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Thoughts on locking master bedroom door?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by KennyFSU, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. KennyFSU

    KennyFSU

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    Back story: I live alone in a 2-story townhouse with my master bedroom located upstairs.

    I am torn between locking my door or keeping it wide open. On one side, locking the door could potentially create an additional barrier if a bad guy were to break in; this could give me the time I need to grab my gun and jump behind my bed.

    The only negative I see in this scenario is that the closed door greatly prohibits my auditory awareness of what's going on downstairs.

    With the door open I can actually hear a lot going on since my bedroom is located right at the top of the stairs.

    Opinions?
     
  2. JMS

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    Why not get an alarm system as well?
     
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  3. tantrix

    tantrix J'aimeLouisiane

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    I always keep my bedroom door closed and locked...matter of fact, if the bedroom door is open, I can't go to sleep. The way I see it...it's just one more barrier in between me and a bad guy which is always a good thing.

    Also, if you are worried about hearing stuff downstairs with the bedroom door closed, pick up a cheap baby monitor. Sony has a good one for like $29. Hide it downstairs in a good location, then just turn on the receiver on your nightstand when you go to sleep...24/7 audio monitoring.
     
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  4. DaneA

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    I keep my door open about a foot and my bed positioned so I can see out without moving.
     
  5. Easterbrook

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    When I lived alone, hell even now that I'm married, the only time I ever close my bedroom door is when I have guests staying overnight. Keep your door open.
     
  6. ViennaGambit

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    You could always get a full-size cpr dummy or mannequin to put in your bed under the covers as a diversion and sleep in the basement - youd be totally safe and fool any home invaders for sure.
     
  7. 9jeeps

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    Would love to keep my B/R door closed.... But kitty doesn't like closed doors.
    Cat owners will understand this.

    But he will wake us if there is a disturbance within or outside the home.
     
  8. brob2425

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    I keep my door shut and even sleep with a fan on high... but then again I have a dog that will let me know if something is going on.
     
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  10. Easterbrook

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    Good thinking. Maybe the OP should sleep at his parent's house. Robbers would never expect that.
     
  11. Glock13

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    We keep ours closed and locked. We have cats too who wake my wife up every morning around 3 AM to get out. I don't think I would be able to sleep with the door open.
     
  12. Chaos88

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    Mine stays closed and locked at night time if your gonna force entry into my front door you will need a sledge hammer. There is no silent entry into a properly set up door. Solid door with a deep set dead bolt and a lock that only opens from the inside with no hole or clues on the outside
     
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    This works for me. I can't sleep without the fan on and my door shut. My bedroom door is a heavy solid door with two locks. My wife has two inside dogs that bark at any strange noises.
     
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    paranoid much. doors open.
     
  15. JackMac

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    I leave my door open and my dog sleeps on the end of the bed and lets me know if something inside or outside is going on. Mans' best friend! my eyes and ears....and sometimes my brain! He can read people pretty well
     
  16. KennyFSU

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    Some great suggestions (and some not lol).

    I have a cat but my Border passed away a few months ago. Maybe another dog is in order. Thanks all.
     
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    110lb German Shepherd in house, I don't worry about ****, he does his job
     
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    Get another dog...
     
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    I have 4 dogs one that sleeps on my bed with me, nothing gets near my house without me getting advanced warning
     
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    I have a wife. When I hear a scary noise, I send her out to check on it.