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Ever since I was young, my families bedroom doors all remained open while we slept. When I moved out on my own I kept the same habbits and now that my GF and I live togeather our door is still open at night.

I was reading the "false alarm at 3am" thread and it started me thinking. As it was brought up in that thread, our SA is limited as we are awoke from a deep sleep. I've always thought the bedroom door being open was good b/c I would be woken up by the sounds of an intruder. But what if I'm not woken up? Would the bedroom door being closed be a 2nd chance for me to wake up before a BG could get to us?

I'm very interested to hear how others feel about this? I know there are pro's and con's to either having it open or closed, but how do you sleep?
 

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Mine is open because my little boys sleep right across the hall and I need to hear them.
 

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I've got a cat that wants out in the middle of the night so I need to hear him.
 

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I want to hear somebody before they get all the way to my bedroom door.
 

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I wish, what's sleep?
 

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If your on the couch, it doesn't matter if the bedroom door is open or not. :rofl:

Seriously, with a 6 year old I want to be able to hear if something is going on with him. I don't sleep very soundly and do spend as much time on the couch as in my bed, so it really doesn't matter if the bedroom door is open or not.

If you will fix the entrances in your home where they are not easily breached you should hear if someone comes in. Also with the alarm system as soon as a door is opened I get a loud constant beep out of the alarm speaker which is only 10 ft from my bed.
 

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We always close door don't know why maybe just habit.
 

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I live in a 2 story apartment, so there is no option of fortifying doors or adding alarm system. My dad spent 29 years on the Columbus Fire Dept, until he retired as Captain last year, so his number one concern was fire safety. Open doors = quicker evac. I'm not too heavy of a sleeper so I cant imagine anyone getting into my home forcefully without me waking up.

My worry comes from the fact that with a basic lock picking set i can open my front deadbolt in 30-45 seconds.... and I'm no expert lock picker. So I figure if I can do it, whats to say a BG couldnt do it. I might not be a heavy sleeper but I dont think I would wake up if someone got in without using force. Again, its a rental so there is no changing the locks.
 

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First of all unless you live in an apartment or condo, your security starts at your property line.

Outside we have two big dogs, and while they are not vicious, they will bark at strangers.

All exteriors doors have had the screws replaced with long screws, and the deadbolts replaced with long through deadbolts. We don’t use the front door much, so on the front door I installed top and bottom bar locks that go into the concrete and wood above the door. The idea is that it will take multi kicks or several hits of a sledge hammer to knock it in.

Then inside the house, we have a small toy size dog and while she is nothing a BG should fear, her barking will wake the dead.

So to answer your question, unless we have guest staying with us we always leave the bedroom door open; I want to hear everything that goes on in the house.
 

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we posted at same time, see above... I live in an apt.
 

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We have pets. Whatever side of the door they're on, they want to be on the other.
 

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Between the dog and my little girl in and out during the night we leave the door open. Also I have this thing for ice cream @ 2:00 a.m. for some reason.
 

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Open: mostly b/c of the 130lb Saint Bernard who sometimes needs to go out in the middle of the night. Also b/c all the entry points are on the other end of the house, with only 1 path to get back to the bedrooms. If someone's inside who shouldn't be, i know exactly where they'll appear...if they make that mistake.
 

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I live in a one bedroom apartment. If someone breaks in, I'll hear it. Door is usually open
 

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Closed doors keep the cats out of the bedroom.
Locked bedroom door gives me a couple of extra seconds to wake-up and react.
Cold air return in master suite keeps things cool in summer and cozy in winter.
 

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I keep all bedroom doors closed in my home at night. The family and all relatives know that after the lights go out we are in lockdown mode and anyone entering the house will be assumed to be an invader and shot on sight.

Since we dont have dogs (have cats) we have no good way to get advanced warning of an intruder other than buying more time by creating additional obsticles that would confuse and slow the speed of an invader. The exterior doors are fortified, lit and alarmed. All windows cannot be opened and would have to be shattered to get through them. The most feasible scenario where I would need the interrior doors to serve as concealment and additional points where I could hear the noise and awaken would be if someone was able to break through a window in a stealth manner or come through the roof/attic.

At that point closed interrior doors allow me to have more knowledge than an intruder about the layout of the house and contents of each room (wife, children as possible targets). When I put the house in lockdown each night there are certain interrior doors that will be locked forcing an intruder to follow my fatal funnel trap or make extremely loud noises trying to breach them. My plan is to shoot through concealment at whatever is on the other side attempting to breach.
 

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My door stays open.

There are several reasons. I don't have room mates and I really never close any of the doors in the house. I have animals, a cat that might want to hit the litter box in the middle of the night for instance. My dog gets up and investigates every noise in the night, which helps me sleep.

I can see both sides though, and this is literally a "whatever helps you sleep at night" personal preference I think.

Oh yeah, growing up and when I had room mates, the bedroom doors were always closed at night.
 

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I keep all bedroom doors closed in my home at night. The family and all relatives know that after the lights go out we are in lockdown mode and anyone entering the house will be assumed to be an invader and shot on sight.

Since we dont have dogs (have cats) we have no good way to get advanced warning of an intruder other than buying more time by creating additional obsticles that would confuse and slow the speed of an invader. The exterior doors are fortified, lit and alarmed. All windows cannot be opened and would have to be shattered to get through them. The most feasible scenario where I would need the interrior doors to serve as concealment and additional points where I could hear the noise and awaken would be if someone was able to break through a window in a stealth manner or come through the roof/attic.

At that point closed interrior doors allow me to have more knowledge than an intruder about the layout of the house and contents of each room (wife, children as possible targets). When I put the house in lockdown each night there are certain interrior doors that will be locked forcing an intruder to follow my fatal funnel trap or make extremely loud noises trying to breach them. My plan is to shoot through concealment at whatever is on the other side attempting to breach.
Even if that is a plan you have gone through with your whole family, it seems VERY unsafe to me. ALWAYS get positive ID on your target before firing. EVERY TIME.
 

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Mine is open because my little boys sleep right across the hall and I need to hear them.
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me too, that and I can more clearly hear glass break, or door/window open, etc, plus the smoke alarms sounding will be easier to hear
 

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Closed. Nobody else in the house really needs to hear what goes on in our bedroom! ;)

Besides - I'm afraid of zombies.
 
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