Upgrading my alarm. Suggestions?

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Old 11-14-18, 04:59 PM
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Upgrading my alarm. Suggestions?

I have an Ademco Vista 20 P (rev No. 9.12) panel which I installed in my home about 8 years ago or so. At that time, I just put sensors on all of the doors (all are hard wired except one is wireless) with the idea of adding more later. In addition to the interior siren, I have an exterior one and added the Envisalink Eyezon earlier this year so I can at least monitor it myself from my phone. That was at the suggestion of people from this forum in response to a similar post I made back them. Anyways, I seem to recall holding off on the window sensors because I was going to slowly start replacing my windows and figured I would run a hardwired sensor at that time but so far the only windows I replaced are second story ones which aren't going to get a sensor anyways. So, where should I start? Should I put a wireless sensor on every ground floor window that opens? Should I add a couple of motion sensors? Glass break sensors? Are motion sensors these days pretty good at avoiding false alarms? Another thing I am considering is setting up some cameras outside. We have been pretty lucky but lately I have heard of a couple of break ins in the neighborhood and neighbors spotting suspicious people around. Love to hear your thoughts on where I should begin.
 
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Old 11-16-18, 03:12 PM
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Since you have wireless, it's easy to add contacts to the windows. I would start with the ones that are both easily accessible from the ground floor, and also where they are not well visible from the street or the neighbors.
 
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A lot of my windows are old crank out style, which I imagine would probably be easier to break than to try to pry open and squeeze inside. Would you go with glass break or motion sensors (or both) in addition?
 
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Old 11-17-18, 10:34 AM
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For awning and casement windows, a motion is probably going to be the better choice.
 
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That should be easy enough. I figure I can put one in the room with all the windows and sliding doors, one in the hall, and either one or 2 in the basement and that should cover everything. Which ones do you recommend that are least prone to false alarms and that may be suitable for pets (we may get a dog in the future)? One can be wired because I have a wire run to the spot in the hall already but the other 2 or 3 will be easier to set up wireless.
 
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Old 11-17-18, 07:57 PM
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For wireless, you are pretty much married to the available models compatible with your wireless system. For hardwired, the dual-tech models are _far_ more false trip resistant. Most have some form of "pet immune" for critters under 40ish pounds.
 
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