JD & John,
Thanks for your comments. I understand why you suggest a monitored security system, but I’m simply not willing to pay the costs for something that I don’t think really works. For many years, before I retired, I had an ADT system that never did anything for me except generate a monthly bill to ADT and a couple of bills to the local police for false alarms. I never had a breakin, but I have friends who have (who also had monitored systems) and about half of those cases by the time a cruiser could get there the bad guys had got what they were after and were gone.
Now I live in a small town with a small police force. The neighborhood where I live is 99% vacation homes which, like mine, are vacant most of the winter. The police make a sweep thru when they can, but, like I say, it’s a small town.
I believe that you’re not going to stop the professionals. They know what they’re doing, how long they have and what they are looking for. When we reported our break-in last December, the police told us that we were part of a string of cases where the crooks took only electronics, and mostly TV sets. In and out, fast.
JD, I agree with you, the best bet is to scare them off before they come thru the door. And I’m in the process of setting that up. using ST. Those lights that are coming on at 4 in the morning are being triggered by a fox or something that’s going thru my yard and tripping my outdoor MultiSensors. I have to figure out how to get the sensitivity set so that a fox doesn’t trip the sensor but a person does.
And yes, I’m betting that this Fall, shortly after we head back for FL, we’ll get another visit. But this time, they may get my TVs but I’m going to get their pictures. The big hole that ST has right now is in video. But I have a Synology NAS and it came with licenses for two cameras. When we leave here, there will be a camera trained on the front door and the back. I have a second NAS in FL and any video captured here will be sync’ed to FL in realtime.