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    Is ADT worth it?

    Wife and I are purchasing a new home....currently has ADT installed.

    We have never had a security system, nor have our parents or friends.

    Wife called the utility clearinghouse (one contact point for water, gas, etc) and they mentioned the property had security, so the clearinghouse called ADT, and they in turn called wife.

    They gave her the sales pitch, including the regular price and the special of today...when they were finished, they quoted her $45 per month. We don't know what this entails, haven't seen any paperwork. They did setup an appointment about a month from now to look at the existing install, and to make recommendations on what equipment would need swapped out, upgraded, whatnot.

    They did tell wife we didn't need a landline (don't have one currently) for this to work as they have a cellular solution (which has me scratching my head...who pays the cell bill).

    At any rate, fellow shagsters, what say ye?

    Thanks everyone.

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    Where do you live?

    We have another provider, alarm came with the house. Worth the $40/mo because my wife feels more secure, mostly, but I like it for when we're out of town. Even without the monitoring the sound of the alarm will scare 99% of burglars away. I realize the chances are small that someone will try to break in, but they're not that small.

    Last week, in fact, my wife's parents' house was broken into. They watched and waited for my MIL to leave for work and crowbarred the back door. Alarm went off and they ran off without taking a thing or harming their dogs.

    All that said, it's a personal choice, really.

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    I've had Brinks (now ADT) for 20 years. Signed up after my house was broken into. I've never had another break-in since, and their integrated fire/smoke detectors provide added peace of mind.

    I have had a bunch of false alarms, mostly related to (a) kids forgetting the alarm code or (b) pets jumping up above the "pet line". They've never charged me.

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    Oh, and with our service, we have to have a land line for the monitoring. They call our cell phones if it goes off but the alarm system notifies the company via the landline. I haven't mentioned it to my wife yet but the damn phone line is clearly marked and open on the side of our house behind the fence. A quick cut would disable the monitoring, but the alarm would still blare.

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    don't go with ADT or the bigger names. the reason is that if you stop paying the monthly rate, your alarm won't work. they will shut it off. it'll be a wall ornament. i learned the hard way. i later went with a smaller service and after my 3 year contract is done, the bitch is mine. i don't think you need the monitoring. just the alarm sounding will scare off 99.9% of the burglars.

    and yes, you will need a landline for it to work.

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    My place had an ADT alarm when I bought it in 2004. I had to call ADT and get instructions on how to disable it because it was beeping from time to time even though it was turned off. They were quite helpful. I left the ADT sign in the yard. At $45/month I've saved $4,320 to date.

    Someone came in through my unlocked door one day and lifted a couple of beat up old work laptops and few hundred bucks in cash I had laying around in the open. A monitored alarm might have foiled the crime, but at what cost? I'm still far ahead of the game. I'm sure whoever took my $#@! needed it more than I did.

    My next door neighbor HAD a monitored alarm, but someone kicked in her beautiful mahogany front door and stole a bunch of her $#@! (furs coats and jewelry). She thinks it was an inside job related to her house keeper. The system did not alert the monitoring company. The front door alone cost many thousands of dollars to replace. Her new door is more secure, but less attractive. I figure not locking my door prevents damage to the door.

    My policy is that I'm not emotionally attached to any of my physical possessions, especially any of the ones that might have resale value on the street. If someone steals my TV, I'll just buy a new/better one. Life's too short to live in fear.

    Bernard

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    Just because adt installed it doesn't mean you have to stick with them. Shop around. The system is in place other companies can make it work.

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    I'm not emotionally attached to anything I own. I am emotionally attached to my family, and in their case, my wife and kids sleep better knowing we have an alarm system. It's $40 per month -- I can swing it.

    Everybody needs to make their own choice.

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    Personally, its not worth it. But if you are going down that route..use a cheaper service

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    I hear ya. I forgot to throw in that I'm single. I'm sure that makes a difference. Lots of chicks are scared of shadows. What are your kids afraid of though? My family grew up in southwest Houston with no alarms and I never lost any sleep over it. Are you teaching your kids to live in fear?

    Disclaimer: I'm just jerking your chain. $45/month is pocket change. Spend as you like. I have my own fear: recurring payments.

    CSB time: In high school (1986), I dated a chick on the west side of town whose dad's daily driver was a Ferrari. He wasn't big on locking doors. He parked in a garage, but always left his car keys right in the ignition. Dude was a boss in every way. At age 17, I found this behavior quite odd, but I liked it. I get a certain pleasure out of not caring about things that seem to occupy quite a bit of other people's minds.

    Bernard

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    Bernard, I definitely get your point, and agree with it to some extent. But my wife & kids are 40% water, 35% bone & tissue mass, and 25% anxiety. That said, I can't claim innocence -- I bought my 1st alarm system as a single person.

