|Review by TopamaxSurvivor||posted 08-16-2011 08:11 AM||6783 views||0 times favorited||16 comments|
- Harbor Freight Wireless Driveway Alert System 93086
- Brand: Harbor Freight | Category: Other
In order to do any work or woodworking, we need to keep our tools safe and sound. Unfortunately, unincorporated south King County, WA does not have viable police protection. Most city cops in the area just laugh when you tell them you are in the unincorporated area because they know there are no cops. Unfortunately, the thieves know it too. Fortunately, we have annexed into a city and the police actually come rather quickly.
I had thieves trying to steal my tools at least 3x a year from July, 1989 until April of 1999. At the worst of it, they were here 3x in 9 days. I have too much experience in this line of endeavor. The ol’ dog passed away a couple years ago. Without her watchful eye I know I have been too lucky for too long and my luck has to be running out.
The problem with most alarms is too many false calls in the middle of the night. I hate waking up at 3 or 4 AM for nothing ;-( I saw an ad for these Harbor Freight infrared driveway alerts. For the price, I decided to give them a try. Much to my surprise, they are very reliable units. Set up high enough to allow cats and dog to pass below, they have not had a false alarm in 3 months. They work flawlessly.
I set them out by my work truck and start the system about 9 or 10 each night. Within 6 weeks of putting one out, my first prowler showed up at 11:15 PM. He didn’t know we were coming out, so he must have hid under one of our vehicles. My wife saw him leave on the security camera after I came in to call 911.
2 weeks later, the alarm went off at 4:20 AM. By then I had set up another on the same channel so they would work together. I have one alert out by the truck to notify the low life that they need to leave. 2 weeks to the day, last Sunday morning at 4:40 AM, the scumbag returned. After decade of experience, this is a typical pattern; always return on the same day of the week 2 weeks later whether they made a successful hit or not.
I will give these Driveway Alerts 4.75 stars. I would give them 5 stars if Harbor Freight stocked all the channels so you could get compatibles at any time you might need to add to your collection. I want to get another one so I have a fool proof setup. If the low life happens to figure out what is catching him, I want to have 3 set in triangulation so there is no way he can cover one without another seeing him while he does it ;-))
-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence