UtahRSO wrote:Had a security salesman come to the door a couple of weeks ago. As he noticed my holstered 1911, I told him I had my own security, and he left.
I can see some benefit in having a security system. If we weren't home and someone broke in, setting off an alarm to the security company, hopefully they'd send someone to check things out. But if one of us it at home, I hope our own security precautions (dog, cell phones, sidearms) would be enough. Because when seconds count, the police AND THE SECURITY SYSTEM PEOPLE are at least minutes away.
By the way, I told the security salesman that too.
I am in the low-voltage industry, including security systems. I'm a tech, not a salesman (And yes, I am a real tech, not a trained college monkey, I actually know more then just assembling a kit out of the box....) My company does not do alarm systems yet, but I do some contracting work for a smaller, local alarm company that does not go door to door.
There are two reasons to get a security system. 1) Protecting property. 2.) Protecting people. (Or you can combine them, and make a third I guess...) Typically the systems installed by the big corporate companies that do go door to door barely qualify for option 1, protecting property, but certainly don't often meet my requirements for protecting people.
Let me share my theory in security systems. My home is equiped with a rather extensive security system, which I find most comforting. Let me explain: I do not have the system for protecting my property. I really don't care about the home or the property when nobody is there. If someone wants my junk that bad, go for it, I don't have many possessions that are worth much anyway.
What I do find of value in the system is protecting my family...Now, the real protection for them is me with my guns, no doubt. However, having the system will provide me with an early warning if someone attempts to break in. All windows are alarmed against opening them, breaking them, or removing the glass. This is helpfull when you have a large house (which I don't...) or with a basement, or in any situation where you may not hear a break-in. If you accidently left a window unlocked, or even if you are using the factory window locks, it is easy for someone to slide the glass open with a minimal amount of noise. A QUALITY alarm which protects all your windows prevents this. (The typical big corporate companies that install two door contacts and a motion won't do you much good, especially since motions are only of value when the home is supposed to be unoccupied.)
For my wife and myself, knowing that someone cannot sneak into our son and daughters rooms without making a very loud noise, is valuable and comforting. We sleep with a old noisy fan near our bed, and I bet I wouldn't hear someone breaking into the room down the hall without the alarm. I would hate to wake up to find a missing child.
As already mentioned, the real home protection is a good parent with a good gun. However, I honestly believe that a good alarm system can give you extra seconds, when seconds count.
Yes, a monitored alarm system won't help much when seconds count, and the police and security folks are minutes away. We all know that. The value in an alarm system isn't always the monitoring, but the local noise it makes to wake you up when you need it. Unfortunatley, there aren't many companies out there that will install an alarm system without monitoring.
Anyway, I will get off my soap box now, but I just wanted to make the point that there is real value in a good security system, regardless of if it is monitored or not. Many of the big companies give the little guys a bad rap, because they big guy's dont actually put in anything useful as security, they just put in a box that they can use as an excuse to get $50.00 a month from ya.
Dogs may do this for you under some conditions, but if you have a dog sleeping on your bed, with some white noise in the background, and your kids are down the hall with their doors closed, the dog may not do it for ya. Personally, I dislike dogs, so I don't have that option.
/End Rant, thanks for putting up with me!