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Mar 1, 2021 - 5:14:05 PM
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1. Get in the habit of locking your doors and windows.

2.

 

That's actually a cow bone,  if I remember my days working in the grocery store.

Mar 1, 2021 - 5:37:13 PM

Owen

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I use #1, but I like #2. 

It reminds me of a Mad Magazine feature, a few decades ago, on this ^^ very topic.  A couple that I recall were: A) a spring loaded window [conveniently left open] that slammed down on the bad guy's hands when activated by a switch in the window sill, and  B) a time-delayed, spring-loaded set of sharp rods within a "pocket" on each side of the window to impale the intruder's torso.

Edited by - Owen on 03/01/2021 17:49:59

Mar 1, 2021 - 6:16:33 PM

bubbalouie

Canada

14920 posts since 9/27/2007

I was in Home Hardware the other day & they were using a bunch of boxes of dog bones to herd you up to the cash.

I'm sure they were from the upper legs of some big cows! They were huge & gross looking.

Just throw a few out on your lawn & get some dog bark recordings! 

Edited to say.. There was a point where they were washing up on our beaches Mike!

Edited by - bubbalouie on 03/01/2021 18:25:36

Mar 1, 2021 - 6:22:26 PM

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In a home security course my wife attended, the policeman recommended owning a "big mouthed" small dog. Small dogs don't feel as secure and more prone to making a fuss.
A neighbor has 3 perpetually barking and biting chihuahuas. That species is probably at the top of the list of neurotic dog species. He also recommended owning a shotgun that was simple to operate. I don't know who would be more scared, a terrified housewife holding a shotgun or the person invading the home.

How about having one of those long haired Scottish bulls in the yard ? They are very formidable looking but easy to handle.

Mar 1, 2021 - 6:56:54 PM
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A wooded driveway with a bend in it.

Mar 1, 2021 - 11:18:49 PM

Paul R

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quote:
Originally posted by Richard Hauser

In a home security course my wife attended, the policeman recommended owning a "big mouthed" small dog. Small dogs don't feel as secure and more prone to making a fuss.
A neighbor has 3 perpetually barking and biting chihuahuas. That species is probably at the top of the list of neurotic dog species. He also recommended owning a shotgun that was simple to operate. I don't know who would be more scared, a terrified housewife holding a shotgun or the person invading the home.

How about having one of those long haired Scottish bulls in the yard ? They are very formidable looking but easy to handle.


I think I'd use the shotgun on the Chihuahuas.

How about a paint can on the end of a rope? Oh, wait ...

Mar 2, 2021 - 1:35:45 AM
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How about having one of those long haired Scottish bulls in the yard ? They are very formidable looking but easy to handle.


A highland cow (or coo) would make a brilliant security device Dick.  Just put one in front of your door and no one is getting past.  We have them on some high land near me, they are not fenced in and with hundreds of acres to choose from, they seem to prefer to congregate on the single track road - and they aren't too keen on moving !

Mar 2, 2021 - 2:26:53 AM
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Buddur

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Mar 2, 2021 - 3:16:55 AM

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I lived in a real remote cabin here on the CA. Coast that had been broken into many times before I lived in it. I posted multiple signs that read “BEWARE Of SNAKES” “ NO KIDDING”. I lived there for 5 years with no ripoffs the entire time. As soon as I left to buy my own place, friends of mine I gave the place to, and others after them got broken into quite a few times. Must have worked pretty effectively ! I also have used gun safes for my instruments. Very secure and reasonably priced, and gave me considerable peace of mind. Unless the thief is packing a cutting torch, they won’t be getting into those ! I still use 3 of ‘em today.

Mar 2, 2021 - 4:33:43 AM

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Originally posted by j w lane

I lived in a real remote cabin here on the CA. Coast that had been broken into many times before I lived in it. I posted multiple signs that read “BEWARE Of SNAKES” “ NO KIDDING”. I lived there for 5 years with no ripoffs the entire time. As soon as I left to buy my own place, friends of mine I gave the place to, and others after them got broken into quite a few times. Must have worked pretty effectively ! I also have used gun safes for my instruments. Very secure and reasonably priced, and gave me considerable peace of mind. Unless the thief is packing a cutting torch, they won’t be getting into those ! I still use 3 of ‘em today.


I have a couple of gun safes in my basement and a cop friend of mine said that if they aren't bolted to the floor the thieves will just take the whole thing and crack it somewhere else. I felt pretty secure until he told me that. The most secure thing is that the safe won't fit through the basement door as long as the safe door is on. But I have a sliding door that a thief would probably just break anyway.

I love the "Beware of Snakes" idea though. The thing is, it might keep me out as well wink

Edited by - Banjonewguy on 03/02/2021 04:34:30

Mar 2, 2021 - 4:55:46 AM
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We used to have a sign on our front screen door that said "Protected by Smith & Wesson, trespassers will be violated". I presume that helped, as we never had a break in.

Now? I have a security system on doors and windows and a couple of motion detectors and 2 dogs.... one of those yapping Chihuahuas and a poodle. No one comes to my door without the dogs sounding off. I also have a couple of loaded guns just in case (no children around, so don't need to disarm, hide or lock them up). And yes, I also have a permit to carry.

