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Remote doorbel camera gate opener

Looking for a intercom and remote gate opener with control via the internet on a iPhone / iPad. [more inside]
posted by Mac-Expert on Nov 18, 2014 - 4 answers

Brinks Home Security - Stop beeping!

Just bought a house with a older Brinks Home security system. Well the previous owners had a Land-line and had the house monitored. When they moved out they disconnected the line and now the alarm is showing "CP Trouble" and beeping once every 45 seconds or so. We dont have a land-line nor plan on getting one. We also do not plan on having the alarm monitored but we like the door chime and being able to set the alarm. Even while set the CP problem is still there and beeps. I called Brinks and they said the only way to fix this was to disconnect the whole alarm system or get it monitored. I dont want to disconnect the alarm and I dont want it monitored. Does anyone know if there is a way to bypass this to stop the beeping?
posted by flipmiester99 on Nov 18, 2014 - 5 answers

House has ADT security/monitoring - alternatives?

Moved recently. The house ADT system already installed. Don't like ADT - what are my options? [more inside]
posted by filmgeek on Oct 16, 2014 - 5 answers

What IR-capable residential security cameras are inconspicuous?

I'm interested in getting a few residential security cameras installed to cover our yard and car areas. Requirements are: ~40 feet night vision, decent motion detection, networked recording to central PC/DVR unit (either over WiFi or PoE power), no batteries, weatherproof, not easily stolen. There are plenty of cameras with good tech specs, but many of them look like warp engines. I imagine putting up giant cameras will not only piss off the neighbors, but serve as a giant ROB ME I HAVE STUFF sign. What exterior cameras are not only good but inconspicuous? [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Mar 6, 2014 - 3 answers

Humor Among Thieves

Our house got broken into, but the thieve(s) stole slightly strange objects. Why? [more inside]
posted by alex_skazat on Nov 1, 2013 - 22 answers

What's a giftable home/apartment security upgrade?

I have a friend moving to a sketchy part of town (and living without a roommate for the first time). I want to get her some sort of security "thing" as an apartment-warming gift. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug on Aug 10, 2013 - 17 answers

Help me protect my car from vandalism.

Is there a practical way to keep someone from f-cking with my car? [more inside]
posted by phaedon on Jan 17, 2013 - 38 answers

DIY Home Security questions

DIY Home Security: where to start? I'm investigating all the myriad options for hardware and monitoring services, and I am overwhelmed. [more inside]
posted by medarby on Aug 8, 2012 - 2 answers

Should I just get a baseball bat?

Should I get a home security system? [more inside]
posted by bolognius maximus on Jul 26, 2012 - 31 answers

How did someone break into my home?

How did someone break into my house? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 6, 2011 - 40 answers

Are there any legal issues with security cameras outside the home?

Outdoor security camera system for a residence. Any potential legal issues to consider? [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi on Nov 10, 2011 - 2 answers

Should I be shredding ALL my receipts?

Is it really necessary to shred all receipts? Is identity fraud really likely? [more inside]
posted by inbetweener on Mar 28, 2011 - 21 answers

House-cooling advice for fraidy cats

It's really hot. I need to let the breeze through my house while minimising risk of invitin burglars. [more inside]
posted by 8k on Feb 3, 2011 - 15 answers

Burglarproofing for renters?

What are the most cost-effective ways to burglar-proof a rented apartment? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Nov 16, 2010 - 25 answers

Home automation for fun

Home automation I'm about to move house and would like to setup a home automation system for fun, learning and utility! [more inside]
posted by dance on Jul 28, 2010 - 2 answers

Home Security Recommendations

Please recommend Home Security companies for burglary monitoring [more inside]
posted by onich on May 12, 2010 - 6 answers

Someone suspicious was taking pictures of our house. Should we do anything about it?

Someone suspicious was taking pictures of our house. Should we do anything about it? [more inside]
posted by wordsmith on Apr 15, 2010 - 37 answers

How to reduce risk of burglary?

what are good ways to secure my home? [more inside]
posted by anya32 on Mar 10, 2010 - 26 answers

Help me with a bit of passive home defence

Looking for a GSM alarm system for my house. I don't live in the States, so the answer should ideally be non-US specific. I was wondering about the Panasonic BL-C131A, but that needs presumably a decent amount of light and a working internet connection to alert me of break-ins. And without push email, fifteen minutes could pass before I get the alert. It's not really ideal, I don't think... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 24, 2009 - 1 answer

How do I keep my rental home secure?

