When I built my house I purchased and installed an Ademco system but never hooked it up to the service company. I programmed the number for the security company as my Cell. When I get a call from home with a computer tone, I know the alarm has gone off. It works great.
You can go on Amazon and get a nice system for not much money. I don't know why most people would need remote monitoring. To me $30-$60/month for someone to remotely monitor your security system is a rip-off. That would be $1,800 to $3,600 in five years. It really adds up fast.
If you are most worried about a burglary, just install your own system and put up some stickers. The stickers and signs will dissuade most burglars.
1987 Buick Grand National (All original with only 16k miles)
1965 Buick Riviera Gran Sport (Currently undergoing a frame off restoration)
1965 Buick Riviera 401 car, unrestored survivor, driver.
2005 F150 FX4, Supercrew (Daily Driver)
2001 Dodge Grand Caravan (Beater)
I just went through this about 6 months ago. I got 5 bids, and the pricing was all over the place. Some of the salepeople seemed as though either they did not care, or were out to find a sucker. Almost everyone recommended Honeywell equipment.
ADT was not impressive for me, and I went with a local mom and pop like Rob suggested. Highly rated company with great service and no contract. My monthly fee is 30 / month, and that includes a cellular monitoring connection.
I agree with Rob. We had a local shop install a DSC System in our shop (two floors, 15K square feet,four bay doors, four pass doors, motion, etc). Easy system with many great features, easy to add to. Great local service.
The short term and long term consequences of the choices we make are typically different and opposite.
Up here in the Boonies most people just leave their doors open. While the burglar will get in easier they will usually be nice and lock the door behind them on the way out....Or people just get a dog.
I just got a new Internet camera. Sent the DropCam camera back as it was just sucking up all my bandwidth. The better IP cameras will email you on your mobile phone if detects movement in your house. Plus you can view your camera on your smart phone with an app. That's about all the security I need up here.....
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We started a few years ago w/ Brinks when it existed. It changed names and then was bought out by ADT. I've been quite happy w/ them although the $51 a month seems a bit high. The couple of times we/ve had a false alarm from a bird hitting a window or glass door, and my wife getting meesed up one AM w/ the remote alarm turnon, the people on the phone have been VERY good.
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