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Best cheap home alarm monitoring company?

submitted on August 20, 2011 by YanBz in "Stores / Merchants"
We just had a home break in reported in our neighborhood. This is third case in the past year and so we are seriously looking at installing a home security system. ADT would be too expensive, so I am trying to find something I can buy off the shelf and then install myself to hook up to a third party alarm monitoring service. I am pretty sure I can find a good system since it is fairly easy to compare those based on features. Choosing a provider of monitoring service is a whole different story.

So far I can't find something that has good customer reviews and is inexpensive ( ~$10 /month ) at the same time. Even finding a reliable source of reviews is a challenge. Does anyone know a website that would be a good source? Something like for restaurants... Or, maybe someone is using a company like that, please share your experience!

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    Posted by HouTex on August 20, 2011
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    I haven't personally used these, but I love to research stuff (as those of you who know me can attest Mr Green ) - here goes my contribution. I hope others will chime in to the discussion with their opinions or recommendations.

    Reviews - http://www.alarmsystemreviews......-info.html

    Monitoring options
    DIY choices -

    a couple of forums - and

    A wireless DIY system with $14.95 monitoring -

    Retailer for lots of brands -
    • YanBz
      Posted by YanBz on August 20, 2011 [reply] 0 0
      Thanks, HouTex! I will check these links out. SimpleSafe might be just what I need.
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    Posted by CouponNut on August 20, 2011 [reply] 0 0
    We are looking for something like this also, but for the infrared security camera so we can view activity at both homes East & West coast via the internet.
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    Posted by clover on August 20, 2011 [reply] 0 0
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    Posted by DebsFreebies on August 21, 2011 [reply] 0 0
    I think a dog is your best bet Mr Green
    • YanBz
      Posted by YanBz on August 21, 2011 [reply] 0 0
      Well, other benefits aside, the dog will probably end up costing more than a security system, especially considering that to be an effective burglar deterrent it will have to be a BIG dog.
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      Posted by clover on August 21, 2011 [reply] 0 0
      Buy a large dog chain with a collar with the spikes coming out of it. Get one of those things that you screw in to the ground and keep it in your yard by your front door. They might think twice if they see that! Get one for the backyard too! Big Grin

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    Posted by shawndiaz on August 22, 2011 [reply] 0 0
    Yan, check out this discussion I posted some time ago. May be the "cheap" version of what you are looking for.
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    Posted by DebsFreebies on October 29, 2011 [reply] 0 0
    I'm looking for a cost effective monitoring system that has a wireless camera and stand alone monitor. Any ideas? Most I've found want around $200 for what appears to be a simple system.
    • YanBz
      Posted by YanBz on October 30, 2011 [reply] 0 0
      What is the purpose of the system? Do you want to monitor a house remotely, or is it more like a baby monitor? Did you check out the link to the topic shawndiaz posted earlier?

      My understanding is that you can save if you do it yourself, however you need to have the time and skills to put things together.
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    Posted by pablos17 on October 30, 2011
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    My large doberman does a wonderful job. He stays stealthy and silent until the true need for an alarm is present.
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    Posted by mooncow728 on September 26, 2012 [reply] 0 0
    I'm just wondering if anyone has tried some of these yet? Within the past month we've had 3 attempted break ins at my house and I had someone attempt to throw a rock through my window but luckily it bounced off (double pane windows woohoo) As far as I know my house has been the only target.

    We had some people move into an apartment building next door and we think it's one of their friends doing it but have no proof. Everytime it's happened we've been home with 2 cars parked outside and lights on in the house. My husband is normally up late too as he gets off work at 11pm. We also go outside to smoke so it's known that he's up. Obviously knowing someone is home is no deterrent and that scares me even more. Does anyone have any suggestions on cheap ways I can reinforce my house or inexpensive security options?

    Until he gets off work I'm home alone with my 2 daughters that are only 3 and 5. We don't have guns in the house so my only means of protection is a baseball bat. I really fear for our safety. We don't have much money. Any ideas we'll be greatly appreciated!
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      Posted by tammy987 on September 26, 2012
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      Get deadbolts for your doors and keep them locked (especially when you're by yourself). A couple of years ago, one of my neighbors (the neighborhood crotchety old lady, lol) had a problem with kids coming and knocking on her door and running away so she put up a motion detector that emitted a loud alarm when anyone came near the house at night. It was kind of annoying, but it did put a stop to the kids. Not sure if that would be an option in your neighborhood. Anyway, good luck mooncow728 with whatever your solution is. Nobody should have to live in fear.
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      Posted by mooncow728 on September 27, 2012 [reply] 0 0
      Thanks that's a good idea. The neighborhood was great when we bought the house but there's a triplex next door to me and a few bad apples moved in not long after. Everything was fine at first but his girlfriend left him and now he has people over drinking and being ignorant all the time. It's so annoying!
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      Posted by YanBz on September 27, 2012
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      It would sure help to have some surveillance cameras around your house. You would have some evidence for police to come and talk to these people. Sorry, I don't have any better ideas. I personally think a problem like this needs to be solved in the root. Deadbolts how useful they can be will not relieve your fears
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    Posted by HouTex on July 28, 2014
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    I just heard about another cheap home alarm system -
    I found the most appealing feature is the wireless aspect. They've partnered with Verizon and T-Mobile to offer
    * Built-in cellular GSM technology
    * No extra costs, and no phoneline or internet connection needed
    * Free cellular connection with all monitoring plans

    So if burglars cut power to your house, your alarm system is still working.

    You buy the components direct, they're totally wireless, and you can easily take them with you - when you move, or even on vacation. You get alerts to your cell phone, there are no contracts, and monitoring is $14.99 per month.
    • YanBz
      Posted by YanBz on July 29, 2014 [reply] 0 0
      I signed up with them shortly after this post. It is linked in your first comment. So far no complaints. Self install was a breese.

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