Stolen Home Improvement!

Discussion in 'Home Improvement' started by Bobby Cole, Nov 14, 2015.

  1. Pat Baker

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    I see people leaving their boxes out announcing what they just purchased out on the curb for the trash men to pick up all the time. The trash people tell you to break down your boxes because it is easier for them to handle and it does a better job of keeping your home safe. I break my boxes down, the larger boxes are broken down and put out for pick up over time not all at one time.
     
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    Our small local town has a dumpster for collecting cardboard.. 00thumbupNEW (Custom).jpg
     
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    Collection day here is on Tuesday mornings. I'm always up before they collect so I put any big boxes out just before they come to pick up.
     
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    I flatten any big appliance boxes and put them in the recycling bin...never leave them exposed on the street for potential thieves to see.

    I do live in a nice rural area but thieves are everywhere, and some travel out from the city intent on finding quiet locations where often properties are less protected.

    Ina..I'm worried for you especially now as you can't have your dogs with you any more, I do hope your neighbours move in very soon..
     
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  5. Diane Lane

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    Sorry to hear that, @Ina I. Wonder. The crime has increased all around the area, and it's filtering down here somewhat, as well. It's also a struggle to find out about it, because the news often doesn't bother to report it if it doesn't happen in Houston. A drunk driver drove through a palm tree and one of my favorite restaurants here last week, and nary a word about it in the news.

    So, was the potential thief (or whatever he was) arrested and charged? I know that has to be scary for you. Do you think it would be worth it to install motion detectors on the fencing and some cameras, as well? I was thinking you were going to be moving closer to family, is that still your plan?

    Here's a site where (at least in the U.S.) you can sign up so you'll at least be aware of past issues, which may help prevent future ones. http://www.spotcrime.com/
     
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    Advertising that you buy a new gun could be worst than advertising the purchase of an expensive electronic a household appliance, from the standpoint of a criminal needing a gun and knowing where to find one for free breaking into your home.

    A burglar is usually after taking with him some items or money, but who goes after a gun who knows what could have in mind.
     
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    With the gun, it is a good advertisement. My father-in-law was a target shooting who had won so many trophies. He has a small target area at home and when he practices, people can see him. In other words, the neighborhood knows that he has guns. In times when there are burglaries, their house was always spared and they attributed it to the display of guns.
     
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    Ah, yes! Certainly it might be also the approach given to the fact. I was thinking of someone buying a gun, who never before had shown any connection with shooting activities, and suddenly throws a gun box out there to "advertise" the presence of a gun at home.

    However I know what you mean, my father himself was a hunting aficionado and had more than one pistol, and a large collection of rifles at home that neighbors used to see coming back and forth whenever he was getting ready to heading off to a hunting adventure, loading all the stuff into his Jeep Wagoneer.

    Even though, I never thought about the relationship of those guns at home and possible burglary around because those were times when crime levels were not relevant almost anywhere.
     
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    Last night, we had someone break into our car and they stole over $50 worth of brand new mirrors that we had inside on the back seat. Since we never keep anything of great value in the car, and we would rather that someone just open the door and steal the change as opposed to breaking the windows to get in; so we seldom ever lock up the vehicle.

    We have never really had any problems until the last few months, but we thought it was just kids because all they ever did was take the change we had lying in the car. One time, someone cut my visor case off; but there really was not anything in it to steal. However, yesterday, we purchased some mirrors to put up on the wall, and because we needed to rearrange some furniture to access the wall easily, we left the mirrors out in the car. Well, this morning, they were gone, and we know that this was not likely just kids looking for a bit of cash.

    That brings me to the subject of this thread, and that is home security video cameras. We decided to order one from Amazon, and it was $30 for the one camera. It has an app and connects to either a smartphone, tablet, or even a computer. We can watch live camera any time we want and from anywhere, just by using the phone app. There is also an alert if the motion sensor picks up any nearby movement, and then the camera begins to record whatever is happening near the camera.

    We are going to set it up facing the driveway, and we should be able to watch the car and the driveway in the evenings, and if someone does try to get in the vehicle, we will have them on camera and can report it to the police.

    For no more than this costs, it seems like a smart idea for anyone who lives in an area where someone might come in your yard or try to get in your vehicle.
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    Is it easy to install?

    Couldn't a thief if he sees it just cover the lens?

    Too bad about the mirrors!
     
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  13. Bobby Cole

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    Says that installation is easy.
    A. All I have to do is to first separate the self leveling equinoxial lens from the contiguous para-dynamic lens and then join them with the supplied jointmaster flamicular emblazers.
    With the package also come 600 LED's which have to be installed individually into the master lemonizer which I am sure that Yvonne will enjoy doing.
    B. After "A" is completed then the moisture proof aliamafter must be set with the platinum linear exciter in the exact spacial coordinates of the next lunar eclipse.

    When the easy stuff is established then the rest is a bit harder but nothing I cannot manage especially if I have someone help interpret the pictures, which are in Chinese.

    Cover the camera? Yes, if they are 10 feet tall and see it before it sees them and records them covering it.
     
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    Just be sure not to leave the camera in the car.:rolleyes:
     
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  15. Babs Hunt

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    Gosh @Yvonne Smith and @Bobby Cole It looks like those thieves were stealing from y'all for awhile now. I've got a feeling your tools were stolen by the same people who took the mirrors, etc.
     
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