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    Default Back gate forced open

    We've all come home today to find our back balcony gate (we live in a unit block) forced open. No other signs of anything; the windows/doors appear untouched.
    How much freaking out would you be?

    To put my ?overreaction into perspective, we have been broken into once before, and attempted broken into about a week after that. Both times we were home.

    What would you do? Any hypervigilance you can think of that I could apply?

    Or maybe you can all just tell me that everything is going to be fine?

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    There are way to many scumbags out there. Im sure you will be all fine but understand your concern given it's the 3rd time. Could you get one of those cheap security systems that records when triggered? Think you can get them from eBay.

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    When you say forced open, was the gate damaged?

    That's good there's no other damage anywhere else.

    I'd definitely be very cautious if have been broken into before.

    I'd be putting a lock on the gate if there wasn't one before & would get some sensor lights to put around for night time too.

    Being broken into before is an awful thing to happen & I hope everything is ok for you OP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky27 View Post
    When you say forced open, was the gate damaged?

    That's good there's no other damage anywhere else.

    I'd definitely be very cautious if have been broken into before.

    I'd be putting a lock on the gate if there wasn't one before & would get some sensor lights to put around for night time too.
    It has one of these type things. It had a padlock on it, but one of the screws securing the latch has been snapped (it was all a little rusty), so with a hard push, I managed to open the gate just now to test it, with the padlock still intact. If that makes sense.

    There are no lights on that balcony.
    When I moved in, I got a friend to put some battery operated sensor lights up, but they sucked, and I don't think they were waterproof because they no longer work. Same with a faux security camera.

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    Arrrgh must stop freaking out at every little noise!

    It's going to be a long night. :/

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    Oh gosh - my freak out level would be extremely high!

    Are you on good terms with your neighbours? Could they keep an eye out for you?

    Hope you manage to get some rest tonight OP.

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    Eeep how scary.
    Id be organising some proper wired in sensor lights and get onto replacing the gate lock with something secure if possible.

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    I would move.

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    Don't know... I've never had any attempted break ins so not sure howbi'd react.
    My first thought would be to add a real security camera. We have one out the front of our place that we can watch via the web, and it records some length of footage, a bit like a dash cam.
    My second thought would be, are breaking common in the area, or could there be a reason why your place looks like a particularly good target?

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    Can you get a dog? Honestly it's the main reason I never really worry about burglars as we have 2 dogs. They make so much noise.


 

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