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Can I install a home security system myself and have it call the police?

April 1, 2011 by admin  
Filed under Home Security

I’m just trying to avoid having to pay $30 to $80 per month to one of those big home security companies.

The other answers have some valid points made.

I’ll offer a different option.

After all, do crooks really stand around after setting off the alarm and wonder if the cops are on the way or if the neighbors can hear it? They don’t. They get out in a hurry. If the cops are called, they aren’t very likely to get there in time to actually catch the turd that busted your window anyway.

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8 Responses to “Can I install a home security system myself and have it call the police?”
  1. STEVEN F says:

    You can buy an auto dialer for a self installed alarm. That said, in many jurisdictions, you can be filed for false alarms called into the police department. You could find the monitoring fees a bargain in comparison. If you go with a DIY alarm, consider having it call YOU, instead of the police.
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  2. David N says:

    You would need to ask your local police/city code about that. How would your self-installed system "call the police"? Most cities charge for false alarms. If your system went rogue you would be stuck with a huge bill. If you pay a fee for a monitored system and it goes rogue the company has to reimburse you.

    A monitored system has a person listening/watching on the other end. If something nasty happens they can tell police what they see and hear and have the police show up quietly to save a hostage or stop a burglary in progress. They can also advise police who YOU are so the police don’t go after you by mistake.
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  3. Tricia says:

    check around there are units that can be installed and an outside alarm will sound. that should be sufficient to attract the neighbors attention and yours if you are home. the outside alarm should be mounted extremely high so that a very tall ladder would be needed to disengage it. other than that the answer would be NO.
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    life experiences

  4. BIG Al says:

    Almost all localities disallow direct contact to the police station.

    The problem is that previous alarm systems caused numerious false alarms.

    Now some cities allow three false alarms, then they will not respond.

    Do yourself a favor, havea professional instal your alarm system, and pay te fee.

    If you don’t you will suffer mulitple problems.
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    I se to work for Mosler Safe company- Installing security systems for the banks.

  5. Lic. Electrician says:

    The other answers have some valid points made.

    I’ll offer a different option.

    Get the system and set it up as a ’stand-alone’ system with a loud siren. Don’t have it call anyone. I’m not a fan of paying RCR (recurring monthly revenue) to the big alarm companies either.

    After all, do crooks really stand around after setting off the alarm and wonder if the cops are on the way or if the neighbors can hear it? They don’t. They get out in a hurry. If the cops are called, they aren’t very likely to get there in time to actually catch the turd that busted your window anyway.
    References :
    IBEW 191

  6. Amber says:

    There are some ways that you can install yourself, however if you decide you aren’t looking to go down that route anymore, Connect Your Home is offering some great deals on ADT security System. We have a few different plans you can choose from this middle of the road plan is $40/mo. but includes 24 hr. key monitoring, Digital Keypad, Entryway Contacts, Keychain Remote, Pet Sensitive, High Decibel ADT Alarm, Battery Backup, Yard Sign and Window Decals, Burglary Monitoring. Give us a call and see what kind of deals we can offer you. Hope to hear from you soon!

    Visit us online at http://www.connectyourhome.com or call (888)566-3979
    References :
    http://www.connectyourhome.com

  7. Fred Weston says:

    Yes, you can get a dialer and program it to call someone in the event of an alarm, but as someone else already suggested, I would have it call you so you can then decide if you should call the police.
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  8. bonnie says:

    An Auto Dialer by HomeSafe is equipped to have up to 5 phone numbers programmed in. There are individual alarms that can cover all windows and doors and link to a main unit. See my source for several options.
    References :
    http://www.defendwithstunguns.com/house_alarms/

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