We had a security system installed when we first bought our place as it was a 2nd home only being used on the weekends. We don’t have local police and the County Sheriff’s dept doesn’t respond to home alarms being they don’t have capacity for that kind of stuff. The security company would call the State Police which then makes it a factor of how close is the closest one available to respond. And hope its between the hours of 8AM and 2AM because nobody is on duty from 2AM to 8AM. The day shift and night shift are each on call for half of the no-coverage 6 hour window if something important does happen, but that incurs the added delay of getting out of bed first. There are 20 troopers in total covering nearly 1,000 sq.miles for my district, spread across those two shifts and 7 days of the week, and with holidays, vacation, sick days etc. making it more like 4 or 5 troopers covering that 1,000 sq. miles at any given time with a population of over 60,000 plus all of the ski area, lake, and other tourists that come here.
That’s a long way of saying its a good thing the crime rate is very low. Our best hope is that the alarm itself would scare the perps off were we to be robbed. I’m thinking maybe we should install cameras to at least get photos of the robbers.