The big companies with shields or maybe initials hire people from all over. That means their installer codes are all over as well.
Many alarm companies put a long delay (up to 3 minutes) on ALL zones to avoid false alarms. A burglar is finished before the alarm ever goes off. Make sure your delayed zones are limited to what you need.
Homes using alarm systems are less burglarized than homes with dogs, exterior lights, deadbolts, bars on windows and cars in the driveway.
Towns with safety watches or patrols that check the neighborhood are still capable of being burglarized. Houses in these areas without alarms are nearly twice as likely to be burglarized than their alarmed counterpart.
There is a residential break-in every 12 seconds in the U.S.
Houses without alarms are 3 times more likely to have a break-in.
Chances of a break-in are highest when you move into a new home.
Experienced burglars know the difference between lawn signs and a real security system.
Contrary to popular belief, burglars don't only work at night. Their favorite hours are between 9:30 A.M. and 7 P.M. When you are working and the kids are in school.
90 percent of police chiefs believe alarms DO deter burglaries. -- International Association of Chiefs of Police