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    Senior Member nance-ell's Avatar
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    After a rash of home burglaries in our area, the latest next door over the weekend while we ourselves were out of town, DH and I have decided it is time for a home security system. I was looking at reviews online and, as usual, there are far more negative reviews than positive. If you have a home security system, will you please let me know if you're happy with it. What system do you have? Are all your entry points covered or only doors? We already have appointments with CPI and ADT. <> I've always felt so safe here.

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    It's a sign of the time with so many out of work. My friend had ADT put in her place last year and has loved having it since she lives in the country.

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    We have ADT and are happy with it. They have some really good promotions with free instalation, etc. We got all doors covered and 2 motion detectors.
    Myself and one neighbor had it and the neighbor on the other side got robbed. It does give you a sense of protection.

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    I would do the doors and windows... around here they aren't afraid to break glass :(

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    I love our ADT, although my local reps have now changed and the new ones are completely worthless.

    But, the system works well and the few times we've needed it, it's done its job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    I would do the doors and windows... around here they aren't afraid to break glass :(

    That's what we're thinking...and they did go thru the window next door, not a door. It's so sad. I was just visiting a childhood friend and we were reminiscing about the days of leaving the doors open at night for air circulation and the car keys were always in the ignition. We weren't sure why locks were on doors. Those were the days!

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    I would also think about motion detectors, that flash on lights as they sense motion and also put the pictures on a computer at home in a hidden, locked room.

    I would also go to some security companies and ask their opinion.
    My brother owns such and has firm ideas on what should be done. And I'd also think about inside hidden "nanny" cameras. They are tiny and easy to hide.

    If I had some cash to spare, I'd put in new windows with metal guards on them if I lived in the country, and new doors with wood or plastic over metal, and bigger door sidings.

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    I would also think about motion detectors, that flash on lights as they sense motion and also put the pictures on a computer at home in a hidden, locked room.

    I would also go to some security companies and ask their opinion.
    My brother owns such and has firm ideas on what should be done. And I'd also think about inside hidden "nanny" cameras. They are tiny and easy to hide.

    If I had some cash to spare, I'd put in new windows with metal guards on them if I lived in the country, and new doors with wood or plastic over metal, and bigger door sidings.

    And if you have a garage that is connected to the house by a door, for goodness sake get a metal door with massive wood sides to fix it on. That is one of the favorite places to hide and break into a house.

    Also, if you can possibly get along without them, GET RID OF YOUR DOGGY DOORS. Around here folks shove small children through them so the kid can open the door or window for dear old daddy and friends.

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    We have geo alarm. We ordered it off of the net, and my husband installed it. It was very easy to install, I could have done it, and I am very UNmechanical. We chose it because it had what ADT and others provided with a much cheaper monitoring fee. Our monitoring fee is $20 per month. We had to sign a 3 year contract, but that was no problem. We also have a system whereby it does not have to be connected to a land phone line, which prevents someone from cutting your lines. Our cost for the system was no more than ADT was charging. We have been very happy with it.
    We had ADT at one time and were happy with it, it just costs more for the same service and the product is the same.

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    We did our doors, but not our windows because we have a motion detector. If thieves get in a window, the motion detector will go off. This saves money on not having to purchase contacts for all of the windows. They even have motion detectors that can accommodate pets. We had a cat with a motion detector. They also have ones for larger animals.

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    We have ADT and are happy with them. We have all entry points covered so alarms will go off if any entry is tampered with. They have called quickly when we accidently set the alarm off. They also have an added feature if you come home to an intruder and realize it before disarming the system you enter a different code so the system stops making noise but ADT alerts the PD that an intruder is in the house with a family at home. We also have the fire detector in the kitchen which goes off automatically if the temperature in the kitchen goes up a certain number of degrees in a certain amount of time.

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    I've had several different systems over the years. ADT ( formerly Brinks) is the latest...

    Loved it...

    In once house we had not only the doors and windows alarmed.. but we had the master bedroom door too.. ( dont remember why, but I know it was a special feature... seems it was something about if they break in they would kit the master bedroom for jewelry, etc and be gone before police arrived..... the alarm was silent)
    I know it saved us a few times...

