Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Home Security Systems
Old 01-04-2007, 05:16 AM   #1
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 330
Home Security Systems

We are looking at a home security system. ADT has quoted us $,30-40/month, 3 year contract.Installation approx $230. They also want $5/mth extra for carbon monoxide surveillance. Anyone have any experience with the most economical way to go. Also, I we want a company that will be there if and when we need it, so reliability and reputation are important.

We've used ADT over the past 10 years at other homes and they've served us well.

Opine please
__________________

__________________
ferco is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Re: Home Security Systems
Old 01-04-2007, 05:50 AM   #2
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
saluki9's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 2,032
Re: Home Security Systems

We use brinks at our office. I heard too many bad things about ADT from trusted sources so I went elsewhere.

Brinks wants $99 for install and $32 a month for service.

__________________

__________________
saluki9 is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Home Security Systems
Old 01-04-2007, 05:54 AM   #3
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 1,798
Re: Home Security Systems

I use a large dog, a phone and the signs form a local security company. I reoutinely take the dog for walks around the neighborhood, but don't let the kids pet her. It's not any cheaper than the security company, but is much more enjoyable.
__________________
You don't want to work. You want to live like a king, but the big bad world don't owe you a thing. Get over it--The Eagles
lets-retire is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Home Security Systems
Old 01-04-2007, 10:36 AM   #4
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
saluki9's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 2,032
Re: Home Security Systems

Quote:
Originally Posted by lets-retire
I use a large dog, a phone and the signs form a local security company. I reoutinely take the dog for walks around the neighborhood, but don't let the kids pet her. It's not any cheaper than the security company, but is much more enjoyable.
My dog wouldn't threaten anything.

The alarm is just for when I'm gone. When I'm home I just rely on a very large caliber handgun.

__________________
saluki9 is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Home Security Systems
Old 01-04-2007, 11:12 AM   #5
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Goonie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: North-Central Illinois
Posts: 3,198
Re: Home Security Systems

I have a self-designed/installed alarm system, and my very good friends, Mr. Smith and Mr. Wesson and a magnum of their 357 ideas why no one would like to visit my place with out my permission. As one of my signs states: "If You Are Found Here Tonight....You'll Be Found Here Tomorrow!" Or the other one "Intruders Will Be Shot....Survivors Will Be Shot Again!"
__________________
Goonie is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Home Security Systems
Old 01-04-2007, 12:32 PM   #6
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 1,798
Re: Home Security Systems

Quote:
Originally Posted by saluki9
My dog wouldn't threaten anything.

The alarm is just for when I'm gone. When I'm home I just rely on a very large caliber handgun.
The dog doesn't need to be threatening, just noisy. But even a noisy dog won't help you if your not home.
__________________
You don't want to work. You want to live like a king, but the big bad world don't owe you a thing. Get over it--The Eagles
lets-retire is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Home Security Systems
Old 01-04-2007, 12:53 PM   #7
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Mesa
Posts: 3,588
Re: Home Security Systems

We have an ADT system, but I wouldn't do it again. They have been very difficult to work with. The installation was shoddy and the system does not work as promised. Their billing is wrong more often than it is correct. Getting them to correct the billing has been a nightmare.

We also have a large black lab. Police officers I know have told me that a dog is really the most effective security system you can have. Even a big, friendly, relatively quiet black lab is an unkown that will send likely thieves to your neighbors rather than test the "friendly, relatively quiet" hypothesis.
__________________
sgeeeee is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Home Security Systems
Old 01-04-2007, 12:58 PM   #8
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
wabmester's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 4,459
Re: Home Security Systems

Quote:
Originally Posted by lets-retire
The dog doesn't need to be threatening, just noisy. But even a noisy dog won't help you if your not home.
We used to have an X-10 Robodog. Motion detector + recording of a LARGE dog. Hard to tell if it was effective, but it made our guests kind of jumpy....
__________________
wabmester is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Home Security Systems
Old 01-04-2007, 02:08 PM   #9
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 62
Re: Home Security Systems

There are wireless security systems you can install yourself, that will call you and let you listen to what's going on in the house. They're fairly inexpensive IIRC from a place like x10.com or smarthome.com and let you avoid the monthly fee. It helps if you're on good terms with your neighbors, so you can call them and ask if they see anything suspicious going on.

For the money, the security system signs you can buy at Radio Shack are probably the best investment.
__________________
Baxter is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Home Security Systems
Old 01-04-2007, 03:39 PM   #10
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
BUM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Mid Hudson Valley
Posts: 1,778
Re: Home Security Systems




I don't have anything worth stealing laying around the house.


__________________
In a panamax down by the river.
BUM is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Home Security Systems
Old 01-04-2007, 04:13 PM   #11
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 844
Re: Home Security Systems

I agree with most that said a home burglar system is not worth it...I used to have one 12+ years ago from ADT and after 2-3 false alarms the police simply stopped responding - so it was useless.

A remotely monitored fire alarm, if you live in a remote house like mine, is probably not a bad idea. My place could burn down to the ground before anyone noticed. If you have close neighbors...maybe not an issue.

