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Submitted by JC on December 21, 2010 - 9:26pm

Suggestions?

Saw some large creep that looked like he was casing my house and the one next door 2 weeks ago. Decided I was paranoid and ignored it. On Saturday, a very nice neigbor let me know the same guy has been looking in my first floor windows at night. On the second night she saw him, she called the police.

I called the police too since there had been 3 sightings and the place next door had been burglarized 3 times in the past year. The police promised to increase patrols, but I don't know that they have the bandwidth to do that. I called the landlord who let the other nearby tenants know about the guy.

Last night, the guy came back and my neighbors chased him. (I worry about that activity -- I don't want them to get hurt).

I ALWAYS lock my windows. I have bars in the tracks to make them harder to open. I have a dog. I expect to move in the next few weeks. The landlord is thinking of adding motion detector lights. I have all indoor lights blazing 24/7 right now. Anything else I should be doing short of getting a gun? (It is much safer for everyone if I do not have one of those).

I have nothing worth stealing, so it is not like I am a good target.

Thanks for reading my rant.

Submitted by jpinpb on December 21, 2010 - 9:44pm.

G & R

This works for me.

Submitted by Allan from Fallbrook on December 21, 2010 - 10:42pm.

JP: Sigh. Here we go again. You and your favorite 5.56mm. You might mention the over-penetration problem with rifle rounds that travel at 3,000+ feet per second.

JC: I don't keep loaded guns in my house, but if you want a firearm that will get someone's attention (even unloaded), go down to your local Big 5 or gun store and purchase a Mossberg 500 or Remington 870 Police. Fairly inexpensive, and nothing gets someone's attention like a 12ga. pump-gun. I'd imagine that your problem will decide to go elsewhere if he knows you have the capability of spreading his midsection across your lawn.

Submitted by CA renter on December 22, 2010 - 3:40am.

jpinpb wrote:
G & R

This works for me.

I've always loved that pic, jp. :)
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JC,

I'm sorry to hear that you have to deal with this problem. We've been having more break-ins in our area as well, and in the past few weeks, have had someone ring the doorbell and run away a couple of times when we call out through the door (we never open it unless we're expecting someone).

If you don't have kids, Allan's suggestion sounds perfectly good to me. The #1 and #2 suggestions I've heard from cops is to get a dog (which you already have) and get an alarm.

It's GREAT to know your neighbors are watching out for each other. It might be a good idea to exchange phone numbers and maybe have a sort of informal watch schedule if it makes you all feel more secure.

Submitted by Effective Demand on December 22, 2010 - 7:24am.

There are cheap door/window alarms you can buy:

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index....

There are also alarm company stickers you can buy for their deterent effect but many of them look cheesy and fake. You can ebay ADT stickers and signs though.

Submitted by Coronita on December 22, 2010 - 8:08am.

Sigh... Most of you guys (and gals) are just so..... low tech....

Buy a couple of these... (Some assembly required)....

http://store.qkits.com/moreinfo.cfm/FK901


FK901. Low Power Electric Shock Kit

This electronic circuit will transform
the low voltage of 9 V batteries into high
enough power for shocking effect when touched,
but will not be in the range to create any
permanent or fatal damage.

*ADULT SUPERVISION REQUIRED FOR THIS PROJECT.
MUST BE 18 YEARS OF AGE or OVER TO PURCHASE ELECTRIC SHOCK KIT.:

Submitted by Effective Demand on December 22, 2010 - 8:33am.

flu wrote:
Sigh... Most of you guys (and gals) are just so..... low tech....

Buy a couple of these... (Some assembly required)....

http://store.qkits.com/moreinfo.cfm/FK901


FK901. Low Power Electric Shock Kit

This electronic circuit will transform
the low voltage of 9 V batteries into high
enough power for shocking effect when touched,
but will not be in the range to create any
permanent or fatal damage.

*ADULT SUPERVISION REQUIRED FOR THIS PROJECT.
MUST BE 18 YEARS OF AGE or OVER TO PURCHASE ELECTRIC SHOCK KIT.:

There is a lot better technology out there:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jcxg_QuHyYE

Submitted by Coronita on December 22, 2010 - 9:15am.

Effective Demand wrote:
flu wrote:
Sigh... Most of you guys (and gals) are just so..... low tech....

Buy a couple of these... (Some assembly required)....

http://store.qkits.com/moreinfo.cfm/FK901


FK901. Low Power Electric Shock Kit

This electronic circuit will transform
the low voltage of 9 V batteries into high
enough power for shocking effect when touched,
but will not be in the range to create any
permanent or fatal damage.

