10 August 2012
Here is a middle class home on calle 28 de abril about three blocks from where I live. I like this one. It is complete with a cupola skylight. Obviously, not a single electrical wire, television cable, or telephone wire in town is buried, but that makes them easy to work on.
This home is in the typical style, which I call "contemporary Mexican residential fortress." The street level wall on the right undoubtedly encloses their patio. The usual and traditional home security features here would involve mortaring in some broken glass bottles along the top of that wall and then maintaining two dogs inside that are not altogether right in the head. The broken glass to slow them down; the dogs to take them out. This home, however, incorporates a more modern security feature that I am seeing more and more.
"Peligro" means danger. They have installed one of the new high voltage electric fences along the top of the wall. While it is not obtrusive visually, still, I would go with the broken glass bottles and the lunatic dogs were this my house. First, I like the traditional across the board. Second, all the bad guys have to do in this situation is wait for the electricity to go off, which happens now and again.