What do you consider to be the best for home protection ?

United States
October 17, 2009 12:41pm CST
What are the best ways to secure your home? What precautions should everyone take? What have you added or changes that helps tp have more home security?
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@AmbiePam (51249)
• United States
17 Oct 09
Well, I certainly have a state of the art home security system. Every night before I go to bed, I lay my doggie door against my front door. That way if someone opens my front door in the middle of the night, the doggie door will fall, making a huge racket. Considering I can hear everything that happens outside my apartment, I know others in the building will hear it if it happens. So hopefully that will scare the person away if they do indeed break in. See? Isn't that state of the art?
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• United States
17 Oct 09
I totaly love it. You have a very good idea there. Now what about protecting windows? I am also in an apartment and am concerned about this!
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@AmbiePam (51249)
• United States
17 Oct 09
I'm on the top level, so if someone is outside my window, they're likely to fall and kill themselves. Hmmm...Do you have any bells? I collect bells. Put them right against the window pane, pressing up to the glass. If someone so much as rattles the window, the bells will alert you. And possibly scare the person off if you have enough bells sitting there making a loud enough noise.
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• United States
19 Oct 09
Bells are a great idea! That will be added to my plans. Appreciate the response!
@paula27661 (15898)
• Australia
18 Oct 09
We have an alarm system installed at our house which we were lucky to be able to take from our last house and move it to this one which is not usually the done thing when a home is sold but because we sold our old house to the government they didn’t mind us taking the alarm system. We have locks on most of the windows and security screens on the glass sliding doors. I would say the biggest deterrent is the alarm; I wish we could afford to have it monitored though.
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• United States
19 Oct 09
It is always good to have an alarm! I like adding as much protection as possible. Appreciate the response!
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@paula27661 (15898)
• Australia
20 Oct 09
It may not be foolproof but it is a deterrent I hope...
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@dragon54u (31638)
• United States
18 Oct 09
I have two very noisy dogs. They are medium sized and love everyone but once the lights go out, that changes. They won't let anyone approach up the stairs unless I say so and I didn't train them that way. I'm glad they've taken it on themselves to be protective! I make sure all the doors are locked, I don't oil my screen hinges so that I always will know if someone gets past the lock and opens them. I have a hard wire phone and cell phone both in my bedroom and I'm planning on putting a deadbolt lock on my bedroom door very soon--just in case! Of course, all my doors and windows are locked. I live in a working class neighborhood of renters and homeowners that are proud and decent for the most part. We rarely have trouble here but if we do, I'm ready with a bit more than I've listed here for the sake of security.
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• United States
19 Oct 09
The dogs are just wonderful. They can hear so much more and so much faster! Sounds like you have it well covered. Appreciate the response!
@JenInTN (27546)
• United States
18 Oct 09
Home security stystems are great but there are a lot of people that can't afford them. I guess it would depend on the person wanting security. I just make sure that my doors and windows are locked up tight before leaving or going to bed. I also have my frisky little dogs that let me know if someone so much as poots in the neighborhood..lol.
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• United States
19 Oct 09
That is so good! Dogs truly are man's best friend! Appreciate the response!
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
18 Oct 09
I basically just keep the doors and windows locked...I live in a small town though and so it's really pretty safe. I also live in a middle class neighborhood so that is safer then in the ritzy part of town.....If I do feel a little scared I just do a few things....like I have a rug jammed up against the door....so someone trying to come in can't open the door...but if I need to get out it's quick and easy to remove.
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• United States
19 Oct 09
That is another great idea! We do have to be able to get out quickly with the possibilty of fires! Appreciate the response!
@KrauseHome (36746)
• United States
17 Oct 09
Well, when we bought our New home just over a month ago, we did some research on this area, and also asked some of the neighbors about the safety of this area, etc. as well. Everyone who has lived here for 3 or more yrs. says that we live in a really safe area, and since it is a culdesac we don't have to worry about a lot of traffic of people unknown as well. And I have noticed that a lot of the people here do look after each other's place more for sure. We have considered making sure everything is safe with nicer computers here, etc. but we do make sure everything is locked up before we go somewhere and leave on extra lights, etc. if we have too as well.
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• United States
19 Oct 09
It is good that you did the research! I am glad that you are in a safe area! Appreciate the response!
• United States
17 Oct 09
As live alone the very first day living in my new home I purchased the ADT Alarm System and have now had it for 11 years and it is VERY reliable and really makes me feel safe. Must not leave out my 3 chihuahuas who think they are Great Dane watchdogs they let me know if anyone even tries to come close to my property.
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• United States
19 Oct 09
Very true, those dogs can sound like an army of dogs. They may be little but they are loud! Appreciate the response.