Post # 1
I live in an apartment in the city (in an urban but low-crime area) and have never had a security system. My building is not at all secure – the entry doors are almost always left unlocked, there is no doorman, and the door to our unit is thin as cardboard. My husband does travel occasionally for work, leaving me home alone for up to a week at a time. Now that I’m pregnant, I find myself worrying more about home security. What if someone broke in and hurt my child? I am considering getting a home security system installed for safety. What do you think I should do? Am I just going crazy or should I really be concerned about the safety of my family?
Post # 3
You deserve the peace of mind. I say go for it. Think about the nights you will be up alone feeding the baby…you should feel as safe as possible.
Post # 4
I would get a security system after reading the first 3 sentences of your post whether I was pregnant or not. We have one and we live way outin the country, its a peace of mind deal. Also now adays systems can do so much more than just alarm you of intruders, ours is tied into our fire detectors that alerts the fire dept should there be a fire.
Post # 5
I would do it for your peace of mind, if nothing else. If I were you, I would be a complete basket case just being alone there, never mind alone with a baby! Do it now. 🙂
Post # 6
I agree with MissGreen.
Whether pregnant or not, if I lived where you do without adequate security, I would definately get a system for your peace of mind!!
Post # 7
I can’t say whether or not you should get a security system, but I will say that when I was pregnant I had nightmares almost every night that someone was breaking in to our townhouse. I never worried about it before, but I was always formulating a plan for what I would do if it happened. So what I can tell you is that your fears are probably heightened due to the pregnancy. Maybe try some less expensive measures and see if your fears subside a little? Like get one of those sensors that beep when a door opens. I personally had self-defense tools within arms reach while I was sleeping, and that made me feel better. But everyone has something that makes them comfortable, so maybe a home security system will work for you!
(Even having what I had never got rid of the nightmares…so…it may not work. And I had NEW nightmares when the baby was born!)
Post # 8
Last week my BFF’s roommate’s window was broken into and they stole a bunch of stuff of theirs. They live on the THIRD FLOOR. I’d get a security system if I were you. If just for peace of mind.
Post # 9
I don’t think it’s necessary for your baby’s safety. But I’m a big believer in adjusting one’s fears to statistics – people just don’t break into apartments in order to hurt babies, just doesn’t happen – the only people who might do so are people you know – in which case you’re likely to let them in in the first place.
However, if it’s going to make you feel better I think peace of mind is wroth spending money on.
Post # 10
YES YES YES YES YES
You should have a security system. I’ve had one my entire life and it’s all I’ve ever known save for a year in college. I can’t imagine NOT having it.
Totally worth it.
And it brings your home insurance down so it pays itself off
Also you can have your system wired to the police/fire department (this costs me $31/month) so that if you aren’t around, the appropriate task force will be sent out. If you have a smoke alarm that isn’t wired in, the fire department won’t know until it’s too late.
Post # 11
Hypothetical question: You are asleep and your alarm goes off. Your baby is in another room. What do you do? How is an alarm going to stop someone? It won’t. It might scare them away, but it won’t “protect you”. The average police response time for highest-priority calls in my city is 11 minutes. A LOT can happen in that time. And would you stand a chance against an average-sized man using only your physical strength? (I know I wouldn’t!)
When it comes to home security, my personal opinion is get a gun. And learn how to use it! Go to your local shooting range and take a class on firearm safety and shooting.
And don’t lock it up where it’s not accessible, it won’t do you any good there. If you’re concerned about kids getting into it, get a blind-open safe (you put your whole hand on it and press the buttons in whatever order you programmed into it) and keep it where you can get to it easily.
Here’s a great website on women and firearms for self-defense: http://corneredcat.com/
You shouldn’t be fearful, but you should be realistic. Statistically will someone break into your house? Probably not. But it happens to someone! If you take a self-defense class, that’s one of the things they’ll tell you: you are not “safe” just because of where you live, what your career is, etc.
Having a plan to protect yourself is like having insurance on your house… your house probably won’t burn down, but it does happen to someone and if it happens to you, better to be protected than not.
I personally know 2 girls that have been murdered. One was in an average college town, the other was in a small farm town where people don’t even bother to lock their doors. Neither was doing anything “dangerous”.