Home Protection Ideas?
November 24, 2010 10:20 AM Subscribe
Our house got robbed last week for the second time in less than a year. Short of moving, what can we do to get our peace of mind and sense of security back?
posted by kmz to home & garden (37 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Both times they used the alley behind our house to access our backyard and then bashed down our back door. We've always had an alarm system which has thankfully deterred them from rummaging further, but they've still been able to dash in and grab the TV and game machines.
We've added sensors to the alarm system so now there's a motion sensor directly pointed at the back door. Our handyman installed a heavier door and is working on some kind of security bar to help reinforce the frame. We'll also be getting a lockable storm door to put on the back.
We're going to try to close down the alley, but we'll need to get everybody on our block's consent on that so it's not a sure thing. We're also looking at making the back fence 8 feet tall instead of its current 6.
We want to get some kind of security camera system. Does anybody have recommendations on models? It would need to be accessible online as well as have good motion triggered DVR, and have cameras both inside and outside.
We're also thinking about getting another dog. We have a Welsh Corgi that we love fiercely, but he's not exactly a menacing guard dog. The new dog would still be a treasured pet, but would hopefully be big and barky enough to scare any would-be thieves and would stay outside if we're not home (and the outside isn't too hot or too cold). Any recommendations on breed, size, etc?
We've got some other ideas too (spiky bushes by the back fence) but what have y'all found to be effective? We love our neighborhood but this is driving us crazy. Stuff can always be replaced, but I'm not sure our psyches can take another burglary.