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    I vote for motion detection flood lights and IP cameras with IR/night vision capability. IP cameras do not need a computer on. They have a built in web server. You can get them wired or WiFi. If they detect motion, they can trigger alarms (relay contacts), send email, and can send images right to the web. You can also get fale cameras and signs warning of video surveillance. IP cams can be had for under $100 USD. Fake cams for maybe $25 or $30.
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    Wireless alarm, camera, and auto sensor lights help a lot to deter thieves. If you don't have to worry about liability, a couple of booby traps that are not life threatening will scare the crap out of them.
    There is a cheap trip wire that you can hook a blank shotgun shell to it. When the wire is tripped the perp thinks he got shot at. It does work, unfortunately drug dealer use real shot shells and they are very effective detering thieves from B&E into their stash.
    Law Enforcement officers use a lot of precaution when raiding a stash house because of booby traps.
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    You could build a Observatory Tower that is out of reach to the bad guys. Not many bad guys walk around carrying ladders. Just whenever you go to your tower you got to bring your own ladder to be able to get inside.
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    Default Re: Security in home made observatory

    I worry about security too, in my town a lot of garden sheds has been broken into. Since firearms are very restricted in my country, any signs about me being an armed citizen is pointless.

    At the moment I am thinking about converting a children's play house into a observatory. I hope a thief will avoid the pink color and the dolls looking out of the tiny window.
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    My roll off shed is plenty secure for my liking when locked up. however when I'm imaging and in the house I do worry about my gear left outside alone. I have quite a secure back yard with a full height fence with lockable gates. I added 3 motion sensing lights at all access points but still wanted some sort of an alarm to notify me if someone was in the back yard. I came across these units, fairly reasonable in price and in function I am quite satisfied thus far. I use 5 sensors in total, 3 covering every angle surrounding my pier and 2 that cover my fence line at all access points. The receiver is on my night stand, if any movement is detected it sounds right away so I can check the back yard. The system works very well, I've never experienced a false alarm. Ive tested the function from literally every position in the back yard, If something moves I get alerted immediately. I use lithium batteries in the sensors, and even with winter temps as low as -30 I get about 8-10 months of battery life, which is excellent in my opinion. For around 200 bucks I think this is a great option. It gives me the piece of mind to relax in the house knowing if someone gets in the back yard I will know straight away

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    Default Re: Security in home made observatory

    A friend of mine stuck a notice on his observatory warning people of radio-active contamination within! It has worked for him so far!

    For myself, an loud alarm (source hidden) going off inside a small observatory is a painful experience for more than a few seconds! Mr Thief will be detered from doing more than grabbing a few bits and running. An old non-functioning laptop near the door (or similar) will make him think he has something for his pains! I have a nearby garden shed with an easy-to-pry-open door. I keep a few old tools in there. It is a much easier target for Mr Thief than a good observatory lock and possible alarm! Do your best to make it hard for thieves to get in the observatory, Make it hard to get anything worthwhile , and get yourself insured - just in case!

 

 
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