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Old 01-24-2016, 05:37 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Doesn't matter what your stuff is worth.

The guys who tried to kick in our back door didn't know we didn't have diddly squat worth fencing.

In fact, the door they smashed cost more than any single item in the house (except for a couple of paintings (like they'd know) and a watch that was on my wrist).

The glassvreak alarm and my dog scared them away.
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Old 01-24-2016, 01:11 PM
 
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My thoughts exactly. How much security does OP believe he/she really needs? If OP is that concerned about theft, he/she should just stay home and not go on vacation at all. I don't understand this security paranoia anyway. First of all, a determined burglar will get into your house no matter what. Secondly, people overestimate how much their stuff is worth. How much of your personal items would James the Neighborhood Thief really want to steal anyway? The majority of people's crap isn't worth any money at all, (at least not in terms of how much a person can sell the item on the street or in a pawn shop). We just think our stuff is worth money is because it's OURS and we paid $X dollars for it 5 years ago. But James doesn't want your suede couch, hardwood table, paperback books, pics of Aunt Martha and Uncle Billy, or all your gorgeous bath towels, sheet sets, and fancy clothes. If he's after anything, it would be computers and TVs. OP, if you are truly still concerned I suggest you ask a neighbor to park in your driveway while you're gone so it looks like the home is occupied. But my main suggestion is relax and know you've done enough.
ScoobySnacks, since you live in an extremely different part of the US and guessed completely--laughably--wrong at what I value, your comments are worthless for purposes of my query. I asked WHAT small additional measures I could add to what we already do, not judgmental guesses at whether the question was valid. Several very good recommendations were made, which will be used.

Burglars steal all kinds of stuff ranging from the mundane to the expensive and/or irreplaceable. Aside from the actual taking of items, there is the feeling of violation that happens from a burglary. I already had that experience and learned from it.
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Old 01-25-2016, 03:42 PM
 
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Remote access to my network cameras has been unreliable. When they work it's a comfort to be able to visually check the house.
We depend on the alarm monitor service for alerts.
Don't know the neighbors well enough to share a key.
Most friends & family are too far away.
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Old 01-25-2016, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Remote access to my network cameras has been unreliable. When they work it's a comfort to be able to visually check the house.
We depend on the alarm monitor service for alerts.
Don't know the neighbors well enough to share a key.
Most friends & family are too far away.
You NEED to get to know your neighbors. They are your best protection against bunglers. (To say nothing of the fact that good neighbors and friends make life much more pleasant.)
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Old 01-26-2016, 11:34 AM
 
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You don't have to give neighbors a key, just let someone you trust enough to know you will be gone. It might not be much, but it is better than nothing.
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Old 01-26-2016, 09:23 PM
 
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You don't have to give neighbors a key, just let someone you trust enough to know you will be gone. It might not be much, but it is better than nothing.
We do that.
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Old 01-29-2016, 11:06 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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You could install few inexpensive cameras inside your home, and link them to your phone, with a motion alert. If any motion is detected you will get phone alert, and then you could call police, or friends/family to take an immediate care of the incident. My friends have this, and they are happy:
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I have three Samsung Smartcams in my main home. They alert me when they sense motion. I check them once or twice a day on either my computer or my iPhone. It's just an extra precaution. It also helps that we're in a gated community and the neighbors keep an eye out. My winter home is in a very tight knit community, so no worries there.
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Old 01-29-2016, 11:15 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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For manual garage doors you can use interior padlocks to prevent opening or tampering with the lock. Definitely put timers on various lights indoors to turn them off and on at various times that appear as if someone is home (like the living room light is on from 6-10 pm, and then the bedrm light from 10-12pm). Maybe even put a small tv on a timer to create the moving lights of a tv show glowing in the bdrm. Motion detector porch lights near the exterior doors. to reveal suspicious activities to your neighbors.

My garage and front porch lights are all hooked up to a photocell, so they are on whenever it's dark. All of those lights are LED, so power consumption is low. My back patio light has three LED floodlights and is motion activated. Criminals, like cockroaches, don't like light at night time.
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Old 01-30-2016, 02:21 AM
 
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^^^Pretty much my experience...
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Old 01-30-2016, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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It's probably already mentioned in the middle somewhere, but I'll mention it, anyway:


NEVER ANNOUNCE ON FACEBOOK THAT YOU ARE LEAVING, OR ALREADY ON VACATION, AND DO NOT POST STUFF WHILE YOU'RE GONE!!!
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