    I also don't own a gun. If I did, that would probably be enough for ME not to have an alarm system. But that's a discussion for another day.

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    I have Protection One. They're awesome and I've had them for years. Don't jack with your rates and have great service.

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    Depends on what you are looking for.

    If you are looking for something to keep burglars out while you are away from home: if they want to come in, they will. Period. It'll take any security service at least 5-10 minutes to wrangle up the police. By then, any burgler will rifle through your $#@!, grab the obvious, and be gone. I'd invest in better locks, secure your windows with screws/penny nails, put some kid toys out front (indicates a stay at home parent might be around and dissuades opportunity thefts), and make sure you take pictures of everything for homeowners insurance.

    Are you looking for anti-home invasion warning system so you can arm your self and defend your family? Then anything that makes that screeching noise so you can grab your family and barricade yourself in a room with a shotgun will do.

    I'm not trying to pick a fight, but I've been subject to a break in. By the time ADT called me and the cops, the dudes that put a brick through my window and grabbed my xbox (and my $#@!ing COD MW 2) where prolly eating McDonalds and laughing about it.
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    What you say may be true, at least much of the time. It's not true for fires while you're away from home, for instance. And I can guarantee I would create vastly more anxiety by trying to lay out the cold logic to the rest of my family . . . "hey, we don't need this, if someone breaks in and wants to kill us we'll be long dead by the time the cops get here". Great idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmyjazz View Post
    What you say may be true, at least much of the time. It's not true for fires while you're away from home, for instance. And I can guarantee I would create vastly more anxiety by trying to lay out the cold logic to the rest of my family . . . "hey, we don't need this, if someone breaks in and wants to kill us we'll be long dead by the time the cops get here". Great idea.
    Oh, I agree completely. Alarm services are fantastic for things like fires and if you travel frequently and want some notification of break in while away. When you are home, they basically serve the purpose of a barking dog, without being flip. And the peace of mind they can provide is no bull$#@!.

    Obviously, if your sig other is home all day and wants that extra layer of protection and you can afford it, you should invest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crash_davis View Post
    and yes, you will need a landline for it to work.
    No, you won't. You can get service over broadband with a cellular backup.

    http://www.adtpulse.com/

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    Having an alarm has saved me twice by going off when they broke through the door, so it gives me piece of mind that it is a deterrent. I realize if they want in, they will get in, but having an alarm has helped so far. I have the adt pulse mentioned above.

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    That rate is expensive, I think. Just today Protection One quoted me $26/month for monitoring with a 1-year contract. $20/month with a 3-year contract.

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    I have alarms and security cameras (East Austin). They've mostly come into play to have evidence of the folks breaking into my car on the street in front of the house, and when some guy wearing a luchador masked tried to break in through the front door a few July's ago. Had he gotten in (alarm went off triggered by the broken glass from the front door), he'd have been disappointed by the 80 lb CRT TV in the living room.

    As it is, I have firearms stationed in almost every room, so had I been home I'd have not needed the alarm. That said, in my absence it paid for itself.

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    I have ADT. We had a couple guys creeping in the common area of our condo, even went into our private back yard. Thankfully our dog was sleeping in the room that exits to that yard, heard them and gave them a fine display of what they would be facing had they tried to enter. That said, we got ADT anyway after that. The room that has the door to the backyard is my 1 year old daughter's background. I'm not taking any chances. The ADT sign will disuade many criminals (encourage them to go elsewhere). The alarm will at least alert me immediately and hopefully drive them off. If they are persuaded by that, they get to deal with my dog and if they somehow survive her, then they get to deal with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crash_davis View Post
    don't go with ADT or the bigger names. the reason is that if you stop paying the monthly rate, your alarm won't work. they will shut it off. it'll be a wall ornament. i learned the hard way. i later went with a smaller service and after my 3 year contract is done, the bitch is mine. i don't think you need the monitoring. just the alarm sounding will scare off 99.9% of the burglars.

    and yes, you will need a landline for it to work.
    That's not the case with ours. We can choose to pay for monitoring or not, but the equipment will function either way.

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    If the alarm company has to install equipment, then I can understand the multi year commitment. However if the equipment is in place, refuse to sign anything over than month to month.

    In truth, the only thing that you really need are the sign for the front yard and a sticker or two on some windows. That scares off someone that is looking to clean you out. For the smash and grab burglar, the alarm means nothing as they might be gone before it goes off.

