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How would you beat the burglar?

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Message 1 - posted by Jeff Owen, Feb 6, 2007

.. don't say "with a stick".

We're the most burgled country in Europe, although numbers in many areas are going down.

If you've been burgled, how did they get in? What did they steal? Did you ever get any of your stuff back? What have you changed since the burglary to try and stop it happening again?
How did it make you feel?

Any tips that you've got for reducing the chances of being burgled, please write them here and share.





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Message 2 - posted by U4409815, Feb 6, 2007

A metal bar would be better, or a stick with lots of nails through it,

The best way too tackle burglary is too allow homeowners too use any necessary force that they feel is correct in the circumstances. Trespassers should also not be allowed to clain for any injures that happen too them.

Most burglars don't want trouble because they are cowards, they could just stick too the benefit fraud then which our government seems disinclied to do anything about.
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Message 3 - posted by *RebelBadger*, Feb 6, 2007

Get a big bad guard dog and put signs in your window and on your gate saying "beware of the dog". Would a burglar knowingly choose to rob a house with a guard dog? I think not. Or even better get 2 dogs, or adopt a polar bear and ship it over (as they're all dying of starvation).

If your not an animal person then get a stuffed dog and sit it in the centre of the living room in full view of the front window.
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Message 4 - posted by U4409815, Feb 6, 2007

Rebel, I still think leaping out from behind the curtains and wacking them with a metal bar would be more enjoyable and theuraputic (spelling?)
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Message 5 - posted by Ramslad, Feb 6, 2007

Rebel, I still think leaping out from behind the curtains and wacking them with a metal bar would be more enjoyable and theuraputic (spelling?)

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Ah, the good old "Fighting Irish"<laugh>
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Message 6 - posted by *RebelBadger*, Feb 6, 2007

Definatley, I do agree with you. If someone tried to burgle my house I would love to have the freedom to do whatever the hell I wanted to them, assault, maime or kill... But then I would be arrested and sent to prison.

I think that when a person trespasses on someone elses property with the view to cause damage or to rob, they loose their human rights as soon as they step over the boundary. Instead burglars can sue you or press charges when all your doing is protecting yourself and your property. I completley agree with what Tony Martin did, good on him, but look what happened...
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Message 7 - posted by U4409815, Feb 6, 2007

I think shooting people in the back when they are fleeing is a bit too much, but if you think it ok rebel who am I to argue
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Message 8 - posted by pompomwhiting, Feb 6, 2007

The secret is to live in a socially deprived area. It fools the burglar every time and the council tax is cheaper.
Pom with all her riches safe. The two mongrels kept hungry in the porch helps too!
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Message 9 - posted by *RebelBadger*, Feb 6, 2007

Forgot to add, thats why I'd let a dog bite, maime or even kill the intruder instead. They deserve it. The only problem is that the dog would then be classed as dangerous and be put down when all it was doing was protecting its territory and its family. Theres no fairness whatever you do!
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Message 10 - posted by U5848678, Feb 6, 2007

I agree that is should be law that any one breaking the law then forfeits their human rights to a point. I don't mean that you can capture the burglar and torture them, though that would be nice, but as Jack says, you should be able to use the force that they would, or have been known to use on householders as they were there uninvited intending harm top you at least in causing damage and depriving you of your belonginigs and all the police/workmen/insurance inconvenience (if you're insured that is)
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Message 11 - posted by *RebelBadger*, Feb 6, 2007

I think shooting people in the back when they are fleeing is a bit too much, but if you think it ok rebel who am I to argue

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This was a guy who lived on his own in the middle of nowhere on a farm. He'd had people burgle him before a number of times and he was thought to have a mental illness. He turned his house into a fortress and waited for burglars to come and try again. Police were warned before the incident that residents in the area would take the law into their own hands if something wasn't done soon about all the vandalism and theft in the area. The burglars were repeat offenders and the one who was killed had a bail slip (or something) in his pocket.

I think he was just a sad lonely old man with a shotgun that was pushed to his limits. I just felt sorry for him I guess and didn't blame him for what he did.
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Message 12 - posted by Jupiler , Feb 6, 2007

See if you can find something about this in belgium. I know the law was that you could injure a tresspasser, and it was named self-defence. i don't know if it's still like that. It was when I lived there though. They didn't hasitate to shoot as well, resulting one time a daughter shot her dad when he came home very late.
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Message 13 - posted by U7209542 - alt id 7 (all banned), Feb 6, 2007

Why let the burglar in. Decent windows and doors with strong modern locks. A basic but effective alrm and cctv/lighting system is inexpensive and a complete deterrent and protection.A burglar wants easy and quick access to high value saleable items or cash.These days there is little or no market for second hand electrical goods.If they can't get in grab something valuable and flee they will not bother.
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Message 15 - posted by Ramslad, Feb 6, 2007

resulting one time a daughter shot her dad when he came home very late.

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A similar thing happened in Derby a few years back, where a man mistakenly hit his daughter with a tennis racket when she came in late one night, fortunate he didn't have a gun.
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Message 16 - posted by Jupiler , Feb 6, 2007

Where I lived, everyone had a gun. Belgium in the old days eh.
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Message 17 - posted by U5848678, Feb 6, 2007

resulting one time a daughter shot her dad when he came home very late.


A similar thing happened in Derby a few years back, where a man mistakenly hit his daughter with a tennis racket when she came in late one night, fortunate he didn't have a gun.

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Wouldn't that make a racket though at all hours of the morning?
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Message 18 - posted by Slimtone, Feb 6, 2007

I live in the Lenton area and there have been quite a few burglaries here over the years. My neighbours on each side have been burgled but I haven't; but then I've got two German Shepherd dogs and they let me know when there's someone calling!!!
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Message 19 - posted by U7209542 - alt id 7 (all banned), Feb 6, 2007

Just lock them out. How would they get in?
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Message 20 - posted by Tommysanstarfish, Feb 6, 2007

Do you live in Downing Street ??

Why let the burglar in. Decent windows and doors with strong modern locks. A basic but effective alrm and cctv/lighting system is inexpensive and a complete deterrent and protection.A burglar wants easy and quick access to high value saleable items or cash.These days there is little or no market for second hand electrical goods.If they can't get in grab something valuable and flee they will not bother.

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