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The Criminals Are Back

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by TSAX, May 5, 2012.

  1. TSAX

    TSAX USAF Vet

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    So my buddy just called telling me people are going around his neighborhood knocking on doors and pretending to be cable people to look at their equipment inside. It random times of the day and females and males doing this. The police have been called and reports have been filed already. They got one of the guys already.

    He has a nice place but it is vulnerable. I hope he listens to the advice I give him on what should be done. I am headed there later to show him his vulnerable spots and help him re-enforce his home. Locks, doors, windows, etc.

    The primary thing he wants is for me to help him pick out a gun and set up a safe in the home.

    Any feedback on making a home safer would be greatly appreciated. I am not a know it, I can always learn something new, thanks GT members :wavey:







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  2. tarpleyg

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    Owning a gun and knowing how to use it to defend you and your home is a big divide. You willing to teach him or help him find a good instructor?
     

  3. TSAX

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    He served with me in the desert and can handle a gun. I will also give him a refresher and some training not only on the functions of the gun but also go through emergency procedures in case what should happen. Some people freeze and panic in these situations, he wife probably would so being prepared isnt a bad thing.

    Thats what friends are for :supergrin:









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    After questioning who's there and you detect bad guys, rack your 12 gauge and tell them it's time to leave.
     
  5. Hour13

    Hour13 Tah-dah!

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    Kids in the home? If so, a safe that can be easily accessed, that won't have him fumbling in the dark trying to get it open. No kids, and it's not as big an issue, safe only needs to be used when nobody is home.

    Without knowing the layout of his house, just the basics. Alarm, a strong front door and good quality deadbolts. Depending on his level of concern, maybe shatter-proof windows or bars?

    One thing I had done, I have a light-switch right by the bedroom door that kicks on ALL of the front of house lights. If **** goes sour, my position by my bedroom is in darkness, but I can see everything in front of me clear as day.
     
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    My little Schnauzer is my best early warning. Even though she's not in the room with the front door, she senses someone pulling in the driveway or stepping on the porch long before I do. She's a great alert dog.

    I imagine if I lived in a more rural setting, a Schnauzer paired with a GSD would be great team.

    If I see the local economy going south, I will probably pick up a GSD for the back yard.

    I have read that in Germany, these dogs are often paired together.

    I also imagine a Giant Schanuzer would be a great combo dog.

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  7. TSAX

    TSAX USAF Vet

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    I will try to convince him to add reinforced strike plates and strengthening the door frame. For the windows Id recommend plexiglass and a security bar but exterior bars I dont think he'lll go for. I can make him a place to be locked down in if need be (at least the bedroom) or just door small simple no eye soar stuff his wife wont complain about.








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  8. greentriple

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    I recently read statistic that said most use of gun is in home and bad guy attack of civilian is in the home (not random street attack) so I've started carrying in my home and only taking it to sleep and shower (my wife s a little less interested in getting frisky ;) )


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  9. Restless28

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    A good dog is hard to beat, and makes a great friend.
     
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    I completely agree about the great friend part but my mom's dog would bow down/be suckered by a good treat :rofl:









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    Oh, mine would too, but she's the best early warning ever. Schnauzers have a loud and alerting bark.
     
  12. Bruce M

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    Remember a bunch of burglaries actually occur through an unlocked door or window. Simply making sure everything is locked reduces vulnerability. Double cylinder deadbolts on doors mean if a burglar gets in a window he probably has to go back out through the window which may reduce a big television from leaving with him. Inexpensive locks are available for windows and sliding glass doors. Even a wood screw in a window can work for a window that is not opened. A better plate where the deadbolt goes into the door jam is not expensive. A hundred dollars worth of stuff can slow down alot of residential burglars. Many police departments have a crime prevention specialist who can do a residential security survey and make some recommendations.

    http://www.ncpc.org/programs

    http://acpionline.com/index.cfm
     
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    I wouldn't make a window that could be the second escape from a fire unopenable. Bad idea. BAD.:wavey:
     
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    Tell him: If someone knocks on the door, talk to that person THROUGH THE DOOR, and do not open the door. If that person is a bad guy, he will have to break the door to enter, which places him at an additional disadvantage; the house inhabitant's gun will be a total surprise, which increases the good guy's advantage.
     
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    Second only to a gun in terms of protection of household. According to a survey I read awhile back, done of incarcerated felons.

    The only thing they FEAR after a gun.

    A dog. If you can't/don't have a gun…a dog is the next best thing.
     
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    I'm your dog. :supergrin:


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