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Subject:  Re: Brinks — is it worth it? Date:  1/19/2004  5:30 PM
Author:  rsprang Number:  44847 of 129237

Security systems may provide peace of mind, but are often not effective deterrant or detection systems. Most thieves know how to bypass or work around most commercial systems. Personally, I would not spend the money. If I really thought I had to have a security system, I would put together my own, so it wouldn't be obvious to the thieves how to disable it.

An interesting side note - studies have shown that the alarm system stickers are about as effective as the actual security system. Think about it - the thief doesn't know if your system is active or not. If she or he is willing to break in anyway, they probably know how to disable the system or plan to be gone before there is a response to the alarm.
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