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Old 06-10-2014, 09:17 AM
 
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Can anyone recommend a reputable company for burglar bars/security gates ?

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Old 06-10-2014, 09:31 AM
 
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I'd recommend not putting them on. They are a definite neighborhood property value destroyer, which brings more dangerous elements to your neighborhood over time.


You should save your money and move to a better location, or if you are unable to do that, be a pest and request a stronger police presence in your neighborhood. Report every suspicious person you see. Make your face known at the local precinct.
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Old 06-10-2014, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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Talk about a fire hazard and a property de-valuer...
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Old 06-10-2014, 11:55 AM
 
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I use Smith & Wesson for my home security -- been very happy with them so far.
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Old 06-10-2014, 01:22 PM
 
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So if a person in Highland Park put bars on their home, how much would it devalue their home? Or, let's say everyone in Highland Park put bars on their home, how much value would that area lose?

My point if I think people have it backwards. You'll see more home with bars in poorer areas because in poorer areas there is more crime. The home values in those areas are low and about the same with or without bars. The bars don't bring certain elements, there are already there which is why the bars are put on in the first place.

Bars in poorer areas didn't have the safety features they do today and that are required. I have had them before and they are safer than living in a good neighborhood like I do today. Homes in good neighborhoods are wide open and thieves know it. Simply break that decorative glass in the front door and reach in and turn the dead-bolt. And many thieves have gotten smarter and go to good neighborhoods now instead of breaking in poorer homes and stealing toasters. Security systems shorten their stay but they have adjusted accordingly.

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Old 06-10-2014, 01:52 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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So if a person in Highland Park put bars on their home, how much would it devalue their home? Or, let's say everyone in Highland Park put bars on their home, how much value would that area lose?

My point if I think people have it backwards. You'll see more home with bars in poorer areas because in poorer areas there is more crime. The home values in those areas are low and about the same with or without bars. The bars don't bring certain elements, there are already there which is why the bars are put on in the first place.

Bars in poorer areas didn't have the safety features they do today and that are required. I have had them before and they are safer than living in a good neighborhood like I do today. Homes in good neighborhoods are wide open and thieves know it. Simply break that decorative glass in the front door and reach in and turn the dead-bolt. And many thieves have gotten smarter and go to good neighborhoods now instead of breaking in poorer homes and stealing toasters. Security systems shorten their stay but they have adjusted accordingly.
If someone wants to get in, they'll get in. Nothing will keep them out.

I have a handgun and a shotgun if someone's stupid enough to break in while I'm home. For the other times, I have insurance and curtain-twitching elderly neighbors. I don't worry about it.

Speaking personally, I refuse to live in a cage in order to protect my laptop and television. A fire is about as likely as someone breaking in while I'm home, and I'm not about to cage off my exits. Screw that.
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Old 06-10-2014, 02:11 PM
 
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see more home with bars in poorer areas because in poorer areas there is more crime.
Yeah, that's why my first bit of advice was to move. Everyone knows that the police don't patrol all areas equally, and bars just advertise to the world that your neighborhood is unsafe. Is brand new upstanding-middle-class family who isn't going to steal your stuff really going to see that and say "heck yeah, this place looks great! Let's move here!"

Plenty of people who live in crime ridden neighborhoods do so because they engage in extra-legal activities and don't want the police messing in their business, therefore they use bars instead of vigilance.

That's why requesting added police presence to get those people to move elsewhere is 2nd option. Sometimes, the police will care and sometimes they won't.

Bars on your windows is a distant 3rd option.
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Old 06-11-2014, 08:03 AM
 
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Somehow my original question:

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Can anyone recommend a reputable company for burglar bars/security gates ?

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has turned into a research study titled "A Study of Burglar Bars and their impact on surrounding home values"

Nobody (at least I didn't) said these were for the house I live in, or that my house is in a high crime area, etc. This could be for a RENTAL house I in fact may own, and the tenants may "feel better" if bars are installed. Or many other scenarios.

For those who have credible information, regarding my original question, again, which was (and nothing more than...):

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Can anyone recommend a reputable company for burglar bars/security gates ?

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I appreciate the info.
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