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Old 03-25-2013, 08:56 AM   #41
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Old 03-25-2013, 12:49 PM   #42
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About 17 years ago, we lived (still do) in a gated community with a security patrol. We had a fairly territorial rottweiler and guns. A burglar was still able to get in by walking on top of the surrounding wall and jumping to an open second floor window! He must have watched the house quite a bit to find that vulnerability. Since then, we installed a monitored alarm system and chains on the couple of windows that we like to leave open. No further incidents in the past 17 years. So, to us, the cost (and occasional false alarm) is worth the additional peace of mind, especially when we travel.
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:26 PM   #43
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Our system works pretty good. We have the smallest and oldest house in the neighborhood. Most of the rest have been torn down and replaced with new McMansions that are 3 to 4 times the size. Nothing of any real value either. But if we are here during a break-in the perp may leave disappointed with only a load of buckshot or a flare.

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Old 03-26-2013, 08:29 AM   #44
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We live in a neighborhood that has only one entrance and exit point. I understand that most burglars (at least those that know what they are doing) like to have more than one escape route. I also have an non-monitored alarm system with a sign out front. After that, I do the monitoring along with my .40 auto and baseball bat.
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Old 03-26-2013, 02:57 PM   #45
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I also have a non-monitored alarm system with a sign out front.
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The alarm system has a couple of loud speakers in the attic and is very loud when it goes off. I would expect that a sign indicating a security system is about as good as anything though.
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:17 PM   #46
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Our system works pretty good. We have the smallest and oldest house in the neighborhood. Most of the rest have been torn down and replaced with new McMansions that are 3 to 4 times the size. Nothing of any real value either. But if we are here during a break-in the perp may leave disappointed with only a load of buckshot or a flare.

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We have Badger's system... minus the buckshot.
And we have nosy neighbors AND a dog that can look mean (even if he's not.)

Our immediate neighbors consist of retirees and stay at home moms. Between the moms and the retirees someone is always around and paying attention.
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Had a great system in our last house. It was great for monitoring the kids. The system chimed every time the kids went in or out the doors. When they got older, they had to disarm the system when they came in and arm it when they left and I would get a message on my phone on each event. Never had an incident. I am still paying $5.00 a month and that includes system status and video snap shots of the front and back doors on the monitoring company web site. I'll use it in my next house.
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:46 AM   #48
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Would love to hear from anyone who has a non-monitored video system. Looking at the offerings on Amazon there doesn't seem to be anything that comes across as 'this is easy to setup and works very well as a DVR'. Would be particularly interested in a set of wireless video cameras, if anyone has experience with these...
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Would love to hear from anyone who has a non-monitored video system. Looking at the offerings on Amazon there doesn't seem to be anything that comes across as 'this is easy to setup and works very well as a DVR'. Would be particularly interested in a set of wireless video cameras, if anyone has experience with these...
I have a few D-Link Internet wifi cams http://mydlink.dlink.com/products/DCS-942L. You can find them on e-bay for new under $100. The app works well . I use these to supplement my main monitored system.

I also hear the drop cam my be better, but I have no experience with it. https://www.dropcam.com/
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