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If you don't already have a shelf of good books, you're missing one of the safest places to keep valuables from most Thais. I've never seen an average Thai open a serious book. Hollow one out, and stash your valuables there.

Now the secret is out, and your otherwise excellent advice just became public and useless.

Still it's an excellent idea.

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CCTV + DVR is the best concept heard so far. Same as our setup. Then all you need to do is be able to communicate to intruders (if it gets to that stage) that 1: all or most of your portable valuables are at the bank in safety deposit boxes and 2: everything is being recorded via CCTV off site (whether that is true or not probably doesn't matter... we just go with the locked away DVR in an inconspicuous closet), and they can still get away without committing a criminal act.... try Somkid's or Mike's houses down the street, all they have are a couple of dogs and no CCTV.

:)

how many times have people tried to break in?

Never, just precautionary... it's also surprisingly entertaining for people watching and employee supervision. Like wearing one's seatbelt, not carrying debt, etc.

:)

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Really sorry to hear about your experiences. Unfortunately, this happens in every country in the world. You've gotten some good recommendations. The only thing I would add is to have bars put on the windows and doors. That way, nobody can just walk in. And for sure keep them locked after dark.

Best of luck in getting this sorted out....

One of the saddest cases I saw was a family that has died in a house fire. They had put bars on all the lower floor windows and the fire and smoke was such that they could not exit through the doors. Always install bars that allow for an exit option. Don't build a prison for yourself that prevents escape in an emergency.

I shoot beer bottles in the river next to my house on a routine basis.

Word gets around.

That you are leaving broken glass all over the place? What do you do with all the broken glass? Do you just dump it in the river and leave the sharp shards to injure the next occupants of the land? Nice responsible behaviour there.

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roamer got it in one ex-gurkhas,the last time i was at the british emb.bkk.who was guarding it gurkhas.

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Maybe more practical advice would be to not let your wife borrow more money than she can pay back in a timely fashion. That includes gambling debts. :whistling:

Don't give any shady types a reason to come find your humble abode...

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Maybe more practical advice would be to not let your wife borrow more money than she can pay back in a timely fashion. That includes gambling debts. :whistling:

Don't give any shady types a reason to come find your humble abode...

If that was supposed to be a joke I wasn't particularly impressed. Your post stinks of bad taste if you ask me.

To the rest of posters who managed to discuss this serious matter in an adult fashion - thanks again!

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One of the saddest cases I saw was a family that has died in a house fire. They had put bars on all the lower floor windows and the fire and smoke was such that they could not exit through the doors. Always install bars that allow for an exit option. Don't build a prison for yourself that prevents escape in an emergency.

Excellent comment - this one will take some thinking.

:wai:

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I think my security system is pretty good, but I am open for suggestions to improve it,so that my life here can become even more easygoing and laid back than it already is. So hereunder I will describe my home safety system, in the hope to get tips to make it even more full proof.

My first line of defense is a 3 meter high wall around the outer perimeter of my property. At the corners, there are towers manned by well trained and armed marksmen. All of them are army trained snipers. At night they use night time visors, but anyway if there is an attempt to breach the wall, sensors will detect the motion, and everything will be flooded in light.

Right behind the outer wall, there is a 5 meter wide canal with crocodiles, quite a few of which are over 3 meters long. My wife, who is Thai, had to go through great lengths to finally acquire a permit to keep crocodiles as "pets". The bridge across the canal can only be lowered when we push a button inside the house.

Around the house, there is second 3 meter high wall, of course also fitted our with barbed wire. Around the wall, machine gun armed guards are patrolling with dogs 24 hours a day. The dogs are Napoletanos. They were not so easy to find, I ended up importing them from Pakistan, and it was in no way easy to import them legally.

If anybody would manage to find his way to our bedroom door, he would walk straight into the jaws of death. The steel door can only be opened through iris recognition technology, and if somebody tries to open the door in any other way, a highly poisonous gas is released automatically.

I am always open for suggestions to top up our security system even more, and I hope readers will come up with a few useful ideas.

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Maybe more practical advice would be to not let your wife borrow more money than she can pay back in a timely fashion. That includes gambling debts. :whistling:

Don't give any shady types a reason to come find your humble abode...

If that was supposed to be a joke I wasn't particularly impressed. Your post stinks of bad taste if you ask me.

Taste aside, it's extremely common among let's say a particular demographic (no need to state the obvious) to overspend and take out loans out as soon as they finally own a piece of property or an automobile outright (often for the first times in their lives) or two with said items as collateral at above market rate interest in a downward spiral of debt. It's almost like an innate instinct to return their financial status to the one (and in many cases worse off than) they were born into. You can't change your class status by simply increasing your assets, one also needs to change one's mindset and way of life.

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Let me tell you the cheapest home protection device available.

Buy plastic zip-lock bags, place the valuables (money, jewelries) in the bags, dig a hole in the backyard, and bury them.

Make sure even your trusting partner does not see you what you are burying there.

If you worry about the plastic bag breaks open, over-sized PVC pipe with tight caps will do the trick also.

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Buy plastic zip-lock bags, place the valuables (money, jewelries) in the bags, dig a hole in the backyard, and bury them.

Make sure even your trusting partner does not see you what you are burying there.

Okay, but what if.................

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My first line of defense is a 3 meter high wall around the outer perimeter of my property. At the corners, there are towers manned by well trained and armed marksmen. All of them are army trained snipers. At night they use night time visors.......

Ah, thanks. That explains where all these ex-SAS, CIA and Special Forces guys in the bars here get their beer money, and what they do when they aren't drinking. I've often wondered.

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Maybe more practical advice would be to not let your wife borrow more money than she can pay back in a timely fashion. That includes gambling debts. :whistling:

Don't give any shady types a reason to come find your humble abode...

If that was supposed to be a joke I wasn't particularly impressed. Your post stinks of bad taste if you ask me.

Taste aside, it's extremely common among let's say a particular demographic (no need to state the obvious) to overspend and take out loans out as soon as they finally own a piece of property or an automobile outright (often for the first times in their lives) or two with said items as collateral at above market rate interest in a downward spiral of debt. It's almost like an innate instinct to return their financial status to the one (and in many cases worse off than) they were born into. You can't change your class status by simply increasing your assets, one also needs to change one's mindset and way of life.

:)

You people crack me up.

Our Forethat is asking for some good comments regarding home security, he doesn’t appear to be in need of financial and marriage counselling or assumptions about his wife’s spending habits.

So you lot who are concerned about Forethat`s marital and financial problems, get a life because no one is interested.

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One of the saddest cases I saw was a family that has died in a house fire. They had put bars on all the lower floor windows and the fire and smoke was such that they could not exit through the doors. Always install bars that allow for an exit option. Don't build a prison for yourself that prevents escape in an emergency.

Excellent comment - this one will take some thinking.

:wai:

Very valid comment, know of mutilple cases of this this happening, the robbers couldnt get in, but the people living in the house couldnt get out in time either

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Buy plastic zip-lock bags, place the valuables (money, jewelries) in the bags, dig a hole in the backyard, and bury them.

Make sure even your trusting partner does not see you what you are burying there.

Okay, but what if.................

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If you worry about your dogs digging up the ground, put a planter on top of the hole.

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