How do you protect your home?

kendra30752 kendra30752
Just curious what you guys use to protect yourselves at home. I'm mostly asking because my twin sister was home alone tonight with the baby and in the baby's room is a little disney tent. You know, just those kid's tents that are super cool? Well she said she caught a man trying to get in the baby's tent!? It's scary as hell because where we live, things like this are rare. People don't even lock their doors when they leave in my area.

Anyways, I don't know if the person has been caught or what, but it makes me paranoid. So what do you guys do? Lock the doors? Security system? Keep a gun? What do you think is the best way to keep break ins and things like this from happening?

Thanks for sharing!
01/18/2012
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Rossie Rossie
I hope your sister and her baby's safe, have you heard anything back from her?

It doesn't matter how great a neighborhood is, the most basic thing to keep yourself safe at home, is to lock all the doors and downstairs windows. Call me paranoid, but I always activate the "lock" button on my garage door's wall remote every night, just in case someone tampers with my garage door remote combination.
01/18/2012
js250 js250
We lock all of our doors, have a small dog that is protective of "her" door (our front and back doors), and have a couple of guns. I also have a very big husband who wouldn't be afraid of taking someone on who decided to break in. For myself, I have a pocket pistol and a knife that I keep hidden in an easy to get to area. We live in a very rural spot so if someone is going to break in--they mean business.
01/18/2012
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
I lock everything, and the main door to my building is also locked. I'd like a handgun but in NJ the permits are a royal pain to get...I also live across the street from my small town's fire dept. and police dept. which I would hope would ward off crime.
01/18/2012
Jul!a Jul!a
I lock doors and windows. The summer is trickier because windows are open a lot for air flow, but doors are still always locked at night.
01/18/2012
zwee75 zwee75
I just lock the doors and windows. I would never own a gun, but may consider a security system in the future if I felt we needed it.
01/18/2012
Beck Beck
I live within 1000FT of three registered violent sex offenders, so I don't even feel safe walking the dog. I keep all doors locked and only go outside to take the dog to the bathroom. I keep a knife in my pocket when I am outside and it is always in my hand in my pocket. I am always looking behind me and keeping an eye on my surroundings, just to be ready for anything. At home I keep a metal baseball bat next to me at all times. If someone goes get in the house, they best be prepared for the ass kicking of a lifetime.
01/18/2012
PassionateLover2 PassionateLover2
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Originally posted by kendra30752
Just curious what you guys use to protect yourselves at home. I'm mostly asking because my twin sister was home alone tonight with the baby and in the baby's room is a little disney tent. You know, just those kid's tents that are super ... More
Our house is always locked. Front door has a dead-bolt lock; and back door is a sliding glass door that we put a bar in the track. Fortunately, we have a second floor where all our bedrooms are located and our windows can be open during the summer months. But we also have a Golden Retriever that provides a great "bark" to warn any would-be intruder. Our backyard has a high 6' cedar fence with a lock that also makes access difficult. I hope the suggestions made here will give you some good ideas Kendra.
01/18/2012
Ansley Ansley
I live in a gated community with an enormous amount of county police officers and we live in an upscale neighborhood in an upscale part of town. No other protection is necessary, unless you count my Icicles No 17. That thing would knock someone out in a heartbeat!
01/18/2012
Ms. Spice Ms. Spice
I just lock my doors (sometimes). I'm staunchly against guns, and I don't have my dog with me now (he's a bad ass 12 pound dachshund... yeah). If someone wants to steal the very few possessions that I have, they can knock themselves out.
01/18/2012
Ms. Spice Ms. Spice
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Originally posted by Beck
I live within 1000FT of three registered violent sex offenders, so I don't even feel safe walking the dog. I keep all doors locked and only go outside to take the dog to the bathroom. I keep a knife in my pocket when I am outside and it is always ... More
Holy hell! Have you thought about carrying pepper spray? That can do way more damage than a knife and if something DID happen, you could have time to get away.
01/18/2012
InnocentISwear InnocentISwear
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Originally posted by kendra30752
Just curious what you guys use to protect yourselves at home. I'm mostly asking because my twin sister was home alone tonight with the baby and in the baby's room is a little disney tent. You know, just those kid's tents that are super ... More
A little bit of everything! My husband travels a lot, so it's just me and a toddler most of the time. We have an alarm system, we're friends (or at least social) with the neighbors, I have a gun, we have 2 big noisy dogs...
01/18/2012
KrazyKandy KrazyKandy
I lock everything I can. I dont care even if it were THE safest city in the world
01/18/2012
blacklodge blacklodge
I've joked around about using my Sasha Grey swell wand on anyone who breaks in. I'm sure that would destroy someone. Lol.

