Best Home Security Methods?

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  1. Ms. I

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    My elderly parents live in a two-story home. Although, the city we live in is pretty safe, we're the types who believe that no place is crime-free & we definitely aren't the types who leave our doors unlocked. We take precautions: Dowels in window frames & sliding glass doors, being watchful & alert, etc. My mom would have a dog if she felt like caring for one & they weren't "so much trouble" as she says. She's tired enough taking care of my dad. I mentioned to her about cacti around the outside of the windows. I told her my little device I put between my door & the frame every night.

    She's looking into possible alarm companies in which she pays a reasonable monthly fee. She doesn't want ADT. She doesn't think they're that good.

    Any ideas...both monthly fee companies & home devices, etc.?
     
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    I've only had ADT, but I've not had any problems with them.
     
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    Always a good idea to be careful. I got complacent and was leaving my car unlocked (I live in a nice, safe, gated community that has security cars) and somebody stole the iPod touch I used for audiobooks.

    Ads are creepy: now I have an ADT banner ad across the top!
     
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    Is there a lot of crime in their area? What are the stats? Did they have an incident?

    I know you said you're into prevention, but that seems like a lot of money and investment to make if there isn't a known cause. I'm just wondering what happened to make your mom suddenly want to step up the protection. Is the threat real or perceived?

    Maybe a more economical and practical approach would be to have a security specialist do a check of their home, and make recommendations. Seems like you have a lot of precautions in place already; perhaps beefing them up a little would suffice.
     
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    We have zero extra protection, other than door locks. And, only our front door has a dead-bolt. Our door from the outside to our garage, and from our garage into our home only have a doorknob lock and we don't do anything special to our sliding glass door. During the day, our doors are never locked if we are home and we will sometimes forget to lock them if we leave the house.

    We also will sometimes sleep with the main floor windows open.

    I guess I'm just not that scared.
     
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    I live in the city. We have a lot of crimes of opportunity. My neighbor's house was "broken" into last year. They left the back door unlocked. They didn't even know until the next morning. No one heard anything. We have a lot of cars that get broken into the same way. That being said, you just never know when it might escalate. I make sure my outside lights work and illuminate my doors. I have lights inside on timers. I always triple check to make sure my doors are locked at night. They are deadbolt only.
     
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    My parents & I both live in the same city & overall, it's generally safe & we feel safe living here...been here over 25 yrs. What sparked my mom to think about this is that she read that a break-in happened a few or several streets away from their house. Several years ago, my parents' next door neighbor's car got broken into, but no string of occurrences seemed to follow that one.

    I live in an apt complex in one of the hearts of the city & it's only at Christmastime when they alert all us residents about one break-in & theft & it always so far is due to an unlocked door/window. I'm on the 2nd fl (of the 3-fl) complex & I definitely chose to be on the 2nd fl. Even then, my mom says to always lock my window at night while I sleep. The 3rd fl was a little too much stair climbing since there's no elevators here.
     
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    We don't have an alarm system but we make sure doors are locked and there are lights outside with motion detectors. We also have a little alarm on the back door that you can set to go off if the door opens. It's not hooked up to a system just a cheap alarm you can get anywhere. Something like that might help deter a thief if they break it (it's pretty loud and annoying lol). There is relatively no crime in my neighborhood but you never know what could happen. I never really locked the front door if we were home but now we have a keyless entry so it's always locked once the door is closed. That way I also don't have to think about it or remember if I locked the door before leaving the house.
     
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    I think an alarm system is overkill, for most of us. The industry itself, preys (preys is too harsh) on a fear that is remote. I really do think a dog is the best, all things considered. I just don't like having yet another monthly bill that you are responsible for. Not to say that a dog doesn't come with expenses... but an alarm system brings nothing else to the table. A good dog can enrich your quality of life (e.g. make you take daily walks).
     
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    John Lee, my parents & I love dogs like the next person. Years ago, my mom used to have this beautiful German Shepherd. I gave the reason why my mom wouldn't get a dog these days. Maybe someday again...

    If I could have it my way, I'd have my indoor smaller-sized dog, like I used to have (a Boston Terrier) & a big dog more for protection purposes. If we're talking big dogs, I like Neopolitan Mastiffs, but I hate that they drool. I like Boxers & Chinese Shar Peis.
     
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    Strong locks
    Good neighbors
     
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    I live in a pretty safe neighborhood but I got a home security system. I would say about 98% of my neighbors work during the day so there is no one around to keep watch for strange people in the neighborhood. I love being able to turn on my alarm system when I go to bed.
     
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    I don't have an alarm system. I live in a rural area. I just take badic precautions like locking my storm doors and main doors, locking windows, etc.

    The dog (Akita) is a good alarm. He barks at all strangers.

    I also keep a baseball bat next to my bed, and I do own a gun. The neighbors next door send actors the street have security lights. They keep my front yard fairly well lit. My back yard is very dark, but I'm rarely out there at night.

    My neighbors are a little sketchy, but they are good to me. They keep their place up well. I'm pretty sure they could take out any threat that showed up. (They are high level dealers. They supply the dealers.)
     
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    My aunt and uncle had their home broken into when they were at work. Their dog was beaten during the robbery. If they'd had a gun (unarmed robbery), it's possible she may have been shot. They keep their dog in a crate now while they're gone.

    Our dog is crated while we're gone and at night because he's still a puppy and the cat still hasn't gotten used to him.
     
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    Would they need a service like Life Alert?
     
  18. John Lee

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    That doesn't discount the point

    Dogs (besides what they bring in quality of life) deter thieves. As bad as it may be to say, you want them to go to the house down the street, that maybe doesn't have a dog (with its barking, possibly attacking) to worry about.

    Ima Teacher... that's funny. It's good to have shady people on your side.
     
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    Obviously the dog didn't deter these thieves from breaking in. It's a German Shepherd btw. My neighbor's house who was broken into also has a dog. Didn't deter those thieves either since the door was unlocked.

    I'd rather find my tv and jewelry missing than my much beloved pet dead or seriously injured :2cents:

    In our area, the cops keep reports on break ins with a home alarm and without. Over 90% of the break ins were homes without alarms. I'd consider that my best bet if I felt I needed additional security.
     
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    You can find "alarms" that detect motion and will sound like a "dog barking". Check out amazon or ebay.
     
  21. Ms. I

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    I remember seeing the commercials for that long ago. They may like it, depending on the cost.

    True.

    Yes, dogs help to some degree, but I consider my dog my furry family member & sure wouldn't want them hurt (or worse) either. I also agree that I'd rather have my TV stolen than my dog hurt. It's also known for thieves to simply throw the dogs a piece of poisoned meat, so the dogs are eating that, while they still rob the place.

    Yes, I learned of that "dog barking" alarm too. I'm sure they have them work like a motion sensor, meaning it barks when movement is near.
     

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