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Old 11-15-14, 07:53 AM
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School me on home security systems

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With dad in hospice, mom wants to get a security system. All I know is that some will subsidize the system in exchange for a monitoring contract much like cell phones. I also know that some systems are proprietary so that only the installing company can monitor. That's the extent of my knowledge.

Any help is appreciated.
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Old 11-15-14, 07:59 AM
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Not much to them.

You can pay for door and window sensors. When a connection is broken, the alarm goes off.

If your mom knows how to work the keypad, you're allowed to turn on/off individual points (like a bedroom window).

You can get a lot installed for little or nothing, if you get a contract. Kind of like cell phones.

They use cellular signals now. So no need to tap into a phone line.

It'll be around $35/mo after taxes.
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Old 11-15-14, 08:02 AM
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All you really need to know:

http://www.vmsalarms.com/
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Old 11-15-14, 08:24 AM
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Get one of these too.
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Then why does VMS alarms have such a shitty rating as a company? or is there more than one?
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Obligatory VMS Alarms recommendation: your problem for every solution.

When we bought our house out here an ADT tech came out and said that we could get their complete system for free if we sign up for a monthly service and display the ADT sign in our yard. I believe that there are various levels of service that you can sign up for with the cheapest being around 50 bucks a month.

I hope that everything works out for you and yours Jim. Good luck.
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Old 11-15-14, 09:16 AM
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Then why does VMS alarms have such a shitty rating as a company? or is there more than one?
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Get one of these too.
Better pack that shit under the pillow. Loaded and safety off.
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Mom prefers the Thompson for it's ability to take down entire motorcycle gangs with one pull of the trigger and a full drum



VMS is down for maintenance which is always a good sign.

She'll be selling the house so it will likely be the next persons problem.
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Old 11-15-14, 11:29 AM
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You can buy everything you need for a home, wireless system online.... hell, Amazon or Ebay offers a ton of content for the GE system (which is what I have). Youtube is your friend for setup and then find a monitoring company who will charge you no more than $10/month.

I would NOT go the ADT route or other national brand. It's very simple to setup and you'll keep your monitoring costs to a minimum this way.
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Old 11-15-14, 11:34 AM
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I've got Simplisafe and it works fine.
No contract, pay as you go for optional monitoring with two levels to choose from.
I got it from Woot for about 1/3 off retail.
I did not want a contract and I did not want to pay 50 bucks a month for monitoring.
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Definitely don't want to get into anything costing $50 month. Cheaper to let your shit get stolen.
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We got a system through the local phone company years back, and the installed system + monitoring ended up being about $30/month for 3 years. Not long after we paid it off, they sold their alarm monitoring service to Guardian, who jacked up the monitoring alone to $35/month.

At that point, we switched to Alarm Relay for $9/month (paid a year in advance), although I did have to reprogram the system myself (with the help of their phone support, which was great) to use their contact information instead. I have no complaints with them whatsoever, and they fortunately have only had to call us once (for a false reading due to a dying battery in one of the hall sensors).

As far as the system itself goes, it's a fairly no-frills Honeywell unit, although it does support a cellular connection (with an additional module, and a higher service fee) along with the standard landline connection. The alarm system is the only reason we still have a landline (bundled with our DSL service), but as soon as we get fiber in our neighborhood, we'll be dropping all landline-based services and going with the cellular monitoring. Despite the higher monitoring fee, it will still be cheaper than keeping the landline.
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We got Frontpoint about a month ago. Easy to self-install. Up and running in 15 minutes.

http://www.frontpointsecurity.com/
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I tried IRIS out, which is the Lowes version of the DIY, wifi integrated alarm system. It gets the job done but isn't particularly impressive, the alarm isn't loud enough.

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Old 11-17-14, 01:40 PM
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Not sure if this is Other or tech so mods feel free to move.

With dad in hospice, mom wants to get a security system. All I know is that some will subsidize the system in exchange for a monitoring contract much like cell phones. I also know that some systems are proprietary so that only the installing company can monitor. That's the extent of my knowledge.

Any help is appreciated.



Seriously though, I've heard good things about comcast's home security.
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Old 11-17-14, 01:48 PM
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1. Have a good insurance policy.
2. Have a professional install cameras and extra lights.
3. Use motion detection sensors that will set off loud alarms.
4. Have a landline AND a cell phone service.
Personally, for homeowners, I don't think monitoring is worth it. It's a low priority call for the police and crooks likely will be long gone by the time they show up.

If she's older, then I'd say maybe one of those senior health monitoring service is a good idea. Like a necklace buzzer if there's a health emergency.
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Old 11-17-14, 02:23 PM
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She'll be selling the house so it will likely be the next persons problem.
I'm not sure this is true. We got a system through ADT, but then sold the house before our contract was up. The contract followed us to the new house, it didn't stay with the people that bought our old house. Maybe they could have taken over the contract, I'm not sure, but the contract obligation was ours to meet, not the new owners'.
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Old 11-17-14, 08:45 PM
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Yeah, I called ADT before nad either you have to take the contract to your next house or the new owners have to take it over. ADT is too expensive; $37 - $49 mo. no way.
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