In a perfect world we would not have to lock our doors, protect our family or possessions, and there would be no need for this site. Back to reality – there are break-ins happening 24 hours a day.
Alarm stickers are a first line of defense – they act as a preventative measure to possibly scare off potential thieves.
Alarm systems are a second line of defense – they only sound or alert when there is a break-in or if a sensor goes off.
Police or security services that respond to a possible break-in are a third line of defense.
In some cities the police will not respond after 1 or more false alarms.
Having an actual alarm system can help in your second line of defense Alarm systems can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars to install. Alarm monitoring can add $300 to $400+ per year in additional monitoring costs, plus some companies have long contracts. One friend, over a 10-year period, spent more than $7000, averaging $700 a year. If you have funds like this or can claim it as a business expense, this may be the route to go.