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July 26, 2012 11:28 AM Subscribe
Should I get a home security system?
posted by bolognius maximus to home & garden (31 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I live in Pomona, CA by myself in a large, 2-story historic house. It's in a pretty decent neighborhood, but I'm about 3 blocks from shady in Pomona. I think that I carry myself as a confident, don't-mess-with-me woman, and I play it smart, but the question sits in the back of my mind, "should I get a home security system?".
It popped up in my mind again today because while I was working out in my yard on the sprinkler system, an older guy stops by and while he looks familiar, I can't place him. He gives me his card (real estate agent?) and is just generally chatty while being a bit too complimentary. The inner alarms aren't going off completely, but are poised to. He could have just been being friendly, or maybe I am too forgiving. He told me about how he showed the house and asked me if I was renting some of the rooms and such. I guess what bothered me a bit is that he said he would stop by sometime if my car was here. Uhhh....no?
To be fair (I guess) there has been a lot of interest in the sale of this home. He is not the first person to just stop by and ask me about it. It is one of the more spectacular historic homes in the area. I don't like being paranoid, but I moved here from a small town where I left my front door open and didn't worry about break-ins. But as I am here by myself most of the time (SO lives back East and will visit from time to time), would a home security system be worth it? Is it just a waste of $? I googled and the answers are all over the board. I talked to an ADT rep who was giving me a rate of $40 or $50 a month. I do have dogs, which is some security, but not when I am not at home. If the answer is "yes you need home security", any recommendations for a company?
Sorry if this question seems all over the place. Any ideas are appreciated.