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    If you are considering spending money on deterence measures, you might also consider prevention measures such as security door jambs and windows (either security film, or screens/storm windows):

    http://www.shaggybevo.com/board/show...sions-(no-guns)

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    I use Smith Thompson and it's 17 bucks a month and does everything ADT does. And they are consistently faster to call me when the alarm goes off than ADT did

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    My house was broken into over the weekend while I was out of town. I have ADT and they called me 45 seconds after the guys kicked in the door and the cops were at my house in a few minutes. The only thing they took was my TV and out the front door they went. If I had not have had ADT, I could have came home to a completely empty house. I travel a lot for work, so it gives me piece of mind when I am not there especially if I have a feeling that I forgot to lock my door. I have the ADT Pulse (no landline) for $45 a month and I can arm/disarm from my cell phone. For me, its worth it.

    If the ADT system fails during a break in then they will pay up to $500 of your deductible.

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    It's funny when I hear people say "if they want it bad enough..." while true (for the most part) how did we know they would have gone into your car and take your walkman if the door was locked instead of unlocked? There are thieves that go around and only look for unlocked cars. Crimes of opportunity. That walkman gets stolen 100% of the time out of a unlocked car and at a lesser percent from a locked car. What if you are in the i leave my car unlocked camp (don't want to deal with broken window, ect) and you get an idiot thief, who doesn't check to see if the door is locked and breaks the window anyway, that would suck.

    I think banks should just leave all the money on the counter because if someone wants it bad enough they're going to rob it anyway, might as well not put the lives at risk over some money.


    RE: ADT, we have it, because I want to make sure I hear it if someone gets in my house.

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    we have ADT. keeps the wife feeling safe and i like to know when the doors open. we also have no landline and the cell. my service is 35 a month and my home owners ins came down b/c of the plan.

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    I have Vivent. I can't remember how much I pay, but no landline needed and their service is really well done. I like their lock system.

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    We have an alarm but it isn't monitored. We still set it each time we leave and at night.
    Most valuable papers/items are in the safe.

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    We had Capital Connect come by as we were moving in to the barrio (East Austin holla), and they sold us on the spot. Installed doors, motion sensors, and a touch panel for a cool $35/month. No landline needed, and there are iPhone and Android apps for checking status and arming the system remotely. Saves from getting up from bed when the wife asks, "Did you set the alarm?"

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    I've had Brinks (now ADT) for 20 years. Signed up after my house was broken into.
    JJ, was this in northwest hills? Need to tell my friends to pull their guns out of the safe if so...ha



    Even without the monitoring the sound of the alarm will scare 99% of burglars away.
    I have adt and this is true...it's not saving you from anything other than peace of mind when you're out of town...what's also true is anyone paying $40+/mo. are paying too much, work that $#@! down if you've been with them a while; overall it's a huge racket but im sure most know that, especially with their commercials to put "fear" into people...if you're in Austin and your burglars are breaking in with intention of doing bodily harm if you're home, you either need to quit slingin or get out of the hood...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ballrific View Post
    JJ, was this in northwest hills? Need to tell my friends to pull their guns out of the safe if so...ha
    Nah . . . I owned one of the little cottages right at the NE corner of Enfield and MoPac. Easy pickings.

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    I have Central Security and it's $20 a month. The owner is a Texas Ex (some type of engineer - maybe electrical) and used to work for ADT. There is no commitment other than they want advance notice of you quitting (might be 30 or 90 days...can't remember). They also have the option for a cellular monitoring (as opposed to landline) and I think it's $29.99 a month for the service. I have had no issues so far and the one time my mom set my alarm off, she was calling me to find out what to do at the same time the company was calling to notify me.

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    I can't believe so many of you use ADT. We looked into a few different companies a few months ago, and ADT couldn't even offer a single way in which they are better than their competition, even though they cost twice as much as several others.

    We picked Smith Thompson. It's $17/mo, no contract, and no landline. Installation was a couple hundred because the pre-existing system in our house wasn't compatible with the no-landline service. Also, not sure if others have mentioned it, but check with your insurance about discounts for monitored alarms - our insurance gives us a $17/mo discount, which pays for Smith Thompson. Also, seems to me that monitored carbon-monoxide detection is worthless - if you're home, you will hear the CO detector, if you're not home, you will hear it when you get home.

    And for what it's worth, a couple different friends were robbed, alarms went off, the thieves grabbed what they could and left before the cops arrived. Cops said its typical that the robbers only stay in the house a couple of minutes, grabbing what they can. Cops also said that robbers will sometimes come back to the same house a second time because they learned the layout of the house the first time, etc.

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    That and they know you will have replaced that stuff with new stuff

    Also check out Crenshaw they are cheaper as well

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    Buy a handgun before Bob Costas has them outlawed - its cheaper than a monthly service.