Mar 2, 2021 - 8:13:39 AM
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Having a good relationship with one's neighbors helps as in not creating enemies.
Looking out for each other goes a long way.

Mar 2, 2021 - 8:26:08 AM
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I agree with you, Steve, being friendly with your neighbors is a great idea.

This has nothing to do with security issues, but during the last bad storm we had, my neighbor from across the street came over to check on me and make sure I was okay and see if I needed anything. My back door neighbor called to check on me, offered to bring me some stew. Just yesterday this same neighbor called and said there was water outside my back fence. It was just runoff from a light rain, but it could have been a leaking pipe.

Mar 2, 2021 - 8:52:10 AM
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I have a Remington 870 and a squeaky front door. Don't get much cheaper than that because I even saved the four bucks on WD-40 for the door.

Mar 2, 2021 - 9:03:20 AM

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In a neighborhood that was having trouble with burglaries, a friend of a friend who had a collection of exotic snakes, would take the larger ones out on the front lawn every couple of weeks. No breakins at his house.

Mar 2, 2021 - 9:10:58 AM

ChunoTheDog

Canada

710 posts since 8/9/2019

guns and dogs

Mar 2, 2021 - 9:40:31 AM
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figmo59

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Alltho not intended...
I had a sign made n posted at the entrance to me driveway.. when I came home from me heart transplant...
It states...
Due to medical concerns do not enter before calling xxx xxx phone #
To gain permission or access..

Words to that effect annahow...


The funny thing of it is...
It was fer me protection as a vulnrahbility to me immune system is present
Due to anti rejection drugs..

But....
People read it.... n ..run screaming...
Think in That i...am the contagus one....


Heh....
Worked like ah charm...on the...
Town Tax Assesser.... :0)~

Mar 2, 2021 - 3:42:38 PM
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Brian T

Canada

17989 posts since 6/5/2008

UP TO THIS POINT, YOU ARE A TRESSPASSER.
BEYOND THIS POINT, YOU ARE A TARGET.

There are distilleries in Scotland that use flocks of geese for security.
Geese can and will kill small dogs while they laugh and cackle about it..

Mar 2, 2021 - 4:57:39 PM

2435 posts since 4/5/2006

From the Watts riots in the 60's until my exit in 03, So Ca had it's share of "incidents." By the time of the Night Stalker, I had guns stashed all over the house. Although liking those signs proclaiming Protected by Smith & Wesson, I was always hesitant to put out a sign signaling firearms stored here. I favored the one that said Trespassers will be shot, Survivors will be persecuted, but Lord help you if you ever had to put that into effect. 

I like Steve's solution, a long wooded driveway with a(t least one) curve in it. Preferably off the beaten path. Ideally, a bit of a PITA to get to. Unfortunately, lacking funding on that! In rural areas, a goose is a good watch critter. They are noisy when disturbed at night. Not only that, they can be down right mean. 

I don't have much use for hyper little dogs, Nor do I have enough yard for a big dog.  But for many years, I had neighbors across the street who never missed a thing on our end of the street.

Having a much lower crime level at my current location, I've down sized my arsenal a bit. I have a concealed carry permit, a couple of nice holsters, plus a scary shot gun.

Edited by - monstertone on 03/02/2021 17:02:38

Mar 3, 2021 - 9:07:24 AM
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It's assumed that all homes here are well armed and the residents are good shots.
I can't remember ever hearing of a home intrusion here.

Mar 3, 2021 - 1:23:49 PM

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Yeah, my current safes are bolted up&down to beat the band. And at 600 lbs. or so, most thrives ain’t burly enough to handle that. Always pays to be right with your neighbors. Remote as we are, we watch each other’s backs. I do fire off a few rounds regularly and the report of that travels quite a ways advertising what waits ahead. My area is surprisingly good as thieving goes, but in these crazy times, it does pay to be prepared.

Mar 3, 2021 - 1:38:08 PM

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P.S., I never actually had any snakes, I’m not into them AT all. My hope was any intruders would feel the same as me about ‘em !

Mar 3, 2021 - 1:40:42 PM

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quote:
Originally posted by Brian T


There are distilleries in Scotland that use flocks of geese for security.
Geese can and will kill small dogs while they laugh and cackle about it..


My dogs don't like whisky

Mar 3, 2021 - 2:13:52 PM

Owen

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quote:
Originally posted by j w lane

P.S., I never actually had any snakes, I’m not into them AT all.    <snip>


Not even this one [i.e. the one on the right in the pic] ??

He/she/it looks pretty harmless.   If I recall correctly it [the "shed" ? skin] was near Oatmeal, TX.


 

Edited by - Owen on 03/03/2021 14:20:14

Mar 3, 2021 - 2:15:11 PM

QldPicker

Australia

281 posts since 4/17/2020

quote:
Originally posted by Wet Spaniel
quote:
Originally posted by Brian T


There are distilleries in Scotland that use flocks of geese for security.
Geese can and will kill small dogs while they laugh and cackle about it..


My dogs don't like whisky


Is that because they know you wont share it with them? :-)

Mar 3, 2021 - 2:16:05 PM
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A neighbor has a sign with a picture of a German Shepherd that reads "I can make it to the fence in 3.2 seconds, can you?"

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