A lot of folks can't see videos where they are reading this board, so may be a good idea to add some bullet points about each one. (just a
I'm one of those folks.
Some of my own measures include:
1. We always have someone home. One member of the household works at home taking care of the ranch.
2. We have two large dogs (who are very good at reading people and their intentions). (and 4 smaller dogs that make a lot of noise, and a bird that
will certainly make a lot of noise also..with the added fun of saying "Hey Baby" which will likely knock a thief off guard)
3. We have multiple layers of fencing (mostly for the horses, but this also means a LOT of work for a would-be thief). On average, a thief would have
to get over two fences to get to the house. Three in some places.
4. Motion-sensor lights all over the property.
5. Busy-body neighbors who never leave their home (take the good with the bad part of that, hehe...)
6. Friends in local law enforcement.
7. No fancy vehicles, we drive trucks. (ok, we do have a nice older Camaro, but it's in the garage).
8. Blinds on the windows.
9. Well-hidden and secured (and fireproof) safe.(and not common knowledge there is one, although I wish I had more to put in it,
) This is
mostly for important info and docs, etc. (I also keep jump drive backups of photos in here, which I think is one of my more clever ideas).
10. Securable "sections" of the house. (with exterior quality door locks, not flimsy inner door locks) - there are 3 different areas of the house that
can be closed off to intruders inside the house. (not counting each room that could be done so)
11. Very secure doors (deadbolts and/or floor bolts, metal reinforcing)
12. Window track locks.
13. Glass door lock bars. (I hate the security weakness of these doors, so eventually, I'll be replacing them out. The good news is that these are
only going outside to the externally locked porch/mancave.
14. Mounted TVs (they would be a pain in the but to remove, for a thief).
15. Guns, we have them, and members of the household are trained in their use, range time, etc.
16. Oddly placed switches and layout (not intentional, but in the dark, a would-be thief would be hard-pressed to turn on the lights. And, due to the
odd layout of the house, he'd likely trip over his own feet trying to navigate, whereas we would have no issues.
We do have nice furniture and decorations on display, but only willing to sacrifice so much for security. We still want to enjoy our home, and we like
to entertain our family and friends. We bought a lot of it in better times, so it kind of makes us seem like we have more than we do, to others.
(which from a security standpoint, is a bad thing).
Because we board horses for others though, and horse theft still can happen, we take security seriously. I do want to add some things, such as cameras
and a driveway alert, but those are mostly for business security.
The above certainly make it a pretty bad risk to reward ratio for any would-be crook. Getting over the fence, he's likely to land in horse poop. (and
hope he doesn't hit the times the electric horse fence wire is on). Then, he'll trip the outer motion lights (which could alert a neighbor). Once at
the house, he'll trip a door or window alarm opening it, and then get greeted by a not so friendly boxer/pit or lab/chow (during the day, they are
sweet, but a stranger at night? Nope). By then, we're up and while the others lock themselves in their rooms, I'm coming with a pistol and shotgun
(and in the dark). Not fun for him.
edit on 13-5-2013 by Gazrok because: (no reason given)