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need to rig up a burglar alarm in a wooden fence gate

I have a wooden fence gate that will be partially opened at night and closed in the morning.
An expensive device will be mounted inside the gate.
I want to rig up an alarm to protect the device from theft or vandalism. My bedroom will be only 10 feet way, so any tampering that sets off the alarm would easily get my attention with my phone nearby to call the cops.

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Never seen one, but will check it out.

I plan to have a motion light on each corner of the house, or regular flood lights. I'll have an expensive anti dog barking device on the inside of the gate and I will have to have the gate maybe 1/3 open at night, so the device can hear the dogs bark.
I want to keep the dog owner's from stealing, vandalizing the device.
Hoping to have some rope etc. in the window 8 feet away, to be able to crack the gate open at night, and closed in the morning. Maybe tension of some kind to close it (spring), and a rope I can pull to open the gate 1/3 of the way, and close the window down on the rope to keep the gate door open partially overnight.

City police gave the 100% go signal, on a direct surveillance camera.
Les than 100% on lights pointed right at the dogs
(either flood lights, or lights that can some how be turned on when they bark).

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On the Halloween motion detector, I'd need something loud enough for me to hear in my bedroom, about 15 feet away, so I could call the police if the device did not scare them off.

Once this anti dog barking device is determined to work or not, I'd get the more expensive model, which has a 50 foot range and will be able to be mounted in my window and less subject to vandalism.
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Couldn't a motion light have that screw in outlet part instead of a light bulb.

Plugged into the outlet is a stereo, or other device, with the volume turnd up high.
Then when the intruder makes noise, the motion light sends power to the stereo and the speakers blast away.

I would not want every little noise to set it off.

I asked on CL for a Halloween type motion and noise device and someone suggested a $1 device that emits 90 decibels when the door or window is opened.
However, I want to protect my dog barking device when the fence gate is opened as well. So, I need some motion detector mounted near the barking device.
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Here is the overall plan:
Complete the fence from the end of the fence, to the corner of the house.
Have the fence gate on the end near the dog cage.
Have a spring on the gate door to keep it closed.
Mount the dog barking device inside the gate door with a wood top to protect it from weather, though the device has a water proof cover.
A rope will be attatched to a handle on the outside of the gate. That rope will be tightened and held in place by pulling it in the window and closing the window on the rope.
After dark, the window will be slightly raised, the rope pulled far enough to open the gate maybe 35%, to expose the device to the dogs.
In the morning, slightly raise window, slacken rope to close gate, close window.

To keep the casual looker from wondering why the rope is there, I'll hang a no tresspassing sign on the rope in the middle of the rope.
To the non casual looker, a motion triggered noise device (like the Halloween noise makers) will be installed near the dog device to prevent theft or vandalism.
Motion lights will be installed on one or both corners of the house.
This seem the least expensive way to find out if this barking device will work. If not, the more expensive one with a longer range will be installed under the roof. Then use of the CW-818W camera and VCR if all anti dog barking devices fail to work.
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Eye Spy Voice Recorder
.......could work....it says it picks up motion as far out as 3 feet. My device would be about 5-6 feet from the dog cage. Maybe 7-9 feet from "their" motion.
The device does not say "how loud" the voice message is, to the person who sets the device off.
>> Here is the overall plan:

Sounds workable.

>> Couldn't a motion light have that screw in outlet part instead of a light bulb.

Yes. That was what I was trying to say. Most Motion Detection floods has one or two "screws" to let you set Sensitivity (to motion) and Duration (how long it stays On after it is triggered)
I had problems with kids coming through my gate at night to take things. I rigged a magnet catch to a wireless doorbell. The doorbell was beside my bed.
When the gate opened, the metal plate moved from the magnet, ringing the doorbell.

I see this working by tying a black cord to the small metal plate that comes with these magnet switches. The length of cord will allow the gate to be opened 1/3 of the way. Push the gate any farther, or run into the cord at night and the doorbell rings alerting you, but not the prowler.

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D_Brugge:
I have a wireless door bell that is not being used.
I'm not clearly seeing how your device was hooked up.
My wireless bell mounts inside the house and the wireless button is mounted outside the door. Press the button and the bell rings.

Does my wireless bell sound like it is different that yours?
Interested if you can explain yours as I'm not visualizing how it works.

Someone suggested a window - door alarm.
I went to the store they recommended and the device has a magnet, I think.
One piece mounts on the door or window and the other mounts on the door or window frame. When the door is opened the two pieces are not longer connecting to each other and the alarm sounds. It was a fairly high 90 decibels.
I did not think that could work for me, since my gate will be open and the "most" risk is someone seeing and trying to steal the device mounted on the inside of the door.

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D_Brugge
here is a photo of my wireless doorbell. (well my button and bell both have small circuit boards and both use batteries, no wires or screws to attach the magnet switch. (??)

So, in that photo of the magnet switch, the two wires would attatch to my door bell button screws. And that magnet switch is "closed" and when it become open because, some one moves one piece or the other, my door bell would ring?

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wanted on Craigslist a Halloween noise maker is not working. It's a seasonal item and no one has one for free or for sale.
>> wanted on Craigslist...

bummer. At least you have other options to try.
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an electrican says the outlet thing you screw into a motion light socket so you can plug in a noise maker like a stereo, is called a "widow maker".
He says it is not grounded and kills people, but Home Depot sells them.
>> ...it is not grounded and kills people...

I guess it's possible, depending on what you plug into it. But how many radios do you see with a grounded plug (3 prong)?
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The alarm is to protect my dog barking device. After trying it for 2-3-4 weeks, if the device does not work it will have to be replaced with a more expensive model with a longer range. This will be able to be mounted on the end of my house and not subject to vandalism (except pellet gun).
So, I wanted an inexpensive alarm for my gate since the alarm may not be needed after 2-3-4 weeks. After that, I'd then install "real" sensor lights designed to turn on "lights" only. (no noise maker)
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Alot of things have happened. The dog owners got a $330 fine for barking dogs and we go to court on Feb. 11th.

They signed over the two dogs in the cage to Animal Control, two days after the citation was issued.

The eventually moved the 3rd barking dog, from my end of their house, to their end of their house, and a few days later, that dog's house was gone.

Now, the 4th dog, the older mother dog, has not been seen in 4 days and may have died.

So, all projects are delayed pending the court ruling, and how long this cage stays empty, whether the brown dog is only being kept temporarily by it's real owner, and whether the 4th dog has died and will or will not be replaced.
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thanks.
Thank you much.

Intriguing developments...