I have a little sticker on the most obvious front window that says,
"Protected by Smith & Wesson".
It's next to the alarm co. sticker.
The Smith & Wesson is a 40 S&W. It's kept loaded. (no kids at home)
I'm not deeply concerned with a home intrusion while I'm here but we travel
quite a bit.
How difficult is it to enter your locked home with the universal house
key, a 16# sledge or a well thrown concrete block?
Would be a much higher priority than a lockset IMHO.
Few thieves want your pictures. Collectables should have insurance riders. In
most areas, and all I'd live in, fire is a bigger risk than burglaries. That
said, I have been burglarized once but have never had a fire loss.
I have "scheduled" coverage for the collectibles but most of them are
And most burglaries result in damage to furnishings.
Most of our furnishings are products of my workshop. Need I say more. <G>
I live in El Paso, TX. We have a Class 1 FD (the highest rating)
I'm not worried about a fire. The burglary risk is higher. Juarez, Mexico
is just across the river....er..... the stream...er.....often just the river
In truth, the burglary risk is relatively low, especially considering the
El Paso has a very low crime rate.
"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."
Um..... Am I being presumptuous to assume that you're about to tell me how
to overcome those other deficiencies?
I would be willing to re-prioritize. At this point, I feel as if I've done
about all I can do with the windows and walls.
Wrought iron window guards are ubiquitous in this town so as unsightly as
they might seem, we have them. Also on the doors. But a chain hooked to a
vehicle would likely overcome those.
And a 16# sledge, as obvious as it might appear to neighbors, would wreak
havoc on my brick veneer (actually "slump block") walls.
I can only hope a neighbor, friend, relative, passerby or the police might
wonder why someone is trying to dismantle my humble dwelling.
Especially if the vibrations happen to set off the alarm.
As Balderstone cleverly pointed out, "If someone wants in, they're coming
in." I'm not really worried about them "coming" in. Not while I'm there.
I can take care of that. It's when we're gone and they want to "get" in
that concerns me.
Seriously, all I'm looking for is a replacement for the cheap hardware that
is on the house at present. And I'd rather not replace it with something
just as cheap. Did you catch Robert's comments? Perfect.
Not at all, but locks keep honest people honest.
Beyond that, they are about as useful as a set of breasts on a boar
If somebody wants in, they are coming in.
If it takes them more than 5 minutes to rob you blind, they are
probably going to get caught.
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