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Fort Dad- help me secure my house for my newborn and wife

[My original post](

I want as many eyes as possible on this. I have no experience here and have no idea what I’m doing, though I feel good about doing something. I’ve gotten myself riled up about this and want my family to be safe and feel safe.

Edit: Original post was shadow removed, here’s what it said. Dangit.

I’ve started beefing things up. Single story house. My aim is to prevent or discourage opportunists and other baddies by making any entry prohibitively long or difficult . I won’t be getting firearms.

What I’ve done so far:

* I’ve placed [Wyze cams]( inside facing all doors and large windows with large ssd cards on continuous record
* [Door reinforcement locks]( for exterior and garage doors – in retrospect I am worried that these will become a fire hazard when the little one can walk but not reach them
* door, frame, jamb, and strike plate [reinforcement]( and much longer wood screws
* Simple locks on back yard gates
* New bulbs for motion lighting in rear driveway
* Loud dog


* Outdoor wyze cams to cover back yard, driveway, and front door exterior
* [Extra window locks](
* professional window laminating on all windows
* Battery powered [window alarms](
* Deadbolt [flip guard](

This all makes me feel good and warm inside but is piecemeal and the result of several hours of googling rather than anything resembling a comprehensive approach to home protection. If there’s anything here that strikes you as unnecessary, or anything missing, please let me know. It was only after reading another thread about making sure everything is fire safe did I start to rethink things.

Protip: my true crime podcast and book habit is not being very nice to me now, especially I’ll be Gone in the Dark. The things I’ve bought and planned would have slowed that asshole down quite a bit I think.

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18 Thoughts to “Fort Dad- help me secure my house for my newborn and wife”

  1. SleepyFarmingRIP

    What was the point of linking your original post? It gives us even less information than this post

    Not trying to be a dick

    But yeah I think you might wanna provide more details man.. at least about the property, since you apparently have “no experience here”

    1. antarcticgecko

      My original post was removed, oopsie. I added the text to the top here. My bad.

      Property is single story 1700sq ft with attached garage.

  2. RedRocket508

    Get yourself a camera system. I use Arlo and I love it. One camera at each door front and back.

    Get alarms for all windows and doors. I do not use any service like ADT I bought GE magnet alarms that were $16 for 8 and I love them. Whenever the door opens it sounds off a chime or a loud ass alarm. I never saw a point in using a service like ADT because they call you before they ever call the cops.

    Put some extra locks on your doors besides the one it comes with. I have at a minimum two locks on each door.

    If you are a firearm person get yourself a firearm. Does not mean you have to be a gun nut but having it is much better than not having it.

    Have a plan. Is someone breaks in your front door what is your plan? Hold down the hallway leading to your wife and kids rooms etc etc.

    Get to know your neighbors. Be aware of the normal people who are on your street and be aware when things seem weird. No shame in being the eyes of the neighborhood.

    Lastly, have a nightly routine of checking all the alarms, doors, and cameras. Make sure everything is secure and working properly. No sense in having all this stuff if you forget to set them or check them.

    I am a Husband and a father of a 1 year old girl so I am right there with you. Hope this helps you out.

    1. antarcticgecko

      Thanks! My original post was removed so I added in the text up top.

      Excellent advice.

  3. Speck72

    I’m sure others will swing in to reply, and I see your OP was removed… I just wanted to say;

    Get your wife on board. A lot of guys get all macho and beat their chest and say “I’m the protector” but the truth is they aren’t there 100% of the time and everyone needs to be able to secure themselves. Later in life, get your kid on board.

    I had a female housemate at one point in my life who knew I had a gun, and I had shown her the basics of it on a few range days but she was never super interested. I was smiling ear to ear when I got home one day and she had it on the counter and exclaimed she just didn’t feel safe alone, until she remembered the gun.

    She bought her own shortly thereafter.

    Don’t take the lesson as your home defense plan must include a gun, not everyone is comfortable with a gun. The lesson is everyone needs to be comfortable being secure.

    Also, congrats on the newborn.

    My quick tips:

    Harden all doors (longer screws).

    Harden all windows (ensure latches lock and add additional locks if possible.

    Bunker down plan / evac plan.


    1. antarcticgecko

      Gosh dangit my original was removed but it didn’t tell me. I’ve added the text up top. Thanks for the insight.

  4. Drew2248

    What exactly are you afraid of would be my first question?

    1. antarcticgecko

      I updated this post as my original was removed.

      Mainly I’d like to discourage and prevent opportunists, and make it much more difficult to enter for the more determined among them. Hopefully they’ll see entering will take too long or be too difficult to bother. My wife will be home with the baby all day and I want to make it safer for her. I live in a safe neighborhood, the crime statistics show mainly vehicular break ins of less than $200 value.

  5. Pegg10

    Everybody has offered really good advice, so I won’t add to that. I would only say this. (I’m a single female).

    My fear of problems is usually not during the day (but I live on a busy street, near a bus stop where the parents are there waiting). My house is close to the street. I’ve owned a single family home, but now I have an interior townhome (for me its easier and safer).

