Security on a Budget!

Discussion in 'Anything Else' started by ministerofdeath, Jan 15, 2006.

  1. Alot of us don't have the dough to shell out for an ADT, Brinks, etc. security system and service so I thought I'd start a thread where we could share what kind of cheap security devices we use and work well for us.

    I've invested in some door/window contact alarms and have found that they are very loud (90 db), but have draw backs in that they are kept in place with sticky tape that can contract when it gets really cold and fall off. Had one door contact alarm fall off at 3am once and had a chance to see what a home intrusion would be like as the alarm was screaming. The other draw back to them is that its impossible to leave the house and set them without having them scream super loud until you get the door closed. Oh yeah, and if you have them set while you're gone and somebody trips them off you better hope it scares them off, because there is no signal to you or the police sent.

    Anyways, I know there are alot of cheap security cameras at wally world and other things like motion detectors and alarms that can be purchased for little money so please share what ya know and maybe learn something new as well.
  2. Matches

    Matches Guest

    Watch the cable TV program "To Catch a Thief" if you can. They get a reformed burglar to break into peoples homes then they give the place a security make over. One thing I have learned it that your home doesnt have to be the most secure. Thieves tend to be lazy and thus look for the easiest targets. Motion sensors and outside lights can be a cheap, easy and effective deterent. Most petty criminals, like roaches, dont like the light.


  3. bigtaco

    bigtaco Active Member

    good thought matches!!

    i've often thought that criminals who had an ounce of brains could make a living working like the rest of us. i just don't think you have to be too slick to outsmart one.

    not to give it away, but i know a lot of blinking leds in cars that are simply hardwired to the battery. but if you're a criminal, are you gonna take that chance, or just walk to the next car without one?

    i think just having a security sign in your yard or on a window goes a long way.
  4. Sound25

    Sound25 Guest

    I have tried to break into my own home, to see if it was possible, and I am glad that I don't loose my keys. Stickers on all the windows and a sign in the yard that say ADT (found them on E-bay). Of course dead bolts on all the exterior doors, and closeing my curtains, no sense in advertiseing my merchandise. I have heard that there are ways to rig up a paging system like they have with higher-end car alarms that will page you when the sensor is tripped, not sure where I found that, but I remember wanting it, and have it send a page to my cell... I have motion lights on all four sides of my house, and both sheds. Aside form that, I don't know of much more I can do with my income. But I feel secure enough, and if they really want in, all the locks and sensors are not going to stop them, they would just bust out my window and have a field day.
  5. FlaChef

    FlaChef Guest

    Tika-60 lb lab-greyhound, by far the barkiest of the group
    Kira-80 lbs of lab-sheperd mix; actually a wuss, but very deep bark
    Sturm-80 lbs of short fat wide ???? (basset/rot maybe) laziness but w/ a seriously deep chest and huge jaws.
    All have free run of every room in the house except the guest room, which has nothing worth stealing in it.

    other than that it's deadbolts and guns.

    not really worried about burglery :lol:
  6. LOL FlaChef.

    Yeah, I've got my German Shepherd, but he's still a puppy at four months so I'm waiting on him to be a 90 lbs adult. :D
  7. ScottW

    ScottW Guest

    Watch what you feed that german shepherd, or he might end up 105-110 lbs like ours! Playing tug-of-war with him is a bit of a workout.
  8. Matches

    Matches Guest

    I agree, Dogs can be great security, but they may not fit someones budget or lifestyle.

    Locks are the front line of security. When you first move into a new place changing locks should be a priority. You never know how many copies of keys to those old locks are floating around and with whom.

  9. FightDesigner

    FightDesigner Member

    I've wondered about our garage door sometimes, since you can get in through there to my shop if either I don't lock the chain I installed or if you don't mind smashing though a hollow-core door... and from there you could get into the bedroom.

    How hard is it to get into one of those automatic garage doors? How secure are the codes for that?

    Hate to say it, but if you don't mind breaking things, most houses aren't that hard to get in to.
  10. jimmythesaint

    jimmythesaint New Member

    Actually, if you have windows in your garage door, it's extremely easy because most people leave the pull rope attached. So, theif breaks window, reaches through and pulls release... garage door's open.

    There are alternatives to the big ADT/Brinks type company. Look for small local companies who don't charge an arm and a leg for monitoring. You get the same coverage, but for half the price. I have a friend who's company charges 16.95 per month as opposed to ADT's 30+ per month here in Denver. Plus, with the discount on HOI, monitoring costs like ten bucks a month. Skip McD's a couple of times, and your house is protected.

    Also, like mentioned before, visual deterents (sp?) are the best front line of security. Most, and I stress most, home burglaries are targets of opportunity. If thieves are canvassing a neighborhood, are they going to attempt a breakin on a house with what they perceive as an alarm, or go next door where there isn't one?

