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Re: Window Security Film - Take 2

From: DaveP
Sent on: Friday, January 17, 2014 10:07 PM

Sorry if you get this twice, but I realized that I didn't send it out to the whole meetup.  If you're interested in getting some window security film, please get in touch, we could order it by the yard and save some money - I'm going to be ordering soon!

thanks!

DaveP

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Hi all - I've been doing some research on home security.  After I found out how easy it is to get through big-box store brands of deadbolts (with no sign on forced entry) via a technique called "bumping" (some videos show how easy it is here: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=deadbolt+bumping), I've looked into deadbolts that aren't so easily defeated.

Here are some that come recommended (aside from electronic ones which I personally don't trust):    Abloy and BiLock brands.

Info:

http://www.bilock.com/pickbumpproof.html

available here (also on Amazon, but that just points you back to the same folks)

https://securitysnobs.com/Deadbolts/

these guys also have a decent Best Practices page here:  https://securitysnobs.com/Best-Practices.html

Also, it turns out that the security and/or locks on most budget firearms safes are trivial to defeat:  https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=gun+safe+picking

Hackers even had a presentation about it:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIJFQO4DIxw

The hackers had the hardest time with this safe: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001T29C2K/

Now, having Ft Knox for a front door is great, but if you have a large window accessible right next to it, not so much.  That's where window security film comes in - it's a plastic sheet that you install to make it *much* harder to break through the glass.  In fact, the site Reddit had a smash-and-grab burglar say that was, after a properly installed deadbolt, *the best thing* you could do to protect yourself: http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/eewou/iama_retired_cat_burglar_ama/

There are a couple of brands, 3M and Madico are big, but I think they only sell via authorized resellers.  Remlor is the brand for DIY'ers it seems, and is available on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_kk_2?rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Awindow+security+film&keywords=window+security+film

Video showing effectiveness of window film:

3M:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pG6nQZ_SwFA

Madico:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Maph1a2qFf4

and others: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=window+security+film+demonstration

How to measure your windows for film purchase:  http://www.diywindowsecurity.com/measuring-windows-security-film.php

So, does anybody want to get some with me?  You can get it by the yard on Amazon - would be cheaper and save on shipping...if so, please message me!

Stay safe!

DaveP

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