Dear PoP – Alarm Company Recs?


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“Dear PoP,

My husband and I just bought a new house and I’m wondering if we need to consider an alarm system. If so, do readers have any advice on which ones are best/cheapest? I’d rather not spend a ton of money, especially since I kind of doubt their effectiveness. If not alarms, any other tips?”

We recently discussed the pros and cons of alarms vs security bars. But to answer your question – I’d say yes, you should get an alarm system. I think when you get an alarm you can get a little discount on your insurance but the reason I say yes instantly is because it can be both a deterrent and give peace of mind. The cost is not insane (you can get a basic set up). Basically, I’ve heard a lot of stories about alarms being very effective. It is not foolproof but the police usually respond very quickly.

As for specific companies that is a much harder question. Who do you guys recommend?

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