Staying Safe In Retirement & Leisure

Discussion in 'Retirement & Leisure' started by Sandy Wood, Sep 17, 2016.

  1. Ina I. Wonder

    Ina I. Wonder Very Well-Known Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2015
    Messages:
    3,468
    Likes Received:
    5,589
    Hi @Yvonne Smith. :) When we bought this place back in the late 80's, we were in the poor countryside. Now, I'm in prime real-estate. My property is worth more than five times what we paid for it. Who would have guessed.

    Since Michael died, I've had motion detectors, extra strong fencing, and an electric gate installed. In the last effort to steal my car, the thieves tore my gate totally off it's support column. In two years, my gate has been broken four times.

    But so far the only real deterrent has been Bobert moving in.
     
    #26
    Holly Saunders likes this.
  2. Yvonne Smith

    Yvonne Smith Very Well-Known Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2015
    Messages:
    4,821
    Likes Received:
    6,949
    Not a good thing, for sure, and I know that we have talked about this problem before. I am glad that you have your grandson there to watch after you. Is there anyplace you can park the car where it is more out of sight maybe ? But then, they might think you are not home and try to get in the house; so that is not a good thing either.
    Do you suppose it could be friends/relatives of the people you had to evict from the rental property ? They would certainly know all about your house and what valuables you might have there.
    Maybe you can get an alert for the gate that goes right to the police like a home security alarm does ?
     
    #27
  3. Ken Anderson

    Ken Anderson Veteran Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2015
    Messages:
    7,450
    Likes Received:
    9,810
    It doesn't add security, but you can keep people guessing by using something that will turn some of your lights on and off periodically. We have a few of them that I move around from time to time, so that it doesn't look too predictable. Since we're away a lot, up north in the summer or traveling, I have them set so that a few of out lights will be turned on and off every now and then, such as a bathroom light coming on three or four times during the night, or our living room and office light being on for a few hours at night. Ours are on a timer, but I think you can find ones that will turn them on randomly as well. In that way, people don't know when you're not home, and they won't know when you settled into bed for the night.
     
    #28
  4. Frank Sanoica

    Frank Sanoica Very Well-Known Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2016
    Messages:
    3,825
    Likes Received:
    3,422
    Third largest city? I would never have thunk it!
    Frank
     
    #29
  5. Patsy Faye

    Patsy Faye Veteran Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2015
    Messages:
    7,651
    Likes Received:
    8,308
    @Ina I. Wonder - over here, we have a button that you can wear or have close by
    when you push that, it immediately gets a response and you can tell the operator help is needed
    The lights Ken mentioned are a good idea, a good shock tactic being all lit up :D
    Also, have you considered getting a 'bear' - can you imagine that ! What a deterrent that would be !
     
    #30
    Ina I. Wonder likes this.
  6. Cody Fousnaugh

    Cody Fousnaugh Very Well-Known Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2015
    Messages:
    3,117
    Likes Received:
    2,554
    Let me put this in this Thread:

    I talked to a Deputy last year who stopped by our apt concerning a car break-in of a neighbor of ours. Thing is, it wasn't a "break-in", because the lady admitted that she forgot to lock her vehicle and the vehicle has no alarm. This happened twice to her. The officer told me that it is call "a crime of convenience", being the car was not locked.

    Everyone can be a victim of crime, but, on the other side of that coin, sometimes crimes happen to our own neglect. Some folks, for whatever reasons, don't have a banking acct. and keep a rather large sum of money in their home. Somehow, someway, a person can find that out and break into the home. People "think" they are living in a descent area and leave their vehicles unlocked. If a person is living in a small town in Wyoming or Montana, that can possibly be done, but other places........nope. Sometimes, people need to look more at what they are not doing for protection. Watch what you tell people and, yes, watch what info you put online. We buy things online, so our info is out there in "cyberland", but that's just the way it is when order/buying something online.

    When we leave our apt. in the evening or on vacation, we always leave a light on and set the alarm inside. The alarm is no longer functional for contacting law enforcement, because the complex stopped paying for that a few years ago and, as we all know, not all Seniors/retirees can afford things they could afford when they were employed. However, after the alarm is set at the panel by the front door, if the front door, back door or any windows are opened, a whistling noise will go off from the panel. Also, when we leave, we lock both the regular lock and the deadbolt.
    Our vehicle has an alarm on it and we set it every time we get out and make sure it's set when we go to bed. There is a red blinking light on the dash that indicates an alarm is on. We are also getting a locking gas cap, just to make sure.
    As far as, inside our apt. goes, we do have a protection.

    Home and personal protection can cost and, unfortunately, like already stated here, not all Seniors/retirees can afford that cost.
     
    #31
    Ken Anderson and Ina I. Wonder like this.
  7. Chrissy Cross

    Chrissy Cross Veteran Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2015
    Messages:
    14,993
    Likes Received:
    13,737
    I have ADT security and got them before I had Pickles who will bark if someone is even just walking by my house....he's good at alerting me but he doesn't call the police which my ADT does.

    I pay $60 a month and in the 10 years I've had them I've never had it go off because someone was breaking in and many times I've thought of getting rid of them but I sleep better at night because of them.

    My car is always in my garage so that's not worry.

    I also have what is called a panic button from ADT, if I press it police will come out....I have to look to see where I put it though because I only had it near me when I first got ADT.

