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09-06-2009 05:17 PM

Topic tags/keywords: shop security

Not sure if this is under the correct topic, but since my new workshop is a project guess I can’t go wrong. Concerned about shop security after the shop is completed and filled with tools. The shop will be in the side yard about 20 feet from the house (shop size 12×20 feet). We live in a rural area – 3 homes within 1/4 mile – and there’s not much traffic on the dirt road passing the house, except those that live in the area.
Anyway, do any of you have alarm systems in your shop? Do you put draw shades on your windows to keep prying eyes out? Do you have a knob type door latch or a hasp type?
Just trying to get a feel for level of security in a relative quiet rural area. We take short vacations frequently and the neighbor looks in. Would a siren type alarm scare off an intruder?

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#1 posted 09-06-2009 06:05 PM

my security system is really easy, i have a crazy red heeler that lets me know whenever anyone gets within a 100 yards of my shop. you would have to be nuts to try and get past that guy, but seriouly i have both garage doors pad locked and a knob and dead bolt lock on the door. so far so good.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#2 posted 09-06-2009 06:25 PM

You can’t beat a big dog, and a siren

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#3 posted 09-07-2009 12:19 AM

I’ll 3rd the dog. Big one that barks when ever anyone comes by. Add to that a sign that says the dog bites, do not open gate. Electric fences work well too, but you have to post a sign that says it is there.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 09-07-2009 05:27 PM

A big dog is cool, but someone’s gotta feed him while you’re on vacation. Most times just putting an alarm companies sign in the yard is enough to deter thieves. Window stickers work well too. Getting insurance is a must though.

Considering where you live, maybe a gator would work well too! Feed him thieves.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#5 posted 09-07-2009 07:21 PM

First – Insurance

Second – Big Dog

Third – Alarm w/ internet cameras recording 24/7

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#6 posted 09-07-2009 10:33 PM

Don’t use windows, that’s an easy way in. Use motion activated lights, bad guys like to work in the dark.

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#7 posted 09-08-2009 06:40 PM

Siren, dog, and sign that reads, “Warning Attack Dog – Survivors Will Be Prosecuted”


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#8 posted 09-08-2009 07:06 PM

All the above and we have a neighborhood watch that keeps an eye out for any suspicious activity. So far it seems to be working as we have not had any significant thefts since starting it up – We have signs in the windows and along the roads stating that there is a neighborhood watch in our area. Nothing works better then nosy neighbors for rooting out any suspicious activites I say….lets them use their curiosity to do everyone some good…

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#9 posted 09-08-2009 07:23 PM

There was a small write up about this sort of thing in a recent issue of Handyman (i think) that talked about the biggest part of security (other than insurance) is making it appear to be not worth the thieves time because at the end of the day, if someone wants to break in and steal something bad enough, they will. They talked about things from as simple as alarm stickers on the windows and doors to using threaded rod to put “bars” over the windows.

Example: My parents had a hunting and fishing store that had only three windows. Two windows were glass block and the third window a steal door that had half a window in it. Over the window were bars made of 1/4” x 1 1/2” steel bars that were bolted to the inside of the door at each side of the window. Outside the door were multiple lights pointing in all directions. Someone shot out all of the lights with a pellet gun, then broke out the glass and took the time to cut the bolts off of the bars and then help themselves to the guns that were locked up in cases inside. Years later someone tried to steal the Pepsi machine that sat out front. They made it almost out of the parking lot before the machine fell out of the back of the truck into the parking lot where they decided to leave it. I am sure it made one heck of a noise! All of this was in a small town with very little crime and it was located on one of the busiest streets in town!

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#10 posted 09-08-2009 07:48 PM

I am going to get into so much trouble here… With sites like this one where we are proud of our shops and what we do and we show each other our projects and our shops, we also give good discriptions and pictures of what we have and sometimes even where we live. So who is reading what we “show and tell”?

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#11 posted 09-08-2009 08:45 PM

I don’t worry about security. I stock my shop with Harbor Freight tools. I also work exclusively with MDF.

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#12 posted 09-08-2009 09:05 PM

This fine fellow slept in my Dad’s Machine Shop every night…Heindrich Otto
We never had any trouble whatsoever…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#13 posted 09-08-2009 10:46 PM

After Thomas’ post it got me thinking…how about getting covers with pictures of junk tools on them to put over your good equipment at night (make em look like some rusty fallen down POS that no one would want)....maybe like what he said…Harbor Freight brand….that could be a nice business for someone..>LOL What self respecting thief that knows tools would break in when he sees a bunch of Ryobi or black and decker tools…(no offense meant to anyone that has these – but I just don’t hear alot about them getting stolen).

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#14 posted 09-08-2009 11:12 PM

well i leave my keys in the lock back garden gate open and in two years no problems yet and if i did i hope they clean up the yard at the back frst LOL …......

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#15 posted 09-08-2009 11:36 PM

I had steel bars installed on the basement windows when we first moved in. I’m in a suburban neighborhood that is quite family oriented, but having a basement full of tools is a treasure trove for tool hunting thieves. We have motion detector lights and a 6 ft. fence w/ locked gates. I won’t mention the “boobie” traps that may cause intruders a bit of pain, but that’s for them to find out if they trespass. Not to mention the Killer Kats and Giant Arachnids wandering around.

I have outdoor and indoor lights on timers, so even if I’m home, they go on/off at the same time. So, if I’m NOT HOME, they still go on/off. This helps make it look like there’s someone always around. You can get timers that have several sets of on/off options so you can set it to look like someone is walking around inside. Keep the curtains closed. What they can’t see they won’t know to steal. Make sure the newspaper and mail don’t accumulate, have a trusted friend/neighbor pick them up for you. If you can have a vehicle parked to look lilke someone is home, that helps too.

There are inexpensive alarm systems that go off if a door or window are disturbed that you just plug in and leave in the room to be guarded. The noise could alert neighbors who could call your local sheriff. A camera outfitted to take photos of the intruders could be helpful should they ever steal anything. Even to have one take photos of anyone coming up to your house would be good to have.

A few thorny rosebushes outside any windows would help deter, but metal bars and closed shades are better. As said above, if your place doesn’t look tempting for the effort, then they’ll leave for greener pastures.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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