On Fri, Mar 11, 2005 at 03:11:35PM +0000, Niall O Broin mentioned:
> The main value of an alarm (and hear I'm speaking as someone
> whose house was broken into when it WASN'T alarmed) is to act as a
> deterrent. As the detective who came to my house said - if some bastard
> decides to break into a house on your street, being one of the houses
> without a visible alarm box increases your chances of being elected.
Hmm. Considering my house was broken into the day I got the Eircom
Phonewatch alarm installed (we already had a non-monitored alarm), I'm a
Despite the house having two alarms, they broke in by mashing the window
to shreds with a big rock, climbed in & ripped the non-eircom one off the
wall - in four places - then bashed it off the ground until it stopped
making noise. As it turned out, I arrived back home about five minutes
after they'ed finished playing with the alarm, so they got feck all.
Thankfully, I'd left the back door keys on the wall by the back door, so
they could let themselves out without damaging anything else.
Nice police men called in around fifteen minutes later to comiserate me,
and tell me that one of them lived up the road, and had been broken into
the night before, while he was asleep. The reasoning behind a monitored
alarm is to make people think twice about breaking in, and then about
getting out quickly if they break in anyway. That'll do me.
Ah, I'd love to have seen the look on their faces as they looked around
my stuff, trying to work out would would fence my collection of medieval
weapons and armour, and the wierd looking craft workshop in the middle of
the room. Shuttles are good at hiding behind desks.
For astrology and the rest to flourish it is only necessary that those with
an IQ in double figures do nothing.
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