June 9, 2008

my security system

we recently got two new windows for the front of our townhouse and took out the old nasty '70s windows along with the metal security bars that were in front of them. we don't live in the safest neighborhood, but our townhouse was really the only one in our complex w/ security bars on the windows b/c we bought it from a paranoid old lady. anyhow, although i did not like the security bars because they were horribly ugly, i do feel that we need some type of security system in place to deter burglars.

i checked out ADT and brinks, and both are at least $40/month in addition to the $200 installation fee and require a home phone line (another $10/month) which we do not have. i was also looking into these rolling security shutters http://www.rollashield.com/rollingshutters.html , but they are about $1,000 per window and that is out of my price range. so short of installing another set of black metal bars over our new windows, this is what i decided to do:

i'm going to buy a giant cactus with lots of painful needles and have it placed/planted in front of our two windows, i'm estimating a few hundred dollars to buy it and have it delivered. i also ordered an ADT yard sign and window decals from ebay so that we can pretend we have a security system. you may think i sound pathetic, but i think i am a genius.

Posted by JenMagenta at June 9, 2008 6:43 PM

The cactus thing is just silly. The ADT stickers is not silly, that is genius. It worked for my dad, he hasn't had a security system in like 10 years, but keeps all the stickers up. 3 houses in the subdivision were broken in to, but not his.

Posted by: Daniel Costalis at June 10, 2008 3:52 AM

Now that's the kind of security solution Kevin McCallister would come up with. You should think about incorporating some Micro Machines and broken Christmas ornaments.

Posted by: Dan at June 10, 2008 9:14 AM

That actually is a pretty good idea. You could also get a recording of a really big freaking dog and rig it to play if someone messes with your doors or windows. I'm not sure how you'd do it, but I'm sure it could be done.

Posted by: Kristina at June 11, 2008 2:35 PM

kristina- my dad actually has the recording of a dog, he has this thing you plug in, and when there is a noise it starts making barking sounds!

dan c- the cactus thing is not a silly idea. i'm guessing you don't have any idea how large a saguaro cactus really is, but they are very tall and have a very large circumference. we have two windows that are fairly small, 2' x 4', and the cactus is going to be right in front of them so in order you to get into our house via the window you would have to be willing to get yourself stuck with hundreds of cactus needles.

Posted by: me at June 23, 2008 11:09 AM
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