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Old 09-02-2016, 11:51 AM   #21
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One way to secure a garage door for daily use, is to remove the pull down cord as thieves hook that with a coat hanger wire and can then open the door.

check out You tube to see how easy it is done, and the fix is easy too.

If your power is out and you ever need to manually open the door, you can tie the string back on and pull it.
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Old 09-02-2016, 04:42 PM   #22
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I'm a retired police officer. Alarm calls are viewed as a PITA call because 99.9999% of the time it is a false alarm. In 18 years on the street I remember two that were not, and we ran at least two or three a day, often more. In only one instance was the burglar, a stupid teenager, still there in the store.

Some police departments do not respond to alarm calls at all any more because of the false alarm rates. Others have instituted fines for too many false alarms. Rest assured that if the police where you live still respond to alarms, they're not going to be in a hurry."
You are probably right for many places, but it depends on where you live. In our previous primary residence town, a wealthy north shore suburb of Chicago, the police responded very quickly to any alarm. They took it very seriously because they didn't want the town to be a target for burglaries and robberies.

Our cleaning ladies were in perpetual fear that we would forget and set the alarm (they didn't have the code), and they would trip it when entering the house through the garage (they had the code to the garage door). One time at another house, they triggered the alarm and the police showed up with guns drawn.

Anyway, we wanted monitored alarms no matter what for CO, fire, water, temperature. We were gone a lot, and having the house monitor itself was helpful.

Our current primary residence is a condo with individual alarm systems, but no one uses them because it is a gated 24-hour security place with cameras everywhere, and the safety systems are monitored centrally separately.

Out current secondary residence has an alarm system we do not use when there (except smoke, CO, etc.) because crime is almost non-existent. When gone, it is helpful to monitor systems and keep out the opportunistic thief
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Old 09-02-2016, 05:53 PM   #23
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I don't need CO monitoring from anyone. We have an alarm already which is required by law here and since we had remodeling work done we had to bring the house up to code for that. I looked at the Fortress system and it is along the lines of what I was thinking of though I also thought cameras would be potentially useful. We already have a sign and motion sensor lights.
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I looked at the Fortress system and it is along the lines of what I was thinking of though I also thought cameras would be potentially useful.
FWIW, they just added cameras to their line about 2 months ago, they haven't yet added it to the tabs of their web page. They work with the "Total Security" style system. Here's a link to a page on the features of the camera.

I haven't purchased on of their systems yet, but I did poke around online nd they seem well regarded. And, folivier had good things to say about them on this thread.
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Fortress Security also has good technical and warranty support. I had a few questions installing my Total Security system with some existing wired sensors and they were quick to help. Also had a power supply (wall wart) quit working and they quickly sent out a replacement. I had investigated all other systems and chose this one. I wanted to self monitor.
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I recently installed some Nest cameras outside. Today I was expecting a delivery of a very expensive medication via UPS. I received an email saying the item was delivered to my front door. Looked for it and it was nowhere to be found. I checked my camera video and saw the UPS truck stop in front of the house at the time the email indicated delivery. However, the driver never got out of the truck even though the package was scanned as delivered. I quickly called UPS to report the package wasn't delivered despite the notice. They first said their records showed delivery. Then I revealed I had video the driver never approached the front door or even left his truck for the two minutes it sat there. I also told them this was medication in the package. Within 20 minutes the driver was back at my house with the package making excuses. I hope they fire him!
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Great work, Dash man!
The new outdoor Nest camera is the bomb.
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Great work, Dash man!
The new outdoor Nest camera is the bomb.
Totally. Something to look into.
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We have monitored security system and I guess we're lucky. The one false alarm we had, the police beat us to the house.

At the risk of being called a Luddite, I will admit that I just installed a POE wired camera system. Yes, wireless can be a bit easier, but it's not really wireless unless you use battery powered cameras. These seem more like toys to me. The wireless bandwidth can suffer, depending on the number of cameras you install. I like the reliability of wires.

