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Lets talk security. -Important Read-

I'm bringing this up because a friend of mine had his garage broke into yesterday and had his quad stolen. It happened between 11:30 am and -5:PM. He has a attached garage and they kicked down the door which had a dead bolt, opened the big garage door and wheeled away his quad and didn't steal anything else. (They could of walked right in the house) One other point I'd like to make is this happened in a great neighborhood. A place where you wouldn't think twice about being secure.

So, I know many of us have thousands of dollars worth of machines in our garages and expensive stuff in our houses, these MF'n thieves are bold. So what are you guys doing to protect your stuff? Settle down gun and dog owners I know your waiting to jump on this one but seriously are any of you guys going the extra distance and installing video cameras? Below is a link to a cam that one of my other friends uses. http://www.dlink.com/products/?pid=342 I may go this route myself after seeing this happen.

One other note I'd like to make is make sure you guys take pictures with dates of all your stuff. I store my pictures online incase someone steals my computer. Here are some Photo tips I took off my State Farm site that we all should use.

1) Any camera will do, but try to use one with a flash. Or you may want to use a video camera to record inventory.

2) Slides or prints are OK. Color shows detail a little better.

3) Make sure pictures, slides and videotapes are dated. If appropriate, record the date of purchase, brand name and purchase price of each item on the record card next to the picture.

4) To get the overall picture, take wide-angle shots of the whole room, then several close-ups to capture detail. Start in one corner of the room and work your way around.

5) Focus your flash away from mirrors and other reflective surfaces by standing at a 45-degree angle to the shiny surface.

6) When using a flash, try not to get closer than the recommended focus range. If you must get closer, dim the flash by placing a white handkerchief over the flash while taking the picture.

7) Open glass doors to prevent reflection.

8) A family member in the picture helps substantiate ownership.

9 )Open closet doors to indicate quantity of clothing.

10) Remember to take pictures of the insides of drawers with the contents fanned out.

11) Use a non-glare dark cloth as a background for silver, china or jewelry.

12) Take a picture of the pattern name or manufacturer's signature of your china, along with a picture of the pattern.

13) Angle the flash when photographing jewelry to avoid glare.

14) When photographing or recording collections in albums, make sure the picture includes the entire page, along with close-up shots of the most valuable items. Make sure the pictures tie in with your home in some way.

15) Photograph your power tools, including detailed photos of the inside of your tool box.

16) If you want to take only a few pictures, either take pictures of groups of your most valuable unappraised items or record whole rooms with your most valuable and theft-prone items prominently displayed.

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Good info


I've always been big on security. I opted not to get a service door at all on my garage, but if you do have one it's simple to buy a plate of steel and some lag bolts to reinforce the door frame. That way your can't just kick the door down. A double dead bolt also helps. You can always make sure your big door is steal reinforced too. Also, take time to set up your garage door opener right. When properly installed the guide rod should actually wedge to the rails and make it impossible for some one to just walk the motor back with a pry bar under the door. Garage door windows are never a good idea, but if you must, make sure your cord for the guide release is cut short enough that you can't break a window and just pull the cord to lift the door up. Other than that, buy yourself a good home security system. A 90 decible alarm, and automatic call to the police, is priceless when it comes to scaring thugs off

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Other than a bullet in the head, nothing will stop a DETERMINED thief. If they WANT it, they'll take it. Best bet for my money....INSURE everything.
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someone had to be eyeing his atv, if that is the only thing stolen.


wireless cams are getting really cheap, i recommend people installing those and motion detectors.
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Other than a bullet in the head, nothing will stop a DETERMINED thief. If they WANT it, they'll take it. Best bet for my money....INSURE everything.
Ever watch that show called, "It takes a Theif" on the Discovery Channel? for some reason, the whole determined thief line reminded me of that show.
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Ever watch that show called, "It takes a Theif" on the Discovery Channel? for some reason, the whole determined thief line reminded me of that show.
Yup,

back in the day I had a BEAUTIFUL Cutlass Salon coupe with a killer soundsystem in it. I parked it in the garage every night and it never stayed out of my sight for long. Somebody, must of really wanted my rims and stereo because they finally got it while I was in Church

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Yup,

back in the day I had a BEAUTIFUL Cutlass Salon coupe with a killer soundsystem in it. I parked it in the garage every night and it never stayed out of my sight for long. Somebody, must of really wanted my rims and stereo because they finally got it while I was in Church
Wow...sounds like that person was looking for a VIP ticket into HELL!
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Wow...sounds like that person was looking for a VIP ticket into HELL!

I can't believe I never told you that. I'm a total nut about security now. Guns, dogs, alarms, and a good routine of locking things up when I leave the house. My house is a fortress when I leave, all though you'd never know it when I'm home. That's when anybody's invited to test my dogs jaws and my aim.

Unfortunately, what Taz says is waaaaaaaaaay to true. If they want it.....they'll get it. Insurance is your friend. I learned that lesson the hard way with the car. I was in college and trying to save money by cutting theft insurance. So I took the hit on the car and everything in it. I also lost all my notes, books, and study materials, and final papers a week before exams. I almost dropped out of college I was so pissed about it, and didn't know how I was going to pass anything. Some of my professors were understanding, others couldn't care less about my situation. I ended up dropping a class and concentrating on the rest. Thank God I did ok and continued on with school

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Why doesn't anybody steal my stuff dammit
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lol no shit. I need my bandit gone!!
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lol no shit. I need my bandit gone!!
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my whole house is rigged to blow up IF i dont off the SPECIAL alarm
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Ever watch that show called, "It takes a Theif" on the Discovery Channel? for some reason, the whole determined thief line reminded me of that show.
Yep I love quality TV like that Teach every little teenage hood in the States, how to scope out and break into homes I bet the cops are ohhhh sooo happy I wonder how many defenses will be "But your Honor I saw it on TV" We live in a F__KED UP country

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