Home security systems on STT?
I looked at a previous thread on home security and couldn't get a sense of the following:
1) Do many people use ADT?
2) Does anyone use any of the many other apparently smaller security companies listed in the STT phone book?
3) Does anyone have any recommendations/comments about either of the above?
We recently started using Centurion and are pleased thus far. I also know of two local businesses that use this company and are happy with them as well.
The nice thing about Centurion is that when the alarm goes off, the owner of the company, who lives on island, is directly involved. (I was told that in the off hours, the alarm notification will actually go off in the owners house).
I do know that I accidentally tripped my alarm one day and was notified immediately.
Good luck 🙂
Just a thought here, but I think it's a valid one....Whichever company you use for security, when they receive an alarm, all I've ever seen is the alarm company calling the number they have been provided with. Gee, that really safeguards your stuff, huh? Supposedly, if no one answers, then the police are supposed to show up. At my first place, we had ADT, and the alarm would go off for whatever reason...and continue to go off for about 2 hours before it finally shut down. Did anyone ever show up? Nope. Same thing with my job. Alarm goes off, phone rings, no cops show up. That's it. IMHO, if you really want security, either hire someone to sit there, or get a big dog.
You've definitely got a point there. My neighbors all have dogs, including some really BIG and SCARY dogs, and that seems to constitute their security systems. I don't really want a dog (we're not dog people and we travel a lot) so I guess I'll go with the alarm (a hired gun might work, too, but could I suspect be pricey. : D ) I'm hoping that the possibility that an alarm may go off if there is tampering, or the resulting noise if they do tamper and it goes off, will discourage the average low tech, opportunistic burglar, as that's been my experience stateside. Also, I most desire the alarm for when I'm there so that I'll be alerted. What goes on when I'm not there is far less important, since stolen stuff, while an annoyance, can be replaced.
Perhaps this lack of responsiveness has more to do with the cops than the alarm company.
I am quite underwhelmed by the quality of the police force around here to say the least.
One night a few months ago I was stranded on the side of the road late at night with a dead battery. While I was waiting for my husband to come assist me, THREE police cars passed passed by me and NONE of them stopped -- or even slowed down. I actually could have used their help while I was waiting for my husband.
Here I was standing out beside my car, which was partially in the road. I had my emergency flashers on and not a single policeman stopped. I was utterly disgusted. This would be absolutely unheard of in the states!!!!!
I guess the police just like to drive around looking pretty in their little blue SUV's.
Conversely, my husband accidentally tripped off the alarm at his work and the police showed up and drew their guns on him. My husband, a very clean-cut guy, wearing a suit and tie has guns (note guns plural) drawn on him!!!!
It is like the Keystone Cops around here, except its not funny. It is really, really scary........................
One thing for sure, do whatever you need to do to protect yourself be it a dog, a good alarm company, private security or whatever -- because the cops are NOT much help around here.