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Where to check for neighbors stealing power?

Understand how much power you are using 4000 KWH per month... 720 hours per month... that's 5600 watts on average all the time. This is the equivalent of a dryer running continuously... 24 x 7... If ...
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I turned a breaker off, and now the security alarm system won’t stop beeping

Most alarm systems have a backup battery. It would appear likely that yours is indicating failure and need of replacement. I would expect a competent alarm monitoring service to advise you of that (or ...
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Permanently disable security system

Per your pictures you have a DSC 1832 system and the manual can be found here. What you might try is doing a factory reset Power down the system completely. Connect a short (wire) between Zone 1 and ...
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Where to check for neighbors stealing power?

Below is my original answer - which is still valid when looking for hidden or stolen energy usage. However, given that your house is all electric, it is quite possible that your usage is normal. ...
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How to prevent removal of cross-cut bolts for security?

You could add another locking nut on the bolt inside the shed - You wont be damaging the rust protection of the bolt and it is an easy addition if the bolts are long enough. Here's some useful ...
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Detecting unauthorized access to storage room

Search for "trail camera" in aliexpress, Amazon, or any other retailer. These cameras are meant to be left in the forest to take videos of animals. They are activated by a low power motion ...
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Detecting unauthorized access to storage room

What country are you in? If you are in North America and the light switch is inside your locked space and there is a normal E26 light bulb socket, you can BUY an adapter that will allow you to take ...
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Detecting unauthorized access to storage room

Balance an open bucket of yellow paint on a small platform above the door on the inside. Attach the bucket to the door with a piece of string. The string should be long enough that the door can be ...
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How to prevent removal of cross-cut bolts for security?

You can grind the head smooth but the problem is you then weaken the bolt. A better solution is to buy some smooth headed carriage bolts similar to the one shown below from Lowes. They come in various ...
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Permanently disable security system

Disconnect the battery and the power supply (if you can find where it's plugged in, somewhere near the brown box, unplug it.) Unfortunately your picture of the label is not quite clear enough to read. ...
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Extend ethernet cable

Not what I'd do, but there's no such thing as a cable that isn't practical to redo in my world. Waterproof ethernet coupler. They are commonly available. Assuming the case (unstated) is that you have ...
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Extend ethernet cable

Extend the wire while indoors with a coupler, and make sure that the section exposed to the outside is weather-proof. There are also weather-proof couplers available, but obviously at a higher cost: ...
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Where to check for neighbors stealing power?

I used to live in an 800sq foot apartment in Seattle which has extremely mild winters. It was heated with electric baseboards. We're billed bi-monthly and I was appalled to find out our bill was just ...
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Can an indoor camera be placed in the eave of a house and continue to function?

I wouldn't even think of doing this, because outdoor cameras are so cheap, and the amount of work involved to weatherproof something which isn't designed for outdoors will end up costing you more than ...
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Need a peephole camera without modifying peephole

You've fallen into a wrong set of assumptions: the only smartphone-like thing with a camera IS a smart phone all smartphones must be 0-2 years old and costly all smartphones need a costly cellular ...
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How to prevent removal of cross-cut bolts for security?

Just use a grinder to grind them smooth. The dedicated bike thief will use their grinder (which they carry for cutting bike locks, padlocks, etc.) to grind them all the way off, of course. Except they ...
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Can I install a switch on my overhead door opener's circuit for added security?

Yes, a switch that shuts off power to the garage door opener would make it unresponsive to commands from a remote (or anything else, such as a hardwired button). In some models, it may be possible to ...
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Simple solution to let you know if you have not locked your closed door

OK, so you have a keyed entry type doorknob on the door. It has a slot for a key on one side, and a "push or twist" thingie on the other side. You step outside and close the door, and now ...
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How can I make it so that locking a deadbolt switches on the porch light?

I am sorry your bikes were stolen, that's awful. I think your plan is sound if fully considered (electrical safety, structural soundness), but burying that switch in your door frame doesn't sound like ...
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Detecting unauthorized access to storage room

Wedge a dime or some small, thin object between the door and jamb and lightly mark the door where the object is. If the door is opened, the object will fall and if the person notices it and tries to ...
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How to leave low voltage wiring behind wall?

The common practice for future expansion is to install the box and put a blank cover on it. That eliminates the requirement of chopping into the drywall to find the wire. It also eliminates the need ...
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What’s the proper way to lead the powerline of a security camera from the front porch into the house?

A long masonry bit, for that house. The (evidently) wood framing around the transom window you have a yellow arrow on might or might not offer an easier route that works. You have to be very sure you ...
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What’s the proper way to lead the powerline of a security camera from the front porch into the house?

Route the cable upward, either exposed or concealed in regular or surface conduit, into whatever space is above the porch -- often an attic. You could leave the conduit "unfinished," meaning ...
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I turned a breaker off, and now the security alarm system won’t stop beeping

This is typical. The alarm system is normally powered by your home AC power. It may be hardwired, though typically for small alarms use a plug in adapter with low voltage wires routed through the wall ...
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How to prevent removal of cross-cut bolts for security?

Frame challenge: You're overthinking this. The shed itself is sufficient as both deterrent and obfuscation. You don't need to worry about someone disassembling the shed by undoing enough screws to ...
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Permanently disable security system

You need to disconnect both AC power and battery power. The battery is easy - remove the red and black wires from the terminals on top of the battery. The AC is a bit trickier. AC power is coming on ...
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How to attach a security camera to an existing box?

Many camera's like this popular Lorex model: come with a small 2" surface mounting "Plate" that you can use if you don't have electrical box mounting. They also screw into a 1/2" weatherproof ...
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I turned a breaker off, and now the security alarm system won’t stop beeping

You need to find your user's manual for your alarm system, and see what it has to say. If you don't have one, then talk to your alarm company. Yes, it's likely it's complaining about the battery. ...
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Can an indoor camera be placed in the eave of a house and continue to function?

Sure. There is nothing magical about outside. It's a harsher environment, and your camera will likely die faster because of it, but it's not going to immediately stop working. That said, it's probably ...
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How can I make it so that locking a deadbolt switches on the porch light?

Does the idea of an indicator lamp seem sensible? Sure; as a scheme for monitoring the state of something at a distance this has been implemented countless times. Yes, a momentary switch may be ...
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