I haven't had much luck recently. The night before last my Father was lying in bed when somebody knocked on his bedroom door, opened it and said "Is this the entrance to the apartment building?". My father went "Of course it's not! How the hell did you get in here?!" The perso then closed the door and my dad heard him leave the apartment. He put a dressing gown on then followed but found nothing. He woke up the next morning thinking it was a dream. Then last night my Dad's apartment was accessed and his Laptops stolen (Which is odd considering they're worth nothing and there's lot more valuable stuff to steal).
This got me thinking, does anybody know any good ways to secure a rented property against theft. Walls ca't be drilled into, systems can't be installed. Does anybody have any ideas?
[Update - It turns out my father has no insurance to cover the Laptops and will probably get fired from his job due to all the data lost on the work laptop. Any advice would be appreciated].
The only thing I could tell you to do is to make some sort of CCTV in your house. You don't have to drill into walls, you just need some cameras and a computer. Make sure the computer is safely tucked away somewhere inconspicuous where they won't even think to look. I'd recommend some HD cams and an old desktop you have lying around. Then you just hit record and see if anything happened that day by making it record to an external hard drive. It sounds simple, and I have done it in my room because some of my stuff has gone missing, found out it was my sister, lmao.
answered Aug 12 '12 at 14:22
DJ Scooby Doo
Lock the doors, lock the windows. Ask the landlord about security and see if he/she can have one installed. Security cameras are a good idea, but it wont stop things from getting stolen.
answered Aug 12 '12 at 15:18
The best thing you can do to secure your home, is to get a gun (the second amendment is there for a reason )
In a life or death situation where seconds count, the police are only minutes away.
almost all reports of a home invasion that makes it on the news often go something like this
criminal breaks in, finds someone home, doesn't want to be looked at, kills one of the family members, then gets away before the police come. After that, all the police do is have the media list a hotline that you can call if you have any info on who did the crime, then those police go back to sitting around and waiting for someone to go over the speed limit or run a red light. And even when they do catch the criminal, we do not have a restitutive justice system so you wont get the stolen property back or the damage repaired, and the government certainly wont bring back the family member who was killed.
Get your self a handgun or a rifle and a security camera. Someone unauthorized tries to break in, the second they step foot into your home, kill them on the spot (it is legal to do in every state)
other than that, all you can do is secure your home by getting better locks, hurricane resistant windows (harder to break)
Remember if you are not home, there is little you can do to defend the home, so you need to at least have a way of keeping the criminal out for a while.
PS security systems such as ADT do not work
I live in NY which is a police state and a few years back, 2 houses (next to each other on the block that I live on, got robbed on the same day. (Both had working security systems (ADT) They basically robbed one house, then moved onto the next and robbed it also before the police came.
Security systems have a delay when the alarm is set off to give you time to report a false alarm, then there is a chain of bureaucracy that adds additional delay before the police ever get an alert, then you are left with the poor response time (remember the police cant just teleport to your location)
Overall, it may not be ideal but you are responsible for securing your home and the only way to do it is to make it harder to break in, and have a way of defending the home.
A hand gun is ideal for defense since you can bring it anywhere, but if you have really restrictive laws (even though the second amendment states that congress shall make NO law), then you may have to settle for a rifle which are less regulated. While you can still open carry a rifle, they are not as convenient to walk around with.
While this may be slightly exagerated, this should give you an idea of location based protection.
The more urban a neighborhood is, the more supercharged the criminals are and thus, you will need better tools to defend your home.
Here is a list from rural to urban when it comes to home defense
1 rural: http://i.imgur.com/764f3.jpg
7 (if you end up in the "hood" in a urban area), then you are looking at a combination of this gun + all of the ones listed above: http://i.imgur.com/15KXx.jpg
8 (the "hood" in a place like Detroit): hopefully in the near future, an effective defense tool will be created to handle the horrors of a place like that. I am thinking something like this http://i.imgur.com/A1QCF.jpg, plus all of the tools listed above, positioned in strategic locations to at least hold off the onslaught of crime as you retreat to your bunker with walls made of 50 foot thick slabs of Titanium and Tungsten before the crime wave breaks through your defenses.