    I think just having the sign out front and on my windows that I have ADT is a deterrent, sure robbers will choose an easier house.
     
    #32
  8. Augusta Heathbourne

    Augusta Heathbourne Active Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2017
    Messages:
    79
    Likes Received:
    112
    @Sandy Wood has not posted since November last year, if I am understanding this correctly, and that makes me wonder if something further happened to her? Does anyone know if she is OK? It was only a few weeks after her last break-in that she last posted... Seems odd that she would just go quiet for so long. I hope she is OK.
     
    #33
    Frank Sanoica likes this.
  9. Yvonne Smith

    Yvonne Smith Very Well-Known Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2015
    Messages:
    4,821
    Likes Received:
    6,949
    She is on another forum that I belong to, and she has been absent there for a while; but is now posting on that forum again; so maybe she will be back here again as well.
    I enjoy her posts, and was concerned about her, too.
     
    #34
  10. Augusta Heathbourne

    Augusta Heathbourne Active Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2017
    Messages:
    79
    Likes Received:
    112
    Thank you for letting me know! That is excellent news.
     
    #35
    Yvonne Smith likes this.
  11. Gloria Mitchell

    Gloria Mitchell Very Well-Known Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2017
    Messages:
    1,125
    Likes Received:
    1,501
    Wow, seems as though she has taken the right steps to protect herself some now.We live in a gated community apartment complex-so far no break ins around here-except on occasion a car or two. Even being gated does not make us entirely safe. Radar our dog, is small but misses nothing- fat chance of anyone coming in uninvited. Because of of disgust for door to door sales(not allowed here, but does happen sometimes) a brief note attached to my door keeps them away-um even the pizza guy before he got to know us:
    By Order of Smith and Wesson- NO SOLICITATION ! Works like a charm:D
     
    #36
  12. Frank Sanoica

    Frank Sanoica Very Well-Known Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2016
    Messages:
    3,825
    Likes Received:
    3,422
    For awhile, the "rage" was to place a warning poster in a window near the door, depicting a handgun pointed at the viewer, with words like, "Protected by Smith & Wesson".

    The irony is, bragging about having a firearm is like inviting the seasoned burglar, who knowingly breaks in when the place is unoccupied, to choose the place with such a notice: a gun is the first item he's after.
    Frank
     
    #37
  13. Augusta Heathbourne

    Augusta Heathbourne Active Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2017
    Messages:
    79
    Likes Received:
    112
    Long ago, when I lived in a scary part of California, I placed a target from my recent shooting practice, showing holes all around and through the bull's eye, in my front door window. Same idea, and that is what I had, a Smith & Wesson. One of the best things about living in Australia, though, is walking around knowing that (almost) no one is armed; a nice feeling, lets one breathe a bit easier. But it is a very different culture here. All my American rellies grew up with guns and have cabinets full of them.
     
    #38
    Frank Sanoica likes this.
  14. Ken Anderson

    Ken Anderson Veteran Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2015
    Messages:
    7,450
    Likes Received:
    9,810
    Perhaps I'm naive, but I have rarely felt in danger, There were times when I was a kid hitchhiking around the country when I recognized possible dangers, but I have rarely felt in fear of being harmed in any place that I have lived, and I spent more than twenty years on the Texas-Mexican border, and twelve years before that in Buena Park, Cypress, Garden Grove, Long Beach, and Anaheim, California. In California, I generally locked my doors, and I lock our doors before I go to bed here, but they are left unlocked while we are awake. Often, I hear people talking about security and keeping safe, but I don't feel unsafe.

    I own a handgun and a shotgun, but that's mostly because, under Obama, it was beginning to look like our options for buying a weapon might close at any time. They're not loaded, and by the time i found the ammunition and loaded the guns, I don't expect they'd do me any good here, but neither do I expect to need them.
     
    #39
    Babs Hunt and Frank Sanoica like this.
  15. Babs Hunt

    Babs Hunt Veteran Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2016
    Messages:
    5,413
    Likes Received:
    6,879
    Perhaps because I am a Christian and truly believe that God is my protector and hedge of protection wherever I am that knowing this has helped me have a sense of peace and safety wherever I have lived, etc. There have been a few times when I have felt God's Spirit giving me wisdom and discernment that places, etc. weren't safe for me too...and I have always listened when given that wisdom and discernment.
     
    #40
    Ken Anderson likes this.
  16. Janice Martin

    Janice Martin Well-Known Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2015
    Messages:
    612
    Likes Received:
    564
    I started posting on a similar topic months ago, but misplaced the thread. Everyone has their own situation, perspective, etc., but for me it is not about safety per se but rather a person's right (or lack thereof) to defend oneself. THE problem- which everyone around (citizens AND criminals) believe, is unless you believe your life is in danger you HAVE no rights. In other words, you cannot ever put your hands on another person or you risk getting arrested for assault, regardless of the situation. Citizens are victimized, or feel like 'sitting ducks,' and criminals get away with whatever they want.
     
    #41
    Yvonne Smith and Frank Sanoica like this.
  17. Frank Sanoica

    Frank Sanoica Very Well-Known Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2016
    Messages:
    3,825
    Likes Received:
    3,422
    @Janice Martin ".....Citizens are victimized, or feel like 'sitting ducks,' and criminals get away with whatever they want."

    Of course! Thank you "Political Correctness"!
    Frank
     
    #42

Share This Page