Interesting thread.. As times get tougher out there, more people will get desperate to do things they normally would not do..
In addition to a nice system like BB has.. Don't miss the small options a lot of stores are selling.. Lowes or Home Depot has a small battery operated alarm that you can put under a rug.. Someone steps on it, it sounds like a WWII air-raid siren..
They also sell a small rubber wedge.. If your in a hotel or motel sleeping you put it wedged at the bottom of your door.. Door can still be opened but it sounds like a Fire Engine is in the room on full blast.. Only like $10 ??.
Barking dog alarms, human voice alarms, when tripped. "Who is there?" Check them out, all kinds of novel noise making devices..
konrue interesting about the monitored cameras.. They can be set up for self monitoring record only also.. Least you get the guys picture..
Oh God I could write a book on the funny stories we heard.. Everyone wants to tell you about their break in.. "We see it on the news, never thought it would happen to me."
One install we did. Guy would go to work and leave his front window cracked open a bit.. Not really a safe idea..
Or so the perp thought also. He reached in to open the window. His dog, that made Cujo look like a poodle locked on the guys arm and would not let go.. Kind of like a bear trap.. His screaming like a banshee got the L.O.s their.
They just sat and watched and said "We have to wait for the owner to get here, just don't move." Don't move? his arm was hamburger...
Dog was friendly as hell when we got their. Just don't put your arm in his window when Dad is not home..