Home alarms have become not just for the rick. They are now a way of life. It still amazes me how quickly things become part of our society that we just never expected. Home alarm systems are a great example of this. When I was young (not that I am old now!) but anyway, when I was in Jr. High my parents got their first home alarm. It was definitely not fancy by any stretch but we were the interesting family on the block for a while. Then it seemsed like everyone else started to get them rather quickly.
Now it seems like very house has to have an alarm system of some sort, or you are just asking to be robbed. One in Six houses will be affected by something that the alarm systems watch for in the next 5 years. That is pretty scary. Being a single, fun loving woman I sometimes wonder what would happen to me if someone broke in. My first thought follows what would they take? Could I replace it? Then I wonder even worse, what if I was asleep in the house when they came?
Door alarms and window alarms let off a faint ding when they are opened with some settings but I sleep like a rock, that little ding won’t wake me up. But now they have all these different settings so it will sound a full on alarm if someone opens my window or door in the middle of the night!
The other advantage is that if the alarm is triggered it automatically call the home monitoring group so I get help called without having to find the phone and dial 911. Overall having the alarm just makes me feel more comfortable which in turn gives me a better night’s sleep and we all know a woman needs her beauty rest!
Well a single girl can never be too careful. But the more I think about it if you have a family, kids, you probably have more to keep safe than someone like me. Of course I have my Coach bags, and stuff like that but those things can all be replaced. Then you have the complication of being able to remember to set it. See not having kids I don’t have to remember much and often I forget my own keys when I leave the house, so how could house security sink in?
Then this really cute guy came by and told me some more. Yes, I know I should have been able to listen to anyone, but a cute guy always catches my attention! He told me some things that I never knew. Things like there is now a remote to activate your door alarms, window alarms, and motion detectors. It even has a panic button. Kind of like your car alarm where you can set it off by hitting the red button. You can do the same thing with your home alarm now. Who knew!
The alarm alert from the home alarm systems sends information directly to the people that can come to help. I love having everything nice and simple, and in this case it was even cheap! Not that what I got was cheap, but it will definitely leave me some extra to do what I really love, shop and drive, or drive to where I can shop! You would be surprised how cheap the coverage is for a home alarm system, mine is less per month than it costs to fill up my gas tank! AND I got the alarm equipment free!
I always thought that home alarm systems were a joke and the life alert “I’ve fallen and can’t get up!” commercial was just funny. Well that was until my father fell and actually did break his hip and my mother was out with friends. See a about a year ago we all got home alarms. This was done after I found out about some of the advancements that have been made and how the competition between the big 3 have created a competition that makes it super cheap to have your own home alarm system.
We were finally sold on ours when I started thinking about he home alarm systems and the fact that my parents are getting older and if I didn’t push them towards this they would never do it. Yeah they had an alarm when I was younger but I really think it was more for the door alarms and window alarms that would ding whenever I tried to sneak out. They had moved after I grew up and no longer had their system in place.
With the competition that is going on they were able to get their system installed like me for nothing. After that our monthly payments are less than it costs us to fill our gas tanks. Since everything was free when they installed we all got the remotes that activate and deactivate the home alarm systems, but even more importantly they have a panic button.
My father was coming in from the snow and slipped on the ice at the stairs. When he fell he broke his hip and there was no way he could have made it to the door in that condition. As I said it was a very bad true life “I’ve fallen and can’t get up!” moment. But my parents didn’t have life alert, they had a life alert alternative. The sales person had told us that the remotes had this feature though lets be honest we never expected to need it!
Still my father hit the “panic” button and the alarm home monitor called EMS and help for my father. I can honestly say now that I will always keep the service of an alarm company on my side. They are constantly competing and while my contract still has 2 years on it, in 2 more years I will go back and use it to my advantage again. Who knows? You can upgrade your system if you are past your 3 years AND lower your monthly rates.
Burglars get smarter every year, shouldn’t our burglar systems at least try to catch up? Every 3 years an update is definitely called for!
OK it is official, the world has gone mad. Did you know that in the next six years, 1 in 5 homes will fall victim to robbery, fire, or carbon monoxide poisoning? That number is awfully high! And on top of that, the economy has taken a massive downturn as we know so personally I think these numbers will be higher. The need for home alarms is on the rise.
We are all inundated with the need for security for our identity, but what about home security? Home alarms started quite a while ago, ADT is the most known but by far not the only company providing home alarm systems anymore. The alarm system home versions are also becoming more and more advanced. When I was growing up we had door alarms and window alarms. (This made sneaking out virtually impossible as well as protecting us at night, I remember that ding well!)
Now the standard house alarm has not only the door and windows, but also motion detectors, home security camera systems, and home video security. The uses for the alarm home system has changed as well. It is not enough to just know that something happened, you must be able to defend it in courts. This can range from the neighbor’s dog using the restroom on your yard and destroying your sod that cost thousands, or it could mean having a picture of the person who broke into your home. Another use for the home security surveillance a little closer to home is that it is being used as a life alert alternative. They are providing “panic buttons” that allow you to call for help immediately if you ever need it.
Personally I like how easy arming the system has gotten. With a simple press of the remote control you arm the system. Just like your car. I am not big on setting the keypad when I leave but I can remember to click the lock button on my alarm.
Security is becoming more and more important in today’s economy. Home alarms are quickly becoming a necessity not just a luxury. But now it seems with so many home alarm systems that there is an added benefit to getting one of these burglar systems. Simply put with all the competition there is a greater place for you to get a great deal. The three top companies are ADT, Brinks home security, and Monitronics. All of these have 3 year contracts but they are all competing for your business. So how does this help you? Lets look
At one time the only thing offered were door alarms and window alarms, now there are home security cameras, alarm alert calling you when the alarm goes off, motion detectors, home video security, and even a new life alert alternative. The alarm home system is getting more high tech every day! You can even set it off with a remote control instead of using the keypad.
So how do all these things help you? Simple, use their competition against them. If you have an alarm now you can change companies and save $5-10 and sometimes more per month, without changing anything. Or you can upgrade your service and get video or motion detectors where you didn’t have them before. Did you know that the keypads are interchangeable? This means if you like what you have now, you can get cheaper rates by simply switching out the keypad. Service is the same throughout and sometimes even go to the same call centers, the only difference you will see is a lower bill. Why? Because these other companies want your next contract.
We found out when we lowered our bill by $10 per month. I like having an extra $120 and my husband likes that I have a panic button that I can use if there is ever a problem where help will be called immediately.