I found out years into it that whenever someone rang my doorbell when
I wasn't home, usually the mailman, it set off my burglar alarm. Most
people weren't home and no one complained. It just came up in
I foudn a nicer doorbell on sale for 60% off, so I bought it and put
the other one in the basement. Then it turned out I needed a bigger
doorbell transformer to run both, and when I got the bigger one it
rang the main floor bell louder than the previous bell had rung, which
set off the glass/wood breakage detector, and the alarm.
Didn't want to make the two detectors less sensitive, so I put a
resistor in the power supply to the main floor bell. Used a
potentiometer until I got a good value, measured the value of the pot
at that point, and replaced it with a fixed resistor.
I don't. A few weeks ago I did though. The third time the alarm went off I
went outside, as did my neighbor across the street. The guy that owned the
truck never heard anything when we told him a few days later. He had
electrical problems, now fixed.
I used to install a lot of vehicle alarms and I would install several
very loud piercing high frequency sirens inside the cab of the vehicle.
I set them to put out different tone patterns so they were often out of
phase which made you feel like someone was pulling your brains out
through your ears. I often installed several sirens on the outside of
the vehicle too along with a module to flash the lights. The folks I
installed them for said the darn things would wake the whole
neighborhood at night when some dobad messed with their vehicle with
the dobad running like hell when the beast of an alarm went off. Some
of the vehicle alarms I installed had a pager to go along with them and
the customer could catch a thief or the jerk in the parking lot who
bumped his car.
On Tue, 28 Jun 2011 20:44:23 -0500, " firstname.lastname@example.org"
Aboslutely. No one enterned my car for 7 years when I had the alarm.
I had prominent stop-sign shaped decals right by the front door locks.
I had even put an imitation hood release under the bumper or grill and
it's only job was to set off the alarm. One time when I was parked
in a quiet area near the business district, I came back to the car and
the led showed that the alarm had been triggered. The doors were all
locked so it might have been because of the "hood release".
Later when I got the space in the lot, when the siren went off, he
left. He came back later, slit the top and came in without opening
They make a sonar attachment which will set off the alarm if someone
comes in by slitting the top, or by climgin over the rrunk if the top
is down. I have it but haven't installed it, since there's so little
problem around here, and it only works after the top is slashed. I
was thinking of lining the top with alarm trigger wire in a grid, but
there's so little problem around here.
I don't understand why people lock their cars. I found it better to leave
it open and avoid damage. I keep nothing in it to steal, so look around if
you want. I've had a couple of tourist visit during the nigh, never had
any damage. The first time, I lost a quart of oil that was in the back
If a thief wants you car, it will be gone.
Yes, and I had some damage when someone tried to break in. They were foiled
though. Houses are easier secured than a car, but a pro can get past most
any lock and alarm system. The house also contains valuable assets that I
take some precautions to protect.
There are three unlocked cars sitting in the driveway. Nothing in them to
steal aside from a pencil and maybe a stray ketchup packet from the drive
through. Friend of mine has a nifty expensive alarm In her nice 6 month old
car. She parked it outside of work, about 15 feet from the window in her
office. Broad daylight, it just disappeared.
These days,thieves will steal parts of the car itself.
I had the ECU stolen from my 94 Integra GS-R,it took 6 weeks to get a new
one from Japan. Air bags are another common theft item.
why lower your living standards because some thieves feel they can steal
But it's even easier to break into a house than a car. If you're afraid of
damage, it makes no sense to lock one and not the other. Sometimes there is
no choice but to leave valuables in a car (there were a few anxious
moments last week with two guns and three laptops in the car - all in the same
It's special to know that when you extend a courtesy to someone you
only extend it so far.
The world would probably have stopped revolving if you had put up the
top, life would have lost meaning, and you would have become a bitter
old man. You dodged a bullet there, Sparky.
BTW, actions like that are a reason why you're going to singles
I take it that you have a car where the top goes down. I also take it that
on a nice day, you will have the top down. I've owned a couple of
convertibles and the top was down if the temperature was above 60 and it was
These days, I'm far more likely to have the AC on and windows closed.
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