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Jun 11, 2012, 09:47 AM
SecurityGuru
DIY Home Security
As I have been going through the DIY Network message boards, I noticed that there was not much information on home security. Here are a few quick and easy DIY home security tips that can help prevent a burglary in your home:

1. Install a peep hole in your door. Always be sure to check who is there before you open your door for anyone.

2. Lock your doors and windows even when you are home.

3. Keep all electronics and valuables away from the window.

4. If you are going away for a few days, have a trusted friend or family member take in your mail, newspapers, and other assorted signs that you are not home.

5. Keep your home well lit inside and out.

Here are some additional DIY home security tips.

- Dan (SecurityGuru)

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Jun 11, 2012, 10:34 AM
Conrad
Most home break ins, are actually opportunity walk ins. Unlocked doors to the home or garage. Get in the habit of locking your doors after entering, just as you would buckle your seat belt when driving.

And for as little as 25 dollars, you can purchase an
official ADT yard sign and 5 ADT security alarm stickers off EBAY. It may send a would be thief down the block instead of your home. There is no easy way for them to know if you have the alarmed security system or not.
Jun 11, 2012, 06:23 PM
swschrad
big deep-throated dog.

angry-sounding big deep-throated dog.

angry-sounding big deep-throated dog that likes kids.

there are three good options.


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Jun 12, 2012, 08:18 AM
Jaybee
I'm planning on getting a bunch of spammers and putting them in a ring around my property. Then, if anyone approaches my house, they are assaulted with a barrage of misdirecting links - they will be so busy and lost that they will never even find my stuff. Smile


Jaybee
Jun 13, 2012, 03:30 PM
SecurityGuru
Not trying to be spammy if it seems like it. Just trying to offer some basic home security tips that people tend to ignore. If one home invasion is prevent because I posted these tips, I am happy.

@conrad: signs can work but remember if they're stupid enough to try in the first place, they may be stupid enough even with 50 security signs. Good call on always locking your doors. Home security is useless if they can walk right in.

-Dan


Learn more great DIY home security tips from Dan.
Jun 13, 2012, 05:57 PM
Jaybee
Dan, Dan, Dan...it's all Spam, spam, spam.

Had you truly put together a list of security tips then yes, you would be just posting to be helpful. A little self-serving perhaps, but no harm, no foul.

But no, you embed links to to a sales pitch from Brinks (even in your follow-up post about not spamming). That's spam, no other word for it.


Jaybee
Jun 13, 2012, 08:10 PM
GardenSprite
Jaybee, what a great idea! I think I'll try it by inviting telemarketers to come, then advise them to form a circle as you have suggested. Or maybe I'll do it with those pesky people who come around preaching and leaving their literature on my door despite my notice that solicitors are unwelcome.

Spam or sales pitch, whatever, but it's not meant to help us, especially since some of the "tips" are so standard that they're commonly known.
Jun 14, 2012, 02:35 AM
Jaybee
I'm just obviously getting over the spamming increase we have seen here in the last 6 months or so - even though I know it's just a part of internet message boards.

These are not bot responses, but rather barely-on-topic posts that make a quick sort-of reply to the thread and then insert their link: Home security, chandeliers, and now even mattresses are being peddled. All it is are places to post links - each hit = a fraction of a cent income for the spammer. Unfortunately, just my act of clicking on the link on the spam in this thread gave our spammers what they wanted - it doesn't matter if you purchase anything in the link, as long as you click on it the counter is tripped and they get paid. The best response is no response. It is sad and pathetic that a method of making a living consists of spending long hours huddled over a keyboard just to make a "human" response so you can insert a link that earns you 1/200th of a cent if someone clicks on it - but with the Internets ability to put the spam link in front of millions, it can actually turn into measurable money.

A very low post count with the above described short, non-native English speaking sounding response with an embedded blue-highlighted link = spam.

Low post count with a full return address including street address and zip = spam.

We can reply to these spam posts as much as we want, just avoid clicking on the blue-highlighted link.


Jaybee
Jun 14, 2012, 12:22 PM
nona
now that's excellent advise from Jaybee, but why doesn't diynet delete these messages when they are reported. I reported this guys message several weeks ago but nothing has been done, so what I've been doing is exactly what Jaybee advises
Jun 14, 2012, 04:00 PM
swschrad
boards manglement apparently has issues getting rid of anything that isn't flat out spammery on its face. put in one useful tip (don't advertise your vacation absence and address on Craigslist!) and they don't jump you for poaching on their expensive infrastructure sneaking your own ads in without paying a nickel.

for make no mistake, these boards draw attention to Scripps and their friendly advertisers. otherwise, we'd have to pay per post.

perhaps Electronic didn't get that memo.... .

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Oct 16, 2012, 08:14 AM
Jaybee
And everyone give a big 'welcome back" to the subject of this thread - just posting under a different name.


Jaybee
Oct 16, 2012, 10:29 AM
GardenSprite
What amazes me is that these spammers don't give up. Do they really think we are that stupid?

It especially irks me that they can't even write in the accepted language.

Many other forums on which I've posted are monitored by an administrator who deletes offensive posts, whether they's spam or not.

And for persistent pests, such as trolls who pretend to need advice but reject it out of hand, their IPs are blocked and the only way they can again post is to do so from another computer.

So the thing to do is just block the IP addresses of these spammers and nuisance posters. I understand that monitoring a forum is time consuming, but one quick read of a garbled alleged message and a blocked IP will stop that pest.
Oct 16, 2012, 10:57 AM
Conrad
My thought is why not keep newly joined posters from posting all links (usually to their businesses), for a set length of time as well as a set number of posts? Kind of a probation period, if you will?
Oct 16, 2012, 04:30 PM
swschrad
it would be fitting if A Major Board someplace had a little cast-off PC loaded with bogus names, addresses, and phone numbers to back-spam the spammers. find one, turn the "sick puppy" loose on them from some other line, and drown them in junk.

seems that's all they know out there, the folks who spent $39.95 for "101 Sure Ways to Boost Your Business With A Computer."


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Oct 18, 2012, 04:07 PM
JB Builder
Best security lesson I have learned is in the garage.
This is a one handed operation.
One arm bandit isn't only at the casino.
Do you know how easy it is to wedge a garage door in top center from outside and then stick a wire loop taped to top of a 4 foot stick through this entrance and fetch the emergency puller latch ? The garage door basically opens by itself and then you just lift with 1 hand. Someone needs to invent a security device so this doesn't happen. Happy millions ! Ty.
Oct 18, 2012, 04:21 PM
swschrad
they have. it's called "hunk 'o' rebar." bend one and stick it in one of the cutouts in the roller track above a roller.


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Oct 19, 2012, 05:14 PM
JB Builder
Ah true. After i google'd it i have discovered there is actually some really nice garage door security devices.
Oct 31, 2012, 08:20 PM
Ordered
quote:
Originally posted by Conrad:

And for as little as 25 dollars, you can purchase an
official ADT yard sign and 5 ADT security alarm stickers off EBAY. It may send a would be thief down the block instead of your home. There is no easy way for them to know if you have the alarmed security system or not.


You know, that's a pretty sneaky idea. Good, but sneaky.

The key is to always make it appear that someone is home even when you're not.
Nov 30, 2012, 02:33 PM
jsballardx
We just got settled into a house but I don't know if there's much value in a home security system. Why not get a big dog or something like that? I certainly don't want to install it myself but the missus thinks we can do it.
Dec 08, 2012, 01:48 PM
swschrad
it's pretty easy to install the bits and pieces. if you go wireless, then there's no wiring, but the control station needs to be programmed.


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