Home owners, recommendation to prevent break-in?

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Apr 2, 2018 36 Comments

Fellow tech savvy home owners,

I wonder what you do to protect your home from break-in. Do you install surveillance camera? If so, what do you recommend and where to install? I am also curious if it does not violate Washington state law for having a camera to video record the street which may include neighborhoods. It seems light will work the best but I thought it is better to have evidence when filing a police report. Also, how is the alarm system or having a service like ADT?

I live in eastside of Seattle and it has been safe but I know a neighbor whose window was broken as the intruder tried to unlock the front door during the day time. So I got to think how I can deter such activity and also have the evidence to capture the criminals. Thanks for any comments!

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TOP 36 Comments
  • Box Voldy
    Get a dog
    Apr 2, 2018 2
    • Expedia Torn
      2 dogs + 1 gun. Pomeranian to bark at everything, German Shepherd to bark and defend when it matters and a gun otherwise.
      Apr 2, 2018
    • CareerBuilder AgnewsHead
      I'd definitely think twice about facing down an angry German shepherd
      Apr 2, 2018
  • CareerBuilder AgnewsHead
    Cameras won't help much. Where I live people steal packages off front porches in full view of ring doorbells. The video never helps the cops catch anybody. A fully loaded home security system with glass breaking detection is the best you can do. That and leave a floodlight on (although that doesn't seem deter derermined criminals).
    Apr 2, 2018 2
    • Amazon / Eng nuffsnuff
      Police recommended ring doorbell to us after a break in. Video the neighbors had helped get the guy.
      Apr 10, 2018
    • eBay CountNow
      Did you put in the doorbell? Was it from a company called Ring?
      Sep 10, 2018
  • Intel / Eng Litecoin
    AR15 and shoot to kill.
    Apr 2, 2018 1
    • Microsoft YjFd14
      WA law will make you regret doing that.
      Apr 2, 2018
  • Ask your wife and daughter to not flaunt jeweleries or anything that shines.

    That is number one reason for break ins in Redmond.

    Not sarcastic or anything. Seriously.
    Apr 2, 2018 8
    • Cisco yUYw72
      How are the actions of people in southern India relevant on a post which obviously is discussing the US ?
      Apr 4, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng FPJr99
      The county sheriff had even stated that in some cultures (take a guess) parents even have their small kids roam around outside the house on a regular day wearing gold jwellery. Over time this has started enticing crime.
      Apr 8, 2018
    • Someone tell him that when people migrate they tend to keep culture.

      Like how Christianity or burger are dominant in USA
      Apr 10, 2018
    • Cisco yUYw72
      You mean that the US is full of people from southern India ? Just like its full of Christians and burgers ?
      Apr 10, 2018
    • That was an example of how old cultural values dominate the current behavior.
      It just means Christians were major migrant to USA
      Apr 10, 2018
  • New / Other blueauthor
    Build a moat with a draw bridge. Bar the windows. Build an overhang with muder holes so Alexa can drop rocks and other blunt objects on intruders while you're out. Forget a dog, just arm a roomba with a glock with a flood light to patrol the perimeters. You'll never have a problem with breakins again. 😏
    Apr 2, 2018 0
  • Microsoft MrHyde🤖🤖
    #1 - you can't prevent a break in, you can only deter
    #2 - cameras won't stop anyone from getting in, a ski mask and spray paint is all i need
    #3 - get blinds and shut them when you're out, 80% of robbery is smash and grab. So keep things out of site
    #4 - if you have valuables keep them in the Bank or get a safe
    #5 - if you're worried about break-in while you're at home, get a gun and learn how to use it
    #6 - lights lights lights, more lights is better. Inside and out
    #7 - home alarm system like ADT or Frontpoint. Make sure to arm it always when you're at our away from home
    Apr 2, 2018 0
  • Microsoft / Eng craplach42
    Move to a better neighborhood
    Apr 2, 2018 0
  • Microsoft Count&Say
    Alarm signs and stickers made very visible. Thieves generally just move onto next house if they see that. I bought some from eBay and don’t even have the alarm system. I also have cameras recording movement and emailing it to me as well.
    Apr 2, 2018 1
    • Cisco yUYw72
      What's your address ?
      Apr 2, 2018
  • Google jghyrh
    Close your blinds, live below your means
    Apr 2, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng Erns_Trust
    Use real 1080p or higher surveillance cameras like Amcrest not cheap ring crap. Control lights with Lutron Caseta switches that can turn lights off/on by your phone or randomly at night.
    Apr 2, 2018 0
  • Google HoTT
    You won't be able to stop break-ins but you can slow them down.

    Cameras and alarm system is good.

    3m window security film on the windows also helps (also good for earthquakes.)
    Apr 2, 2018 2
    • AT&T / Eng
      DDM2K

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      I did not know about this product.
      Apr 2, 2018
    • Cisco yUYw72
      Even though I'm not OP, I don't like break-ins. I also don't like earthquakes.
      Apr 2, 2018
  • Microsoft YjFd14
    I like the idea of a sign that reads something like "Protected by the 2nd Amendment (picture of AR-15)". But then that might actually put a target on me.
    Apr 2, 2018 1
    • New DuQvV7
      Sounds like an ad for the fact you have valuables gun(s) in the house.
      Apr 2, 2018
  • New IQak60
    As an old new yorker when it wasn't run by hipsters. Know your neighbor's. The watch your house for you. I currently live in a bad neighborhood in richmond va and becoming part of the neighborhood people leave me alone.
    Apr 3, 2018 0
  • Amazon Bfhxd
    Insurance.
    Apr 2, 2018 0
  • Microsoft oompaloomp
    Leave the shithole the Seattle area has become.
    Apr 2, 2018 0
  • Amazon aqbE86
    We had some break-ins in our neighborhood a few months ago. The perpetrators broke in through the sliding glass doors in backyards. Police said dogs were not as much of a deterrent as you’d think because they’d bring dog treats.
    Apr 2, 2018 0
  • Cisco yUYw72
    Be poor.
    Apr 2, 2018 0
  • Sirius XM UvIK51
    Get an alarm system and put signage for it in your front and backyard, if you have an attached garage then keep the door to your garage locked and install a deadbolt there as well as any exterior doors that don’t have one, Ring cameras (if filming the street is not legal, then set the motion sensor on anything street-facing to only trigger when something moves on your property), exterior motion lights, flood lights over the driveway, keep your front door light on at night, when you’re on vacation plug in a couple of timers to a wall socket and table lamps to those to give the appearance someone is home, as someone else mentioned NRA stickers next to alarm stickers on windows can also be a deterrent, and plant sticker bushes or rose bushes with thorns below windows.
    Apr 2, 2018 0
  • AT&T / Eng
    DDM2K

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    I have developed a keen interest in use scenarios for the 180/360 degree fisheye cameras. NRA stickers alongside the security system ones on your windows.

    Hmm... also not a big fan of hedges that could help someone hide as they move through your yard. Make a potential threat feel “exposed” and want to move onto the next house.

    Motion-detector lighting, maybe make sure someone trying to look in through the sides of your binds/curtains doesn’t see any obvious valuables they’d want to break in for.

    Could tint home windows and keep lights completely off at night.
    Apr 2, 2018 0

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