Yep - MA is a non-castle state ... BIG SHOCK there huh! However there is no duty to retreat, which I was shocked to learn from a forum member here a while back. Either way I was told the same thing. If you shoot someone on your porch you'd better drag him back inside the threshold of the door.
Isn't it amazing how "shall not be infringed
" is infringed upon every waking moment of modern life? The founders would be wondering why we're all sitting on our hands allowing this to go on. They'd have started another revolution .... a REAL one ... in the 60's.
DVR-based surveillance systems have come WAY down in price compared to the old junk VCR based systems of not so long ago. They hold months worth of multiple camera footage, & with pretty damn good detail too. If you want an American made system, they're out there ... but your gonna pay BIG. Chinese ones are all over the net. You can get a 16 camera system for under a grand now. 4 or 8 cam systems are even less. I bought a system 3 years ago .. but then replaced the junk DVR with a VERY expensive American made one after a lengthy but unproductive battle with the seller of the junk one. Long story short, I had my CC cancel the payment. As far as reliability, so far so good. Biggest issue I've had was wiring problems. I bought the cheapest wire I could find .... But the cams have been outdoors 24/7 ... and being made in china I figured I'd get a few months out of them. They all still work as good as they did new. As an added bonus the ugly color they were painted got bleached by the sun, so they look pretty good now.
But the system is great - don't know how I lived without it before. I see EVERYTHING.
Can also view them on the cell phone or someones computer... but I'm not that tech savvy. My neighbors will take care of anyone when I'm not here anyway.