...of having an alarm system.
The Pros: pretty obvious.
I feel safe in my home.
I'll be instantly alerted when a mad murderer/robber/rapist comes to get me.
I know when the kids open any doors and windows.
Now the cons. Last night provides the perfect example. I went to bed, absolutely exhausted like any other night. I had a racing mind last night, approximately 798 mph, so it took me awhile to turn it off finally find sleep. And when I did, it was well received. Until the distinguished noise sounds. That's right, the one notifying that an entrance has been breached. I am automatically jolted to a sitting position, eyes wide open, body turned to read the alert at the side of my bed. As happened in past times, I'm looking for the horrifying news that our front door has opened (don't worry, the one night we forgot to lock, we also didn't shut the door all the way and the wind blew it open) or that a window has been opened at 2 am (once again, wind. Once again, annoying.) This time as I read the alert, I am completely flabbergasted. "System trouble. Press 4 to view." I proceed with caution to see who is trying to surely do something like turn off our alarm so that THEN they can break in and murder/rob/rape me. But instead I read, "Phone trouble. Check dial tone." Really? You woke me up in the middle of the night to tell me our phone isn't working? Well guess what...I already knew that. And guess what else...had this been a real life emergency situation, all victims would have DIED! We turned our phone off a MONTH ago and you're now acting like it's an emergency. And I'll tell you what is possibly even the most annoying thing...the hour it takes to tell my racing heart to slow down, there is no emergency, I am in no danger and go back to sleep...PLEASE!