Privacy Fences - might be time to rethink them

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    Privacy Fences - might be time to rethink them

    In the past year bugulars have found our small neighborhood. We've had 5 breakins and 4 attempts on our street of 15 houses. Tuesday I get home about 4pm and the culdesac is full of police cars. The first house on the street and the one deepest in the culdesac were robbed and another was attemped but the owners came downstairs to see the bad guys tring to get a window up... they fled quickly.

    Two of the homes are side by side(makes sense) but the other is 8 houses away... this seemed pretty odd to me as its on the corner of a faily busy road. My wife figured it out... all of the breakins and attemps have at least 5' or higher fenses.

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    Re: Privacy Fences - might be time to rething them

    There's an old short story I read in school for an assignment that always stuck with me. It was about how a family was left alone and never bothered until they put a fence up.. all of a sudden the family who had nothing was thought to have something..
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    Interesting. I've always thought of a privacy fence as great concealment for a break-in.
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    Its less about fences and more about cover.

    Burglars are more likely to try your house if they have something to hide behind. It could be tall bushes, fences, unlit portions of the exterior, etc.

    Keep your hedges trimmed, your perimeter lit, and your fences only as high as they need to be.

    Motion sensor lights and a security sticker (even better if you actually have a system installed) are worth their weight in gold.
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    ^ And four legged fuzzy alarms.


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    I have a dog and a sticker I got from the second amendment foundation:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mn01r6 View Post
    I have a dog and a sticker I got from the second amendment foundation:

    So now they know you have guns, and they can watch you to learn your schedule, break in when you're not home and steal them.
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    Re: Privacy Fences - might be time to rethink them

    Quote Originally Posted by paaiyan View Post
    So now they know you have guns, and they can watch you to learn your schedule, break in when you're not home and steal them.
    Legitimate concern. As much as I like those type of signs, I wouldn't hang one up because I don't want to advertise that I have guns.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mn01r6 View Post
    I have a dog and a sticker I got from the second amendment foundation:

    Quote Originally Posted by paaiyan View Post
    So now they know you have guns, and they can watch you to learn your schedule, break in when you're not home and steal them.
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    Legitimate concern. As much as I like those type of signs, I wouldn't hang one up because I don't want to advertise that I have guns.
    What the last two said...

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    Quote Originally Posted by oakchas View Post
    What the last two said...

    I DO NOT ADVERTISE.
    My exact thoughts!
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    A very tall privacy fense, as a part of my layered defensive posture, in conjunction with other passive and active measures, is what I will keep.

    Where we are currently, tall privacy fences are a proven deterrent to the amatures. I've had several conversations with the LEO in my and the next towns juristictions, as well as the County Sheriff's Deputies I know. They are convinced that the limiting of access and view are what the local criminals are shying away from.

    Again, a professional will go where he want's to steal.
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    I agree I dont even throw targets away or empty ammo boxes at my house.
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    Re: Privacy Fences - might be time to rethink them

    Quote Originally Posted by camsdaddy View Post
    I agree I dont even throw targets away or empty ammo boxes at my house.
    I do but out here in the sticks we don't have garbage pickup service. We have to either burn it or take it to the dump ourselves. ;)
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    Allow me to tell you what happened to us--which turned out to be one of the reasons I am into MA.
    About 10 years back my wife and I were eating a meal at mid-day when she jumped up and said,
    "There's a boy in our back yard, my G-d the dogs are going to kill him."

    I assumed she literally meant a young boy and immediately ran to the back yard only to find a 14 ish white male back there.
    (I mention that because I don't want any confusion with the word boy, it isn't being used wrongly.)
    He took off running and I thought I would catch him because we have a 6 foot privacy fence with locked gates on both ends.
    I figured he'd have to scale them and I'd pull him off the fence.

    Well, it turns out he had broken one of the locked gates open to get in, and had a clear run for it. We don't know what he did to the dogs if anything before we saw him, but he must have scared them because they ran in the other direction. Never barked.

    I've no clue what he intended, but I think he planned to get into our garage and ambush us. He had to have known we were at
    home and had to have planned it and perhaps have been back there before.

    We got lucky I wasn't stabbed, and he got lucky that our larger dog didn't get him, I didn't get him, the police didn't get him.

    I check back there now with some regularity, but I sure wish I could find a good outdoor dual (infrared and ultrasound)
    motion detector for the place.

    So yes, privacy fences can be the BGs friend. It is a bit counter intuitive. We forget that healthy young people can usually
    scale a 6 foot obstacle in a few seconds.

    Its interesting, we had an electric fence and barbed wire at the base of the fence because our smaller dog would dig out.
    The kid found the one spot not so protected.
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