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  • #90498

    bucki12
    Member

    Hi,

    I will be moving into Weinland Park in a few months and have been told it is a good idea to get an alarm system. I work a lot of hours so my home will be empty a lot during the day and evening.

    I am also a cheap bastard.

    Is it pretty essential to go with a monitored alarm? I am tempted to get an unmonitored one, but a lot of people have cautioned me against this. I also am tempted to fill the yard with ebay puchased ADT signs and a few dog dishes/ dog toys Beware of Dog signs(I don’t have or want a dog) and a ‘day sleeper – do not disturb’ sign at the door.

    Another option is the kind which you hook up to your internet and it sends a txt and calls you when it is triggered. This is much cheaper, but I am not sure how effective this is and it does have the caveat of me possibly ‘missing the call’.

    The last option is the monitored ones. Which is where people are steering me. Is there a system that people tend to like, especially in the lower price ranges? One of my friends swears by ADT’s cellular one – but I think that costs $60 a month.

    In the end I want my stuff to be safe and am willing to pay for some sense of peace of mind.

    Any thoughts are appreciated

    #483558

    cbus11
    Member

    I toyed with DIY autodialer ones at one point, but never really felt they were ready for prime time.

    I would get the least expensive monitored service you can find at least until you get familiar with the area and get to know your neighbors. After you have lived there for a little while you will have a better understanding of the level of service you need.

    I think that the $25 – 30 dollar per month varieties require you to have a phone landline, so you have to figure that cost into the mix. I think that is why the cellular ones are popular (and no lines to cut).

    Most insurance policies will offer a discount if you have a monitored alarm.

    #483559
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    cbus11 said:
    I think that the $25 – 30 dollar per month varieties require you to have a phone landline, so you have to figure that cost into the mix. I think that is why the cellular ones are popular (and no lines to cut.

    The one we have does not require a home phone line (we didn’t want one). It uses a digital cellular transmitter box to transmit data.

    http://www.homesalarm.com/adt_home_security/do-i-need-land-line-for-adt.html

    #483560
    Snarf
    Snarf
    Participant

    I recently got a system with Devcon Security. It’s wireless and seems very nice, can use my iPhone to turn on/off and check status from anywhere, etc. It’s $40/mo. I was able to get the equipment and install for free.

    #483561

    labi
    Participant

    We have 2 monitored ADT systems – the one in the house uses a land line and costs about $35/month, and the one in the rental uses a cell line and is about $45/month. Purchase & installation of a very minimal combo of sensors would have been free, but in both cases we purchased a few extra items for more thorough coverage. Considering all the other ways one can piss away $30-40/month, it seems like a totally reasonable expense for a little additional peace of mind – well worth finding room for even in a tight budget.

    You don’t say whether you’ll be renting or buying, but if you’re renting, you could ask the landlord whether they might be willing to cover at least the install costs. As landlords, we considered it the responsible thing to do to install the security system and include the monitoring costs in the rent, especially for younger tenants or those who might not have a lot of experience living in urban neighborhoods.

    If you’re buying, having a monitored system will get you a discount on your property insurance that offsets at least a little bit of the cost of the system.

    P.S. Welcome to WP!

    #483562

    leftovers
    Member

    From one who has tried it, the fake ADT signs alone where not enough to deter a break in at my last apartment.

    One thing you have to look at when comparing systems is the length of the contract they are committing you to as it seems to vary between services.

    This is a small side note, but there is also a $35 two year alarm permit one must obtain from the city. Most alarm companies roll this into your costs, some don’t.

    http://publicsafety.columbus.gov/content.aspx?id=34956

    #483563

    lifeontwowheels
    Participant

    Alarm Force is $30 and change going through my cell, no land line. Land line would drop the price to $25 and change. Very happy with their service. The install package is 2 doors, a motion and the keypad – all wireless. If you ever move, take the system, change the address and they will reinstall.

    #483564

    mrpoppinzs
    Member

    Is it common for landlords to set up security systems for their tenants in this area (WP)? From wandering around it does not appear that most rentals have ADT or the like, I could be wrong.

    #483565

    bucki12
    Member

    Thanks everyone!

    #483566
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    mrpoppinzs said:
    Is it common for landlords to set up security systems for their tenants in this area (WP)? From wandering around it does not appear that most rentals have ADT or the like, I could be wrong.

    I can’t speak for Weinland Park specifically, but a lot of rentals I’ve lived in have had home security systems installed either by the landlord or previous tenants and it’s up to the current tenant to activate and pay for them. Kind of like having phone lines or cable lines installed and being up to the tenant to set up an account for services and pay bills on that directly.

    #483567

    mrpoppinzs
    Member

    Walker said:
    I can’t speak for Weinland Park specifically, but a lot of rentals I’ve lived in have had home security systems installed either by the landlord or previous tenants and it’s up to the current tenant to activate and pay for them. Kind of like having phone lines or cable lines installed and being up to the tenant to set up an account for services and pay bills on that directly.

    That makes sense, Thanks Walker

    #483568

    Mister Shifter
    Participant

    The home I’m having built right now has an ADT system, but I can’t decide if I want to fork over the $30-$40 per month for it once I move in.

    #483569

    donelel
    Member

    I have a Frontpoint security system and their monitoring service is the best for me. i already tried ADT but this one is much better. Not as expensive as ADT but has Very good reviews and is GE wireless. Not like ADT that will make you sign for a 2-5 year contract and frontpoints equipment is open lined to any security service. I have an iphone and i can literally see my house with it. As what you described yourself a can tell that this one will suit you.
    I’m leaving you their site for you to browse and see for yourself their services equipment and payment or if you have any inquires or questions yourself.
    Frontpoint Secuurity System

    #483570

    Tatsui
    Member

    Check out suretyCAM. They’re a local company that installs primarily 2GIG security systems along with Alarm.com. They’re prices are pretty reasonable and the monthly monitoring is pretty cheap. I need to look at my billing statement again, but I’m pretty sure I’m paying $29.95 a month for a GSM (cellular) system.

    #483571

    ryan.boder
    Member

    bucki12 said:

    I am also a cheap bastard.

    So am I. ;)

    The last option is the monitored ones. Which is where people are steering me. Is there a system that people tend to like, especially in the lower price ranges? One of my friends swears by ADT’s cellular one – but I think that costs $60 a month.

    If you’re willing to install it yourself you can get Alarm.com at a really low price. Try our website:

    http://suretycam.com/do-it-yourself-security-alarm-and-home-automation-store/

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