Normally, I’d consider that advice to be bullshit


But in the case of a dumbass burglar taking time to pry open an apparently unlocked glass door/window with a big honkin’ crowbar…

…then maybe putting a dead bolt on your flimsy, near-cardboard, hollowcore closet door would work.


Consider also putting a lock on the inside of a closet, such as a deadbolt.

But then, they also expect you have electrical outlets and power strips in that closet:

Charging your phone in a closet is also a great way to hide all those pesky cords—(think about charging your kindle, your iPad, your power drill in there too).

And by Ghu don’t defend yourself:

3. Unless you are a trained professional, don’t grab a weapon. This includes firearms, baseball bats and pepper spray. They all sound like a good idea, but again, we don’t know how the burglar will react to seeing an armed person.

I’ve got a fair idea how a burglar encountering me with a gun will react. Either immediate total surrender, or pain, profuse bleeding, and likely death (maybe he’ll bring a cell phone, too, so he can make a proactive call for his ambulance).

Surprise: This is a company trying to sell you an alarm system, so naturally they advise an alarm system so you know when to cower, hide, and run away.

(Hat tip to Of Arms and the Law.)


7 thoughts on “Normally, I’d consider that advice to be bullshit

  1. wdg3rd July 26, 2015 / 4:54 pm

    Actually, there are electrical outlets inside several closets since I rewired the house in the 90s. Deadbolt on the insides of the doors would be futile as the doors open out and I’m unwilling to weld the pins into the hinges.


  2. Bear July 26, 2015 / 5:24 pm

    If they’re walk-ins, that’s cool. If they’re little enclosures with just enough room for a hanger bar, that’s still cool, if you don’t leave power-sucking stuff plugged in and unattended. If you’re leaving your phone, Kinlde, iPad, and power tools charging, you may be asking for fire trouble.

    At least you’ve got hinged doors. Offhand, I can’t recall ever having clothes closets with those. Usually, I’ve had sliding doors or folding types. Or free-standing armoires or wardrobes.

    No doubt that company’s targeted demographic is rich folks with big fancy houses, bigger budgets… and tiny (if any) balls.


    • wdg3rd July 26, 2015 / 6:32 pm

      Provision to use one or more of them for servers, back in the day. Wound up leaving everything but Lisa’s and my workstations in the basement.


      • Bear July 26, 2015 / 6:50 pm

        Shoot, you don’t need a locked closet. Cover behind the wall of electronics and throw old computers at the goblin. Start with the Trash-80s and work your way up. [grin]


        • wdg3rd July 26, 2015 / 7:55 pm

          Rather throw the old 386 and 486 towers with the solid steel cases.


          • Bear July 26, 2015 / 8:00 pm

            Nah. If he’s armed, you want those for ballistic armor.

            You’ll also avoid a hernia.


            • wdg3rd July 26, 2015 / 9:05 pm

              If I’m in the basement, I’m armed. The longest line-of-sight down there is less than 50 feet. Even the crappy 9mm semi rifle Lisa picked up in Utah after the 2nd Conclave is accurate enough for that.


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