Originally Posted by PolyBatman
This is very true, I do believe delaying them entry as long as possible will prompt them to go elsewhere. So you're right any deterrence you can give the thieves is a plus!
In my area there are "Crime Analysts" that can give specific ideas on how best to spend your security dollars.
Your tax dollars paid for these guys, you might as well get the benefit of what they know. The cops can probably hook you up with your local equivalent of this service.
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