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    • ScarletMarble
    • By ScarletMarble 6th Jul 18, 8:38 AM
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    Thieves taking advantage of warm weather
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    • 6th Jul 18, 8:38 AM
    Thieves taking advantage of warm weather 6th Jul 18 at 8:38 AM
    Woke up to read on FB that two of my friends were broken in last night. One had an iPad and the other, her purse.

    Both live 5-6 miles away and both of the thieves (doubt they the same thieves) went through open downstairs windows.

    Asking everyone to keep downstairs doors and windows locked before they go to bed. Though it's difficult for those living in bungalows and ground floor flats plus those who have pets that sleep downstairs.

    My parents always lock every downstairs window and door before they go to bed, even in this weather
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    • Ames
    • By Ames 6th Jul 18, 7:40 PM
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    I live in a ground floor flat and I keep the tippler windows (small ones at the top) open all the time. For someone to burgle me they'd have to train a cat/small dog/hamster to do the dirty work for them, so they deserve anything they can get for going to so much trouble.

    I am a bit concerned about security though, I've been thinking about getting a video doorbell but I'm worried someone will nick it!
    Unless I say otherwise 'you' means the general you not you specifically.
    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 6th Jul 18, 8:28 PM
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    I live in a ground floor flat and I keep the tippler windows (small ones at the top)
    Originally posted by Ames
    Funny how they have different names in different part of the country. I would call that a hopper.
    “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” - Mark Twain
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 6th Jul 18, 8:30 PM
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    Funny how they have different names in different part of the country. I would call that a hopper.
    Originally posted by Gloomendoom
    And we alsways called them the fanlights!
    (I just lurve spiders! )
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    • coffeehound
    • By coffeehound 6th Jul 18, 8:39 PM
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    Another hazard is

    https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/977564/london-news-fox-attack-woman-sleep-rabies-danger

    The fox attacked on Sunday at 5.30am, and it is believed to have sneaked in the ground floor flat in Clapham, South West London, through a door left open on the patio.
    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 6th Jul 18, 8:47 PM
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    Even if that is true, I'm not particularly bothered about the 1 in 60 million chance that it could happen to me too.
    “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” - Mark Twain
    • Lorian
    • By Lorian 6th Jul 18, 8:49 PM
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    two-zone (or more) alarm system, so you can turn on just the downstairs breakglass/PIRs when you go to bed is the way to go.
    • indesisiv
    • By indesisiv 6th Jul 18, 9:00 PM
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    And we alsways called them the fanlights!
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    Funny how they have different names in different part of the country. I would call that a hopper.
    Originally posted by Gloomendoom
    I live in a ground floor flat and I keep the tippler windows (small ones at the top) open all the time.
    Originally posted by Ames
    See here is me that just calls them the little windows
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    • coffeehound
    • By coffeehound 6th Jul 18, 9:00 PM
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    Even if that is true, I'm not particularly bothered about the 1 in 60 million chance that it could happen to me too.
    Originally posted by Gloomendoom
    It did happen a year or two ago when a baby in a pram was bitten. 27 million homes in the UK so more like 1 in 13.5 million

    .
    Last edited by coffeehound; 06-07-2018 at 9:03 PM.
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 6th Jul 18, 9:17 PM
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    Chris Packham said it was because humans feed,the foxes, so themfoxes associate humans with easy food and lose their fear of them, eventually venturing into the houses.

    He recommended not leaving food for them and not trying to 'tame' them, or encourage them to come closer.

    As a result, when I have foxes in my garden, I try to make sure they don't lose their fear of me.



    Do native foxes here have rabies?
    (I just lurve spiders! )
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    • coffeehound
    • By coffeehound 6th Jul 18, 9:21 PM
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    Sounds good advice.
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 6th Jul 18, 9:33 PM
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    ...
    I am a bit concerned about security though, I've been thinking about getting a video doorbell but I'm worried someone will nick it!
    Originally posted by Ames
    If the base unit has a memory card, at least you may be able to see who took it!

    I'd rather be eccentric than egocentric
    • Tabbytabitha
    • By Tabbytabitha 6th Jul 18, 10:10 PM
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    Why would you leave your downstairs windows open when you have gone to bed? That's just asking to be broken into in my opinion.

    Then again I only have them open if I am in, if I was in the garden for the afternoon or something I would shut them onto the latches at least.

    ETA: Most common occurrence in hot weather are people just walking in through open back doors and taking handbag, phone, laptop etc.
    Originally posted by indesisiv
    If it's really hot you need to leave windows open to let the cool night air in so that the room gets less hot the next day, nt wide enough to let someone in, obviously. That's one of the benefits of having shutters.
    • Tabbytabitha
    • By Tabbytabitha 6th Jul 18, 10:16 PM
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    Chris Packham said it was because humans feed,the foxes, so themfoxes associate humans with easy food and lose their fear of them, eventually venturing into the houses.

    He recommended not leaving food for them and not trying to 'tame' them, or encourage them to come closer.

    As a result, when I have foxes in my garden, I try to make sure they don't lose their fear of me.



    Do native foxes here have rabies?
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    I doubt that we would have had pet quarantine regulations for years if they did.
    • coffeehound
    • By coffeehound 6th Jul 18, 10:37 PM
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    There have been bats with rabies in the UK, don't know if anything else has(?)
    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 6th Jul 18, 10:39 PM
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    It did happen a year or two ago when a baby in a pram was bitten. 27 million homes in the UK so more like 1 in 13.5 million

    .
    Originally posted by coffeehound
    But only one person bitten, so more like 1 in 60 million or 1 in 120 million if it only happens every two years.
    “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” - Mark Twain
    • Ames
    • By Ames 6th Jul 18, 10:52 PM
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    Funny how they have different names in different part of the country. I would call that a hopper.
    Originally posted by Gloomendoom
    Putting the definition was almost an afterthought, I thought everyone called them that.
    Unless I say otherwise 'you' means the general you not you specifically.
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 7th Jul 18, 7:57 AM
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    Putting the definition was almost an afterthought, I thought everyone called them that.
    Originally posted by Ames
    I thought that everyone called them fanlights!
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

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    • Tabbytabitha
    • By Tabbytabitha 8th Jul 18, 2:15 PM
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    I thought that everyone called them fanlights!
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    Me too!....
    • Tabbytabitha
    • By Tabbytabitha 8th Jul 18, 2:16 PM
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    There have been bats with rabies in the UK, don't know if anything else has(?)
    Originally posted by coffeehound
    They've only found 26 bats with rabies in over 30 years - it isn't a problem and doesn't affect the UK's rabies free status.
    • Tallaght
    • By Tallaght 8th Jul 18, 2:20 PM
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    Bats are getting wiped out.White-nose syndrome has killed more than a million bats in the past four years.
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