Securing my domicile

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    Securing my domicile

    I couldn't figure out which catagory this fits under more than this.

    For the second time in six months my upstairs neighbor decided to come into my appartment. I've tried to get my landlord to replace the door and door frame , but had no, luck so I settled for a padlock latch, which works for when I'm not home .

    After the second break-in I've put an interior latch.
    I've reported the break-in to the landlord and the PD. But since I'm cheap and have way to many bills, I can't really afford to leave.

    I'm looking for more suggestions on what to do to secure my place.

    I'm thinking about an exterior security camera, and a cheap motion sensor I can put on my doors but I needs a suggestion on which sensors are good and cheap.
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    With an X10 wireless videocam hooked to a cheap VCR/DVD-R in the attic, you can get it all on film. Of course, if the burglar is masked you get nothing; if the VCR is stolen, you get nothing. And even if you film it, you're still violated. No way around that except to have a hardened perimeter, but that is expensive.
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    How about a dog???
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    Six for sure...Uh, I mean Five. Five for sure..

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    Quote Originally Posted by chiefs-special-guy View Post
    How about a dog???
    God Bless
    Landlord says no.
    "[T]he people are not to be disarmed of their weapons.
    They are left in full possession of them."

    Zacharia Johnson (speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention,25 June 1778)"The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed." ~Alexander Hamilton

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    apartments arent normally canine friendly, on more than one level.

    i know this isnt a politically/socially acceptable answer, but...

    you need to catch this guy in your apartment, and send a very, very appropriate message, involving a baseball bat, golf club, or other equivalent blunt instrument.

    you can secure that door all you want, if someone wants in, theyll get in.

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    Might check into your local landlord / tenant relations office.

    I don't think they have a choice but repair the door and frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by briansmech View Post
    apartments arent normally canine friendly, on more than one level.

    i know this isnt a politically/socially acceptable answer, but...

    you need to catch this guy in your apartment, and send a very, very appropriate message, involving a baseball bat, golf club, or other equivalent blunt instrument.

    you can secure that door all you want, if someone wants in, theyll get in.
    Or several blunt instruments in the 9mm to .45 variety (repeat as necessary)--because you are in fear for your life, right?

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    North Dakota Apartment Assn: Landlord/Tenant Rights.

    Tenants' rights in North Dakota.

    North Dakota law: Leasing of Real Property.
    Your best weapon is your brain. Don't leave home without it.
    Thoughts: Justifiable self defense (A.O.J.).
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    Years ago I had a friend that let his pet 9 foot long red-tailed boa constrictor run all over his apartment, and the landlord never knew about it. The snake was quite impressive, and strong as an ox. They are more aggressive than your garden variety ball boa. He only had to feed it twice a month too, usually guinea pigs or rabbits. He lived in a bad part of town (east L.A.), but never had any problems.
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    before I give my answer, I got questions...

    How do you know it was you upstairs neighbor?
    Are you positive it was him/her?
    What do you have that is attracting them?
    Why was there no arrests made if it is known that it was the neighbor?
    "Just blame Sixto"

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    You can try this.

    Make about a 6 inch deep hole behind your door thats in the floor about 4 inches behind your door. This alows you stick some type of vertical metal rod through the floor, about 4 inches in diameter straight down acting as a reinforced door stop.

    If your a little crafty. And you have a loud stero or boom box. Record on a tape the racking of a 12 gauge shotgun, and if your door opens rig it to hit play and bingo. It may be some what of a deterant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chiefs-special-guy View Post
    How about a dog???
    God Bless
    He means a big dog with a nasty temper. How come the police don't do something?

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    You could install a home security system. I installed one myself, it was easy. I have a monitoring company that will either call the cops or you, your choice. Mine call me first then the cops... only $8.00 @ month.
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    SIXTO Was Reading My Mind...

    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    before I give my answer, I got questions...

    How do you know it was you upstairs neighbor?
    Are you positive it was him/her?
    What do you have that is attracting them?
    Why was there no arrests made if it is known that it was the neighbor?
    All of the above, plus...
    How do you know... the neighbor...what was taken or moved?
    Why would he want to come into your place?

    How did he get in? A key? Broken molding? A Window?
    Special note...wipe your doorknob clean and use a glove or cloth to close it...then his prints may be the only thing on the doorknob if police are interested in 'dusting' it...

    If he just walks in while you're there...pull your gun, and point it at him, and yell, "Stop...get on the ground...DO IT NOW!...call 911 immediately..."Please help, a man just tried to break into my apartment, and I think he 'might' live in the neighborhood or possibly...upstairs somewhere (multi-units?).

    You will not get into trouble pulling your gun on an intruder in your own home...but call the police immediately...immediately!
    He may also call the police to say that you pulled a gun on him...while he tried to get into your apartment...(if he's stupid that is...sounds like he is!)

    I would be very concerned about an individual bold enough to walk into your place (you being home or not).

    I trust that this guy is not like 'Kramer' in Seinfeld...and there should be no reason he feels comfortable just walking in...

    Sounds like a real weirdo...be careful!

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    Circuit City sells a real inexpensive infra-red motion sensing alarm with a tiny remote shutoff.
    It's about 25.00 (I think) It operates on batteries. You can position it to cover your door when you're asleep.

    Since you're covered with the padlock when you're not home then you just need to be alerted when you're sleeping.

    If you're home and some unknown stranger enters your residence/living quarters without your permission - I'd club him over the head with a ball bat first and ask questions later.

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