*ADULT SUPERVISION REQUIRED FOR THIS PROJECT.
MUST BE 18 YEARS OF AGE or OVER TO PURCHASE ELECTRIC SHOCK KIT.:

There is a lot better technology out there:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jcxg_QuHyYE

I LIKE IT!

Submitted by SD Realtor on December 22, 2010 - 9:39am.

Unfortunately none of these suggestions are practical. JC this sounds pretty bad. To me, it may be a good idea to spend some time away from your place or perhaps even ask a friend to stay with you for awhile until you get squared away in your new place. Good that you have a dog but in this case it sounds like a large mean dog may be needed.

Or perhaps you can ask JP to come over with her gun and that should keep this stalker at bay for awhile.

Seriously though at this point it may be best to stay away for awhile.

On a side note I did take a handgun class and loved it and I would strongly advocate that. However if you decide to purchase one there is a bit of a waiting period. It is not a bad idea though.

Submitted by Ren on December 22, 2010 - 12:39pm.

If he keeps coming back, there's something about these houses that he likes. No street lights or outside lighting maybe? Thick bushes blocking the view of the street? I second the motion sensor lights.

Unless your dog is a BIG SCARY one, he will be the only one getting hurt if he attacks a big dude. A small yapping dog would be better than a medium sized brave one.

Thumbs up on the Remington Tactical. There are much less lethal rounds available if that's your issue with using one.

Submitted by Doofrat on December 22, 2010 - 1:34pm.

JC,
Where abouts do you live? Having lived in Escondido some years back, I've got some experience with this crap, but it was with people breaking into my car, not casing my house. I ended up placing motion sensor lights with the power for the lights connected to a transformer to take the voltage down to, I think, 12V (your standard doorbell transformer) and had that connected to a doorbell in my room.

Caught two perps this way. It was relatively easy to set up, but I got a lot of false alarms from cats that would like the warm hood of the car. Both times I called the Police, they were extremely quick to respond and were able to catch the guys.

The easier thing obviously is just installing the motion sensor lights.

If you can observe the guy peeking into windows and get a good description, you'll help the cops with their case against him should they catch him.

If you're a female, I would definitely not stay there alone until the guy is caught. Best thing to do though is to call the cops immediately whenever this happens, you'd be surprised how fast they can respond.

Submitted by NotCranky on December 22, 2010 - 1:47pm.

Buy a huge capacitor and connect it to a nice gold ring sitting on a highly visible and easily accessible window sill, with the window open.Connect the other side of the capacitor to a bare copper wire coiled right below the window. Put a bunch of camping gear on top of your car and talk to all the neighbors about how you are going camping. Charge capicitor. Put up a sign that that says "burglars will be in for a shock". Go camping.

Submitted by ucodegen on December 22, 2010 - 4:40pm.

If this perp is somewhat predictable, see if you can get pictures of him with a camera. If it is dark, try one that is sensitive to the IR spectrum. Sony makes some cameras and camcorders that have a 'Nightshot' option which causes the Near Infrared Filter to be removed/displaced from the sensor. You might be able to get a old one off Ebay. Some of Sony's camcorders that are pre 1998 have the capability.

Once you have one of these camcorders, it would be useful to be able to illuminate the outside using Near Infrared light. There are several LED based emitters that work.

Once you have the video of the perp.. it is easier to get the police to move.

Submitted by sdrealtor on December 22, 2010 - 5:08pm.

Doesnt JC live in Beaumont?

Submitted by JC on December 22, 2010 - 8:09pm.

Darn. I am sure the Beaumont bit is pretty funny, but I don't get it. I tried Google, but I must not have tried hard enough.

Thank you all for your good and sometimes funny input. I think it is truly safer for the poplulation as a whole if I stay away from electrical shock or gun type solutions. For the record, I did try to go shooting once or twice and then I realized why I was encouraged to become a swimmer and play soccer when I was a kid. (No eye/hand coordination. Very sad).

I am in 92116 and it has seemed relatively safe most of the time I have been here.

I think I am going for more lights. I like the motion sensor and very high-powered ones.

Thought you might be amused by this -- when I called the police to report the fourth sighting their suggestion to me was to "sleep lightly".

To be fair, what else are they going to say, but I found that pretty funny.

Honestly, what I think this guy likes about this area is that many people do keep windows and doors open. I do not and never have. (When I was 12 we walked in on a burglar and did not know he was in the house and it was a very nasty/memorable surprise when he came out from behind the shower curtain. Whoa that sounds like a bad movie, but it is the truth).

Thanks again and I hope to move soon.

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