Security on a budget

Most people who need security solutions experience sticker shock when they check into having a home security system installed.  Recently, I was told about a situation where several neighbors on one street were surprised by a man going from back yard to back yard.  When one resident came face to face with the individual, the back yard interloper simply walked away down the street, nonchalantly.  It was 10am.

All the neighbors had called each other down the street.  It appeared to them that the individual was checking back doors/yards for houses that were unoccupied, unlocked.

The hindrance was that everyone was home, mostly retirees.  This incident was scary, and fortunately nothing happened.  There were too many witnesses, and the police were called.  There had also recently been daytime break-ins.

When this type of thing happens there are many things that can be done to discourage a break-in, day or night.

First, get to know your neighbors.  There’s nothing better than a nosy neighbor, or a trusted one that you know will watch out for you.

Secondly, do not make it easy for them.  Lock your doors.  Get motion sensor lights for outdoors.  You can buy fixtures and sensors at most of your local hardware stores, Lowe’s, Home Depot and the like.  Most are easy enough to install yourself.  If not hire an electrician to do it.  This should not cost a lot (shop around).  Burglars do not like light or noise.

Set a large dog bowl by the back door that says “Brutus”, or a very large pair of men’s boots will also deter someone (make sure they look used, dirty!).  If you are worried and can not afford to put in an expensive security system…there are some inexpensive things you can do.

There are a lot of personal alarms that come in many shapes and sizes that can be used in a variety of ways.   You can find these at Radio Shack, some hardware stores, and online at Amazon, Overstock and other places.  Just search for “Personal Alarms”.

Here are a few examples…

a personal alarm/pull pin type a personal alarm/pull pin/door A door alarm

You can use them “as is” or you can adapt them.  I adapted one for a screen door alarm.

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I took the alarm, removed the long rope, added some loop key rings, and some double stick tape on the back.

Here’s how it worked…“>Click here for Video

Things to think about.  If you live in a cold area of the country you may need to periodically test it (batteries run down in cold environments) and make sure you use good strong double sided tape!



Follow-up to my Biopsy

Sorry it has taken so long to do the follow-up on this.  My life has been busy with a new job (plus two I had already), family, and summer/fall is our busiest time.  Things are quieting down now.

Anyway, my biopsy came back negative!  Hooray!  The procedure was not pleasant at all but does not compare to the things people have to go through when they get a Cancer diagnosis.  I know many who have conquered Cancer and many that are going through the fight now.  My heart goes out to them and their families.

I wish for the death of Cancer, and for everyone fighting it to prevail.

Rachael…blue mat…icky…blech…NO! Cookie!

Rachael was under the weather with a stomach bug a couple months ago.  This incident was relayed to me by one of her caregivers.

Rachael was feeling ill and had thrown up and had other gastric issues and thus stayed home from school.

RG was keeping an eye on her.

She was snoozing on the big blue beanbag in her living room, when suddenly she sat up.

She smacked her lips and made a face saying “yucky, icky.”

RG asks, “Oh Rachael, do you have a bad taste in your mouth from being sick?”

Rachael replies, “ucky.”

RG asks “Can I get you a drink of water?”

Rachael replies, “No!”

RG asks, “well, can I get you a drink of pop, will that help?”

Rachael replies, a little louder “NO!”

RG asks, “Would you like me to go get your tooth brush and some toothpaste?”

Rachael replies, a little louder, “NO NO NO!” while shaking her finger.

RG says”Oh Rachael, I’m so sorry you are not feeling well and you have a yucky taste in your mouth.  What can I do to help you?”

Rachael replies in a sweet voice, “Cookie?”