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November 12, 2017 Fyrediver 0

My only advice is to go with the highest resolution cameras you can afford. Also, might want to consider how to backup/secure the DVR against burglars. My safe has an input so you can put a DVR inside and record or backup the house system.Hardening …

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October 27, 2017 Mary Treasa 0

Hey,Just bought a new home and we are moving in within 2 weeks. One of my hubby’s to do list is to install CCTV surveillance camera systems for the house as he wishes to make the house tightly secured. He wishes to have a BIPRO-540L6 IR Security Camer…

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October 27, 2017 Mary Treasa 0

Hey,Just bought a new home and we are moving in within 2 weeks. One of my hubby’s to do list is to install CCTV surveillance camera systems for the house as he wishes to make the house tightly secured. He wishes to have a BIPRO-540L6 IR Security Camer…

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June 9, 2017 Fyrediver 0

Some of the simple things:

Stop mail and papers, have a neighbor/friend swing by to remove flyers and notices from the door (burglar flags), when same people stop by have them open/close blinds, lights, etc.

You can set the TV or radio on a timer to turn on periodically or lights on a random timer. I have digital timers that can be set for 6 different on/off cycles or even random.

Have good insurance. Just in case, right? There is only so much you can do.

The neighbor thing is the best. I live in a culdesac and everyone knows the others, we all share keys, and we watch out for one another. Cultivate good relationships with neighbors.

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May 20, 2017 rebnavy1862 0

Location, location, location.

When I lived in the city, Norfolk, each and every vehicle I ever owned was either broken into or outright stolen. Several, multiple times.
Any piece of equipment left unsecured overnight would not be there in the morning. This included mowers, boat motors, hand tools, etc.
There were two attempts to break into my house while l was at home, irregardless of a burglar alarm.
I lived in a very upscale beach neighborhood.

My business was robbed (armed robbery), shoplifting was was an all day event, and during a hurricane I had to fight off looters for three days and nights. Urban combat.

I left and moved to rural Virginia. In spite of the fact that now I don’t lock anything up, I have never had anything stolen in the eight years I have been here. We often forget to lock the door when we go away for the day. No problems.
When we bought the farm, we asked the agent to recommend a good alarm company. He burst out laughing and asked why in the world did we think we needed a security system.

In rural Virginia everybody is well armed.. It would be suicide to break in a home. Late one night, a female friend called the sherriff to report a peeping tom. He said it was too late for him to come out that night. She was instructed to go ahead and shoot the intruder. He would send out a deputy first thing in the morning to bag the body. The sherriff was serious. She fired over the man’s head to scare him away. Problem solved.

Reb
Location, location, location.

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May 20, 2017 rebnavy1862 0

Location, location, location.

When I lived in the city, Norfolk, each and every vehicle I ever owned was either broken into or outright stolen. Several, multiple times.
Any piece of equipment left unsecured overnight would not be there in the morning. This included mowers, boat motors, hand tools, etc.
There were two attempts to break into my house while l was at home, irregardless of a burglar alarm.
I lived in a very upscale beach neighborhood.

My business was robbed (armed robbery), shoplifting was was an all day event, and during a hurricane I had to fight off looters for three days and nights. Urban combat.

I left and moved to rural Virginia. In spite of the fact that now I don’t lock anything up, I have never had anything stolen in the eight years I have been here. We often forget to lock the door when we go away for the day. No problems.
When we bought the farm, we asked the agent to recommend a good alarm company. He burst out laughing and asked why in the world did we think we needed a security system.

In rural Virginia everybody is well armed.. It would be suicide to break in a home. Late one night, a female friend called the sherriff to report a peeping tom. He said it was too late for him to come out that night. She was instructed to go ahead and shoot the intruder. He would send out a deputy first thing in the morning to bag the body. The sherriff was serious. She fired over the man’s head to scare him away. Problem solved.

Reb
Location, location, location.

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May 20, 2017 anita 0

I tell my neighbors, so they can keep an eye out for suspicious activity.

