Security suggestions for an expensive zero turn mower

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  1. jezbeliverson

    jezbeliverson n3wb

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    Hey,

    How is everyone? I need some help :)

    My parents just purchased a nice, expensive, zero turn lawn mower for their home.

    Do you know if there are any security measures that can be taken to secure the mower? e.g. I read about GPS tracking, can they put an alarm on it when it is not in use, etc.

    They have cameras around the house, however, additional security measures are welcome, as this is a $$ machine.

    Tks,

    xx

    Jez
     
  2. Ryan00

    Ryan00 Getting the hang of it

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    There are tons of things you can do, where is this mower stored at? If your that worried about it, you can chain it to the garage wall or whatever wall it's stored at. You can place a camera right nexted to the mower, and have BI alert whenever their is motion. Or use a motion sensor that alerts your phone. There is endless options !
     
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    jezbeliverson n3wb

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    Thanks @Ryan00 where are the other experts like @nayr

    Yes it will be in the garage, so how do I chain it to the wall? Can you help me please so I can do it for my parents, or tell them how. Do I get a thick chain and then attach it to the wall? but can't they just rip it off?

    How would this BI work? I don't think they have blue iris setup, but maybe there is a simpler option? I know that the cameras they have can send alerts.

    Any recommendation for a motion sensor that alerts the phone?

    Tks,
    xx

    Jez
     
  4. Ryan00

    Ryan00 Getting the hang of it

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    A zero turn lawn mower would be a pretty hard thing to steal not only would you need a large vehicle to transport this But multiple people . I would assume long as the door is shut it should be fine, do your parents really live in that bad of a neighborhood where someone will break down the garage door and steal a very large mower? I would buy the heaviest chain I could find, bolt too a couple of studs in the garage . You could get a camera but I'm willing to bet if someone goes to the trouble of breaking down a garage door and transport something this large they will probably be wearing a mask.
     
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    Ryan00 Getting the hang of it

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    The area they live in is good, but it is a small ranch community, so distances between homes are far.

    I read about GPS tracking, like if it gets stolen, is there some way to track it?

    Tks,
    xx

    Jez
     
  7. Ryan00

    Ryan00 Getting the hang of it

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    Here is this one most of these require a fee this one is 19.99 a month

    GPS Tracker for lawn mower • GPS Tracking By Tracker Systems
     
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    you can install somehting like this in the floor of the garage right under an axle: heavy duty cement in ground anchor 50 mortorcycle/motorbike/quad/trailer/caravan | eBay

    then use a heavy duty bike chain/lock.. dont look at what lawnmower owners are doing, look at what Motor bike owners are doing.. easier to steal a motor bike than a lawn mower.

    the key to that is putting the chain/lock under the mower, with no slack and little room to maneuver, so anyone with a big pair of lock cutters wont have the range of motion or leverage required to operate them.. if you chain it to the wall or any place they can get a good bite onto the chain and then use the ground and there full weight as leverage and even the best lock/chain will be defeated.. If you do it right the only way to cut it all is with a grinder and tha'll make alot of noise and possibly start a fire in a shed full of chemicals.

    GPS Tracking is stupid, the'll hide it in a shed/barn and it wont get a gps lock.
     
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    Store it indoors in an alarmed shed, chain it when not in use, hide the key, and unplug something simple but unobvious on it so it won't start even if they do find the key or hotwire it.
     
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    jezbeliverson n3wb

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    Ryan00 Getting the hang of it

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    I think this is a good place to start, now I will add this, if you want to get even more advanced, you can buy a home automation hub something like a smartthings hub or wink hub and buy a z wave motion sensor, that way not only will it send a loud alert,but will also send you a alert to your mobile phone in case your away. Then once you get a Smartthings alert you can check the camera to see what is going on. Links below

    Samsung SmartThings Hub, 2nd Generation Samsung SmartThings Hub, 2nd Generation - - Amazon.com

    Ecolink Z-Wave PIR Motion Detector, Pet Immune (PIRZWAVE2-ECO) Amazon.com : Ecolink Z-Wave PIR Motion Detector, Pet Immune (PIRZWAVE2-ECO) : Household Alarms And Detectors : Camera & Photo

    Hikvision DS-2CD2342WD-I 4MP WDR EXIR Turret IP Network Camera US English Version 2.8mm Amazon.com: Hikvision DS-2CD2342WD-I 4MP WDR EXIR Turret IP Network Camera US English Version 2.8mm: Camera & Photo
     
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    If you go with a traditional alarm panel (honeywell vista or similiar) you can get a pressure mat and tie it into the alarm..just park the mower on the mat, add in a PIR, door/window sensors, and you are good to go. USP-901 9'' x 15'' Indoor/Outdoor Pressure Mat
     
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