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September 13th, 2004
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Call for opinions
Seriously, I'll get off this topic soon.

Anybody have any good/bad experiences with home alarm systems? Suggestions on what to get, what to avoid? Services that are good or bad?


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Date:September 16th, 2004 08:01 am (UTC)
I have some! wooHOO!

I have ADT. As a monitoring company, they're fine. No biggie.
But the alarms are installed by local franchises who just happen to use ADT. That can be sketchy.

While my hosue is wired for an alarm and I told them that, they decided to give me a wireless system. REALLY? And that system is really mostly fine. But it doesn't include windows and really, I'd like to know my windows are secure as well. But if your hosue isn't pre-wired, its kind of cool. Because it just attaches right to your doorframe, easy as pie.

I also got one of the supposedly pet-friendly motion sensors. Piece of crap. I can't ever set my alarm so that's on because my spastic cat sets it off every time. So if you want to have pets, beware. I think they have some now that are infrared heat sensors or something. And I know how you love gadgets...

They also have lots of options for remotes and multiple keypads, etc. I have one keypad near the front door. I opted not to get any others because it just didn't seem worth it.

I would inquire about being able to reset/turn off the alarm remotely via a telephone line or something. Since my maids have set off my alarm multiple times.

Overall, though, I like having the alarm. It irrationally makes me feel safer when I'm there and definitely gives me extra comfort when I'm not. Especially since my police station is two blocks away.
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Date:September 16th, 2004 08:16 am (UTC)
So if you want to have pets, beware.

Even taken out of any context, I think this statement is very wise. And no, pets don't figure in my plans right now.

And I know how you love gadgets...

This part makes the whole thing more enjoyable. :)

Since my maids have set off my alarm multiple times.

Hee! Maids, plural! You sound like a lady in a black and white movie. Perhaps an heiress. Perhaps one who hired The Three Stooges to do some painting.

Thanks for the observations. One day soon, I'm going to visit some local installers and see about keypads and sensors, and the number of "break glass" sensors that will cover my house, and how easy it is to replace a door and attach the old door sensors to a new door, should I decide to go with some more solid doorframes.
Date:September 16th, 2004 08:20 am (UTC)
Keep in mind that any security-type improvements you make not only help with the cost of homeowner's insurance, but also increase the resale of the house. :)
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