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    I haven't been broken into since I lived with a girlfriend and we were late teens early 20's. We were also home asleep it was very scary but its served me well security wise for the rest of my life. On all my sliding glass doors I have top latches that push up through the top frame of the sliding door and key lock. Same locks on the windows but they push into the side frame not the top one. They are all from bunnings or masters. I also have sensor lights around the exterior always on and one on my front door. It takes a little bit to get used to the sensor lights coming on and off at a random toad or neighbours cat but I think it would scare someone off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miados2007 View Post
    I also have sensor lights around the exterior always on and one on my front door. It takes a little bit to get used to the sensor lights coming on and off at a random toad or neighbours cat but I think it would scare someone off.

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    I was thinking about a sensor light on the back, but we have a lot of trees, would they set the light off in windy weather?

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    We were broken into when I was little about 3/4 and they broke in through my bedroom window & climbed in unaware I was in there & crept past me asleep until the dog bailed them up at outside my bedroom door & my dad came running out with shot gun & the guy bolted back out through my room & window with dad& dog chasing him
    I've been scared of windows at night ever since.
    We've had someone try & break in here they cut the screen door & tried to unlock it when that didn't work they ripped off the weather strip down the side of wooden door & then tried to get in through the back yard when our dog bailed them up barking & carrying on 2am I just yelled at it to shut up. Woke up the next morning to find a new skate shoe outside my DS window with blood on it & the doors broken.
    Don't feel as safe now that dogs gone & ex DP works nights were split but he still staying here until after Xmas for kids sake but when it's just me n kids home alone this place is Fort Knox.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CMF View Post
    I was thinking about a sensor light on the back, but we have a lot of trees, would they set the light off in windy weather?
    I think they do but you can have different distances and the sensor pointing in different directions. For example my front door one is pointing straight down on about a 45 degree angle. In other words it goes off when someone is 1 -2 steps in front of it and about to open front door.

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    It's such a violation of your 'safe space' - not cool

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miados2007 View Post
    I think they do but you can have different distances and the sensor pointing in different directions. For example my front door one is pointing straight down on about a 45 degree angle. In other words it goes off when someone is 1 -2 steps in front of it and about to open front door.

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    Ohhh ok, cool, I'll look into it, thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SummerFun View Post
    It's such a violation of your 'safe space' - not cool
    Yes, exactly. I was only just starting to feel safe recently too- I've always lived with another adult, up until about 18 months ago, and it had taken all that time for me to get used to it. Now I'm just scared all over again, but x1000.

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    When I was growing up we were robbed all the time. Like maybe 5 or 6 times an many more attempts. We lived in a great neighbourhood, just happened to be across the road from a juvenile detention centre.
    I feel so much safer living in an apartment- our old place was completely secure, and this place is pretty secure. Someone could smash the kitchen window, but it's in pretty clear view of the rest of the block and there are always people at home. The people below us and the guy next door work from home, and if DP were away and I screamed for help in the night at least 10 neighbours would hear me and know it was me so I always feel safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RipperRita View Post
    Gosh... So similar to mine. Your not in brisbane by any chance? Paddington area?
    No I'm in Melbourne. We live in a very low crime area, but then the old folk's home around the corner was turned into 'emergency housing' (i.e., some shifty a$$holes were running a private dormitory style short-term accommodation, ripping off people with mostly drug/mental health issues who had nowhere else to go). After our break in (and the neighbours a few mins later where she was caught) it was looked into and shut down, so its unlikely to happen again, but I'm still scared.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CMF View Post
    I did something similar last night, I just didn't feel safe so I grabbed my vacuum cleaner out of my cupboard and put it down at the bedroom door, so that if the door opened it would bang onto the vacuum. I also had my trusty new baseball bat next to my bed (kindly donated by my XH LOL).

    Well I eventually got to sleep last night, but not after examining each and every noise I heard (I live in units on a main road- lots of noises!), and then when I was finally starting to fall asleep, I heard a noise which sounded like my back screen door trying to be unlocked. I was absolutely petrified, started hyperventilating, heart pounding, after a minute I was able to get up, baseball bat in hand, and stalk out to the loungeroom, seemed ok inside, peeked out the curtains and turned the light on, couldn't see anything, realised that this is a totally ###ked up way to feel in my own house, and went back to bed!

    I also got a bit teary while I was lying in my bed last night, thinking that this was what I was doing while some CRIMINAL was walking around two 8yo girls who were sleeping unattended, while I slept soundly in my bed having no idea what was going on. I need to stop thinking about the what if's when it comes to the girls.
    Oh you poor thing, yes stop thinking of the 'what-ifs', as most of the time it is just people looking for money or easily sellable things to get money. I used to have a boyfriend who got into a bit of trouble as a teen, and I just try to think of the people who broke in being like him- just had a hard life, making really bad choices, drugs, desperate, but not really wanting to hurt people.

    Are you friends with your neighbours? After our second break in I got my next-door neighbour's number so if I ever thought someone was breaking in I could call him.

    I still have all the kids in our room when my husband is away though, I think I will for a long time. We also got another sensor light, a big floodlight one, and will look into an alarm at some stage, nothing expensive or fancy, but just so I feel better, really.

    Thinking of you

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