Home Security - Your opinion

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by cowboy45, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. cowboy45

    cowboy45 Active Member

    May 1, 2008
    mexia texas
    I see the ads all the time.

    alarm goes off as bad guy is kicking in the door, and the phone rings

    Victim answers the phone and is asked if they are alright, responding yes ,the alarm company says they are sending the police.

    I personally would like to see it go like this.

    Alarm goes off and bad guy is kicking in the door. Several shots are heard and when the alarm company calls.

    Please send someone to pick up this POS they are getting my floor dirty.

    I am not trying to get a flame started, but would really like to have some feedback on this.

  2. Texas1911

    Texas1911 TGT Addict

    May 29, 2017
    Austin, TX
    Yeah, I think the ads are kinda hokey.
  3. claymore504

    claymore504 Well-Known

    Dec 2, 2008
    Katy, TX
    If some slime ball breaks into my house it will be the second option. The reason I say this is not to sound all rambo. I have not seen an alarm company that calls as soon as the alarm goes off yet!!! My experience is they call about a minute after it goes off. They is even a time cut off for some companies now. They will not call until the alarm has gone off for more than a certian time. I guess this is due to all the false alarms. i don't picture an alarm system as a preventive measure. I view it as a warning for me to prepare to use deadly force.
  4. cowboy45

    cowboy45 Active Member

    May 1, 2008
    mexia texas
    About the ads

    the ads give the sheep a warm fuzzy feeling when they see them. When they have them installed they think they are totally safe in their home.
    Dont get me wrong, an alarm is a good thing. Personally i would rather have a dog, large or small as long as it is alert to things that go bump in the night. that is a primary warning, and the rest is up to how you prepare for it.
    be safe and be alert!

    P.S. I posted this because of a situation that happened last night late. Fortunately it turned out okay. Pucker factor was about a 3 on a scale of 5.
  5. chevydeerhunter

    chevydeerhunter Well-Known

    Feb 23, 2008
    San Antonio
    Yeah, the ads suck, but they're trying to sell their product. My issue is with the false sense of security they try to convey. I have an ADT system that's nice to have, but nothing can replace situational awarness, a dog and a good gun.

    One evening, we didn't properly close the garage door before we went out to dinner. One of our cats accidentally opened the door and set the alarm off. It was blaring close to 5 minutes before ADT called the house, my cell phone and eventually the police. Five minutes is an eternity when your life's in danger!
  6. txinvestigator

    txinvestigator TGT Addict

    May 28, 2008
    Ft Worth, TX
    As a former cop I can't tell you the number of burglary reports I took where the dog was was in the house.

    Dogs MIGHT alert you. However, a dog cannot call 911, and is useless when you are not home.

    I know, everyone has a dog that will scare off/eat/bite whatever a burglar. That was not my experience generally.
  7. kingofwylietx

    kingofwylietx Well-Known

    Feb 29, 2008
    DFW area.....Wylie.
    Dogs are great if you are home. Our dog perks up when a rabbit is in the back yard.

    However, if you ever watched 'It takes a theif' on t.v. (the series where people agree to let them break into their home while taping it)........you saw how they always defeated the dogs with very little effort. They even took the dog a couple of times, just to make their point.
  8. LittleGun

    LittleGun Active Member

    Jun 27, 2008
    I agree that the ads are silly. If someone has decided to kick in my door, he isn't going to stop because of an alarm. I'd like to see more realistic commercials. I have an alarm system. I test it regularly and my service always calls in about 30 seconds. An alarm is not a substitute for guns and training.
  9. onac255

    onac255 Active Member

    Mar 2, 2008
    El Paso, TX
    +1 on the dogs. They really only help when one is home.
  10. SIG_Fiend

    SIG_Fiend Administrator TGT Supporter Admin

    Feb 21, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Speaking of home security and commercials, here's how it always should be:

    YouTube - gun shop commercial

    Lol, that's so awesome.


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