Good came out of a potentially "BAD" situation...
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September 15th, 2006 07:02 PM
Glad all went well. My wife, God knows I lover her more than anyhting, is happy to wear her blinders. She sees the world for what it is, yet still refuses to believe that anything would happen to her.
We have even discussed the what if's. She would be beaten and raped before she would even think about the gun. It burns me alive, but I have gone on about it till I was blue in the face to no avail. I truely hope nothing ever happens without me being around.
September 15th, 2006 07:19 PM
The main "boo boo" here was opening the door without knowing who was there...finding that out is a major step toward safety, hence a peephole.
If darker outside than inside and someone goes to use a peephole - it can be seen from outside when there is movement. In the hopefully unlikely event that outside is an armed BG with a very itchy trigger finger - you are, while using the peephole, a perfect target - whose only protection is the integrity of the door in use.
Probably seems a bit paranoid - but in some areas it would concern me. If at all high risk then a small vid camera trained on the outside door area, with a motion triggered light, could allow for remote assessment on a monitor and so preclude being a target.
Unless it's Baghdad, I'm doubtful that further "entry surveillance" is needed...heh. But then, if you've got deep pockets, go for it. In any event, I suggest the peephole as a minimum, and safe, option.
The main reason for my post is to offer another, even simpler and cheaper measure. When the knock at the door sounds, simply stand aside from, or distant from, the front door and give out a loud, "Who's there?" If no answer, don't open up. Simple and cheaper than any peephole or video setup.
TireFryer, it's good to see that you're on the road to improving home security. If you do have windows within reach of the inside lock on any exterior door, consider a double tumbler lock, one that's keyed on both sides. This allows you to remove the key so someone can't simply break a foyer window and reach in to unlock that door. I suggest consideration of this with the risk clearly in mind of what to do if there were a fire or other emergency where you would need to exit fast, for you could be locked in your house. I do like this type of lock when I'm away, since it not only keeps the BGs out, but hinders a burglar's exit with the goodies.
Last edited by JimmyC4; September 15th, 2006 at 07:30 PM.
September 15th, 2006 07:47 PM
Originally Posted by WVCCW
just for those interested:
Hoplophobia, (pronounced HOP-li-fobia), from the Greek hoplo, or weapon, is a phobia identified by firearms instructor Colonel Jeff Cooper in 1962. His intent was to satirically use a clinical term to bring public recognition of the irrational fear of firearms and other forms of weaponry such as knives or explosives. He stated that "the most common manifestation of hoplophobia is the idea that instruments possess a will of their own, apart from that of their user". Hoplophobia is deemed to be a cultural side effect of those who engage in the primordial human belief systems that anthropologists refer to as "animism", or the belief that inanimate objects can hold spirits that can effect human actions.
The word Hoplophobia does not appear in the Oxford English, Websters or American Hertitage dictionaries.
Sigmund Freud, the father of modern psychoanalysis, stated the following: "A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity."
While hoplophobia isn't (yet) a word featured in any standard dictionary, since it was coined by Jeff Cooper in 1962 it has become fairly common amongst the shooting and gun rights community, to the extent that it is sometimes now used by other groups and writers.
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September 16th, 2006 12:15 AM
If you have 110VAC available, check WalMart. Last time I was in there, they had a small BW camera with IR illuminator for about $25; plug it into the RCA inputs on most current TVs, and you have an instant front door channel. For about $80, they offer a similar camera with a dedicated monitor, though a small TV can probably be had at the pawn shop for less than the $55 price difference.
Originally Posted by ELCruisr
They also carry a couple of different wireless versions, one with a motion sensor that triggers a VCR to record only when something is moving. All of the ones I looked at had at least some low/no light capability, though a motion sensor controlled floodlight should let any camera work, and makes for a nice early warning system as well.
September 16th, 2006 01:15 AM
Kudos to you & to your wife for learning from the situation, rather than just being frightened and then shrugging it off. May you follow up on your conversation, and may it all be good!
I'd suggest you & she find a class you can take together ASAP. Point out to her that she needs to know the same basic stuff you know, so that you can work together as a team to protect your family.
September 16th, 2006 01:38 AM
my father when i was a teen got tired of getting his raidio stolen outa his truck he wired one of the motion lights to a small lamp in his bed room let him know if any one was in the drive might work on your porch to who knows how long that guy was out there watching ect...
September 16th, 2006 09:27 AM
Yesterday, for the first time in a decade, I left the house (with company that has been visiting) without closing and locking the door at the back porch. Goof is right. Came back, saw the door slide open and immediately went to condition Orange for a minute, while I scanned the house. Hey, it happens. Glad you both realized the potential ramifications. Me, too, in this case.
September 16th, 2006 09:42 AM
I know I've stated this before but one thing I taught my wife to do besides checking who is at the door is to always announce loudly, I'll get it Hon, this way someone will always think there is more than one person in the house.
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