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Submitted: Thursday, Nov 06, 2003 at 00:33
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Hello Everyone,
I just wanted to know what you all do in regards to securing your homes and whatever else when you go away. We are heading off shortly for a week and I'm a bit worried about leaving the house empty. I recently had all my tools from my workvan nicked so I'm a little wary now...
cheers
mike
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Reply By: mrdesmo - Thursday, Nov 06, 2003 at 01:45

Thursday, Nov 06, 2003 at 01:45
Insure it (generously), lock it, keep fingers crossed!
Got a mate who drives by, checks for mail, puts bins out etc...also, leave the radio on, and have a lamp or two on a timer. We also leave the shopping trolley (Pulsar) in the driveway. So far so good......
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Reply By: Member - Chris (Wollongong) - Thursday, Nov 06, 2003 at 07:37

Thursday, Nov 06, 2003 at 07:37
Good quality alarm systems are quite cheap nowdays (however stay away from the big companies as their service is bleep and they charge like a wounded bull)

Find a good local security company that cares about their customers and get them to install and monitor an alarm system (even if they bureau ie subbie their alarms lines to someone else).

It wont stop the professional thieves who know what they want but it will deter the amateurs / druggos who will go somewhere else that isnt alarmed.

As mentioned earlier, timers are a good idea as well as having a neigbour / relative periodically check the house.
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Follow Up By: mik*2 - Thursday, Nov 06, 2003 at 20:20

Thursday, Nov 06, 2003 at 20:20
I've got an alarm in the house, and a germqn shepard, haven't got security screens on the windows though...your right,it won't stop the pros though......

cheers
mike
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Reply By: glenno - Thursday, Nov 06, 2003 at 09:18

Thursday, Nov 06, 2003 at 09:18
i have steel security bars on all windows and steel security doors with steel door frames , and no one can get into my place . i also have 6 smoke alarms and a fire escape door in the second bedroom .
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Follow Up By: Brad - Thursday, Nov 06, 2003 at 16:06

Thursday, Nov 06, 2003 at 16:06
I have deadlocks on all doors and windows.
Takes a tradesman about 90 secs to jump up on the roof, remove a few tiles and come in that way. Can't imagine any other roof being much harder - other than a slab of cement ie if you live in a block of flats.
Hence I now have safe, monitored alarm system , insurance policy etc.etc.
Just my 5 cents worth.
Regards,
Brad
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Reply By: Member - Melissa - Thursday, Nov 06, 2003 at 12:19

Thursday, Nov 06, 2003 at 12:19
We have a monitored alarm system, built-in safe for valuables, garden and security lights and have a mate to pick up our mail and put bins out. Finally we leave a couple of lamps hooked up to timers (about $25 each from Bunnings) so that lights are coming on and off at night. And if worse comes to worse...we have a good insurance policy.

:o) MelissaPetrol 4.5L GU Patrol &
Camprite TL8 offroad camper
http://www.users.bigpond.com/flatdog
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Reply By: Member -BJ (Sydney) - Thursday, Nov 06, 2003 at 15:40

Thursday, Nov 06, 2003 at 15:40
Monitored alarm, daughter stilllll lives at home so her & boyfriend mind the house.
She is scared of the dark so he has to stay if we go away to baby sitRegards Bob
Where to next
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Follow Up By: Member - Melissa - Thursday, Nov 06, 2003 at 17:51

Thursday, Nov 06, 2003 at 17:51
Well, that's her story anyway, LOL!

:o) MelissaPetrol 4.5L GU Patrol &
Camprite TL8 offroad camper
http://www.users.bigpond.com/flatdog
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Reply By: nola - Friday, Nov 07, 2003 at 14:57

Friday, Nov 07, 2003 at 14:57
Hi Mike. We are just back from 5 months away (for winter) and had no probs. We have security screens on windows and doors, double deadlocks on main front and rear doors, bolts with padlocks on our carport door. I agree that there is always the roof tiles for a burglar to try, but once in, they wouldn't be able to take very much out that way!

I figure that we have really good insurance (Australian Pensioners are terrific) and as it is new for old, if the worst happens, we'll end up with newer stuff than we have now!

Just go and enjoy! Nola
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Follow Up By: mik*2 - Friday, Nov 07, 2003 at 23:12

Friday, Nov 07, 2003 at 23:12
Did you have anyone lookafter your place while you were away?

cheers
mike
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Follow Up By: nola - Saturday, Nov 15, 2003 at 19:28

Saturday, Nov 15, 2003 at 19:28
Hi Mike,
No. only our daughter who came past once a week to make sure the burglars didn't get away with too much!

Cheers. Nola
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Reply By: chrisfrd - Friday, Nov 07, 2003 at 16:29

Friday, Nov 07, 2003 at 16:29
LOL!

I went away for a week recently, I mate fed my alarm system twice a day...

It goes woof, you go "Oah bleep !"... You'd better run....
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Follow Up By: mik*2 - Friday, Nov 07, 2003 at 23:15

Friday, Nov 07, 2003 at 23:15
Yep, I've got the German Shepard to do that, but there are ways around them too, I guess it comes down to reliable insurance and a bit of luck. I like the idea of going away for 5 months though..................

cheers
mike
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