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My neighbor is one of the last of the old time Western artists, and lives just down the road from me. Some people are intent on taking his stuff, and selling it for money, or drugs, or whatever. Bill's has now been robbed three times, and lost some of his art work, and tools.

Since I live just down the road, it may be a matter of time before, my garage and shop tools go missing.

Has anyone come up with a way to stop this invasion of home and shop?

Most of my neighbors are good citizens, but in this part of California, unemployment is better than 17%, and air conditioners, and copper wire are disappearing from churches and city parks.

Would a really big dog help? Any Ideas?
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Welcome,a fenced yard and dogs can help,also a good quality alarm system will help

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Yes get yourself an Akita and a gun,post signs on the doors and fence and an NRA sticker on the front door as well as security light that come on with any motion and take a few handgun lessons and get a 12-20 ga. pump shotgun and no one will want to mess with you or your tools
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I'd say get the alarm and pump in as quick a sequence as you can. The main challenge with the "gun thing" is you live California and not in Texas Deadly force in Texas is the law, sort of. I would think the law in California is just the opposite. Maybe get an alarm rhat locks the doors so as to restrain the person.

OK on the more serious side the alarm would be the place I would start with, that and good solid locks.

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Mark, the best thing you can do as far as security is to have good exterior lighting. Crooks do not want to be seen. It doesn't have to be expensive, I use 13 watt fluorescent porch lights in my front and back yards. These lights have sensors so they come on automaticly at dusk and are a better choice than motion sensors. Properly installed deadbolts work very well. Solid doors so there is no window to break helps. If you keep tools in your garage and it has windows then position large heavy items in front of them to make entry difficult. Drill holes in your roll up door tracks just above the wheels and put something in them to prevent the door from being jacked up. A visible box with an alarm bell will deter amature thiefs. Planting bushes with thorns on them under rear windows helps too. A dark house is more likely to be broken into than one with lights on. A small dog that makes noise is better than a big dog that doesn't. Thieves do not want to be caught. Any place that is well lit, has a dog and visible security items is far less inviting. As far as signs go, you are better off not posting anything that advertises that you have guns since they are a prime target for theft. No beware of dog or "Never mind the dog, beware of owner" stuff as that leads to lawsuits and shows intent to injure. Consider that when you buy something like a new tool or TV and set the box out for the trash you are advertising to thieves. Always cut up these boxes and hide them inside your trash. Guns are for home defense, not for stopping burglars. If you own one you had better know the phrase: "I was in fear for my life" and understand that an unarmed burglar is not considered a threat.

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Amother proactive pair are homeowners insurance and photographs.

My first would be to get replacement value homeowners insurance, taking a guess on value of your tools, if you do not have it.

My second is to take digital pictures of your tools. This doesn't necessarily mean each tool individually but if you have a good enough picture to count 47 open-end box wrenches and 147 router bits, you can document each one for reimbursement.

My third would be to re-estimate my tool value and up my coverage appropriately. :-)

Here in Alaska at least, my fourth was to take my "rat guns" out for some target practive, get some fresh ammo and put it in the weapon after cleaning.

My fifth was to identify some like-minded neighbors and establish our own version of "Neighborhood Watch".

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Hi

I will 2nd .Jim's post
Forget the dog and the gun if you nail one you are going to be behind the 8 ball not them, call 911 and let them take care of it if you can,use your cell phone not the land line they are smart now days, in and out in 5 mins or less..
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One more tip take your garage door control into the house with you at night...the pass key to your tools/house should not be in the open in your car or truck..
You may say but it's locked up, that's a joke not days.
It's not the old west anymore..


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Amother proactive pair are homeowners insurance and photographs.

My first would be to get replacement value homeowners insurance, taking a guess on value of your tools, if you do not have it.

My second is to take digital pictures of your tools. This doesn't necessarily mean each tool individually but if you have a good enough picture to count 47 open-end box wrenches and 147 router bits, you can document each one for reimbursement.

My third would be to re-estimate my tool value and up my coverage appropriately. :-)

Here in Alaska at least, my fourth was to take my "rat guns" out for some target practive, get some fresh ammo and put it in the weapon after cleaning.

My fifth was to identify some like-minded neighbors and establish our own version of "Neighborhood Watch".

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That poor dog sure gets around.

The first time I saw the photos, he was in India??????

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