Living in Albuquerque, currently renting a house, and wondering what options are available for home security in this specific situation? [more inside]
posted by aflores on Sep 25, 2009 - 3 answers

Help me find/build an affordable home alarm system

Help me find/build an affordable home alarm system. I am interested in both DIY and turnkey solutions. I want monitoring, but would prefer no contract. [more inside]
posted by hsawtelle on Mar 18, 2009 - 5 answers

Home Security Cameras

Home Surveillance Help…general system setup/personal preferences [more inside]
posted by doorsfan on Mar 12, 2009 - 4 answers

Give my girlfriend peace of mind when sleeping home alone

I travel frequently, and my girlfriend has an (admittedly) somewhat-irrational fear of someone breaking into our apartment when she's home alone, asleep. What can we do to make her feel more comfortable when she's home alone? [more inside]
posted by wordsmith on Jun 2, 2008 - 32 answers

Please help me design an alarm system

I need advice for designing and installing a modest home security system. [more inside]
posted by amfea on Oct 12, 2007 - 6 answers

What is a recommended replacement to an existing home security system?

Home Security: What is a recommended alarm panel to replace a 15-year old hardwired alarm system? [more inside]
posted by scooterdog on Aug 5, 2007 - 2 answers

can you recommend a home security / alarm company?

can you recommend a good home security / alarm company? [more inside]
posted by boygirlparty on Jan 22, 2007 - 9 answers

Pimp my home security!

Help me secure my home! I need input on a safe and a security system. [more inside]
posted by aceyprime on Jan 15, 2007 - 18 answers

OS X Home Security

Recently my bike and some other trivial stuff has been stolen off my porch. My bike was locked. :( I want to bait this thief with another bike (my broken one) and see who this jerk is. I have a mac and want to use a wireless webcam. Infrared is key since I believe he strikes at night. Is there an app for OS X and a compatible webcam for this situation? Ideally, it would not capture footage unless their is activity. -thanks
posted by bloodniece on Nov 13, 2006 - 14 answers

Watch your house over the web?

I am looking for products/services where you can install a camera outside your home (maybe on the porch or back deck) and see what's going on via the web while you're at work or away from home anytime? I guess it would have to be some kind of wireless connection signal transmission thingy?
posted by sandra194 on Aug 25, 2006 - 2 answers

Protecting home and property options?

Protecting home and property options? [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop on Nov 27, 2005 - 9 answers

What are my options for installing a home security system?

What are my options for installing a home security system? [more inside]
posted by DCTapeworm on Oct 31, 2005 - 10 answers

Please go rob my neighbor instead

Home Security: The doors currently on my house would be laughably easy to break through. I'm planning to replace them with solid wood doors with metal strips reinforcing the jamb, and serious deadbolts (with long screws securing them.) Is there anything I'm missing (so far as securing doors go)? [more inside]
posted by Zed_Lopez on Jul 25, 2005 - 10 answers

Security vs. insecurity

I recently purchased my first home. It's in a neighborhood that used to be a little sketchy (Seattle's Rainier Beach), but is now relatively safe. Here's the thing: some of my neighbors still have bars on their windows. Others have security systems. Should I? Do they really help? Or is it just dwindling hysteria?
posted by arielmeadow on May 24, 2005 - 24 answers

I'm tired of stuff being stolen from my deck...

The back of my house faces an alley. There is no fence or gate. Someone loves to take my hanging flower baskets or even vegetables from my garden boxes. I would like to get a weather-proof wireless camera to start snapping away when someone enters the field of view. What brands or technologies should I look at? -I'd also like to beam the images to my home PC which would be about 50-75 feet away from where I want to put the camera.
posted by phredhead on May 11, 2005 - 10 answers

How to tell your machine has been hacked?

I am looking for the definative method for determining if my machine has been hacked. I don't trust antivirus software and was thinking of looking into packet sniffers but wasn't sure if that was the place to start.
posted by Wong Fei-hung on Mar 3, 2005 - 16 answers

How best to secure my ground floor apartment?

I live in a sorta gritty urban area in a ground-floor apartment that has semi-burglar-accessible windows that have no bars or gates. (The landlord is a cheap slum-owning pig, no help.) What should I install myself for serious home security that'll still let me enjoy a nice breeze and also peace of mind and body? Alarms? Internal bars? Any fave products? Money is almost no object, but I'd really rather not have to use a hammer drill on the exterior brick. (Question anonymous for ParanoiaFilter because my name is in my profile and also in the phone book with my address, and I'm a terribly sensible gal.)
posted by anonymous on Jan 21, 2005 - 13 answers

We've Been Robbed!

So we were burglarized sometime today while we were at work. My wife came home and found the front door open and the rooms completely tossed, just like in the movies. In some ways we're counting ourselves lucky, because they only took two cameras, a couple bottles of vodka, and our fire safe. On the other hand, the safe contained basically everything about us- our passports, our Social Security cards, marriage certificate, titles to the condo and car, photocopies of our credit cards(in case the originals were stolen, natch), bank account info, etc. Two questions: 1) are we fucked? 2) burglar alarm systems...yea or nay? [mi] [more inside]
posted by 40 Watt on Sep 24, 2004 - 20 answers

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