I have timers on several lights so that they go on and off automatically at various times.

And, leaving a car in the drive, stopping the mail and papers, etc, as others have mentioned.

I have an a motion detector floodlight, which I normally keep off due to it coming on all the time due to the trees etc., but turn it on when I’m away. Now you can get them with a camera that connects to your smart phone. You might have seen a commercial for them. They are called Ring. My neighbor got one after something was stolen from her house. She really likes it. It’s a little too big brother for me, although if you just set it up when you were gone, it might be a good idea. She said they are inexpensive.

I also have a solar motion detector light that is a stake in the ground. I’ve never used it, but that might be a good thing to pull out and put by the front door, back door, etc.

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May 20, 2017 anita 0

I tell my neighbors, so they can keep an eye out for suspicious activity.

I have timers on several lights so that they go on and off automatically at various times.

And, leaving a car in the drive, stopping the mail and papers, etc, as others have mentioned.

I have an a motion detector floodlight, which I normally keep off due to it coming on all the time due to the trees etc., but turn it on when I’m away. Now you can get them with a camera that connects to your smart phone. You might have seen a commercial for them. They are called Ring. My neighbor got one after something was stolen from her house. She really likes it. It’s a little too big brother for me, although if you just set it up when you were gone, it might be a good idea. She said they are inexpensive.

I also have a solar motion detector light that is a stake in the ground. I’ve never used it, but that might be a good thing to pull out and put by the front door, back door, etc.

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May 20, 2017 Stahlrosen 0

Definitely lock up all the valuables you can. When we did travel, we always had someone come check on the place at least once a day. We do have a security system too, and have lights on timers, even though you can’t see the house from the road. My neighbor leaves a radio on in her bunkhouse (don’t ask me why, they are 4x further off the road than we are). Might be a good idea if you have people close though. And we don’t tell people we are leaving, except DH’s work and people watching the house. It does amaze me how many people I hear about posting their plans on facebook.

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May 20, 2017 Stahlrosen 0

Definitely lock up all the valuables you can. When we did travel, we always had someone come check on the place at least once a day. We do have a security system too, and have lights on timers, even though you can’t see the house from the road. My neighbor leaves a radio on in her bunkhouse (don’t ask me why, they are 4x further off the road than we are). Might be a good idea if you have people close though. And we don’t tell people we are leaving, except DH’s work and people watching the house. It does amaze me how many people I hear about posting their plans on facebook.

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May 19, 2017 Cin 0

We are blessed because we have good neighbors who keep an eye on our place. In fact, several neighbors do. One time, we forgot to tell one of the neighbors we were leaving for a few days, she wrote down the license plate and the make of the car that came and stayed at our house for too long. It was the other neighbor, in her new car, checking on our cats.

I agree with not allowing the kids to post to social media about any trips. If anyone asks, they can simply say they’re out with someone else.

We’ve never put a timer on our lights, because the neighbors who keep an eye out simply turn on different lights when they leave.

We also have a big dog who attacks the door when someone walks up – apparently, the neighbor watching the house came up one time, and he said the dog lunged so hard and fast, that even though he was on the other side of the door, he took a step back. (Now he just goes in the back door, while the dog is distracted at the front, no one said the dog was smart…) :lol:

In rural areas, we tend to keep an eye out for each other in a neighborly way. It pays to make friends with your neighbors, if they are reliable, honest people.

Also, it might be a good idea to lock all the valuables in a bolted-to-the-floor safe. Other than some electronics, about all a thief will find here is food, old furniture, some old sewing machines, and plenty of sewing material (if I’m driving, the important papers briefcase, the laptop, the external hard drive with all our photos, and the good sewing machine generally goes with me).

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May 19, 2017 Cin 0

We are blessed because we have good neighbors who keep an eye on our place. In fact, several neighbors do. One time, we forgot to tell one of the neighbors we were leaving for a few days, she wrote down the license plate and the make of the car that came and stayed at our house for too long. It was the other neighbor, in her new car, checking on our cats.

