So tonight was the 3 rd time I have found my privacy fence open in the last few weeks.
We have a heavy latch and the gate sags slightly. This means you have to hold the latch open and shoulder it open. I seriously doubt this is the wind. It requires the latch to be pinched open whole pushing. Probably why it's left open. It makes a horrible thud to close it.
I know I latched it earlier last week only to find it open in the morning. Tonight my wife latched it and I just found it open again after realizing we forgot to put the trash out. Previously when I found it open, I was unsure if I really latched it well however since the first time finding it open I have made a point to slam it and check the latch.
I am an IT guy. I can certainly go to radio shack and make a decent alarm to tell me when the gate opened. I am also considering cameras. We already have a security system with wireless sensors. I am thinking about putting one on the gate in a pelican case.
How else might I secure the perimeter?
I don't want to put a lock on the gate as we use it constantly. It's a 6' fence do you could only lock it from one side. Also it's the path of least resistance. I would like to know when it opens vs someone hopping the fence. It's a good early warning.
Any thoughts? My wife is a stay at home mom so this has her very uneasy. Also I travel internationally for work sometimes for weeks.
It's very nerve racking knowing someone might be prowling around your house... Especially when your 5000 miles away.
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