(Closed) Home Security Systems? Do you have them? How much do you pay?

posted 6 years ago in Home
  • poll: How much do you pay per month?
    $20- $40 : (5 votes)
    36 %
    $40- $60 : (9 votes)
    64 %
    $60- $80 : (0 votes)
    $100 & up : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    5075 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I had Brinks/ADT before I sold my house.  I loved the system – I had two motion sensors and alarms on all doors and the back window – and two key pads

    I had it installed in 1997 when they were running the $99 installation special

    I paid about $40 per month. (maybe a bit less)

    the company was fantastic until I sold my house.  They wanted me to pay to the end of my contract even though I didn’t own the property anymore.  Took me a few weeks to get my refund.      

    Post # 4
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    984 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    We have ADT and I’m really happy with it. All the doors are monitored plus we have two smoke alarms that are monitored, we pay about $50 a month. We didn’t have to pay anything for instalation because we built our house and our builder contracts out with ADT.

    Post # 6
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    3618 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    We use Protection One. My ILs have used it for 20+ years and love it so we use it ourselves and have also recommended them to all our friends and family who are interested. Installation was about $100, we had to add more sensors than what their “free” installation included, we have a lot of windows downstairs. We pay about $35/month.

    Post # 7
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    1101 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I have ADT, and I love it. When I’m home alone and my boyfriends at work I set the alarm for “Stay” and it makes me feel safe. All doors are monitored and we have motion detectors that we can set while we’re away or even while we’re home ( at night when we’re asleep..they’re in the living room) When I accidentally set the alarm off their response is fast. I pay $44 a month and it’s definately worth it!  We had no installation fee, we got it free, and we also got 2 remote controls for free. My sister got the package first and by time they got to our house ( we live in the same neighborhood) they didn’t offer the same package, so I said I would only get the system if I got the special my sister got. He called his boss and I got the deal I wanted! So ask if they have specials!

    Post # 8
    Member
    1101 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I have ADT, and I love it. When I’m home alone and my boyfriends at work I set the alarm for “Stay” and it makes me feel safe. All doors are monitored and we have motion detectors that we can set while we’re away or even while we’re home ( at night when we’re asleep..they’re in the living room) When I accidentally set the alarm off their response is fast. I pay $44 a month and it’s definately worth it!  We had no installation fee, and we also got 2 remote controls for free. My sister got the package first and by time they got to our house ( we live in the same neighborhood) they didn’t offer the same package, so I said I would only get the system if I got the special my sister got. He called his boss and I got the deal I wanted! So ask if they have specials!

    Post # 9
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    546 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    When we lived in our condo, we had a little sticker on a front window saying it was protected… but we had nada…..

    We now live at my rents to save money for a house. Their idea of a security system is the annoying dog that barks at absolutely any noise or person outside. 

    P.S. We live in the burbs….

    Post # 10
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    5075 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    oh, that reminds me.  If you do get a system don’t put the stickers and signs out.  All that does is tell the criminal what type of system you have so they know how to get around it (that’s what the police told me)

    Post # 12
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    5075 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I had sensors on all the doors – front, side, and doorwall – and the back window.  I also had motion sensors cutting across the hallway on the main floor and the bottom of the stairs in the basement (so anyone coming up the stairs from the basement would set it off).

    I would recommend getting a keypad in your bedroom close to the bed so you can set it right when you get in bed, and have the other one hidden in a closet.  You don’t want the intruder to know where it is right away in case he tries to disable it.

    Good Lord!  Can you tell how much I loved having one??  I’m rambling on like a lunatic.

        

    Post # 13
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    7431 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2009

    @GroovyHippieChick:  thanks for all those tips. Some things I never would have thought of!

    Anyone with pets that one?? How does that work with the motion sensors?

    Post # 14
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    772 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    How about the installations?? arent there ways to install them that the lines can’t get cut or disabled?

    Post # 16
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    284 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I have never had an alarm system before, but we are building new construction right now and we had one installed. More because everyone else is doing it and we thought that it would be good for resale down the road. It was free to install and we are going to be paying $30 per month–we got the system itself installed (which is wireless), window and door sensors, motion detector and it’s linked into our smoke/CO2 alarm. We locked into a two year contract–and paid the first two years all at once, I think we had other options, but it was cheaper to do it that way than to pay monthly. The company is Guardian.

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