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The Log Connection February Newsletter
CONTENTS Feb 1, 2012
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Home of the Month: the Saginaw post and beam To Monitor or Not? Free Desktop Calendar of the month
Okay, the holidays are well and truly over, and it's time to get back to work. In our case this means building log homes... we have some exciting projects coming up this spring and summer, but still have some space left in our building schedule. If you're thinking of building this year...what are you waiting for?

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To Monitor or Not?

You've figured out that you need to do more to safeguard your family. While deadbolts on doors and dowels in window tracks make a difference, it's just not enough for you. Getting a home security system is a smart decision. Every protection you can get adds to your safety and the safety of your family, which is hard to put a price on.
The question now is exactly how much protection do you need? Or more specifically is a security system itself enough, or do you need monthly monitoring? Perhaps a guard dog, or a firearm? What's it going to take to make you feel secure in your home?
An alarm system in and of itself is an excellent and effective deterrent against thieves and intruders. Signage indicating that you have a security system is the first line of defense. An alarm going off when someone attempts unauthorized entry is the next.
For as little as $200 at a Home Security Store, you can have a decent home alarm system. Sure, it requires self-installation, but wireless home alarm systems are relatively easy to setup.
Is it enough?
While it certainly is far better than no security system, monthly monitoring can add a lot to your overall safety. Alarm system monitoring companies call for help when trouble occurs. This can be far more than a simple burglary.
Your security system company can get you police help if an intruder enters when you or your family are home. It can also call for an ambulance, fire truck and other emergency services as needed. With the right alarm system monitoring company, you can be better protected against unforeseen medical emergencies.
Many security system monitoring packages for systems like ADT's Family Package monitor for heat, smoke, fire, flood, change of temperature, and carbon monoxide. Monitoring fees can range from as little as $20 a month to as high as $45 a month depending on your alarm system, its capabilities and your monitoring company.
In the end, you have to decide what your definition of safety is and what gives you a true sense of security. If you are simply looking to deter thieves while you're away from your home, a good alarm system may be all you need. However, if personal safety and the safety of your home are concerns, then monthly security system monitoring is probably a good investment for you.

This guest post was written by Steve Dowell, a professional writer specializing in topics related to personal and home security. Pass through Security Systems for more tips and advice.
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