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Forum topic by Callum Kendall posted 08-24-2008 10:30 PM 1340 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Callum Kendall

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08-24-2008 10:30 PM

Topic tags/keywords: security

Hi LJs

Unfortunatly this morning I recived a phone call off my nabour saying that our house had been broken into. Fortunatly we were only staying about 1 hour away on a short breake and let me tell you it was one of the longets hours of my life! When we got home my dad and I went round the back through our nabours garden. we discovered that thay had broken in through the back door they had used a chissel that I hadbeen using on my new shop along with a scrap peice of wood. If these guys actuly did a job they would make a fortune because of how resourseful they are. They went through every draw and coubard in the house. the realy bad thing is that they stole all my mothers jewelry of which a diamond ring that my grandmother had left her. Also they stole many other sentimental peices that can not be replaced. This whole incident has made me think again how secure my shop will be and maybe it will make you think how secure your family, home and shop realy are!

I will post some pics so you can see exactly how they got in.

Oh yeah the insurance company would not fix the door until monday, thank god I can do some wood work, I was able to do a tempory fix on the bottom pannel of the door.

Just somthing to think about!


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#1 posted 08-24-2008 10:50 PM


In 2004 my family fell victim to an arsonist. They were able to pry open the back door and lit fires in four different parts of the house. It was total loss, I understand how you feel. My home has been rebuilt and the stuff has been replaced. The sense of violation takes time to fade; but it will.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#2 posted 08-24-2008 11:02 PM

That is a shame. Have you ever seen the show It Takes a Thief? If they want in they are getting in. You can do everything right and your neighbors could leave something out and they will still get in.

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#3 posted 08-24-2008 11:13 PM

Unfortunately Josh is right in my opinion. You can’t really stop a determined thief, all you can do is slow them down and hope that someone/something spots them and they leave. Both my house and shop are secured by steel entry doors with deadbolts, two very suspicious/inquisitive dogs that alert on anyone comming on the property, and best of all really good neighbors. Sorry for your losses.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#4 posted 08-24-2008 11:19 PM

that sucks bro, this is the exact reason why i have a big red cattle dog.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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Callum Kendall

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#5 posted 08-24-2008 11:23 PM

I think i may have to invest in a dog!

Always wanted one so maybe this is the right time to get one


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#6 posted 08-25-2008 06:55 AM

Wow that is to bad. Sorry to here about that. Some times people are such %^&%%&^@!%$%^%$RI^(.. Okay I said that. But its true. Well I hope they find out who did it and put them in jail for a long time. It is sad but true. If they want in they will get in no matter what you do. Well I am just glad to here that you and your family are safe. Thats a good thing. Good luck.

-- Davesfunwoodworking

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#7 posted 08-25-2008 07:23 AM

Sorry ya got burgled. I’ve been there it makes you feel violated and tells you to never have a jewelry box again that’s the 1st place they go.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#8 posted 08-25-2008 07:49 AM

Thieves are cowards. I’m sorry for your family’s loss, Callum.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#9 posted 08-25-2008 01:50 PM

I know the feeling Callum, we have been robbed twice. It’s not what they take so much it’s the fact the cowards have been in your place.You will get over it in time.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 08-25-2008 03:15 PM

I have a big friendly Lab. His bark though, sounds anything but! Where we live now is a very low crime area, esp. where it comes to burglary. I’m not saying it won’t happen here (cuz the guy down the road busted 2 kids who “walked in” as he was napping on the couch). He got the details of their van and when the cops did catch up to them, they found some stolen goodies in the van. So, they’re gone.

My parents though had three “known” attempts on their house (Akron, Ohio area) but the growls from the family Doberman stopped the thieves from going any further. She was a friendly dog as well.

My advice:

1. Lock it up.

2. Have a good Insurance Policy.

3. Participate in a Neighborhood watch.

4. Window bars.

5. Get a big snuggly dog and teach it to bark/growl whenever anyone approaches or knocks.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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Mark Shymanski

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#11 posted 08-25-2008 03:25 PM

I vote for the dog approach as well. We’ve got a four legged burglar alarm who is great with the kids and sounds like he’d eat you alive if you crossed him (or his pack…uhh humans). It is to be hoped that the police catch these scoundrels and stop their cowardly activities.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 08-25-2008 05:27 PM

Hi Callum;

Like the others here, I’m sorry about your loss. It seems we all have experienced this at least once.

I often worry about my shop, and sometimes my house,(lol). I have a couple dogs that are friendly, provided you are escorted in. Otherwise, the term dead meat comes to mind. With a doggie door in my back door of the house, they’re free to roam around the property.

It does provide some sense of security.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#13 posted 08-25-2008 05:32 PM

when i go to work in the city i take the red guy with me and nobody even thinks of going in my truck.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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