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|Subject: Re: Brinks — is it worth it?||Date: 1/19/2004 8:11 AM|
|Author: KBecks||Number: 44817 of 129864|
We don't have an alarm system, but perhaps we should consider one.
Our house is in a small, quiet town, on a small, quiet street, with severl retired neighbors that are out and about during the day. Oh, and my neighbor across the street works for the sherrif's department. So I have felt save. (But interesting, that neighbor has an alarm on their house!)
Oprah had a show on burglary and it made a good point -- an alarm system is only good if you USE IT. And, for maximum safety, you should use it WHEN YOU'RE AT HOME as well as when you're away.
She interviewed a retired burglar who said that most people with alarm systems don't bother to have them on when they're at home -- and that a burglar could easily slip in undetected when the owners are there. (In a two-story house.)
I honestly believe that the McMansion subdivisions may be higher targets for crime than our sleepy little village. I have heard of rapes in the summer in some of the newer subdivisions. Now that's scary.
Now thinking about an alarm system --- but personally, I don't like them, and thankfully, have never been a crime victim.
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