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Recommendations for a Home Security System

There have been a string of random home invasions in the Western suburbs in the past few weeks, and the burglar has killed a little girl in one and "subdued" a homeowner in another. My husband is freaking out, especially because he is rarely home, so he wants to get an alarm.

I have no experience with home security systems, so I don't know where to start.

What do you have? Do you like it? What kind of cost does it carry? What are its capabilities? Do the companies vary according to geographic location?

What can I do next?

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Security systems are great but don't fully rely on it. Faulty wiring and power outages can throw any system off track.

It is a well known fact that a dog w/a good bark can deter any criminal.

If you don't have experience in home security systems, then you probably don't have experience with burglars. Do your research on both and in your area.

They told us in self defense that home invasion criminals have nothing better to do than to scope a home/neighborhood they want to steal from. That is their "job" and they want to do it well. They study who lives where, who has what, resident schedules, cars, routine, even security systems and how to disengage them...and then wait to strike. It is very rare that a criminal will just drive up to some random neighborhood and pick some random house at some random time to break in. Criminals these days are very progressive - they won't make any effort unless they will get a sure return on their efforts.

I am a full believer that if half the women who are attacked knew how to defend themselves, they wouldn't be raped or killed. Same thing w/kids.

Stay safe everyone!

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Smith Thompson is what we have. $16.95 a month fully monitored. Make sure you go with a wireless system, that way a power outage won't affect it.
But honestly, a dog is very effective. Statistics show intruders don't want to mess with the attention from the barking or risk being bitten.

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I have a really BIG dog that likes to lay in the bay window near the front door.

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You should also put, motion sensitive outdoor Floodlights... around the perimeter of your home.

No shrubs against your home, they can hide there.

A big noisy dog. Get one.

Timers on your interior lights.

"Door Knob" alarms (Amazon has these).
Window alarms
A security system by a security system company. You have to be willing... to spend bucks on it.

Neighborhood Security Watch teams. Or organize one.

ALSO, since there have been so many home invasions there, are the Police, cruising around there more?

Fortify the lock on your doors.
Although, if any bad guy wants in, they will get in.

As the other poster said, do not only rely on security systems.
Home Invaders, DO carefully observe and watch the homes/homeowner/neighborhood habits. They don't care if you are home or not.

Once an Invader is IN the home...then what?
There should be a loud alarm going off. They don't like noise. It brings attention to themselves.
Keep your car key fob with you. On most car key remotes, there is a button on it in which you can sound the car-horn.
That is a way, to trigger a noise/alarm/attention, at your home. For example.

Call your local Police, have them come out to your home and inspect it for safety etc. Have them, tell you, how to secure your home and what to do in case of a home invasion.
Do not rely, on only 1 system.

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I know I'm not in your area, but we have a small local company. I can't remember how we found him initially, but he actually does mostly commercial properties with some residential.

The house we're in now, already had a system, but not monitored when we bought it. So I don't know what it takes to wire one.

We set ours every night when we go to bed. Even as the kids got older and would come in after DH and I went to bed, we would set the door chime and the kids would then set the alarm when they came in. I bet I can count on one hand the number of false alarms we've had in 11 years.

And we too have had a bunch of break in's in our 'hood. Even with 2 big dogs I like the feeling of the extra security.

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It seems to me like the burgulars in you area are going by the any means necessary approach so with that being said I would say ADT, A big dog and Smith and Western. You can never be too safe.

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We have a security system that is rarely used. We are not monitored because there are so many false alarms around here, no one cares when they hear an alarm.

One thing I LOVE about my system is the door and window alarms. Everytime a door or window is opened, there is a sequence of beeps and I can see what location was opened.

Now my neighbors closest to me know if they hear my alarm it is because I have set it and something is wrong.

All that aside.... educate yourself regarding home break in's, etc. The criminals do a lot of research and work to figure out who is most gullible, not paying attention, etc... such as (get a new expensive tv or some electronics and leave the box on the street for garbage pick up, leave garage doors open, have garage sales so your house can be cased out, open your door to the solicitors, etc)

We happen to have dogs. Dogs are a known deterrent for criminals. It is a lot easier to go to the next house with no barking dog which causes attention.

Also, I don't know about your area but in ours, there is a free service with the police department where they will come to your home and tell you what criminals look for, where you are lacking with security, etc.

I do believe a security alarm can help be a deterrent but it takes a lot of factors to keep your home safe such as basic common sense cautions.

Best wishes!

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I have ADT. I've been very happy. I think the system was free to install. I pay $35/month for the monitoring.
The standard system usually comes with 2 door monitors, one motion detector and several window monitors. We swapped out the window monitors for an additional door and an additional motion. But if you need more than what the standard comes with, it will cost extra for the additional equipment.
My alarm is just a security alarm. You can add in fire alarm and life alert systems for an additional fee.
And, you can also get higher tech systems for additional $$ that let you control the system remotely - via computer or telephone, etc.

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