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    Isn't sad u have to do this???

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    My home security system is my beautiful german shepherd..a police officer told me it is the best home security..since I have had her I am never afraid...I have a home security system too...but hardly turn it on anymore...

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    We did doors only because the house already has motion detectors. ADT is probably as good as they get. We've been pleased with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tellabella
    My home security system is my beautiful german shepherd..a police officer told me it is the best home security..since I have had her I am never afraid...I have a home security system too...but hardly turn it on anymore...
    I have a german shepherd to guard the house too.

    He lets nothing into or out of his yard with out making a sound. Sort of a pain when the squirrels are in the yard, but I do know of one occasion that someone was trying to get in my door at 300am and he went nuts.

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    Well let me put in my two cents. Security systems do not keep people out they just let you know they are there ! The sign is the biggest deterent!
    My Ex - worked for one of the major companies ... They make their money on the monitoring. It was him who used to say " they don't keep anyone out they just let you know they are there".
    Just be careful of the up-selling and them encouraging "Fort Knox syndrome".

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    All of these are good ideas but like it was said above, they don't keep anyone out - just lets you know they are there.
    If they come in while you're at home, a 12 gauge pump shotgun will insure they don't harm you or anyone else there.

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    The last two places I have lived I insisted on an alarm system and I felt that even though it wouldn"t keep intruders out I would know if there was an intruder. That offered me piece of mind. The only problem is if you forget to set it!!!!!

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    Love ADT. Have had it for years and they are great. Their service is fantastic!!

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    A big chop eater (dog). Our big fellow won't let anyone get by our front gate. An insurance survey done here recently said a dog was still the best deterrent...the criminals usually go for houses that are an easier mark.

    Maybe your insurance company could recommend someone, ours actually has their own security service.

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    We just recently like within the last 6 months got a security system with Vivint.
    I think it is worth it. I have been happy with them. They installed everything and gave us all the gear for nothing...we signed a two year contract. All doors and windows have sensors, they also gave us a case of energy saving light bulbs, the electronic control panel, a camera, the automatic door lock thingy, and an electronic thermostat. We have an app on our I-phones to access the control panel, door locks and thermostat from out phones. We can also view the camera footage from our phones and control the movement of our camera from any computer or the app on our phone. Anytime a window opens or door a text is sent to my phone...so I will know if my kids try to sneak out and night or anything. If I turn off the heat while we are gone I can turn it back on before we come home so the house is warm when we get here.....It is AWESOME!

    Of course we also have a Yellow lab and a big English Mastiff.....so those don't hurt either!

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    I have an alarm that isn't monitored, but will scream bloody murder. I also have my avatar-and the 2 attack cats too! Oh wait, 2 teenage boys-who wants to even walk into a house with those...and an ex-cop husband with a really, really big gun collection. I might be feeling my oats, but I'm sleeping well tonight!

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    I have a 90 lb. black lab that I feel kept our house safe even though we were away too. My cousin and DS were taking turns coming by and tending to the animals. If an alarm is yet another level of deterrent, I guess we'll go that route. I have heard that just having the signs is deterrent enough, without actually having the monitoring. I just don't know of a single company that will just sell you a sign!

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    My DH owns a low voltage systems company and has installed many security systems all over the Atlanta area and surrounding counties. A complete system should have all ground-level doors and windows wired and monitored, there should be motion detectors, glass breaks and smoke alarms as well. Make sure you read the fine print on your contract. What looks like a good deal (such as $99)may only be a starting price and may not protect all entry points. Sales pitches can be very confusing and misleading. The big companies use professional salespeople to get you to sign up. The central monitoring station that actually calls in to the fire and police authorities should be local or at the very least in the USA (if this is where you live) and should have a proven track record of successful notifications and communication. Most home insurance companies offer a discount if you have a system which is monitored and a reputable company will give you an insurance certificate to submit. The most important thing to remember is to use your system. Make sure you arm it whenever you want to secure your home whether you are inside or away. Also get into the habit of disarming it properly. Many communities now charge for false alarms. If you are in the Atlanta, GA area and want more information or a system installed please PM me. DH gives me a great commission and I can buy more fabric :)

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