As an animal lover I have to agree with you. Too many irresponsible pet owners.
Finally, someone serious!
Laugh it up Fred, I know this is payback for not guarding my opinion before.
I've got one. We never use it. It's a pain in the ass. As others have said its all about response time. We've got the loud dogs and a 40 cal. deterrant. The best part of any security system is the sign in the yard. Oh and also have a gun safe. Everything else I figure is easily replaceable with insurance.
This is what I'm looking for, and I can agree with the gun safe. But I don't want to move it and I just moved here and I might move again in a couple years. Hard enough moving all our stuff.
We considered getting one also, but after talking to a few friends who have them, complain about them and never use them we decided against it. I do have the fake sign in the yard indicating we have one hoping the thieves can read!
We have always had a dog to alert us when we are home, the dog works better than our doorbell. Maybe the barking dog would scare them away if we weren't home, but the barking could just be a show for when we are there. Our neighbors dog barks like crazy if they are there, but a couple times i was taking care of their house while they were away and found the dog sleeping on the bed upon entering the house. I made some noise out in the hallway once to see its reaction and it came slinking out of the bedroom not barking at all. I believe it thought it was in trouble for being on the bed!
Also i have a couple wireless IP outdoor cameras that have an alarm feature to take a pic when motion is detected and emails the pics to me. Mostly in case somebody is messing around the detached garage at night. Stuff I really want to keep around is in a safe, other stuff could be replaced.
And this...what did they not like? You get built in smoke and co detectors and cameras that send to your cell phones and if you use door and window alarms you get to know when one is opened. I would not use motion sensors maybe. The last house I built(in my avatar) had one installed and they have never had a false alarm. Just about 1 years in. They have motion sensors.
Just looking for facts about why they don't work and why people don't use them after they buy them.