Do you have a home security system?

posted 3 years ago in Home
  • poll: Do you have a home security system?
    Yes, and I am happy I do : (43 votes)
    39 %
    Yes, but it is a waste of money : (1 votes)
    1 %
    No, but I might get one : (42 votes)
    38 %
    No, and I'd never get one : (24 votes)
    22 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    965 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    We live in a neighborhood where the houses are close and we don’t have “monitoring” because the entire neighborhood hears it when it goes off.

    It was already in the house when we moved in, but we will get one in our next house as well. Peace of mind is worth it.

    Post # 4
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    4513 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    No, but I want to get one. We live in a super safe area, but there are still crazy people everywhere and you never know. My DH has been working 2nd shift for the past few months and I don’t like being home by myself at night. I have a gun, but I would still prefer some type of deterrent. Our dogs are only 6 and 12lbs so they’re useless 😛

    Post # 6
    Member
    2657 posts
    Sugar bee

    Not currently, but we would like to have one in the future.  Our neighborhood is relatively safe, but it would give us more peace of mind when we’re out of the house.  Our current “security system” is our dog, but she’s probably too friendly to be a deterrent to intruders.

    Post # 7
    Member
    446 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Yep, his name is Charlie:

    We live out in the country, and see more deer / farm animals than people anyway. Charlie lets us know if anything comes within 100 feet of the house. We have flood lights that turn on automatically when motion is detected. And if worst comes to worst, there’s a gun in the master closet.

    Post # 9
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    599 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    We have one but it’s never turned on for break ins but we use it for vacations and the automatic fire call in if there’s smoke. We have 4 large dogs which do the work for day to day stuff

    Post # 10
    Member
    2675 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

    I don’t currently since I’m in an apartment building. The building is fairly secure and I feel safe. But when we own our own place I might consider it for peace of mind.

    Post # 11
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    446 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @MrsPanda99:  you might be surprised how your dog sounds when he’s startled, though! I locked myself out of the house once after dark, and I had to shimmy in through a back window. Charlie was barking in this low, scary register that I’ve never heard him use, until he realized it was me. Made me feel a lot better about our “security system”! 🙂

    ETA: but yes, Charlie’s normal disposition is happy goofball. Unless there’s deer in the backyard, then it’s “MOM THERE’S DEER IN THE BACKYARD!” Repeat every 20 minutes in the fall, haha. Typical golden! 

     

    Post # 12
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    4072 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I’ve never had one. Growing up we had large dogs, so that was probably enough deterrent. My dog, who still lives with my parents, would no doubt kill an intruder if someone tried to hurt us. She is a sweetheart with us, but she is fiercely protective. She bit a drunk man who stumbled into our backyard once, rightly so. She also alerted us once to two people who were hiding on our front porch while the police looked for them. An alarm system can’t do that.

    Post # 13
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    8425 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @terpalum10:  +1, we have the dog/gun security system too.

    Post # 15
    Member
    446 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @MrsPanda99:  

    @housebee:  

    The grass isn’t always greener, though. Without getting into a whole gun debate here, we also have a great deal of gun violence and tragic accidental deaths because of them. Obviously I have one in my house, but honestly, my dog brings me far more peace of mind than the gun does.

    Post # 16
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    4513 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @MrsPanda99:  I have a friend whose home has been broken into FOUR times! Two of those times his wife and children were home by themselves. Luckily the guys only took stuff and didn’t go upstairs (it was night and everyone was asleep). My friend refuses to move or buy a gun. Seriously? Oh and they have a security system.

    Sorry but I can admit that I don’t have much of a chance if someone breaks into our home and I’m there alone. I need to be as prepared as possible. The average police response time is like 22 minutes or something like that. So many things could happen in 20 minutes.

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