I'm wondering what you all think about Home Alarm systems and Home Security overall. I live in a typical surburban town but am starting to wonder whether I should upgrade our home security (Non existent at this time). Here is a basic overview of the situation:
Quiet town, but people do steal cars regularly. A lady was murdered in her home down the street from us 18 months ago. No sign of forced entry, and she was going through a bitter divorce at the time. They never found who did it.
Our house is surrounded by woods, which teenagers like to frequent to do drugs and drink. There is one access road to the place. My concern is where there are Drugs, Crime will follow. The police will take about 10 minutes to get here in event of an emergency.
The house is your basic American Split Entry albeit modified to look nicer to some extent. We completed renovating it last year, and my father insisted on putting this Glass front door in with a cheesy Baldwin lockset. Any idiot could smash this door and walk right in.
The garage side door is your typical Steel door. It has a basic lock on it. There are two other methods of access through our Andersen doors on the deck and below, but they have a nice 3 point locking system in them. The glass is double glazed in them.
No current alarm or security in place. Before our Security was Obscurity, but the renovation has changed that somewhat. Also my parents are elderly and not in the best of health, so they wouldn't put up much of a fight. I'll be traveling alot from the New Year and I'm concerned about leaving them at home alone.
I know how paranoid I sound, but my uncle's house in England (of all places!) was broken into twice fairly recently. All of my neighbors have home security systems. My neighbor across the street has a German Shepard which is even better. Another has this crazy alarm system that lights up the place like a Christmas tree anytime someone comes near the place. People do know I'm not home alot and that the house is occupied by an elderly couple.
So what do you think? At the minimum I was thinking of putting in an Alarm system plus passive locking devices on all four places of entry I mentioned. I know the best way to defend a home is through layered Security, but of course I'm not a professional.
Feel free to call me crazy or tell me to chill out. It's just one of those feelings I can't shake..