I find this alarming. The device we love to hate!

Real Estate Broker with RE/MAX Professionals.

I love statistics and I often poll my clients to see how they feel about home related items...

I conducted this poll of my last 21 listings that have alarm systems; 

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  • Out of the 21 houses;only 20% use the system daily.
  • Out of the 21 houses; 17 paid for monitoring, average cost $24 per month...
  • Out of the 21 houses; 4 knew what doors and windows were covered...
  • Out of the 21 houses; 3 knew how to make temporary pass codes. 18 gave out the master code...

Out of the 21 houses; The main reasons for getting the alarm system;

  • 6 homes couldn't remember
  • 6 homes said it was already installed
  • 7 homes said for Peace of Mind
  • 2 homes said they had been burglarized then bought their system

Out of the 17 monitored houses; only 8 could remember the emergency phrase to give if the alarm went off and the company called to verify. In those 8 homes; only 3 spouses also knew the code... 

  • 4 had been charged for false alarms by their city or county

The top five reasons for not using the alarm;

5. Can't afford the false alarm fee

4. Afraid it might go off

3. Forgot code

2. Just forget

And the number 1 reason

It's just too inconvenient!

After all of this only 4 homeowners could remember changing the locks on the doors after they purchased the house; how many changed the codes? 

How many keys are still out there?


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As a Residential Broker and Relocation Specialist, I sell homes in or around JBLM, DuPont, Tacoma, Gig Harbor and Hartstene Pointe in Washington State.
Please visit my website at http://www.phenderson.net to search for homes and information 

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Phil Leng
Phil Leng Team - Residential Real Estate Experts &
Keller Williams Eastside Market Center

Hi Paul,

I still remember vividly the night our alarm called the police!

We were terrified! It became apparent that someone had come in down stairs and was pushing codes on the computer screen. We could see it in our bedroom.

The police came, checked every room, asked about out teen aged children and finally left.

What was the cause? An electrical surge that made our screen light up!!!


July 19, 2012 01:13 AM
Valerie Zinger
Home Organizer
House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada

Paul:  This is a good post and so timely.  We just read that the number of burglaries was up and that our area of the city has been hit.  We are being much more vigilant with the alarm.  We are paying for the service so not setting the alarm seems like a waste.  

July 19, 2012 04:56 AM
Sandy Shores Broker, Melbourne FL
Brevard County FL Real Estate
M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.

Paul, I found this article very interesting. I was so surprised to see so few people actually use their alarm systems.  It makes you really wonder why they got them in the first place.  I know you said that 6 homes couldn't remember why they got theirs. In our area, we don't see too many homes with security systems. Great topic!

July 20, 2012 06:42 AM
John Cannata
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance
214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com

We have an alarm system that we purchased shortly after buying the home. We remember the code and often set it... but not every day. Its a good habit to get it set up daily.

July 31, 2012 09:18 AM
Joshua Frederick
Home Inspector - Northwest Ohio
Home Inspector for ASPEC Residential Services, LLC

Test...... AR not working right.  Anyone experiencing problems with AR?  Mine has been stuck on same screen(s) for weeks.

August 14, 2012 03:07 AM

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