Security Firm on STX
Any suggestions on good security firms on St Croix for monitoring and response to your residential property?
Try layers of security. The more, the better: Fence, lights, cameras, dog, alarm, etc. Set up a Neighborhood Watch, so even if the cops don't respond to the alarm, your neighbors will, and they'll generally look out for each other.
Can't agree more (especially the Dog part).,...I've said before, A dog or Dogs is your best bet!!! They are loyal, and if well trained, great guard dogs! And from what I know about STX, the dogs need a home....no shortage (unfortunately!)
Hey, maybe when I move I can train dogs and bartend at night????
Ah...I freakin' hate this topic!
The answer to your question DixieChick, is YES - it happens here. If dogs are the only thing standing between your stuff and a scumball that wants to steal your stuff, it's a simple enough problem to solve.
I put up a post about this 7 months or so ago. Here's some of it:
"When I spoke with my vet, I told them my concerns. The question I asked was, “Do you see a lot of cases where dogs have been poisoned. Their response was, “Yes, we see it all the time.” They told me that sometimes when people’s homes are broken into, the owners will bring their dogs in as a precaution to see if they’ve been poisoned. I asked what poison was used. They had not run any tests but they believed that rat poison was most likely. They flush out the dogs with K1. K1 is the antidote for rat poison."
Speaking of dogs, our neighbor had 2 big dogs as guard dogs. Nobody and I mean nobody came onto the property without her or her dad being there to basically "control the dogs". She had a big black Doberman and an even larger Rhodesian Ridgeback that had reputations of being very unfriendly to "strangers". Well her house got broken into just months before she was moving off island several years ago during broad daylight. A bunch of stuff including a TV and jewelry was stolen. There was nobody at home and the dogs never barked according to nearby neighbors who were at home What was determined by her and the police is that a person who had done some work at her house several times (therefore knew of the dogs) gave these dogs "treats" to keep them from barking while they committed their crime.. So there's another twist on getting by guard dogs.
I personally know an ADT sales guy. His name is Bobby Goldman who lives on St Croix. ADT can set up motion detectors, burglar alarms, etc. on your residence and it is a wireless system as I understand it. He can be reached on his cell phone @ 340-473-7466. If you call Bobby tell him Jumbie referred you.
Cameras are a must. They're more feared than dogs.
But that said, breakins can happen, so get a SAFE and put it in a convenient location so that you'll actually use it on a daily basis for storing jewelry, cameras, your laptop (the stuff they're looking for to make a quick buck on).
Some houses and communities and locations are less-safe than others. Canvass the neighborhood and local police before buying/renting. Some rental homes have "histories."
"Remote" settings offer burglars more time and cover, though the dumb ones will still do things in broad daylight in neighborhoods. So if your location is more remote, dogs and ADP aren't as big of a deterrent (VIPD response time being what it is).
As mentioned: Many break-ins are perpetrated by workers who have been in the house. Thus it's important to keep your "future easy-pickins" valuables out of sight, and preferably in your safe, when workers come round. They're not looking for your objets d' art.