According to the United States Department of Justice, every minute of every day in the United States, someone was a victim of a robbery in 2011.  The economic hardships this country has been going through for the last few years certainly aren’t helping the number. That being said, so many people still don't have security systems. As a matter of fact, I was one of those people until mid 2011. My reasoning? What were the odds that my house was going to get broken into? I wasn't rich, but that didn't really matter.  In early 2011 I was a victim to a crime in my own home.  After becoming part of the statistic, my personal security level has never been the same, and I don't think it ever will be.

Ironically, a few weeks after the incident, we got a call from a security company. My husband and I had entered into a contest and won a new security system. When they told us all the details, I jumped on it. While that probably wasn't the best decision I had ever made, it seemed like a good deal.  From the commercials I had seen on TV, big rigs like ADT and CPI seemed like they could be pretty costly. I could have done some checking around, but I was just excited to feel safe again.  I finally did some research later on and was surprised that alarm systems aren't nearly as expensive as I had thought.  Here are a few of the companies and promos I found:

ADT

ADT has an offer going where if you purchase their security system you can save $250 off your installation, making it only $99.  Then if you don't like their services within the first six months you can get your money back. On top of that, they'll even pay a $500 deductible on your insurance if you get robbed while the alarm system is armed.

CPI

CPI has a similar offer to ADT.  With their basic family plan you can get one keypad, two door contacts, one motion detector, one internal siren, 1 wireless keychain remote, and 1 backup battery for "around a dollar a day." They don't list their installation fees, but I imagine them to be close to ADT's.  If you purchase the "Family Evolution Package" you can get a 1 inTouch IP camera for free; that's over $200 in savings alone!

SFI

SFI is available in select states, but they have a promotion going right now where you can get their basic plan for $29.99 a month.  It includes one keypad, two door contacts, two window contacts, one motion detector, and one internal siren, but does not include installation. However, if you give them the referral number 246951, you should be able to get the offers listed above for $32.99 a month, with free installation.

FRONT POINT SECURITY

Front Point was rated the number one alarm system company in America.  They have outstanding reviews from their customers and offer almost identical products for a significantly cheaper price.  FPI has an option on their site for a free quote on your home; by participating with that quote you'll get a phone call from one of their sales reps with a special offer, and an even bigger discount if you mention the word "security."

PROTECT AMERICA

Protect America is also a top rated company.  They have been in business for over four years with top consumer reviews.  They have numerous packages available that offer a wide variety of equipment for your home. Their basic package is the "Copper Package."  It includes one control panel, three door/window sensors, and one motion detector.  There are no upfront fees, and this package is only $29.99 a month. They have a free lifetime warranty on all of their products, a $10 a month value.

I'm not saying that you should run out and get an alarm system right now, but I definitely think it's something to consider.  Had I had an alarm system before, I might not have been in the situation I was. Having a security system like the ones I mentioned can cost anywhere from $30-$50 a month, but when you take into consideration the worth of your belongings or your family members’ safety, does the price matter?

This has been a guest post by August from Granite Falls, NC
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