People trying to break into my house.

So apparently there have been two attempts to break into my house in Ohio in the last week.  I’m still not there (I’m in Kansas with Michaelyn), but Cambridge was.  The would-be intruders never got inside on either attempt and Cambridge is ok, but we’re thinking that maybe it’s time to find a new place to live.

Cambridge is asking the landlord nicely to move us to another property.  We’ll see how that goes.

People can be shitty.  I wonder if the people trying to break into our house believe they are forgiven by Jesus…

I’ve got tracking programs on all my gizmos just in case people get away with my stuff.  Any other advice you guys have would be appreciated.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

    Update inventories of property for insurance purposes.

  • John

    Well, I have a security system, videos cameras, dogs and firearms. I am daring anyone to even try to break in to my house.

  • Improbable Joe

    Tracking devices would possibly work too. There’s at least one company that does RFID chips for your gizmos. SNAGG is what it is called.

  • TGAP Dad

    Two words: neighborhood watch. Nothing can compare to a trustworthy neighbor keeping an eye out for malfeasance. No alarm, tracking software, dog, or deadbolt even comes close.

  • Amber cf

    Guns and Dogs.

    When you are away? Motion sensor lights Nd more dogs. Lots of motion sensor lights.

  • Rory

    This is probably too obvious to mention, but if you call the cops and tell them you’ve had two attempted break ins, they will probably increase patrols in your neighborhood at least in the short term.

  • unbound

    A big dog (doesn’t have to be vicious) is a great deterrent (but obviously has maintenance considerations). I have a 95 pound black lab that has never bitten anyone, but scares the heck out of neighbors that don’t know the dog. Nothing like nearly 100 pound of animal yapping away and bouncing off the door (if you get through the door, she’ll just drop a ball at your feet to play fetch, but noone is willing to try to find that out).

    Guns are always a mixed bag /vary widely (guns become a valuable thing to steal, confronting with a gun has led to gun battles where everyone gets hurt / killed, and some are successful in turning intruders away). Up to you if you want to deal with that variability.

    Motion sensors with lights / alarms are good, but, as mentioned earlier, are mutually exclusive inside the house with any decent sized pets.

    Neighborhood watch is a good option if you get along with the neighbors.

  • Drew

    There are motion-activated secutiry cameras available on newegg that have built-in wifi, you can set them to be active at only certain times and to alert you when they’re tripped via text, phone call, or email. They also have IR on them for night-vision capabilities. (here’s one example with email alert)

    I haven’t used any of them personally but they have decent reviews. They’re usually in the neighborhood of $50-$150 each but if you track the shell shocker deal they pop up from time to time for a fairly significant one day price drop.

  • Highlander

    Get encryption software for your computers if you don’t already. TrueCrypt is great and completely free. Encrypt your HDDs so no one can get in and steal information even if they do steal the computer itself. A webcam that records video to the cloud is also a great option. Have one or more in the house and especially have one pointed at your driveway (if you have one) in such a way as to catch license plate numbers. Thieves don’t usually think to cover those up and it may be a great way to catch them.

  • DaveL

    I wouldn’t recommend keeping firearms at home, given your issues with mental illness. I own several German Shepherds from working lines (my wife’s hobby), and let me tell you: dogs with the temperament to stand and fight a determined opponent can be challenging to live with. Not at all vicious – but high-energy and stubborn as a mule. If you’re an experienced “dog person”, though, I would highly recommend it; security is just a fringe benefit.

    Motion-sensor lights are a good recommendation.

  • Anonymous

    This is one of the most funny and bizarre posts I’ve read in a year or two of reading atheist blogs (and the atheist worldview produces some pretty humourous and weird stuff).

    “People can be shitty. I wonder if the people trying to break into our house believe they are forgiven by Jesus…”??

    That made me snort with laughter then go, “What the …?” Your house gets broken into, and you wonder if the would-be intruders were repentant Christians?

    Oh, this post is a keeper!

  • Emmet

    This is one of the most funny and bizarre posts I’ve read in a year or two of reading atheist blogs (and the atheist worldview produces some pretty humourous and weird stuff).

    “People can be shitty. I wonder if the people trying to break into our house believe they are forgiven by Jesus…”??

    That made me snort with laughter then go, “What the …?” Your house gets broken into, and you wonder if the would-be intruders were repentant Christians?

    Oh, this post is a keeper!

  • ButchKitties

    If any of your doors have windows, make sure you have a deadbolt on that door that requires a key from BOTH sides. Otherwise someone can simply break out a pane and then reach inside to unlock the door.

  • TT

    I have been told that if you want to “inscribe” something into your stuff, that your driver’s license number is one of the best things to use. However in my state that number never changes, so YMMV.

    Troy

  • John Horstman

    This seems like a perfectly good excuse to set up a bunch of complex Rube Goldberg traps a la Home Alone. Have you any pets? That probably a bad idea with pets around, much like the motion-activated guns. More seriously, a big sign on the door that says “Smile for the camera!” might be a deterrent, as might a “Beware of Skunk” sign. Really, you just want to make your house a less-attractive target than the one next door.


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