Cheap home alarms

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    I was in Harbor Freight and they are having a sale on door and window alarms,the kind that has a transmitter with a small magnet and once the contact is broken sets off a high pitched alarm.They come with batteries and are only $1.00 each,I tried them out and if somebody opens a window or door they will let you know and give you enough time to take cover and confront the threat
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    The sooner you know sombody is entering your home the better. A little gadget like this could mean the difference between life or death. After a couple of houses were broken into in my neighborhood I had an alarm system installed on the house. I do sleep better just knowing I will be alerted before somebody is standing over my bed.
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    Harbor Freight is known for cheap stuff. You get what you pay for and this one dollar gizmo is no different.

    If I where going to put in a system I would bite the bullet and do it right.
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    Heh...I prefer the alarm that bites.
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    I've got a couple of these and they work just fine at a very low cost. Not everyone can afford an alarm system and the monthly fee that goes with it. I also have two chocolate labs that work even better at alerting me. You can also get a little door wedge from I think Cheaper Than Dirt. If someone tries to open your bedroom door it wedges it so it won't open and also activates a similar high pitched alarm. Simple things like these are really very good.
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    I once bought my kiddo something like this for his apartment. It was supposed to stay in place with the "self" adhering glue.

    When it fell of during the second night it scared the blankity etc. out of him.

    I think this sort of gadget can be useful, but be sure it is properly secured to the door and frame---otherwise, you can get the worst imaginable scare short of the real deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopyard View Post
    I think this sort of gadget can be useful, but be sure it is properly secured to the door and frame---otherwise, you can get the worst imaginable scare short of the real deal.
    ...eh chalk it up to "real life training" and change your underwear (probably have to throw those ones out).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopyard View Post
    I once bought my kiddo something like this for his apartment. It was supposed to stay in place with the "self" adhering glue.

    When it fell of during the second night it scared the blankity etc. out of him.

    I think this sort of gadget can be useful, but be sure it is properly secured to the door and frame---otherwise, you can get the worst imaginable scare short of the real deal.
    That was my main concern, that they were not securely fastened to the window. I suppose, I could rig something up where they are screwed in somehow. I am still looking for the unit that does that...at a reasonable price. Let me know if you find one.

    (I suppose, too, it would help if I didn't forget to close and lock the window before I go to bed, eh? )
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    What I have been thinking about is just using the old fashioned method of a broom handle stick wedged vertically between the lower window sash and the upper window sill plate. This will absolutely prevent anyone opening the window without breaking it first. Breaking glass is loud enough to wake you up.

    For doors, use something similar to the above method using something that makes a loud alarm noise when the circuit is interrupted. Doors are usually a burglers favorite entry method and sticks dont work very well to keep a door from being forced open or locks picked for entry.

    Also, try looking at Laser Shield alarm system. Supposedly is under $250 for a setup that can protect an entire apartment. I have not looked myself so take this with a grain of salt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by havegunjoe View Post
    I've got a couple of these and they work just fine at a very low cost. Not everyone can afford an alarm system and the monthly fee that goes with it. I also have two chocolate labs that work even better at alerting me. You can also get a little door wedge from I think Cheaper Than Dirt. If someone tries to open your bedroom door it wedges it so it won't open and also activates a similar high pitched alarm. Simple things like these are really very good.
    The only thing I'd be worried about that is how exactly it works and would you remember to remove it or have time to remove it if you HAD to get out of the bedroom in the middle of the night (ie fire, hurricane, tornado, insert disaster of choice here).
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    Save the money you'd spend on the alarm system...spend it on dog food.
    You'll have a trusting friend and a better alarm...one that will sound 'before' the window opens.

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    I was kinda surprised that even as cheap as they are,they all worked outta the package and I been playing around with them and they been flawless so far,I think I will do daily tests and then if they hold up weekly to make sure they're still working,I do have a dog but shes getting old and I gotta yell at her to wake her up,Chocolate Lab and going on 12 now I will have to get me another younger pup to take over security but since I can't hunt like I use to I will go to the dog shelter and look at the dogs that need a good home,they seem to be the most loyal and grateful
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    My Pit Bull is the best alarm system that I can own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rdoggsilva View Post
    My Pit Bull is the best alarm system that I can own.
    Same here... She doesn't growl or bark much if at all unless she's really sensing something and then just the growl alone is enough to wake the dead.
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