I say all of the above!
After almost 8 years in the Alarm business I have have been to roughly 3000 homes that have been robbed. I have seen everything bad that can happen to people or dogs in their own home Here are some trends I have noticed!
Most people get robbed in the AM! Kids are at school and adults are working.
If you park your car at the long term parking at your airport. Take out your car registration or anything that says where you live!!! They can call out your address or visit your house that night. We are very busy in January because so many people get hit over the holidays!
Camera's only work if they are also tied to an alarm! And yes I do sell camera's!! I have some great footage of an unknown burglar robbing my sisters house in North Carolina. All they have to do is wear some kind of mask or hoody.
When someone can train their gun to jump off the shelf and shoot someone while they aren't home by themselve's! I will be out of business! I meet people who carry at home all the time! It is becoming quite common.
Bad things happen to dogs!!!! Especially in rural area's or area's where no one is around and they get aggressive with the wrong guy! Still a dog can hear things at night that you can't!! Allowing you to get to your gun in time!!!
Guns are great as long as they are loaded, available and easily reached. Obviously this is not wise or resposible if children are around. Otherwise there is nothing wrong with the 357 sitting on my coffee table as I type
Do not buy an alarm! Goto a local ADT dealer instead!!!!!! If you call the sales dept. at ADT you will have to pay for equipment and install. Dealers get paid for your system! You pay the monitoring. That is how they break even! Most people call sales after they are robbed You will not be a good negotiator in that scenario!!
When the dog wakes you up at night, you will now have a panic button that can be pressed and the police will be dispatched. This way your wife can protect the kids and not have to be able to get to the phone!!! Always call 911 if you can to hedge your bet! We start dispatching in 60 seconds or less.
I have installed 2700 homes. The only house anyone ever broke into, the guy set off the alarm and ran across the golf course to freedom. It was 2:30 in the morning and (she) my client, was upstairs a sleep! I consider this a huge success!!! She didn't put out her sign or decals on the windows
I am in Colorado. I do not post this to try to sell anything!!! Just hope it helps!