If we look at the past in economic downturns typically in these times we see a dramatic increase in crime during that time. It's an unfortunate result of desperation. Many people have been looking into installing home alarm systems.
But what most people don't realize is that you don't need to turn to a huge commercial alarms installer. There are other options in the alarm field that will give you peace of mind even without paying the expensive monthly monitoring alarm fees.
The purpose of an alarm is basically to scare anyone away who is not supposed to be there. If you are looking for an alarm on a budget it is possible to have a state of the art system installed and not tie it into a monitoring service.
It will also alert neighbors and other bystanders to potential problems in the property. The combination of two of these two may be able to help deter or catch a would-be robber before actually robbing anything.
The downfall is that the police will not immediately be notified someone will need to make that call on their own. Again this system's main purpose will be to scare a person away.
The alarm system, however, can be a bit complicated to install. A legitimate alarm installer should be contacted, who understands and knows how these systems work. However, typically alarm installers are difficult to find without going through large corporate entities.