I agree with not allowing the kids to post to social media about any trips. If anyone asks, they can simply say they’re out with someone else.

We’ve never put a timer on our lights, because the neighbors who keep an eye out simply turn on different lights when they leave.

We also have a big dog who attacks the door when someone walks up – apparently, the neighbor watching the house came up one time, and he said the dog lunged so hard and fast, that even though he was on the other side of the door, he took a step back. (Now he just goes in the back door, while the dog is distracted at the front, no one said the dog was smart…) :lol:

In rural areas, we tend to keep an eye out for each other in a neighborly way. It pays to make friends with your neighbors, if they are reliable, honest people.

Also, it might be a good idea to lock all the valuables in a bolted-to-the-floor safe. Other than some electronics, about all a thief will find here is food, old furniture, some old sewing machines, and plenty of sewing material (if I’m driving, the important papers briefcase, the laptop, the external hard drive with all our photos, and the good sewing machine generally goes with me).

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May 19, 2017 dmwalsh568 0
handyman777 wrote:
One other thing, DON”T make it obvious when you leave and packing up…

Years ago a friend of mine was going on vacation, had a pizza delivered just before they left, well you know where i’m going with this….they where broke into….but the crook was eventually caught—pizza guy.

And while it’s harder with kids…don’t post your plans on social media and don’t check into locations when you’re in another state. Wait until you’re back to post any pictures of your trip….

All too often my wife will run across posts from her FaceBook “friends” that they’re heading to Florida, Cancun, etc.

Oh another thing. While it seems smart to tell the post office to hold your mail, when I was growing up it was a regular occurrence to hear about a family who had their mail held only to come back to a house that was broken into. Maybe the USPS has gotten better about security, but it used to leak like a sieve.

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May 19, 2017 dmwalsh568 0
handyman777 wrote:
One other thing, DON”T make it obvious when you leave and packing up…

Years ago a friend of mine was going on vacation, had a pizza delivered just before they left, well you know where i’m going with this….they where broke into….but the crook was eventually caught—pizza guy.

And while it’s harder with kids…don’t post your plans on social media and don’t check into locations when you’re in another state. Wait until you’re back to post any pictures of your trip….

All too often my wife will run across posts from her FaceBook “friends” that they’re heading to Florida, Cancun, etc.

Oh another thing. While it seems smart to tell the post office to hold your mail, when I was growing up it was a regular occurrence to hear about a family who had their mail held only to come back to a house that was broken into. Maybe the USPS has gotten better about security, but it used to leak like a sieve.

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May 19, 2017 handyman777 0

You can always let your local law enforcement (police dept.) know your going on vacation.

I live “semi rural” if that is what you want you want to call it any more; but our local law enforcement will do a drive by and check on your home and look for anything suspicious for you, if your comfortable with that and trusting of them.

That is not a 24/7 guarantee but it may help.

You can always set lights on timers, set for different times so it looks like someone is home, 5, 10, 15 minutes in different rooms.

Leave a car in your drive.
Stop your mail and local paper.
Do this a couple of days in advance so you know its working.
Good Luck
Enjoy your Vaca….

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May 19, 2017 handyman777 0

You can always let your local law enforcement (police dept.) know your going on vacation.

I live “semi rural” if that is what you want you want to call it any more; but our local law enforcement will do a drive by and check on your home and look for anything suspicious for you, if your comfortable with that and trusting of them.

That is not a 24/7 guarantee but it may help.

You can always set lights on timers, set for different times so it looks like someone is home, 5, 10, 15 minutes in different rooms.

Leave a car in your drive.
Stop your mail and local paper.
Do this a couple of days in advance so you know its working.
Good Luck
Enjoy your Vaca….

