How do I keep someone from breaking into my house tonight?
July 29, 2012 4:40 PM Subscribe
How can I protect my house from thieves tonight? I own a vacant house that is under construction. It just got broken into by thieves to steal the copper piping. I expect they'll try to finish the job tonight.
posted by slidell to Home & Garden (21 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
They broke in by using a crowbar to break the door frame. They broke in yesterday, but apparently something disturbed them because they didn't get all the copper. They're persistent because we'd barricaded one door, and they still tried really hard to break that door before moving on to a more exposed door.
I really want to protect the rest of the plumbing. All the places that will install security doors for you are closed on Sundays. I'm probably not going to manage to install metal security grates on all six door before nightfall. Is there a way to get a guard out here tonight? What does that kind of thing cost? Can I rent guard dogs? There's no electricity, so I don't think a home alarm company could install something. Could I install a loud battery-powered door and window alarm system? The police are understaffed. I've already boarded up one door and all the windows on each floor from the inside. (It's hard to barricade them from the outside because the house is stucco; there's nothing to nail to.) Should I get all Home Alone with some lights on timers? What else?
And what about after this weekend? Aside from putting up metal security doors, what can I do?
Budget is the limiting factor.