It makes a lot of sense to me to install our own system and have it monitored by a company like Next Alarm.
What I'm concerned about is the signs outside the house will not be the familiar ADT/Brinks signs and therefore not have the same effectiveness at deterring potential burglars. What are your thoughts on that?
My thoughts are that an ADT or Brinks sign in front of your home is comparable to having a Yugo or Fiat insignia on your car- folks are gonna know that a)- the owner is cheap, and b)- he doesn't have a very good alarm system (or car)
Want REAL security? Go with a local company- more money up front, lower ongoing costs, and a REAL security system; not cookie-cutter BS. In 9 independent companies out of 10, you WILL save money over time, have a better system, and will scare away or detect the criminals more easily.
Trust me on this. I used to work for ADT. I've also worked for small local companies, and owned my own- there is no comparison. I do not currently work in the alarm industry. (I sell CCTV equipment to small businesses & Do-It-Yourselfers)