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May 19, 2017 SamSandez 0

It has been long since we have gone for a family trip. Although my kids used to ask always to take them for a trip, due to my busy schedule, I never used to get time. But this year during their summer vacation, I have promised them that I will take them for a 5-day trip. They are really thrilled and waiting for that day.

I thought that my parents would be there at home when we go for the trip. As they are afraid to stay alone at home, they are planning to stay at my brother’s house. So no one will be there at home when we go. The chance of burglar attack is more if there is no one at home. I think there is no other way to secure the house when you are away from other than a home alarm system. I would like to know what are the other precautions to be taken while going for a family trip. My kids are very excited about the trip. They have already started the preparations.

I won’t be at peace to leave my house unless I ensure its security and safety. That is one of the main reasons that I have posted in this forum, hoping that I would get the suggestions.

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March 19, 2017 ItchyDog 0

Unfortunately, I just take this stuff in-stride now.

In another 10 or 15 years we’ll be in line to have the rfid chip put in. They’ll have to wheel me into the line as I’ll probably be in a wheelchair and wearing diapers by then, and won’t care.

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March 9, 2017 ReadyMom 0
anita wrote:
Mine have pink stickies too! The only problem is that I was on a meeting call, and everyone’s face showed up but mine, which was a pink square. It took me about a minute to realize it was my sticky over the camera. Tough explaining to that group of liberal writers why I had my computer camera covered. :blush:

Well, at least you know it works. I just checked mine and this is what I see for ‘facetime’ (which we use with our son all the time … I’ll have to remember to take off the stickie!):Screen Shot 2017-03-09 at 1.46.28 PM.png

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March 9, 2017 ReadyMom 0
anita wrote:
Mine have pink stickies too! The only problem is that I was on a meeting call, and everyone’s face showed up but mine, which was a pink square. It took me about a minute to realize it was my sticky over the camera. Tough explaining to that group of liberal writers why I had my computer camera covered. :blush:

Well, at least you know it works. I just checked mine and this is what I see for ‘facetime’ (which we use with our son all the time … I’ll have to remember to take off the stickie!):Screen Shot 2017-03-09 at 1.46.28 PM.png

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March 9, 2017 anita 0

Mine have pink stickies too! The only problem is that I was on a meeting call, and everyone’s face showed up but mine, which was a pink square. It took me about a minute to realize it was my sticky over the camera. Tough explaining to that group of liberal writers why I had my computer camera covered. :blush:

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March 9, 2017 Stahlrosen 0
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And this comes as a surprise to anyone…WHY exactly? The gov spying on citizens has been going on for decades, and to me, the ONLY surprise is that people are surprised by this! Time to wake up and smell the coffee.

I agree. I can’t imagine anyone is surprised by this. People think it was supposed to be stopped years ago?! Really? What rock were they hiding under. This got released into the wild, and is now being exposed to the uninformed masses. So if the CIA knows all the hacking secrets, they know how to prevent the hacking / spying they are doing, but will they? I don’t know that this leaves us much more exposed than we were to begin with, it’s just that more people know about it.

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March 9, 2017 anita 0
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If I’m on my computer, the “view” from the camera is the top of my head, due to the angle. If I’m NOT on my computer, it is turned OFF, and the lid is SHUT. Even if the computer got turned on, the lid is shut and there’d be NOTHING to see. Besides, due to my job, they already have my picture, fingerprints, and life history.

You have a laptop, I guess. If you have a desktop, that isn’t the case.

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March 9, 2017 IceFire 0

If I’m on my computer, the “view” from the camera is the top of my head, due to the angle. If I’m NOT on my computer, it is turned OFF, and the lid is SHUT. Even if the computer got turned on, the lid is shut and there’d be NOTHING to see. Besides, due to my job, they already have my picture, fingerprints, and life history.

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March 9, 2017 IceFire 0

If I’m on my computer, the “view” from the camera is the top of my head, due to the angle. If I’m NOT on my computer, it is turned OFF, and the lid is SHUT. Even if the computer got turned on, the lid is shut and there’d be NOTHING to see. Besides, due to my job, they already have my picture, fingerprints, and life history.

