Uninhabited home protection.
This is a bit away from home defense of persons but still in the home protection catagory.
We are in the process of purchasing a new home, unfortunately it is a foreclosure. There are a lot of issues with this home but overall it will be a sound investment and a good place for our 9 year old with lots of room, 3 acres and for me a 1200 sq ft shop.
The house has previously been damaged, broken windows (boarded up now), some wiring cut, messed up doors, nothing that I can't do myself.
However, today I went out with a client that does flooring to let him look at the place and take measurements to get an estimate on what he will charge. First thing I notice when I walk in the house is there is a new hole in the the entry way wall. It didn't take me very long at all to determine that the house had been broken into and vandalized. Broken light fixtures, holes poked in walls and doors, broken mirrors. The back door was kicked in. Needless to say I was pissed. Most likely this is the result of kids with nothing better to do.
After some time and some discussion with the realtor, here is what I am planning to do.
If they are willing to fix the new damages and agree to keep the power on at the house, I am planning on having the security system company that I use for my office and current house change out the system that is there, (not being used currently), to their system and putting a cell phone backup in since there isn't phone service there now and won't be until after we close. I plan on having a security system anyway, just the timing issue of doing it now or after we close. I will have them put sirens inside and outside the house. I plan on installing some motion sensor lights around the house, and for now, putting up some phony security cameras. Once we move I will move my current real DVR system to the new home.
So what I am looking for is any other ideas of what I can do (legally, booby traps aren't legal in Texas) to protect the property from further damages while we wait another month for closing. What I do now will also be left in place after we spend a month working on it and then move in. Being that the house is vacant and it is probably 200-300 yds across and down the street to the nearest neighbors house, all I can really hope for is to create enough havoc that they won't stay around long enough to do any serious damage or take time to look for tools ect when I start to do all the work.
Any ideas or suggestions that I haven't listed. I am open for anything reasonable.
Oh, and no I didn't touch anything, the sheriff had already been out there, but my realtor hadn't called me yet.