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ukiltmybrutha 326 October 7, 2016 at 10:05 AM
I travel between one location and another which are about 250 miles apart.
I'd like to implement monitoring of some sort at both locations and/or security measures.
I don't trust my neighbors to know that I am away and keep an eye on my house.



Location A: I spend 5 days a week at.
I can't put anything outside at.
Internet connectivity and power exist.
Reported crime is extremely low in this area.

Location B: I spend weekends at.
I can put cameras anywhere.
Internet connectivity and power exist.
Reported crime is low in this area.

**Note Dedicated file/p2p/backup/media/lab server will be running at either location...more than likely at Location A. I can do the same at location B I guess, but only have one enterprise level physical server at this time. The other location might utilize a desktop.

High level question I know, but what would you do?

Thank you.

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Quote from ukiltmybrutha View Post :
I travel between one location and another which are about 250 miles apart.
I'd like to implement monitoring of some sort at both locations and/or security measures.
I don't trust my neighbors to know that I am away and keep an eye on my house.

Location A: I spend 5 days a week at.
I can't put anything outside at.
Internet connectivity and power exist.
Reported crime is extremely low in this area.

Location B: I spend weekends at.
I can put cameras anywhere.
Internet connectivity and power exist.
Reported crime is low in this area.

High level question I know, but what would you do?

Thank you.

The only truly useful system is a monitored one. If you are concerned you should go with ADT or another monitoring company. They don't need to place anything outside the house.

You could put some impressive cameras and sensors that notify you, but it will not be as effective. Many can be disabled by simply cutting power or cutting internet from outside. If you go with a battery backup system with a cell communication then you may as well shell out the $1 a day for someone else to do it.
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The only truly useful system is a monitored one. If you are concerned you should go with ADT or another monitoring company. They don't need to place anything outside the house.

You could put some impressive cameras and sensors that notify you, but it will not be as effective. Many can be disabled by simply cutting power or cutting internet from outside. If you go with a battery backup system with a cell communication then you may as well shell out the $1 a day for someone else to do it.
I also think the intermittent power and internet at Location A is a problem. Hard to rely on something if it can't communicate out because there is a power outage or the internet is down. If OP does go with a DIY solutions of sometype I would not put my "server" here.
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I also think the intermittent power and internet at Location A is a problem. Hard to rely on something if it can't communicate out because there is a power outage or the internet is down. If OP does go with a DIY solutions of sometype I would not put my "server" here.
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Get a Tesla powerwall if you are worried about power.
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Pedantyc....you have a point. What's are all of these weird posts about me being worried about power?
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Pedantyc....you have a point. What's are all of these weird posts about me being worried about power?
I think ADT is a rip off but there are monitored alarm options that aren't. I think LiquidRetro just misread your post.
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I personally like Springfield Armory systems Wink They're portable, and can protect your 24/7 with or without internet or power.
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I think ADT is a rip off but there are monitored alarm options that aren't. I think LiquidRetro just misread your post.
probably tired like me haha!

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I personally like Springfield Armory systems Wink They're portable, and can protect your 24/7 with or without internet or power.
Lol! I just need to be there.
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I think ADT is a rip off but there are monitored alarm options that aren't. I think LiquidRetro just misread your post.
Amen, for god's sake don't go with ADT. All of their systems are proprietary and they charge up the a$$ for service.

There are so many better services available. I can't understand why people choose ADT...it's like intentionally going with the worst service at the worst price available. Why? Confused
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OP - get a Simplisafe alarm system. Or if cost is prohibitive, get a self-monitored alarm system like Skylink alarm system (I have them at 3 locations and they work great!), along with IP cameras like Foscam, HikVision, etc. You can set the cameras to send you alerts along w/ pictures of any activity. That along with Skylink alerts you should have a pretty good idea of what's going on around the house.

Nothing is foolproof, but that's a damn good start. If you want more, pay for a monitored cellular based alarm system like Simplisafe - it will cost a lot more, but if you need it you need it.

Also, consider buying ADT stickers on eBay to stick on your windows. Note - I'm saying buy ADT stickers, and not their sucky service. That can be a visual deterrent as well.
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OP - get a Simplisafe alarm system. Or if cost is prohibitive, get a self-monitored alarm system like Skylink alarm system (I have them at 3 locations and they work great!), along with IP cameras like Foscam, HikVision, etc. You can set the cameras to send you alerts along w/ pictures of any activity. That along with Skylink alerts you should have a pretty good idea of what's going on around the house.

Nothing is foolproof, but that's a damn good start. If you want more, pay for a monitored cellular based alarm system like Simplisafe - it will cost a lot more, but if you need it you need it.

Also, consider buying ADT stickers on eBay to stick on your windows. Note - I'm saying buy ADT stickers, and not their sucky service. That can be a visual deterrent as well.
This post is pretty useful. Thank you.
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If you want to self-monitor, I'd hook an EVL-4 to an honeywell or dsc panel.

Something like simplisafe is an option, there are other lower cost monitored alarm options too. Companies like alarmrelay and geoarm come to mind.
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OP - get a Simplisafe alarm system. Or if cost is prohibitive, get a self-monitored alarm system like Skylink alarm system (I have them at 3 locations and they work great!), along with IP cameras like Foscam, HikVision, etc. You can set the cameras to send you alerts along w/ pictures of any activity. That along with Skylink alerts you should have a pretty good idea of what's going on around the house.

Nothing is foolproof, but that's a damn good start. If you want more, pay for a monitored cellular based alarm system like Simplisafe - it will cost a lot more, but if you need it you need it.

Also, consider buying ADT stickers on eBay to stick on your windows. Note - I'm saying buy ADT stickers, and not their sucky service. That can be a visual deterrent as well.
Agree with this and heard good things about SimpliSafe (it was even featured on 'To Catch a Thief' with Chris Hansen). ADT & other security services charge ridiculous monthly/yearly fees and make it hard as hell to cancel them. I did the Foscam thing many years ago and it works - problem is you have to constantly monitor it

Maybe something like this cheap Dummy Fake Surveillance Security [amazon.com] might work good as well
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Good posts everyone. This gives me plenty to go on. I appreciate it!
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