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Old 01-23-2009, 04:24 AM
 
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You're definitely right about HPD in Clear Lake. A monitored home security system is no different vs. a noise-maker.
Do you have any anecdotal information you could share on this subject? I've often wondered about it. It's got to be better than nothing, but has it ever resulted in the apprehension of perps - that you know of?
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Old 01-27-2009, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Elberta, AL
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I am now concentrating on the Clear Lake, Pearland, Friendswood areas.
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Old 01-27-2009, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh N. Hills / Houston-Clear Lake
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Do you have any anecdotal information you could share on this subject? I've often wondered about it. It's got to be better than nothing, but has it ever resulted in the apprehension of perps - that you know of?

The only thing I can say is 2 times our monitored burglar alarm went off while I was at work, and there was no evidence the police ever showed up.

(Nothing happened - it was caused by a faulty sensor.)

When I got home I called the alarm company so they could cancel the call. I'm thinking if I got home and personally called HPD, they'd eventually show up a couple hours later. When I lived in Sugar Land, those cops would be at the house in less than 5 minutes if the alarm went off.

Even though we have our own patrol unit, the force is still strung out too thinly to even come out if your car is broken into. You call them to report it, and they give you a case # to file with your insurance.

If you want nice, suburban master planned communities with better services, look at the Memorial Villages. Those towns are essentially like Clear Lake, but with enough money to de-annex themselves from Houston and its services.

But since the OP is looking on the SE side, and while I'm on a roll... if you want the strongest police presence, Friendswood would be your place.
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Old 01-27-2009, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Elberta, AL
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So Friendswoods is Friendswood, but Clear Lake is Houston? What about the utility companies (power, phone, water, gas, etc.). Are they the same?
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Old 01-27-2009, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh N. Hills / Houston-Clear Lake
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Clear Lake is basically Houston 77058, 77059, 77062. The city of Webster (77598) bleeds into Clear Lake... it's basically the shopping district for the area, and it's sometimes hard to tell where it begins and ends.

Electric company is deregulated and there are lots of companies: www.powertochoose.org

Your landline phone will likely be Southwestern Bell / SBC which is now AT&T.

Natural gas = Centerpoint energy.

Water will depend on your neighborhood. Clear Lake is Clear Lake City Water Authority. Elsewhere it could be a MUD.
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Old 01-27-2009, 12:42 PM
 
Location: A little suburb of Houston
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Utilities are all the same except water and trash pick-up
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Old 01-27-2009, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh N. Hills / Houston-Clear Lake
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When I was west of I-45 my phone co was Verizon. When I moved to the Clear Lake side, it became SBC. Not sure how it is anymore. Not that it matters since you don't really have a choice.

West of 45, I had to pre-pay for trash pickup 4 times a year to a private company. They gave us a sticker for our trash can. East of 45, trash is included in my annual HOA fee.
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Old 01-27-2009, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Elberta, AL
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The "powertochoose" looks like a lot of headache to decide what to pick!!!
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Old 01-27-2009, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Many cities require an update on alarm permits annually and that the alarm company also has to have a copy of the renewed permit annually or they won't verify to the police that the alarm needs to be dispatched on. The police won't come if the alarm company won't verify that they have a permit. Good info to know and to verify with your city and alarm company so you know you are getting your money's worth from your system.
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Old 01-27-2009, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh N. Hills / Houston-Clear Lake
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I paid for that alarm permit for 3 years for nothing. I used to get HO insurance discounts and year after year they got smaller and smaller, until this year there is no difference between monitored alarm vs. noise maker. So I didn't renew it this year since I figured it's a lost cause.
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