    So these are my suggestions:

    1. A full glass storm door (good quality, like a Pella, with NO screen). Mine has those window blinds inside. It won’t STOP a determined person, but it will SLOW them down. And you can close the blinds so no one can see in.

    2. Some type of a video doorbell (I’m NOT recommending Ring, but Ring devices have the advantage of working with things like to blink lights inside (I use LIFX)). That way, you’ll KNOW if someone is out there. (I just checked, and Wyze offers this).

    3. Smart lighting. (inside and out) Make sure your outdoor lighting is superbright at night, and put it on a switch or timer to make sure IT COMES ON at night. They make dusk to dawn inserts for both regular and candlebra lights. You can use a WEMO or similar switch to do this. They also make superbright (they’re UGLY) corn cob candelbra lights. If you have room in an attic, run power and put up more motion sensing lights on the eaves. (every corner).

    Example of smart lighting: I use the Amazon Echo to do routines: I have about 15 of them. At 6:14 pm, certain lights come on. At the command of “Bedtime”, I am reminded to lock the doors, and other lights come on, and some turn off. At 9:47, security lighting initates, etc. At 0615, all lights turn off.

    Additonally my house lights go on and off continually during the night, and it’s different on weekends. I can control it through the internet as well. Think about doing something like that.

    4. Start spending time outside your home (in your neighborhood) kind of late at night. (walk your dog). Pretend YOU want to rob or hurt someone. Notice how much you can see of what your neighbors are doing at any given hour of darkness (get to know the patterns in the neighborhood.) Who comes home late? Who leaves early? Who is the party person who might have friends who are looking for easy cash? . I use a lot of top down/bottom up cellular shades–they are wonderful. You can get light in, but people won’t see you (great for small childrens’ rooms). All your windows (I do mean all of them) should be covered, and nobody should be able to see in. I know a lot of people don’t even have coverings on their kitchen windows, and IMO that’s not good. IMO Nobody should see you inside at night.

    A very cheap thing you can do is to get a $25 driveway monitor. Battery PIR (some have two), and a plug in module that makes a noise inside. (will go off if the beam is broken).

    People do come by and check cars to see if they are unlocked.

    EDIT: You live in a single story home: Google “Wasserstein Gutter Mounts” (many wifi cameras with mount screws will be able to use this, and this way you could hook up a solar panel if the camera can accept it)

  6. Player6000

    I believe everyone had sound advice, I’d like to comment that the door reinforcement you have has definitely worked for me in the past.

    My girlfriend and I had relocated across country and gotten bad advice on an apartment complex. Not many violent crimes but a TON of drugs and break ins.
    Someone tried jiggling my door open while I was sitting on the couch, called the cops and they never showed up. Midnight rolled around, same teen and a friend he’d brought kicked in my neighbor’s door. Scared the kids off and waited 25 minutes for the cops to show up, the kid and his friend were visible the whole time. Cops did nothing with them standing in plain view. The officers became more interested in questioning ME because the neighbors apparently left some weed out (I’d only seen these neighbors in passing).
    Next morning I bought the same model of strike plate you linked and installed it. Within a week I got back to some nice new dents on the door, didn’t really think much of it.
    I was able to break the lease a month later, took the plate with me and there was a 9mm wide crack that was about 2ft long underneath which hadn’t been there before.
    I wish you the absolute best, hopefully my experience helps ease your mind, that kit is an absolutely amazing product.

    1. antarcticgecko

      That’s an amazing endorsement, thanks. I live in a safe neighborhood luckily but better safe than sorry!

  7. BiteThisT_Roll

    Own a musket for home defense, since that’s what the founding fathers intended. Four ruffians break into my house. “What the devil?” As I grab my powdered wig and Kentucky rifle. Blow a golf ball sized hole through the first man, he’s dead on the spot. Draw my pistol on the second man, miss him entirely because it’s smoothbore and nails the neighbors dog. I have to resort to the cannon mounted at the top of the stairs loaded with grape shot, “Tally ho lads” the grape shot shreds two men in the blast, the sound and extra shrapnel set off car alarms. Fix bayonet and charge the last terrified rapscallion. He Bleeds out waiting on the police to arrive since triangular bayonet wounds are impossible to stitch up. Just as the founding fathers intended.

    1. Truestor

      It’s a shame that this comment will never get the upvotes it deserves

    2. league_of_fail

      > Four ruffians break into my house.

      I maintain a loaded 32-pdr cannon in the foyer targeting the front entryway for such a case. 4-for-1 shot rather than all this rigmarole.

  8. cruiseland

    Aside from all of the good you’ve already done and the good suggestions already said. Use that attached garage to park your cars in asap if you don’t already. Something like only 50% of those who have garages use them to park their cars in. It’s easy for it to become a storage space, but IMO it’s worth it to spend a weekend and clear everything you can to make the cars able to be parked inside. If your vehicles aren’t out, then the criminals looking for an easy score will likely just pass your house by. Especially if there are lights and cameras. Constantly on Ring Neighborhoods and Nextdoor (both good apps to have) people are either forgetting to lock their cars or their windows are bashed in.

    1. antarcticgecko

      Yeah, we park in our garage. The crime map for our neighborhood is primarily small theft from car break ins so that’s really important.

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