    So, long story short... Good exterior lighting, quality locks, minimal blind spots (trim those shrubs), and a sign or two will go a long way without breaking the bank or shedding all over your couch 8)
  11. Rotorflyr

    Rotorflyr Active Member

    Someone mentioned the TLC/Discovery show "To Catch A Thief" and another thing pointed out on that show was that for ground level windows one can plant thorny bushes (such as rose or holy) in front of the windows to deter a theif from trying to enter through them. Doing so can also cut down on alarm install costs as the windows that have these types of bushes in front of them don't necessarily need "active" sensors on them. You can still install dummy sensors on those window to give the appearance of being alarmed, and only use real sensors on the windows where placing a bush of this type isn't practicle.
  12. Good tip with the rose bushes or other thorn bushes below the windows...I remember hearing that advice along time ago, but had forgotten about it.

  13. Guest

    Guest Guest

    you could wire the windows to how ever try a plant called boginvia,(i think thats how it is spelled) it did wonders when i lived in ca. desert. dosen't need to much care but, if given to much water without triming it will get out of hand. the inch or so thorns are really tough. believe me i know first hand.
    as for your windows cut a piece of dowl rod to the proper lenght, ( about two inch window opening )so you can have fresh air and security.
    this idea is from poorboy security company, me.
  14. FlaChef

    FlaChef Guest

    Boy does it ever!!!

    Needing to do some fence repair after three hurricanes I spent more time trying to get at the corner of the fence past that stupid boganvilla than I did fixing the fence.

    I had to go buy a Heavy Duty hedgetrimmer, it ate my cheapo one.
  15. Guest

    Guest Guest

    just remember you get what you pay for.
    next time try the manuel labor pair if it gets to out of hand.
  16. lordcase

    lordcase Guest

    110 lb lab rott mix. When he puffs up his fur he looks like a demon from Hell.
    I welded rebar bars together, bloted them to the inside of the garage window frames and wlded the lag scre heads. Nothing gets in there without taking out the whole window frame.
    Drilled a hole in the garage door runner and installled a stud in a tie down to keep the door from opening from the outside.
    Once he gets in the house I'll turn the wife loose on him. He doesn't stand a chance.

    SELFDEFENSE Premium Member

    Just got a 11-month old rescue collie that had been abandoned on a highway and was 39 lbs. He is now 50 lbs., but does not look like the demon from hell. So I'll have to keep the M9, 12 ga., AK, etc.
  18. midtnshooter

    midtnshooter Premium Member


    Very true. When I was young and getting into the elctronics field. I worked for all the majors (Honeywell,ADT) and would often walk the customer around. We often found easy entry points. The garage door pull rope is one of the easiest and most used points. A coat hanger turned into a hook can be passed up through the header and the rope snatched. This will allow the burglar to enter and close the over head door behind him.

    Cut the rope all but about 18" and take off the end piece. That is what the rope hangs onto.

    I have some stickers and yard signs but no alarm. My company offers the monitoring for $5.00 a month, but it is too much hassle installing a new one.

  19. Vauxurellius

    Vauxurellius Guest

    Home protection on the cheap?

    here is goes.

    First off,
    if you live in a house and have the freedom to own a large dog, I would suggest that. I would also suggest sending out for training as a home protection dog. regular house dogs don't provide much solice. Most criminals aren't worried by them.

    Purchase a light timer for when you are out of town or out for the evening. They are quite cheap and many can be had for less than $100.00 that connect to you home computer where you can function up to 12 lights all with separte time scheduals. I like to have the kitchen, living room, bathroom, one of my hallways and the front porch lights all working with a random setup that turns them on and off randomly throughout the evening, having the porch light come on at least for 3 mins every 35 mins.

    I would use a set of ADT or equivilent signs posted in plain view of all the sides of the house.

    Motion detection lights outside. I have some in the front and back yards. If you have execively dark side yards you can mount them here too, but make sure to mount them high enough where a potential burgler can't get to them. And don't leave ladders or other equipment outside that will aid the entry of your house.

    I Put a closed circuit TV camera in over all the exterior doors of my house and have them taping to a DVR. I also have these over the main windows on the first floor.

    I put cheap window contacts on the bedroom doors and the main windows of the house. I used a hard contact epoxy to set them to the window frames and I do it in a place where they aren't going to be noticed.

    I have thorny bushes around my house that are right up agains the house. Don't leave space where someone can get between them and the house. I also have razor wire in the bushes near the base (about 8" and up to about 15" off the ground) where if someone does try to sneak in through the windows they will be not only pricked by the thorny bushes but also cut severely by the razor wire.

    These are just some of the things I have done and some that I can think of to help others.
  20. Vauxurellius

    Vauxurellius Guest

    Additional thoughts.

    make sure you have quality dead bolts on all your exterior doors and that all the windows on the property are locked whenever you leave your house.

    When you are home alone you can buy the large door stopper that are placed on the back of the door under the door handle/knob and prevent someone from forcing the door open.

    Cut the release cords in any overhead garage. make sure you have flashlights with quality batteries in all the bedrooms and the people in those rooms knows how to use them and where they are.

    I think that people should make it a part of their nightly routine to check all the windows and make sure they are locked, check all the doors and make sure they are locked and do a walk though of the house and garage. I even walk the perimeter of the house to make sure the motion detection lights are working and none of the bulbs have blown.