But really, I just keep the doors locked 24/7 and I have a knife I keep in between the mattresses with the handle sticking out.
01/18/2012
Eva Schwaltz Eva Schwaltz
I carry a knife on me, but when I get my own place, I'm going to get a rottweiler or two. Try taking on two of those things lol.
01/18/2012
T&A1987 T&A1987
locked doors, little to steal and an axe and a mallet.
01/18/2012
switzerland switzerland
just locks on doors and windows... and other personal items....
01/18/2012
Gracie Gracie
We lock the doors at night, and when we are gone. But in the afternoon we have so much in and out traffic it would be inconvienient. The person who would be locked out is more likely to be me than a bad guy. When I go out of town I set the alarm.
01/18/2012
bmann bmann
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Originally posted by kendra30752
Just curious what you guys use to protect yourselves at home. I'm mostly asking because my twin sister was home alone tonight with the baby and in the baby's room is a little disney tent. You know, just those kid's tents that are super ... More
Locks and guns have worked so far.....

Knock on wood I don't know if the locks were needed and the gun hasn't been.

Yet....
01/18/2012
eeep eeep
I keep the doors locked at all times, and if I am outside I lock the door behind me and fist my keys in case someone should try something. During the daytime I should be ok, but until I am aware of our yard and the neighboring area I am always careful. I also keep a knife and mace near my bed and sleep with my cell phone within arms reach.

I don't live in a bad neighborhood, but I do live somewhat near a federal prison (fortunately it's mostly white collar crime and customs/immigration stuff). They've never had a break-out that I have heard of, but I still feel nervous living near it and can't wait till I can move.
01/18/2012
- Kira - - Kira -
I live in a safe area, but we're about 20 minutes from a not so great area. On the off chance that someone may wander the wrong direction, I have an alarm system set up. We're also in the process of setting up cameras around the house (mostly for the kids across the street that insist on ringing our doorbell and running, not actual crime issues). I'm super paranoid, so I spare no expense on security systems. I also double check locks every night. Just in case all that fails, our little city has one of the fastest responding police departments in the entire state.

That's very scary what happened to your friend! I hope all is okay!
01/18/2012
bsgs bsgs
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Originally posted by kendra30752
Just curious what you guys use to protect yourselves at home. I'm mostly asking because my twin sister was home alone tonight with the baby and in the baby's room is a little disney tent. You know, just those kid's tents that are super ... More
i have a sig229 .40 under the bed, and various other rifles, pistols and shotguns locked in my basement....plus a baseball bat and large (2in) wrenches....apparently im one of the few on here who is comfortable with firearms
01/19/2012
El-Jaro El-Jaro
I couldn't imagine living in a constant state of fear where I have to lock my doors at all times and keep a loaded gun nearby.

Basically, you can't control what other people will or won't do...at all. If someone wants to break into your place and steal your stuff, they'll do it if they can. The best thing I can suggest is using common sense: Don't look like a target. Make it look like messing with you will cause more hassle than not.

Don't keep your TV in plain site of the windows, that way they can't see it. Don't give a person a reason to break in, pretty simple.
01/19/2012
Beck Beck
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Originally posted by Ms. Spice
Holy hell! Have you thought about carrying pepper spray? That can do way more damage than a knife and if something DID happen, you could have time to get away.
Yes actually this was my idea, but my hubby is scared that our toddler would get a hold of it. Of course he can get a hold of my knife too, but it folds down and he hasn't figured that out yet.
01/19/2012
Liz2 Liz2
We keep the doors and windows locked. Right now, I live in a remote area, kinda in a former caretakers cottage which is old.

I have a black belt in martial arts and do teach women basic self-defense moves. I feel I could probably defend myself, though I not looking to try. I am also a kick-boxer and know how to us my feet and legs.

I know how to shoot but guns can be also dangerous to the person who has them. I don't own a gun at present.

My trusty NJoy Eleven is in my nightstand drawer which I have taken out when I hear strange noises. My bf travels frequently so a few nights ea week, I am alone.
01/19/2012
PeaceToTheMiddleEast PeaceToTheMiddleEast
I have a alarm system, keep doors lock. As for gun protection I am thinking about going to get a permit because where I live at is getting out of hand. We have security too but we have had a numerous amount of break ins lately.
01/19/2012
Jaimes Jaimes
I am not great about keeping my doors locked during the day, but I have three dogs that cause a ruckus when people come to the door. We deadbolt doors at night, and have handguns available, as well as the pups as an early warning system.
01/19/2012
indiglo indiglo
Locks on windows, locks and deadbolts on both doors, good lighting outside, no bushes or trees near windows (would hide the intruder, giving them more time to get inside without being noticed), a big scary dog and a parrot with an eagle eye who would scream bloody murder if someone she didn't recognize tried to sneak up and get in the house. If I'm going to be out and about in an unsafe area or at an unsafe time, I just bring the dog. He's kept many a man at bay.
01/19/2012
married with children married with children
We dont do much. The doors are always locked, people have to make noise that way if they want to come in. And for anyone looking to cause harm, there are loaded guns that will put an end to the problem. I dont really care if they steal my stuff, insurance will take care of that. But you cant fix a life that was taken or damaged by violence. If someone wants to come into my home and try to cause harm to my kids or wife, their birth certificate will get turned into a worthless piece of paper. I will have no problem making that decision, if I ever have to. I hope that day never comes.
01/19/2012
HannahPanda HannahPanda
That's really, really scary and creepy. What did she do? I use locks on all my windows and doors, and I never forget to double check.
01/19/2012
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