Alarmed house burglarized, need advice and help

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Old 04-08-07, 10:28 AM
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Alarmed house burglarized, need advice and help

Thief broke sliding patio door to gain entry.
I have an Ademco Vista 15, but no glass breakage sensor,
just motion and door open sensor.

Could anyone please supply me my options for
securing the glass door (and possibly other windows?).

I'd appreciate any advice for a DIYer for adding the
neccessary components, I've never worked on the
alarm system before. Thanks.

It sucks to be
burglarized
 
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Old 04-08-07, 11:21 AM
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Sorry to hear about the break in!

I would definetly recommend getting some wireless glass break detectors.

Did this happen at night? Make sure you install some motion sensor lights at locations that are not really visible.

Put out your alarm warning stickers on the doors and windows that thiefs can get in.

Also, make sure you actually set your alarm. Do you have it monitored?

Here is a site that sells glass sensors. You can find them cheaper on Ebay as well

http://www.homesecuritystore.com/ezStore123/DTProductList.asp?p=2_1_1_1_0_0_114
 
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Did your alarm go off? I need more information to help you.
 
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alarm was monitored and went off, only after motion detected.
cops were too late and thief got away. cops came after 15 minutes
or so after alarm went off, only because neighbor also called them
when they heard the alarm, else cops might have been an hour to
respond.

house has sign and stickers on almost every window.
 
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Breaking through the glass door or a large window is one of the tricks that savvy thugs figure out, because as long as the moving contacts aren't shifted, there's no alarm trip. The motion detectors is the next line of defense, but for a smash and grab, they tend to be long gone before anyone can respond.

Yeah, a glass break unit or two (depending on how many such doors and windows you have to deal with) will likely put you at a bit more ease.

The hardwire versions install similarly to a motion detector and take the same kind of 4 conductor wire. The wireless ones use the same detection technology, and have a pretty good track record, but are more expensive and you have to have a wireless receiver for them.

If you have a Vista-15, you probably don't have any open hardwired zones left, so wireless may be your only real practical option.
 
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thanks,

i think i have 4 zones setup now.

is there a good manual for explaining how to add a wireless
detector or how to pick the right one?
 
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You need the installation manual for your system. All of the information is in that source. If you go with wireless, then you are basically commited to use the Honeywell/Ademco hardware. If you go hardwired, pretty much any of the major brands will work just fine, they all use minor tweaks on the same basic technology; most differences are aesthetics.
 
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So if I get an Ademco 5881ENM, I can add 16 zones, and add
transmitters like 5850 wireless glassbreak detectors, 5890 wireless motion detectors?

I have a 6150 keypad, so I've read that I'll have real problems programming the receiver and additional zones in?
 
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You are correct.

You will however, need a Ademco 6160 keypad to program the new sensors. For a price, your alarm company can remotely call in your system and program it, but usually that will cost at least $20-30 for 5 minutes of work.

Once you have a keypad to program, we can walk you through it.

Also, depending on pricing, you can look into that security film that goes over doors/windows. It's a clear film that makes breaking the glass very difficult. Just a thought....
 
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I would second the security film.
 
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Old 04-11-07, 04:33 AM
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great, lotsa shopping to do.

any good online source for security film?

thanks for the advice and help.
 
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I know 3M makes security film, such as 3M ScotchShield

Armorcoat as well.

Not sure of the price, but it's probably not cheap. Can't really put a price on safety and security, can you? :-p
 
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I hope that you aren't thinking that you can make your home burglar proof.

Alarms, security film, proper locks and the like cannot and do not absolutely prevent burglaries. What they do is to make the burglar's job much more difficult to the point that the burglar will go pick another house to work on.

Most burglaries take place during daylight hours (when people are at work or school) and often the burglar(s) are in the house for less time than it will take for the security monitoring people or police to arrive at the house.

You SHOULD do everything possible to DETER a burglar from deciding on your house but you cannot absolutely PREVENT a burglar from choosing your house.

Insurance for acts of burglary is essential.
 
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Old 04-11-07, 05:41 PM
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Furd,
We all are aware that it is impossible to guarentee that a burglar will not hit you with all these security measures. We are suggesting things that will encourage the crook to try a different home.
 
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