Outside XYD's breathing heavily.
- Jul 31, 2015
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Keep the door and add 3m 3mil anti breakin film..
Kind of yes but mostly NO. Absolutely no need to hire a Security Company in this day and age of wireless Security Systems. If ones alarm currently depends on dialup and the alarm company will not offer FREE cellular upgrade without any increase in monthly fees, then it is long past time to switch. If one is paying over $30 a month for monitoring, it is time to switch anyway no matter what. The cost of the investment in a modern wireless security system that operates off of a cellular connection as its main alarm center contact that is included in its $14.95 monthly fee, is the only thing that makes sense. Depending on what one needs for complete coverage, one can usually have recouped the purchase price in 3 years after one has purchased a self installed wireless alarm system. If one buys a $500 system, it takes only 3 years to recoup cost if one is currently paying $30 a month for monitoring of a system that doesn't even have cellular because the monthly rate of the new system is now only $15. If one can now also drop their landline, they can recoup the cost of a $660 wireless home alarm system in only a year and be ahead from that point on versus their current system and landline costs.
This is basically what I ran into. I bought an existing home from a paranoid that had a break-in because the idiot had a front door with upper glass panels with thumb latch deadbolt. All the thief and his partner had to do was bust out one glass pane, have his partner lift him upper and reach down and turn the deadbolt open and unlock the door knob. So the previous owner didn't eliminate this issue but instead bought a several thousand dollar alarm system. Sensor on every door and window, glass break sensor in every room with a window, motion sensor in every room and every hall paying $2500 down and $75 a month for 5 years dropping down to $50 a month for monitoring after the 5 years (can you say idiot?). I was not required to continue the monitoring contract so I called Ackerman Security and for $18 a month paid annually, I had a killer alarm system with active monitoring but no backup. I replaced the front door with an all metal windowless security door and changed out all the deadbolts for keyed on both sides solving the easy break-in issue. Then 10 years later came time to drop the landline plus I wanted cellular backup. Well a new board that could handle VOIP and have cellular backup was going to be $600 and my monthly monitoring was going to $33 a month if paid annually to cover the monthly cellular backup. So I decided to spend $540 on SimpliSafe equipment and pay $14.95 a month monitoring for a wireless sensor direct Cellular Alarm System!
Add a couple Blink wireless Security Cameras if you want video also so you don't need to pay additional monthly for SimpliSafe video.
I self installed it in my rental here....since it has huge front bay windows....the doors were the least of our problem.