My home was burglarized a couple of weeks ago, so naturally I'm looking into home security systems. I've seen three categories: animal, traditional siren type, and video surveillance.
Since we rent and can't own animals here, my #1 preferred system is not an option. Also since we rent, something non-permanent is a requirement, and something that doesn't have huge installation costs would be nice.
Do any of you have experience with traditional and video systems? For traditional systems, do you have them monitored, and what do you think of your service?
Most importantly, do any of you have a home security system, and have a burglary or attempted burglary? What kind did you have and was it effective?
I keep video rolling at my house 24/7. It is being saved onto a remote computer's encrypted server. Pay more for better quality, this isn't CSI, they can't really make a 2.3MP camera zoom in and look like a 25MP camera. You'll be pissed when you see the crooks, but can't make them out cause you're still playing in a Nintendo world.
I have two dogs. Two very large dogs. Who don't take too kindly to people I don't introduce them to first. That and my stealthy camera are all I need.
I have both a central burglar alarm monitoring as well as my own video system, which monitors all sides of the exterior. The monitor is a self contained system on a 25 gig hard drive, which is set to loop again and again. The images will last for about two weeks before it will re-record over the previous images. If I need to capture still of video images, I simply plug it into my computer and download/print what I need.
My house was robbed while I was in Fort Jackson. The bas-you-know-whats got $35,000
worth of stuff including my Colt 1911. Needless to say I was pretty pi**ed off.
Nothing like being robbed while you're at work, eh?
I used to live in these college living apartments. They were 3bed/3bath and you lived with 2 other people you didn't/don't know. Sketchy right? It gets better. The first guy I lived with assaulted me and broke my wrist. I put a complaint in with the apartment manager and told her I wanted him moved. She told me they only had apartments available that he didn't qualify for. Whatever that means. So they moved me in with these 2 slobs down the way. Yeah, thats right, IIIII had to move even though I did nothing wrong.
The two new slobs were less than perfect, but nice folk. One of them lost his job so he had to leave school and go home. I was left with this 300lb 6'7" black dude. He was chill. We'd hang out and watch Netflix n stuff. Go get food, go to parties around the complex. One day we struck a deal that I'd write all his English papers for cash or equal cash value trades. He traded me a broken laptop one day. I wrote his paper, he got an A as usual. I fixed his laptop within 15 minutes of having it and this pissed him off. I mean... it REALLY pissed him off.
I came home from work one day to my huge TV missing, my buck knife missing, my other laptop missing, my pain killers also gone, and a fist through the laptop he gave me that I fixed. Needless to say the cops couldn't do anything cause I couldn't prove it. I have never seen or heard from this guy again. I heard he moved back to FLA. jerk.