Light timers help. I REALLY like our fake TV light. It really does look like a TV is on through the blinds/curtains.

https://www.amazon.com/Hydreon-Corpo.../dp/B003S5SOLG
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My first husband and I had an extensive security system installed years ago, including motion detectors inside the house. It was monitored and it became such a PITA we stopped activating the motion detector. And of course you couldn't have the windows open and the alarm system armed.

I'm considering getting a system in our current house after DH is gone but it will be unmonitored. At the very least I want a front door camera and motion-sensing lights near the doors and windows at ground level. SimpliSafe's optional monitoring might be a good idea when I travel.
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I am putting cable and internet wires in the soffits at each corner of my house as I build it. I haven't decided on what type of camera or exactly where they will go, but I will be wired for all eventualities. I will also wire all the windows and doors for a security system. I don't lock my door up here most of the time, but doing a self monitored security system when I am away would be good.

In my last house I had a self monitored wired system including interior motion detector and never had any problems with it. I can't remember the motion detector ever going off except when I tested it and we had a small dog.
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I am putting cable and internet wires in the soffits at each corner of my house as I build it.
I would recommend that you "future-proof" your new house by laying empty conduit anywhere it might be needed in the future (to the corners under the soffit, accessible from a convenient spot in the attic, to at least one empty 4" box with a cover plate in each BR and large common areas, etc and leading to a convenient access point at a rim sill, basement, attic, or elsewhere). Nobody knows what the next comm cable/low voltage power standard will be, or if wireless will affordably replace it all, but having empty, >well labelled< conduit put in now (with "pull-line already in place) so you can easily upgrade will likely make your life easier.
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We have monitored security system and I guess we're lucky. The one false alarm we had, the police beat us to the house.

At the risk of being called a Luddite, I will admit that I just installed a POE wired camera system. Yes, wireless can be a bit easier, but it's not really wireless unless you use battery powered cameras. These seem more like toys to me. The wireless bandwidth can suffer, depending on the number of cameras you install. I like the reliability of wires.

Light timers help. I REALLY like our fake TV light. It really does look like a TV is on through the blinds/curtains.

https://www.amazon.com/Hydreon-Corpo.../dp/B003S5SOLG
There is a use for all those old CRT tv's in the basement
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I would recommend that you "future-proof" your new house by laying empty conduit anywhere it might be needed in the future (to the corners under the soffit, accessible from a convenient spot in the attic, to at least one empty 4" box with a cover plate in each BR and large common areas, etc and leading to a convenient access point at a rim sill, basement, attic, or elsewhere). Nobody knows what the next comm cable/low voltage power standard will be, or if wireless will affordably replace it all, but having empty, >well labelled< conduit put in now (with "pull-line already in place) so you can easily upgrade will likely make your life easier.
Thanks for the tip. I am going to take a picture of each wall prior to dry wall and annotate it with measurements to wires and cables, etc. I wasn't planning to run Cat6 to all the bedrooms. Only the one that will be my office. With your thoughts, I may go ahead and run the cable behind the walls. I will be able to put a large conduit in the dropped ceiling of the home theater. It will run from the electronics closet at one end of the house to the mechanical room under the office/bedroom at the other. I will also have access into the attic space above the cathedral ceiling and be able to run cables up there. I haven't decided if I should add a conduit up there.
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I quickly called UPS to report the package wasn't delivered despite the notice. They first said their records showed delivery. Then I revealed I had video the driver never approached the front door or even left his truck for the two minutes it sat there.
Stories like this make me wonder if I should invest in home surveillance equipment and a dash cam for the car. Seems easy for a person to deny doing something unless I have video of the actual event that shows what really happened.
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Light timers help. I REALLY like our fake TV light. It really does look like a TV is on through the blinds/curtains.

https://www.amazon.com/Hydreon-Corpo.../dp/B003S5SOLG
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