I am looking into systems that would allow me via the internet monitor a video feed of my place from anywhere in the world...not so much because I could do anything about it, but being the "worry wart" that I tend to be it would allow me to enjoy my extended vacations more knowing that the heat is on, and the house is still standing...
__________________
farmerEd is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Home Security Systems
Old 01-04-2007, 04:16 PM   #12
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
73ss454's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: LaLa Land
Posts: 4,378
Re: Home Security Systems

My DS had 2 pit bulls in his house when it was broken into a few years back. The people who broke in just threw some McDonalds burgers into the back yard and kicked in to door. The dogs had a good meal and the house was destroyed.
__________________
Work is something you do to get enough $ so you don't have to....Me.
73ss454 is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Home Security Systems
Old 01-04-2007, 05:04 PM   #13
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
lazygood4nothinbum's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 3,895
Re: Home Security Systems

i live (or at least i used to live) in the poor part of town and let the intracoastal & ocean dwellers worry about theft. nothin' worth stealing here. problem is my little crack town has gone from crap to quaint back to crap again. only this time the crap is a 4-story "loft-style" luxury townhouse where the drug rehab center used to be and a starbucks where some perfectly respectible but dinky pub once stood.

so now we seem to be attracting society's undesireables: thieves and old rich people. i might have to trash the front of my house up a bit to keep both at bay.
__________________
"off with their heads"~~dr. joseph-ignace guillotin

"life should begin with age and its privileges and accumulations, and end with youth and its capacity to splendidly enjoy such advantages."~~mark twain - letter to edward kimmitt 1901
lazygood4nothinbum is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Home Security Systems
Old 01-04-2007, 05:06 PM   #14
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 1,318
Re: Home Security Systems

We have an ADT system after they bought out the previous alarm company (sentry alarm) They upgarded my old wireless system with 3 fire and carbone monoxide detectors for $800 and they charge $30 per month for monitoring.

Thinking about dumping them soon in exchange for extra patrols from my daughter's boyfriend and potential SIL who is police detective.
__________________
Corporateburnout is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Home Security Systems
Old 01-04-2007, 05:37 PM   #15
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Mesa
Posts: 3,588
Re: Home Security Systems

Quote:
Originally Posted by 73ss454
My DS had 2 pit bulls in his house when it was broken into a few years back. The people who broke in just threw some McDonalds burgers into the back yard and kicked in to door. The dogs had a good meal and the house was destroyed.
I've heard stories like this and, of course, it shows up in the movies, but it isn't consistent with any of the dogs I've ever seen. Most dogs would rather attack the large moving meat first. They seem to know that once the big moving target has been dispersed or digested they can always go over and eat the dead food.

But the main thing about dogs is that they are unpredictable. My current dog rarely ever barks and usually only once. He does not seem to have an aggressive bone in his body. There is an older gentleman that lives in the yard behind my orange grove and he took a liking to Bubba and started feeding him table scraps (steaks and burgers). The interesting thing is that this is one of the things that caused Bubba to bark loud and repeatedly. He loved the food flying over the fence, but he also wanted to make a lot of noise about it. A crook that depends on burgers to silence a dog might be in for quite a surprise. Most would simply eat the burgers themselves and move on to the next house rather than find out if your dog is a sucker.
__________________
sgeeeee is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Home Security Systems
Old 01-04-2007, 05:56 PM   #16
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
73ss454's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: LaLa Land
Posts: 4,378
Re: Home Security Systems

My not be constant with the dogs you know but it happened to my son and it wasn't in the movies.
__________________
Work is something you do to get enough $ so you don't have to....Me.
73ss454 is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Home Security Systems
Old 01-04-2007, 06:01 PM   #17
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Mesa
Posts: 3,588
Re: Home Security Systems

Quote:
Originally Posted by 73ss454
My not be constant with the dogs you know but it happened to my son and it wasn't in the movies.
Pretty lucky criminals. What did your son have that would convince criminals that his house was worth a sack full of burgers and a lot more risk over the house next door?
__________________
sgeeeee is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Home Security Systems
Old 01-04-2007, 06:03 PM   #18
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
73ss454's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: LaLa Land
Posts: 4,378
Re: Home Security Systems

Quote:
Originally Posted by sgeeeee
Pretty lucky criminals. What did your son have that would convince criminals that his house was worth a sack full of burgers and a lot more risk over the house next door?
I think he was a diamond dealer at the time.
__________________
Work is something you do to get enough $ so you don't have to....Me.
73ss454 is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Home Security Systems
Old 01-04-2007, 06:05 PM   #19
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Mesa
Posts: 3,588
Re: Home Security Systems

Quote:
Originally Posted by 73ss454
I think he was a diamond dealer at the time.
Ahhhhh. . . That would probably be worth a couple of happy meals.
__________________
sgeeeee is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Home Security Systems
Old 01-04-2007, 06:07 PM   #20
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
73ss454's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: LaLa Land
Posts: 4,378
Re: Home Security Systems

No wait maybe he was an arms dealer at that time, I can't remember.
__________________

__________________
Work is something you do to get enough $ so you don't have to....Me.
73ss454 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Home computer questions--yet again Martha Other topics 46 08-04-2006 05:32 PM
Home equity not a retirement solution? REWahoo FIRE and Money 96 07-31-2006 11:34 AM
A Solution to Social Security wabmester Other topics 5 02-19-2006 12:34 PM
Shiller Questions Bush Plan on Soc. Security intercst FIRE and Money 4 03-25-2005 06:08 AM
Social Security will last longer ...maybe mickeyd FIRE and Money 7 06-28-2004 07:55 AM

 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:09 AM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.