Originally Posted by wolfpack_5150
Stay local........u can find monitoring later.
Beware of motion detectors if u have a doggie door..last I remember even pet immune caused false alarms once on awhile...specially if u have cats, don't have anything close to a detector they can jump on. A 10lb cat can look like a 200lb person if the cats an inch away.
I've personally seen spiders set of detectors...
I don't remember hearing many complaints about glass breaks, and they are adjustable with a screwdriver. Id have one in addition to doors/windows. U can always turn off a zone also.
U have regular windows that slide left to right, or up and down?
Double hung up/down can be a pain to retrofit....sliders are cake, drill up into attic space.
U have a vaulted roof?
Def keep the keypad away from all windows/glass door sections. A burglar can look in and see if the system is armed or not. Def use the signs, and a few stickers. They can deter, but if u go apeshit with them ur just gunna look like ur bluffing.
A nice addition is a keyfob....I loved those. The siren will give a confirmation chirp like ur truck even. Some can tie into lights too.
Dont use ur address as a pin.
If the installers are respectful, offer them a snack/soda.
Retrofits are tough, itchy (insulation), and hot usually...the guys who install don't make what salesmen make. A small gesture will go a long way. I've got tons of scars on my head from nails, same with my back, knees, hands....it can be rough if the house is finished and u have a small crawlspace.
Good info man, I take it you are in the business?
First off, I guess I assumed that buying the alarm system and monitoring went hand and hand.
Now that i think of it, I only have one door. Three large windows, all of which slide left to right. three small windows which slide left to right (although I don't know if it'd be worth arming the two of them as they are up on the second floor of the house and the person would need a ladder to get through of them). Other than that, I would be looking at 3 windows which go up and down. So looking at 9 windows and a door. Do you recommned the motion detectors or is the equipment around the windows/doors as well as the glass breaks sufficient. I'm not looking for an incredible state of the art system, but something to give me and my family added peace of mind.
Also, if there is no monitoring, in the event of a break-in (god forbid), do the alarms just sound off?
Appreciate the info, just hope I can get a few points clarified!