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We have an alarm but only set it when we leave. We don't use the "stay" mode at night but probably should. It does chime whenever an exterior door is opened or closed. Each evening my wife and I take turns (it seems it's mostly my turn) going around the house and closing the blinds/drapes and checking the doors to make sure they are locked.
We don't have anything against dogs, it's just the fact we don't have one right now. However you'd be surprised how quickly our cats alert to someone knocking at the door, or someone opening the door, or even a strange noise. They are compelled to go check it out, and they freak out if it's someone they don't know coming in. I think they make pretty good alarm cats. They can really hear good.
We also have 4 exterior security cameras, so that I can do a search and maybe get a clue to the source of an unknown night noise after the fact. Of course my camera monitor is right next to the computer, so sometimes I see someone coming to the house before they ever get here. There are outside motion lights also.
My wife is a light sleeper for innocent noises, I'm a light sleeper for suspicious noises.
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3 Akitas, 2 attack cats, alarm, motion sensor lighting outside, and really good neighbors
Big dog,little dog, motion sensors!
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A fine and curious pair of Cairn Terriers, who actively compete to see who can beat who to the door, the window, or anything that rouses their curiosity.
Amazing how two yapping, snarling, rolling, knock-the-other-one-down, short-coupled, close-to-the-ground dogs can resemble a stampeding herd! (Plus they are cheap entertainment!)
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I have 2 dogs, but I also have a nearly impenetrable alarm system that is constantly on patrol outside. This system warns me of predators of the 2 & 4 legged variety. It also has many backups & unless the BG can take out multiple moving targets at the same time QUIETLY, they aren't getting near the house.
Here is a picture of a few of them...the exact number is classified!
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alarm and I leave a lot of stuff laying around to trip over........
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dog-boxer....motion sensors lights...and alot of kids toys...I know my house and can't walk through in the dark without tripping over them.
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For my dog to wake up they would either have to have food on them or trip over her,I don't sleep very deep due to a medical condition and am up and down evry couple hours,if a cricket farts i can hear it,I also have night lights that make it easy to see rest of house but my bedroom is dark
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Outside dog and inside dog.
For those of you with a dog, you may be interested in what happen to us a few years ago where we use to live.
It seems some BG’s went around our small neighborhood, and pitched out hamburger with poison in it to yards of everyone who had a larger outside dog.
The county Sheriff was a friend of mine, so when the vet diagnosed poisoning, I called it in, and sure enough the Sheriff came over on his way home.
He asked me if I had any idea who would do that, and when I told him other dogs in the neighborhood where dropping, he said “watch out, the BG’s are coming.
And sure enough about two weeks later all the stuff worth while was stolen out of my garage while my wife was at home. And a house, about a block away was broke into, and they took everything of value.
So, moral of the story is; if out of no ware, you dog ups and dies, get ready.
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About a few weeks had passed and my wife noticed an older pickup truck driving down our one way private road with two shady looking guys.
I picked up my Glock 19 and cell and since I knew they would have to turn around and come back by, I waited for them in the middle of the road.
Since they where at this point only guilty of simple trespassing, I had no reason to shoot, I waved for them to stop, they did not. I called in their tag number, as I was forced to step out of they way for them to passed.
The Sheriffs department searched all the construction sites, in the area and found the older pickup truck matching description and tag number. They brought the two guns in for questioning, and one of the BG’s gave up the self storage where all the stolen stuff was.
Since this was not their first run in with the LAW they are still in jail today.
I lock all doors and windows. Close all blinds. You'd be surprised how many people neglect this step.
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