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Old 01-25-2010, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Willow Spring, North Carolina
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We are pre-wired but never installed anything. We really want something reliable and trustworthy. Lots of break ins in the area lately, mostly cars and outside property but that's enough for me... starting to freak.

Any recommendations would be great.

Thanks!

(and no I'm not buying a dog.. thanks)
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Old 01-25-2010, 10:01 AM
 
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What are your goals with getting a security system? Do you want the system to call out no matter what (if lines are cut) or would you really care more about using it as a deterrent? Also do you want to monitor and activate/deactivate remotely using a smart phone?
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Old 01-25-2010, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Willow Spring, North Carolina
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and this is about my family... I'm not looking to protect my tv. I have heard stories lately.. scares me.
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Old 01-25-2010, 10:06 AM
 
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Honestly, and please don't take this the wrong way, but security systems in their present form will not stop someone from getting into the house and kidnapping, murdering or raping. Alarm companies typically take 30 secs to call you and by then the perp is already inside and in the bedroom. Then the cops still have to get there, that is 5-10 minutes away.

There's a video on you tube of a 9-11 call from a woman in an affluent neighborhood. She calls the cops when the dogs start barking and 3 minutes later she is getting raped. The cops took just 5 minutes to get there and they were called even before the guy was in the house. That really shook me, as my wife is home alone 3-4 nights a week.

To make you feel better though, almost all break-ins occur during the day and they are from people who want to make a quick buck. They will run if confronted.
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Old 01-25-2010, 11:34 AM
 
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Try a search for security systems on here, http://www.city-data.com/forum/search.php?searchid=18552643, as this issue has been addressed up one side and down the other. I sent you some info on that other site. Lastly, one does not buy a dog. One adopts a dog!
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Old 01-25-2010, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Willow Spring, North Carolina
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lol adopts/buy... either way my cats who adopted me will sue me over it LOL

If someone comes in my home, I want to know they are here ... i am hearing about people doing the "job" at night when people are sleeping.

Thanks for the help Wheel... we are going to make our own decision from here I think.
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Old 01-25-2010, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Virginia (again)
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I'd recommend either a panel in your master bedroom or a key chain remote that has a panic button (that you would keep with you at night). Also, put stickers and signs everywhere showing your house is monitored. No specific recommendations--I doubt there is much differenece. We used ADT when we lived in Cary and they were fine, but I found the monthly fees to be high.

ETA: Also, my main priority with security is the smoke alarm monitoring (DH lost a brother to a house fire).
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Old 01-25-2010, 01:01 PM
 
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Honestly, and please don't take this the wrong way, but security systems in their present form will not stop someone from getting into the house and kidnapping, murdering or raping. Alarm companies typically take 30 secs to call you and by then the perp is already inside and in the bedroom. Then the cops still have to get there, that is 5-10 minutes away.

There's a video on you tube of a 9-11 call from a woman in an affluent neighborhood. She calls the cops when the dogs start barking and 3 minutes later she is getting raped. The cops took just 5 minutes to get there and they were called even before the guy was in the house. That really shook me, as my wife is home alone 3-4 nights a week.

To make you feel better though, almost all break-ins occur during the day and they are from people who want to make a quick buck. They will run if confronted.

Wow!! Way to scare the crap out of someone. That's a little extreme!! If you have the alarm system stickers and sign out front, chances are the person won't bother coming into your home and hit up the neighbors that don't have an alarm system. Any robber would probably be scared away once the alarm instantly starts going off anyways! They're not going to stick around and wait for the cops to come.

I have CPI and I've been extremely happy. They call the second the alarm goes off (it's only gone off because I'm not paying attention and open doors without hitting the code). They've been very responsive when I've called them to ask them for things such as a new sign for the yard or new window stickers and the $40 a month is worth it for my peace of mind (especially since we're gone for the holiday's a lot visiting family back home).

They'll try to say you need to sign a five year contract which is insane. If you tell them you can't commit for that long they'll give you a three year contract which isn't too bad because when you're a homeowner you should probably plan on staying in your home for at least three years.

Hope that helps.
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Old 01-25-2010, 04:02 PM
 
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Wow!! Way to scare the crap out of someone. That's a little extreme!! If you have the alarm system stickers and sign out front, chances are the person won't bother coming into your home and hit up the neighbors that don't have an alarm system. Any robber would probably be scared away once the alarm instantly starts going off anyways! They're not going to stick around and wait for the cops to come.
Well the reason I wrote what I did is because she wrote
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and this is about my family... I'm not looking to protect my tv. I have heard stories lately.. scares me.
I assumed she meant about folks breaking in and harming people, it happens. That is why I went off on the tangent I did. I really didn’t mean to scare but to offer a dose of reality, and to try to get the point across that “security” using home security systems won’t prevent what I mentioned.

Like I said in my original post alarms can be mainly used as a deterrent (which you reiterated). That is the point of the alarm, bells, whistles, signs, and stickers.

If you’re serious about it however and want true security then where do you stop? Burglars can easily cut your power with our newer track homes which have the electricity on the outside wall coming out of the ground. And cut your phone and internet line to even prevent the call from going out (unless you have the cell tower installed). Then you need a battery backup to keep both the alarm and the cell tower going. But even that can be foiled by cutting power waiting the time frame for the batteries to die then cutting the phone line and breaking in. Since you are asleep you won’t notice the power anyway.

But like you said most burglars are in it for the quick buck of get in and get out, and the standard stickers and alarm (without monitoring) will prevent them from continuing into your house. But then again like the OP said she’s not looking to protect her TV she’s looking for real home security…

Also I even disagree with the monitoring of a house fire. By the time the fire trucks get there those inside are done. My buddy is a fire fighter he has some pretty gruesome stories. What will save you is the alarm itself, which at least in my house there is one in every room.

Sorry to be so long winded this is a hot button issue for me and I am continually doing research on the subject. I have yet to find that "perfect" solution.

Also something else to consider is the 3M security film. There are some videos floating around that demonstrate the ability of it to contain standard "burglar smashing". Look into that. Go to you tube and type in "3m security film" for some videos like this:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYdVK3BqPfk

This is interesting stuff and combined with a monitored system will bring you your best bang for your buck IMO.

That being said a simple crowbar to pry out the window will make most windows (unless specially built) into doors in no time flat.
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Old 01-25-2010, 10:54 PM
 
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I have considered an alarm system to alert me so I can go get my gun in a hurry. I am pre-wired as well.
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