Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Peoria, IL...more or less
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It depends on A) what you want, B) where you live, and C) what your potential robber clientèle is.
You have to decide on whether you want to scare them away or catch them in the act. If you have relatively poor police response times, you're better off scaring them away in the first place, rather than depending on a silent system that notifies the local police dept..
Having fake cameras, sufficient protected outdoor lighting, and signs/labels will keep the kids, druggies, and casual burglars away....getting an audible alarm system will get rid of almost everyone else.
The .001% percent left are either severe tweakers that won't care regardless, or pros who can get around most of the good systems anyway....GOOD systems aren't cheap to install or maintain.
Most of the cops I know think alarm systems are more or less a joke, designed to put money in the security companies pockets & give the homeowner false peace of mind. They SOMETIMES can make you eligible for a discount on your homeowners' insurance, which may tip the scales.
Do a lot of research & talk to others in your area who have particular companies...the local offices can vary quite a bit, and a, say, ADT, Tyco, whoever office in one place may get high marks, while another in a different location may have issues.
Just my $.02, based on personal exp.
IN: Staring adversity in the face while working on your car and coming out on top
OUT: Finally realizing that every $%&# thing you touch on your car turns to adversity