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    Trying to ward off thieves

    Looking for ideas to ward off thieves, maybe even catch one.
    My sister's house stays empty most days anymore. She has cancer and moved in with our mother over a year ago, so she is rarely there anymore. Thieves have figured this out and have been hitting her regularly.
    They even drained her 500 gallon oil tank in the yard and stole the tank. Everything is gone out of the yard, they have been in the separate garage and the basement which is separated from the house.
    I know it is just a matter of time before they get into the upper part of the house, which is full of antiques, and clean her out.
    The house is rural and the neighbors never see or hear anything. Law enforcement has been little help other than take reports because there is no evidence to go on.
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    We're going to get the power company to put up another light pole in back to light up the whole back yard.

    I have some cheap battery alarms that may scare them away, once. Will be looking into a regular alarm system but, she can't afford to have it monitored.

    Also looking at trail cameras. Can someone tell us what brands are good vs crap, keeping in mind we're all on a tight budget? How do you hide the cameras? The woods are way too far away from the house for easy concealment.

    I have some cc cameras I will be putting it the windows but, no dvr yet.

    Any and all ideas and suggestions will be appreciated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boss Dog View Post
    We're going to get the power company to put up another light pole in back to light up the whole back yard.

    I have some cheap battery alarms that may scare them away, once. Will be looking into a regular alarm system but, she can't afford to have it monitored.

    Also looking at trail cameras. Can someone tell us what brands are good vs crap, keeping in mind we're all on a tight budget? How do you hide the cameras? The woods are way too far away from the house for easy concealment.

    I have some cc cameras I will be putting it the windows but, no dvr yet.

    Any and all ideas and suggestions will be appreciated.
    When I get a minute I'm going to post a couple links I have to get on my laptop first.

    If you get the game camera invest in the money if you get the game camera, invest in the model that will send you the pictures directly to your phone or to email. If they see the camera they may steal it but you will have photographic evidence.

    You may want to consider tripwire alarms or non deadly booby traps.

    If you know how they are getting into the house and other buildings then trap them. Place nails with boards or caltrops on the floor right inside the doorway or underneath the window stills.

    Before you do anything you need to post no trespassing signs. Also state that you are under audio and visual surveillance.

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    Lowest cost Post a hand letter sign saying they are under surveillance.

    Some lamps and a radio on timers. On and off at different times.

    With the game camera put it to catch the lane so you can see vehicles and people coming and going . For a camera inside point it to monitor the doors .


    If the house sets way back consider a gate or cable and a camera on the gate / cable .


    Anybody you can rent it to or even allow them to live they pay utilities? I try and get someone to stay at my place when I am gone.
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    Here are some simple deterrents. I could give deady info but that would just put you in prison.
    12 Gauge Security Control System - HV005

    12 GA perimeter alarm

    easily made at home.
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    I think your best bet is the game cameras that send you the picture thru email or text. Not really for sure which.

    https://www.besttrailcamerareviews.o...-trail-camera/

    If you go the camera route place a sign next to it letting the dirt bag that multiple pictures have been taken and that police have been notified. Love to see that picture.
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    Put up signs about servailence. Fake cameras, perhaps one with a battery that could broad cast to your computer. MOVE the antiques before you loose them!!!
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    Get some of those Simply Safe camera's that call you when tripped. I would NOT put up fake signs. Try not to let the idiots know your on to them. Crooks are easier to catch when they THINK they are getting away with it.

    Spend some time over there with your friendly guard dog and 12ga. Catch them in the act. Spike the driveway with tire spikes. Could even bait them with an expensive looking item in the yard, WHEN your there. Out of sight.

    https://simplisafe.com/security?gcli...g&utm_device=c
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    Simple solution depending on driveway surface. Nail boards. Years ago we had kids driving their 4wd trucks in a new seeding of alfalfa. The field was at the end of a short rough lane. We simply put a bunch of pole nails through a few boards and laid them in the lane and semi covered them with stone and dirt. It did not take long to stop those boys. 2x4's and nails about 4 dollars. Fixing the problem...priceless!
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    Camp out in the house at times, and be as random about as you can be. That goes for drive-by checks of the place, go by and then turn around a mile down the road. Then get out and do a walk-around. Go by at night, and turn off your headlights if you can do it safely, and monitor the house from your car. If that sounds silly, I can tell you that it isn't; I baby sat a friends house with a revolver in my pocket. And I would have shot somebody if needed.
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