Strange question about home security...

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Ok, this sounds like a strange thing to ask about, but it's for story purposes (I swear).

What I'm looking for information on is any kind of power or dust that you could coat your floor with before leaving the house that

A) Is not blindingly obvious to an intruder.

B) Will capture footprints
 
There was a trick in a Bond movie I really liked: putting a hair across the juncture between a door/window and its frame to see whether it had been opened. I think he just slicked his fingers a bit and laid the hair across. If the door or window is opened, it would just fall off, and it's incredibly inconspicuous. Don't know how practical it would be, though.

Also, if you use something like household laundry detergent, it will fluoresce under a blacklight. Maybe something to consider.
 
There was a trick in a Bond movie I really liked: putting a hair across the juncture between a door/window and its frame to see whether it had been opened. I think he just slicked his fingers a bit and laid the hair across. If the door or window is opened, it would just fall off, and it's incredibly inconspicuous. Don't know how practical it would be, though.

Also, if you use something like household laundry detergent, it will fluoresce under a blacklight. Maybe something to consider.


I really like both of those, thanks! :hrt:
 
About the laundry detergent though...wouldn't it be obvious if you coated your floor in some liquid like that?
 
If you don't mind my asking, what's your story about?
 
About the laundry detergent though...wouldn't it be obvious if you coated your floor in some liquid like that?
I'm talking about the powder, specifically. It might be problematic to get a layer that is simultaneously uniform and inconspicuous, though.
 
If you don't mind my asking, what's your story about?


It's a sci-fi series, but one of my supporting characters is a very meticulous, slightly Holmesian policeman who is under surveillance by other policemen for subversive activities (he has a side gig of forging identities for runaway slaves and various "undesirables" that his Empire doesn't like), so he has interest in knowing if his house has been snooped around in when he steps out.
 
Story purposes. Uh-huh.
 
Any sort of powder would be pretty obvious but a common trick is too put a piece of paper in the crack of the door so that it will fall out if the door is opened. Even if the intruder see the paper and recognizes what it is for he would have no way of knowing exactly where it was to put it back.
 
There was a trick in a Bond movie I really liked: putting a hair across the juncture between a door/window and its frame to see whether it had been opened. I think he just slicked his fingers a bit and laid the hair across. If the door or window is opened, it would just fall off, and it's incredibly inconspicuous. Don't know how practical it would be, though.

This was Dr. No. Another thing he did in that scene was put powder on his suitcase to see if anyone tried to open it after he left.

Another suitcase trick was in Goldfinger. If the catches weren't turned a certain way, a canister of tear gas would explode when someone tried to open it.
 

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