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I actually have two questions, how hard is it to install your own alarm system for one, and two, how fast will alarm security monitoring companys react and do they send their own people?
 

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I actually have two questions, how hard is it to install your own alarm system for one, and two, how fast will alarm security monitoring companys react and do they send their own people?
1. Pretty easy if you have any abilities with home wiring.

2. No, they will send the local police.
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I have a pretty extensive gun 'Accumulation'
(wouldn't actually call it a 'Collection')
So I have a pretty advanced alarm system for my home.

It's mostly 'Radio Shack' stuff, but it's put together in a configuration that no 'Crook' would be expecting...
(I never was good at following the 'Directions'!)

Mine calls 9-1-1 and reports either fire or burglary in progress (Dialers are cheap) and it activates an 'Outside' alarm horn hidden in the eve vents of the house.

I wired the doors, but instead of wiring windows
(usually tape on the windows that is a dead give away and easy to defeat)
I used motion detectors in the hall way and in the gun room it's self.
Once set, if you open an outside door, or the gun room door, or move down the hall way outside of the gun room, or move around IN the gun room it's self, you WILL trip the alarm.

I have pets, Cat & Idiot Dog, so the hallway motion sensor is usually off, but the entry doors and the gun room door triggers, and the gun room motion sensor are all on after we are in for the evening or leave the house.

Guns are also locked in cabinets for the most part, so 'Smash & Grab' before the cops can get here is almost impossible...

I tried some perimeter motion sensors, that didn't turn out so well.
You would be surprised how many rabbits, squirrels, cats, dogs, kids, ect. will set those things off!
Now they just turn on the yard lights and that seems to work fine.
 

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Remember, the police are not there to protect you. They will likely only be able to right a report. Alarms don't even really get them there quicker.

They do scare people off some times.
 

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1. Pretty easy if you have any abilities with home wiring.

2. No, they will send the local police.
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I have a pretty extensive gun 'Accumulation'
(wouldn't actually call it a 'Collection')
So I have a pretty advanced alarm system for my home.

It's mostly 'Radio Shack' stuff, but it's put together in a configuration that no 'Crook' would be expecting...
(I never was good at following the 'Directions'!)

Mine calls 9-1-1 and reports either fire or burglary in progress (Dialers are cheap) and it activates an 'Outside' alarm horn hidden in the eve vents of the house.

I wired the doors, but instead of wiring windows
(usually tape on the windows that is a dead give away and easy to defeat)
I used motion detectors in the hall way and in the gun room it's self.
Once set, if you open an outside door, or the gun room door, or move down the hall way outside of the gun room, or move around IN the gun room it's self, you WILL trip the alarm.

I have pets, Cat & Idiot Dog, so the hallway motion sensor is usually off, but the entry doors and the gun room door triggers, and the gun room motion sensor are all on after we are in for the evening or leave the house.

Guns are also locked in cabinets for the most part, so 'Smash & Grab' before the cops can get here is almost impossible...

I tried some perimeter motion sensors, that didn't turn out so well.
You would be surprised how many rabbits, squirrels, cats, dogs, kids, ect. will set those things off!
Now they just turn on the yard lights and that seems to work fine.
Can you post how you made that?
 

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I actually have two questions, how hard is it to install your own alarm system for one, and two, how fast will alarm security monitoring companys react and do they send their own people?
If you find a company that employs their own commissioned guard service, yes they will send their own people. I'm in the security alarm business. I look at home security systems as your first layer of protection. It's an early warning system. Have your Glock or 1911 ready. :)
 

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If you find a company that employs their own commissioned guard service, yes they will send their own people. I'm in the security alarm business. I look at home security systems as your first layer of protection. It's an early warning system. Have your Glock or 1911 ready. :)
Yes I agree with TSS here. Remember the system regardless of what you choose to install. Radio shack, DSC, ADT, whatever is only ONE LAYER of protection. I have a very advanced system with heat and motion sensors, door and window sensors, smoke, heat, CO sensors. As well as CCTV cameras with digital and tape backup. Door/Entery cameras with monitors I can see from the living room and bedroom so I can see who's at the door before i decide if I want to answer it. This is my primary level of security. The we have two BIG dogs. One is a 140+ pound wolf/shepard mix and the other is a 125+ pound shepard/grayhound mix. My third level is a taurus T24/7
9mm and a mossberg home defense 12 gauge. My final level is my military training and the willingness to use whhatever level of force to defend family and home.
 

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You basically have 4 layers of protection for your home.

1. Security alarm system (with signs and stickers.) Consider it your early warning system. It doesn't catch the burglar but often scares them off. They are far less likely to try a home that has an alarm. You still want the police to come, so get it monitored.

2. Reinforced screws on all doors and windows. Longer wood screws in your locking hardware that go into the 2X4 frame around your door. It's the cheap door jam that breaks, not the frame. It's solid. So if the deadbolts are screwed into the frame, they are very hard to break open.

3. Dogs, another early warning system. An also maybe the first to attack the intruder.

4. GUN, know how to use it.
 

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Remember folks that we are getting ready for WTSHTF and not for time in peace........there will be no cops or security agency to answer your call for help because they will be taking care of their own family.

Is ok to have alarms for the now time but while doing it keep tomorrow in mind.
 
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