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House is as safe as it will get

by Mega-Dan Tue Jul 18, 2006 9:27 pm

Sorry, I thought you meant south florida as a region of a state, not a city in particular. I cant really do much to the appartment, aside from locks with dont work well and replacing the hinges on the door (very important, all the locks in the world arent worth a damn if the hinges can be kicked in). I also cant plan on securing the windows due to either lease issues or fire codes. I am not worried about my saftey, burglaries rarely occur when people are home, no one wants to rob a small apartment when people are home. Also, DC has the most restrictive gun laws in the nation, you cant own a handgun unless you purchased it in DC before 1973 and you cant have a longgun in your home unless it has a trigger lock on it and is unloaded...so you cant have a useful long gun either. The only things of real value are my computer and game consoles, and thus why I am asking you all about protection.
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by lordofduct Tue Jul 18, 2006 9:51 pm

Well the home built entertainment center I was talking about before is probably your best bet.

And South Florida is a region... I said "Riviera Beach" which is a city down here in Palm Beach County.

A little segment of a description of crime in Palm Beach County in the last 15 years.

In 1993, West Palm Beach was featured in a 60 Minutes segment on urban decay. At the time, 80% of downtown properties were vacant. Since then, the city has done much to improve its image, at least in the physical sense. Occupancy is high, and housing prices have risen rapidly. However, crime remains a serious issue. Annual crime rates are always more than three times the national average and West Palm Beach consistently ranks as one of the nation's 100 most dangerous cities. However, as of 2006, the city's crime average has been gradually decreasing while robbery was up 17 per cent.
Morgan Quitno lists West Palm Beach as ranking as the 14th Most Dangerous city by population in the United States. However, it should be noted that crime data concerning West Palm Beach is unfairly skewed because it does not take into account the much larger unincorporated part of the city, which has a much lower crime rate than the incorporated part. Even the troubled neighborhoods within the incorporated parts of the city are isolated geographically and largely avoided by the general public. If crime rates were examined for a consolidated city (incorporated as well as unincorporated) the city's statistical crime rate would most likely fall dramatically, perhaps even below the national average.

(That last line is skewed as well though because Palm Beach is the size of Connecticut and consists of places ranging from the deep ghetto all the way up to places like Boca Raton and Palm Beach Island with the billionaires. So of course things would start toppling about on averages.)

Personally I love how crime works here in my area. There are the places that everyone knows not to go... some of them as small as only a few 100 acres. For instance...

Tamarand Street (about a mile and half long stretch of road) it sits just west of the Downtown scene, School of the Arts and our Opera Center and City Place highly populated by Rich white pricks. Literally a step off the cobblestone streets of City Place puts you on Tamarand ave. littered in crime.

Summer Crack - No longer there really anymore, but was well known to those who lived west of west Palm as the place to go for a quick fix. Guys would be sitting en masse selling everything from pot to heroine out of 5 gallon pails they used as seats.

Casa Del Toro, Havana Court, amongst other random developments - filled brimming with psychopaths who scower the streets at all times of the days with angry faces and quick trigger fingers.

Riviera Beach - creepy small unicorporated city of WPB that is notorious for crime. Personally I don't find it THAT dangerous... but it has its infamous background due to outlandish occurances. Exploding cars, drive bys, hookers galore (this one that looks like she's made of wood... I always called her pinnochio)...

I love my city... because you could be on Palm Beach Island where billionaires live, cross a bridge and be in the ghetto, walk 50 yards to your left and be back in a nice downtown law office area then travel 70 yards west into the ghetto again, take a left turn and be in lavish downtown shops that if you walk off the main beaten trail your back in the harshest and most notorious ghetto of WPB.

Some of my favorite notable short stories:

My brother blacked out drunk and was found by the cops at 10 in the morning on the railroad tracks downtown... 20 miles from the party.

I was woken at 3 in the morning by a guy with his pants at his ankle, in the street in front of my townhouse and holding a bag of 2 ounces of cocaine screaming, "Free shot... come on you *bleep*ers f'ing free blow! Dylan! Dude... blow?"

3 in the afternoon a drunk kid drives into the dumpster beside my house... the gas gets stuck when he puts it in reverse and the car starts doing donuts. He attempts leaping from the car as it spins in circles and into a tree!
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by lordofduct Tue Jul 18, 2006 10:14 pm

Oh and I was thinking... find yourself a cabinet toolbox, wire everything up inside of it to a power strip and switch box... then drill a small hole sending only those wires out to connect to the TV. This way when you play you unlock the toolbox and open it and play... when your done you close the toolbox and lock it!

hers what they basically look like... you can get ones taller and thinner, different callers, with drawers or with more shelves.
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Like the toolbox Idea

by Mega-Dan Tue Jul 18, 2006 11:08 pm

Tool box idea is very good, and almost impossible to break in with basic tools most burglars carry.
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by ravenmgs Wed Jul 19, 2006 4:56 am

I would look at useing a safe, just leave it open untill you leave. got to remember if you can open the drive bay, if they couldn't steel it they could get pissed off they can and sabatoge it.
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Your brother should meet my brother!

by Mega-Dan Wed Jul 19, 2006 2:33 pm

Your brother and my brother sound like they could have fun together, I found my brother passed out on the toilet this morning! The smell was so nasty, hours old stinky crap mixed with drunk stinky dude.
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by turkey Wed Jul 19, 2006 5:16 pm

could you not try to use pc locks, like the ones that stick to monitors... only it defaces the console slighty where you stick the hoop. :(

or just use a regular tv cabinet and make stylish stainless steel bard down so the consolde cant slide out so they would have to smash the tv cabinet.
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I was going to use pc locks

by Mega-Dan Wed Jul 19, 2006 9:23 pm

I was going to use pc locks for hte monitors and tv, but for consoles it wont work as well since often when you use stuff like that people just smash the stuff if it has any slack in the cable as revenge.
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