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itguy05

join:2005-06-17
Carlisle, PA
reply to 8744675

Re: replacing home security company

said by 8744675:

Ask how many home burglaries have been stopped by a home alarm. Unless the cops were sitting in the neighborhood, probably zero. 99% of home alarm calls responded to by police are false alarms. By the time a monitoring company goes through their routine of contacting your home and anyone on your contact list before calling the police, the crooks are long gone.

I agree. If you're out in the country who is going to hear it? And by the time the cops get there the bad guys will be long gone. In the city, who is going to stop someone or even care? And the police will still take their sweet time getting to you.

If anything it's just going to notify you someone broke in your house. The other effective thing is a dog. Nobody is going to want to tango with a barking dog when you could simply move on to another dog-free house.

Bob4
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join:2012-07-22
New Jersey

In my town, the police response time would probably be under 2 minutes. They take burglar alarm activations seriously.


itguy05

join:2005-06-17
Carlisle, PA

said by Bob4:

In my town, the police response time would probably be under 2 minutes. They take burglar alarm activations seriously.

Doubtful. You would have to have a cop literally around the corner. Remember the alarm company has to call your house, not get you, then call 911 (or the local police directly) and go through their questions, then the cops get called and they have to get there.

Here are a couple articles on police response times:
»apbweb.com/featured-articles/118···ity.html
»www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/results···response
»www.metro.us/newyork/local/artic···ls-slows

I'd say the crooks know even with an alarm chances are they could get in and out before the cops show up. The smart crook casing a joint will trip the alarm a couple times to measure the response time.

watts3000

join:2002-01-21

I will look at Protect America but for some reason I'm not sold on broadband monitoring if your internet connection is down you have nothing so that's why I look at GSM.



alkizmo

join:2007-06-25
Pierrefonds, QC
kudos:1
reply to itguy05

said by itguy05:

I'd say the crooks know even with an alarm chances are they could get in and out before the cops show up. The smart crook casing a joint will trip the alarm a couple times to measure the response time.

Yeesh, I doubt thieves will case a house like that (Stores ya, houses not if it's middle class).

I had a thief enter my house through the basement once. They tripped the motion sensor once they got upstairs and ran out before the cops came. He took nothing.

Thieves are cowardly, for a typical house, they won't risk that a cop car was just passing by randomly.

Plus, even if a cop takes 10 minutes to arrive, it makes the thieves be limited in what they take. They can't really load up their car with a big TV in a hurry without the risk of being noticed/identified (plate written down by passing people). Though at night it's another issue. In my case it's to protect the house during the day time when we are at work.

Oh and then there's the fire alarm that's a real bonus. If a fire starts while you're not home, the alarm company will alert the firemen. Even if things are insured, a house fire can cause a lot of personal loss and be a big deal if the house burns down vs. an isolated fire that was stopped early.

Bob4
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join:2012-07-22
New Jersey
reply to itguy05

The under 2 minutes is from the time the police get the call. This is just a guess on my part, knowing that the police are always patrolling nearby.

My town had a grand total of 9 burglaries in 2011.



Hawk
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join:2003-08-25
The Desert
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reply to watts3000

Broadband monitoring is just one of their options. They offer land line, cell. etc as well. My apologies if I wasn't clear.

The one thing I appreciated is our start up was leas than a year ago. We recently moved and the components went with us with ease. I took the system down and re installed and tested in less than two hours. big plus IMHO.

Regarding police response, I could really care less. A txt is sent to my cell as well and I'll probably beat them to the property. All they need to do is clean up the mess.


Bob4
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join:2012-07-22
New Jersey
Reviews:
·Optimum Online
reply to Bob4

said by Bob4:

In my town, the police response time would probably be under 2 minutes. They take burglar alarm activations seriously.


Quote from one of our detectives:
quote:
You're not going to come into our town and break into our houses and not be held accountable. We're going to find you wherever you go in New Jersey.
This was after the detective participated in a 16-member task force to find one burglar, and followed him 100 miles to catch him breaking into a house.

»newjerseyhills.com/bernardsville···e6c.html