    Although in your case, Mr. Scaramonga, a gold piece could be very expensive....,
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    my alarm system works with a cell GSM chip, so no landline needed. i pay $33 a month. i like having the alarm system, gives me peace of mind, especially when i'm traveling for work and my wife and baby are alone

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    i have it and pay about $50/month, i do not have a landline. pretty easy to operate and keeps the wife comfortable when we go out of town or are gone for prolonged periods

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larry2000 View Post
    Also, seems to me that monitored carbon-monoxide detection is worthless - if you're home, you will hear the CO detector, if you're not home, you will hear it when you get home.
    Unless you've been gone awhile and the thing has been going off until the batteries died. Then you walk into CO and get a little sleepy.

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    Anyone have experience with this group?

    http://simplisafe.com/

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    No.

    I have to type more or else it won't post.

    I understand that one hundredth of one percent of you have had your house broken into and you care about your family...

    But it sounds like there are some good suggestions here.
    Last edited by Grendel; 03-12-2013 at 08:01 PM.

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    Insurance is insurance. It seldom ends up worth it, but it's peace of mind.

    It depends on your situation. I spend maybe 1/4 of my time in my house, so I'd rather know I have 'some' line of defense while I'm gone. That little blue shield in your front yard goes a long way since it means a thief will have to work that much harder, especially if it means prolonged exposure to neighbors.

    If you've just bought a new house, I'd recommend it every time. A "For Sale" sign screams "I'm vulnerable!" to thieves, especially w/ new construction.

    There are plenty of ways to help limit thievery though. Don't put any trash out that shows you just bought valuables. Buy those photosensor lights that turn on when it starts getting dark (timers are too predictable). Always leave your vehicles in the garage, otherwise it's obvious when you are or aren't home. Leave a light or 2 inside if you have to, it will only cost you a couple dollars of electricity for a BIG deterrent. When your blinds are open, leave them slanted up. If you're out of town, have a neighbor check out your door on occasion when driving by, checking if douchebags leave their cards at your door, and have someone pick up your newspaper.

    Do this $#@!, and I highly doubt you'll have any problems without a security service, unless someone has it out for you. Also, no need to go big-brand on security. You're better off saving the money, or using the saved money for extra features.

    IF YOU DO get security, invest in the GSM service, and don't rely on your land line. It's only a few bucks more, and frankly you'd save that money by ditching the damn phone to begin with. If someone does come, all they have to do is cut the line and the security company will never know the difference, alarms chirping or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mez2 View Post
    i have it and pay about $50/month, i do not have a landline. pretty easy to operate and keeps the wife comfortable when we go out of town or are gone for prolonged periods
    This exactly. Pretty cheap for all the equipment being included.

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    We pay $35 per month with ADT and we are not in a contract. We have had it for 7 years. It makes my wife feel safer. When I go to an evening meeting or if I'm out of town, it's definitely worth it.

    My neighborhood is safe but it makes her feel safer.

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    I have Smith and Wesson security two ways.... S&W home security monitoring for 38 bucks a month and my S&W .40 cal......happy with both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmyjazz View Post
    I've had Brinks (now ADT) for 20 years. Signed up after my house was broken into. I've never had another break-in since, and their integrated fire/smoke detectors provide added peace of mind.

    I have had a bunch of false alarms, mostly related to (a) kids forgetting the alarm code or (b) pets jumping up above the "pet line". They've never charged me.
    i also installed after someone broke into my office....was waste of money and hellava difficult to end service. we ended up just leaving it off after the 2nd false alarm (had a 3 year contract)

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    I hate ADT. When I tried to cancel, I had to fight with them to do so. I finally had to speak to a supervisor. Their people are trained to not let you cancel or quit them. It took 45 minutes of fighting before they would finally let me cancel. My contract was expired btw, so I wasn't locked in.

    I went with another company. I cancelled my landline. The only people that called it were people wanting donations or to sell me something. The new company installed some device so we could use my cell phone instead of the landline.

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    I got ADT after someone broke in to my house. I didn't think I had anything worth stealing (crappy old TV, computer, etc.) but they took my jewelry box. There wasn't anything in it worth more than a few hundred dollars (if that), but it had lots of sentimental stuff that I can't replace. Gifts from relatives, my old high school ring, James Avery jewelry that is discontinued, etc. In the grand scheme those objects don't really matter, but mostly I'm pissed that some $#@! stole my memories : (

    My neighbor's house was broken in to about year after mine. They had a sign for their security system, but the people kicked in the door anyway. They ran off without taking anything though, so the noise does help even if the signs don't. At least in this case it did.

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    I have Protect America. They have great service, use cell phone technology (no landline needed), are based in Round Rock and I'm able to use iPhone to turn on/off alarm remotely.

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