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itguy05

join:2005-06-17
Carlisle, PA
reply to Bob4

Re: replacing home security company

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
Riding Thermals
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join:2003-08-25
The Desert
Reviews:
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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.