Post # 1
Darling Husband and I just bought our first house and last night the topic came up about home security. I was curious what you Bees do. We have a dog and I’d like to get an alarm system but Darling Husband wants to get a gun (it’s what his dad has). This is a conversation we need to have after learning more about each option. Just curious what everyone else’s experience has been!
Post # 3
We have a deadbolt. LOL! We have the crappiest tiniest house in our neighbourhood and I always say that if someone chose our house to break into out of all of these, they’d be the stupidest criminal on earth! LOL! After we renovate we’re definitely installing an alarm system though. Darling Husband has offered to get a dog since he knows I don’t like being home alone if he’s gone overnight, but I’m not sure the cats would like that.
Post # 3
We have a dog but I was tempted to choose “We don’t have anything” for all the good he would do if anyone ever broke into our house.
Post # 4
We’ve got an alarm system, two dogs, and some network cameras around the house. The cameras will snap pictures with movement, but I actually like watching them at work to see what my furballs are doing 🙂
Also – any glass door in our house has a double deadbolt (locks on both sides). Really annoying if you want to just answer the door, as you have to grab your keys, but with glass doors, it’s safer.
Post # 5
We have a dog but I hardly call her a security system. hahaha.
We don’t have anything! Although that will likely change in the years to come when we have kids.
Post # 6
@LGenz: HAAAA. I totally thought the same thing. At least our dog LOOKS like he’d kill someone. Good thing they have no idea he’d probably just lay down and expect a belly rub.
So, we have a dog and an alarm system. Which we rarely arm. lol. oops.
Post # 8
we have locks and insurance. that’s it
Post # 9
We have a dog but she only counts as security if you consider her jumping on an intruder to give kisses and get belly rubs as security. (Hey – it might distract them! Right?!?)
We have locks on our doors and insurance for our belongings. That’s about it. It’s all my family ever had growing up and we were fine so it’s definitely a level I am completely comfortable with.
ETA: My dad and brother do own guns, but they are locked up (with the keys in an entirely different area of the house than the guns) so they wouldn’t do much good for home security. They never intended them to be for protection; they just enjoy shooting.
Post # 10
We have 2 dogs, an alarm system and lots of guns. The hunting rifles and shotguns are kept in a safe, as well as a couple of handguns, but we always have a loaded gun in the bedside drawer.
Personally, I would never get a gun unless you are both very comfortable with them. It is much more dangerous to have one if either of you is not fully capable of handling it. I will always suggest having an alarm system, though. It is what helps me sleep the best at night!
Post # 11
We have dogs… and really nosy neighbors. 🙂 A lot of our neighbors are retired, so our house is pretty well watched during the day.
Has your husband done a gun safety course? If proper gun storage precautions are in place, a gun probably wouldn’t be accessible enough to be as effective as an alarm system for home safety.
Post # 12
We have all three! Well make that four haha we have two big dogs, a security system and a gun. We will probably end up with a few more guns too!
The dogs are great, we always laugh and know when someone is near the house! The alarm system is great!(I had some one follow me one day and after I lost them, they beat me to my own road) and the gun is just the icing on the cake. People usually rethink things when staring down a barrel.
But with the gun, make sure you shoot it and get comfortable with it. Know how to lock and unlock, load and unload the gun. Never get to comfortable though, guns are dangerous.
Post # 13
We live on the 6th floor of our apartment, deadbolt locks, and I have a BB gun lol. It looks like a real gun though, its more for the “scare them off factor” I would never be able to pull the trigger!
Post # 14
We have a police issued nightstick. That’s about it! lol
Post # 15
@pinky44: I kind of agree about the whole gun thing. Darling Husband just grew up with his dad having guns in the house and it’s normal to him. Whereas I grew up having an alarm system (though I think I learned later she had a gun). Honestly, an alarm system would make me feel safer than a gun.
@Mrs. Spring: He hasn’t, but if we were to get a gun, we would both go to a gun safety class and become comfortable using it. I’ve heard that they aren’t much protection because they’re so locked up but who knows? I don’t know if I feel 100% safe with the gun idea. Especially when we have kids. There’s too much that can go wrong.