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March 8, 2017 anita 0
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G–snip–

They can lisen to my conversations, what I right on the computer, read my mail, or anything else they want to because I’m one of those deplorables, bible reading, gun toting kind of guys, I have nothing to hide nor nothing to fear.

You might think you aren’t doing/saying anything wrong, but the powers that be (at some point) might not agree. I have been shocked and appalled at the way the left has taken things out of context or deliberately misconstrued/misinterpreted something said. You can see it with Donald Trump almost every day.

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March 8, 2017 anita 0
rickdun wrote:
G–snip–

They can lisen to my conversations, what I right on the computer, read my mail, or anything else they want to because I’m one of those deplorables, bible reading, gun toting kind of guys, I have nothing to hide nor nothing to fear.

You might think you aren’t doing/saying anything wrong, but the powers that be (at some point) might not agree. I have been shocked and appalled at the way the left has taken things out of context or deliberately misconstrued/misinterpreted something said. You can see it with Donald Trump almost every day.

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March 8, 2017 rickdun 0

IceFire, I’m not supprised by this, not many people trust the government anymore, including me. I’m a retired Fed Lawenforcement officer and I know first hand how the government is as straight as a dogs hind leg.

What people are supprised about is that it was supposed to stop a few years ago and it hasn’t, it’s gotten worse and that the feds now don’t know how many foreign countries have this malware they have been using and are now afraid that it’s going to be used against the U.S.. I think we are in deep doo doo.

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March 8, 2017 rickdun 0

IceFire, I’m not supprised by this, not many people trust the government anymore, including me. I’m a retired Fed Lawenforcement officer and I know first hand how the government is as straight as a dogs hind leg.

What people are supprised about is that it was supposed to stop a few years ago and it hasn’t, it’s gotten worse and that the feds now don’t know how many foreign countries have this malware they have been using and are now afraid that it’s going to be used against the U.S.. I think we are in deep doo doo.

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March 8, 2017 IceFire 0
rickdun wrote:
Just read an article, wikileaks just released about malware the CIA put out throughout the US, still spying on US citizens by using citizens smart TV’s, smart phones, etc.. Seems this was supposed to have been halted by Obama, I guess not. Also it was reported that the CIA has lost control of the walware and maybe in other hands.

http://www.wikileaks.com
http://www.foxnews.com

And this comes as a surprise to anyone…WHY exactly? The gov spying on citizens has been going on for decades, and to me, the ONLY surprise is that people are surprised by this! Time to wake up and smell the coffee.

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March 8, 2017 IceFire 0
rickdun wrote:
Just read an article, wikileaks just released about malware the CIA put out throughout the US, still spying on US citizens by using citizens smart TV’s, smart phones, etc.. Seems this was supposed to have been halted by Obama, I guess not. Also it was reported that the CIA has lost control of the walware and maybe in other hands.

http://www.wikileaks.com
http://www.foxnews.com

And this comes as a surprise to anyone…WHY exactly? The gov spying on citizens has been going on for decades, and to me, the ONLY surprise is that people are surprised by this! Time to wake up and smell the coffee.

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March 8, 2017 ajax727 0
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Good for you guys Outback, maybe some other towns/cities will wake up and smell the roses.

Ajax727, I agree, yes it has been going on since 911, but OBOZO supposedly put a stop to it a few years ago when Snowdon leaked it to the press. But of course he lied again.

They can lisen to my conversations, what I right on the computer, read my mail, or anything else they want to because I’m one of those deplorables, bible reading, gun toting kind of guys, I have nothing to hide nor nothing to fear.

I am in that bucket also and i consider it an honor just as you do . We have eight years of lies from odrama and his thugs . The leaks tells us how we are spied on 24/7 .
With all the spying that has been going on there should be records of the clintons , odrama the dmc ,the repubs , hopefully we can gain some facts about the crooks that ran our country into the ground .

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