others on nearby streets. Definitely intimidating – especially when the race card is played and the anger is displayed as the person thinks they are being rejected by me, a white woman, yet NOTHING I said or thought had anything to do with race.

    • Encourager says:

      We were eating in a restaurant, when we noticed this very tall, large man going through the tables with roses. I said out loud, “Oh, look! Someone is getting roses!” No, not exactly. He was going up to each table, especially the tables with the elderly. He loomed over them and TOLD them he wanted $5 for each rose. One elderly couple looked terrified and the husband pulled out a $5 bill and gave it to the man. Then he came to our table and loomed over me. I told him to back off, that I wanted no roses. By this time the manager was rushing over. He snarled at me, and my son, who was sitting across from me, pulled up his shirt so that the man could get a good look at what was attached to his belt. The man backed away, and the manager asked him to leave. He told her “Get me a cup of water to take with me”. Idiot woman complied and he went to another table. I said loudly, “Do not give him anything!” Son was on his cell calling 911, giving them a good description of the man. When the manager came back with his water, another man stood up and told him to get out, he had his water. He left. The manager later said she had been warned by other restaurants in the area about him and a few others with him. They just barge in and start soliciting the tables. When we left, he was in the parking lot still. My son said loudly that he was getting pretty tired of this and put his hand on his weapon. The man cut through the weeds towards another restaurant.

      This totally creaped me out. We were at a decent restaurant, not Mickey D’s.

      • I’m glad that your son was with you Encourager. Sounds like he has his head on straight and kept both of you safe. Honestly I think some of these people are daring us to use deadly force so they can try a law suit if they don’t die in the process. You have to be really sick to want to make money like that. When I talked to my other neighbors they all found the soliciter intimidating, but with the current level of PC in this country they didn’t want to do anything about it. I couldn’t care less about being PC. Since then I have met with two of my neighbors who I know I can rely on to keep an eye out for trouble. We each have different schedules so we will be meeting each week to compare notes about what’s happening in the neighborhood. Times they are a changing people, and not for the better.

  34. SheepDog says:

    For those that worry about leaving the window open while sleeping look into the Mr. Goodbar security bars. They mount inside the window and can be bought solid, removable or hinged. You can mount them inside the window blind making them all but invisible to the outside.

    Other security type things that I have done for years are to mount truck convex mirrors to see into blind spots around entry doors and put keypads on garage doors/key boxes for house keys.

    SD

    • I like the idea of the convex mirrors….we need to look into that…..have a blind spot right at our front door and other places.

      • SheepDog says:

        My local NAPA that takes care of the trucking industry has a nice selection in stock. They are of course completely weather proof.

        I used a wood screw to mount it and spent a few minutes setting it to see as much as possible.

        I set an orange cone in all the spots someone could stand out of sight of the door and tweeked the mirror until I could easily see all those spots.

        I like the passive/no electric needed allways easy and ready to use aspect of it.

        Maintenance is once or twice a year hitting it with Windex and checking it once in a while to make sure it is still set true.

        This is the 3rd house I have used them on to knock out blind spots.

        SD

    • Encourager says:

      How did you keep the convex mirrors affixed? The ones I bought had sticky backing – they were the only ones I could find – and in the cold weather they fell off.

  35. Good article, rather enjoyed it! Especially liked your can idea, I may use that in the future :)

  36. Try, bars on your door jams on metal not wood doors that prevent kick ins, film on all windows and patio doors that prevent breaking windows (gives me plenty of time to get a gun), have an alarm system with glass break. If they cut my phone line the alarm goes off anyway and sends a signal to alarm co.

    Just figure people are going to try to get in to your house. All you can do is try to keep them at bay until you can shoot them or the cops arrive.

  37. Petnumber1 says:

    A couple of tricks I’ve learned over the years that have served me well:

    1. If you have a car with a fob that has a Panic button on it, get into the habit of sleeping with the fob on your nightstand. If you awaken at night hearing unfamiliar noises outside, hit the Panic button – your car alarm will go off. If it’s a burglar, it may surprise him enough to scare him away or at least give you time to get something more debilitating in place.

    2. When I first moved to Manhattan as a young adult, all the apartments in my building had multiple deadbolts on the doors – sometimes as many as 5! Each night, I dutifully locked them all, until a neighbor told me to only lock about half of them (and alternate each day which ones are locked/unlocked) – that way, if someone tries to pick the locks, some will open and some will lock. It may not keep them out, but it may frustrate a burglar enough that they look elsewhere. When I bought my house, I had 4 deadbolts put on the back door, and I keep some locked/unlocked to this day! :)

  38. The deadbolt idea is wonderful! I’ve never thought of that, but will remember it and use it. Thank you.