(Closed) Home Alarm System Yay or Nay?

posted 7 years ago in Home
  • poll: Do you have a home alarm system?
    Yes, and am happy I do : (21 votes)
    31 %
    Yes, and I could take it or leave it : (2 votes)
    3 %
    No, but I would if the budget allowed : (14 votes)
    21 %
    No, and have no desire to get one : (11 votes)
    16 %
    I don't own a home, but would get it if I did : (15 votes)
    22 %
    I don't own a home, and wouldn't get it even if I did : (1 votes)
    1 %
    Other : (3 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 17
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    10452 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    We have one but we don’t use it – it’s not actively monitored by any alarm company. We still g the insurance discount though!

    Post # 19
    Member
    5107 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Ps for me, I couldn’t care less about the stuff in the house. Take the dang laptop and TV. I got mine because I had extremely precious cargo- my dogs! I had a neighbor whose dogs were stolen. I’d never Be able to live with myself if my girls were taken!

    Post # 20
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    334 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    We don’t have one. I’d love to have one though. The area we live in just isn’t the best. There’s regular car prowlings. Just two nights ago, there were police cars all the way up my street and cops out walking down the middle looking for something. I’m just happy we’ve got a big dog who sounds pretty tough when she wants to.

    Post # 21
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    2580 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    We just bought a house and my husband wants to get an alarm system. At that price, I feel like it may be a good idea. Our new house has a TON of entry doors (it’s the only thing I didn’t like about it!) so it would probably give us some peace of mind.

    Our home inspector also said that some of the other best deterrents are 1) a big dog and 2) motion censor outdoor lighting. We already have the first 🙂 Some friends of ours also bought a fake security camera–I’m not sure how effective those are, but they are really inexpensive. Our neighborhood is pretty quiet and safe, but I think it would be nice to have some extra measures of security.

    Post # 22
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    9818 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    It’s pretty cheap and you would get a lot of peace of mind from it.  So I think it’s a good idea for that.  Or just get the stickers!!! However, I agree that most criminals are going to look for something easy.  So they will look for doors that are unlocked or a garage door that is up with cars in it.  The average one will not bother going through a lot of effort to break in.

    When I was in college we had someone come into our house and steal things twice.  The first time we were all asleep and the guy took a bunch of DVDs, some backpacks, some Xbox games.  He actually woke me up (I was below the living room) and I’m pretty sure me waking up is what caused him to leave (and drop a bag of games on the front porch).  My roommates were up smoking that night and left our door unlocked.  I’m fairly positive he would never have bothered if our door hadn’t been unlocked.  Oh, and they actually did catch him because my roommate had a very unique DVD which he tried to sell at a CD Tradepost (which we had gone to with lists) so they ended up catching him and we got a lot of our stuff back.

    Second time was Halloween and we had been out drinking and were playing games after the bars in our house.  Most of us went to bed and one of our friends left after us and sure enough, left the door unlocked.  Whoever it was took some boxed set DVDs and a camera.  Our friend actually saw him leaving so came back over and told me he saw someone.  I just locked the front door and went to bed, didn’t realize DVDs were missing until the next day. 

    So needless to say, I always LOCK MY DOOR! Smile Never had a window broken or some other effort to get into the house.  It was just easy for them because the door was unlocked.  I am fairly certain it had been left unlocked on other occasions as well due to parties and people being drunk.  Oh, and college towns are the worst for theft, especially during holidays/no classes! 

    Post # 23
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    176 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I have 2 german shepherds Laughing

     

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