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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -   With many South Georgians worried about burglars, alarm and surveillance companies are doing booming business. Police urge you to get a security system to protect your home and business. New technology is making those systems better.

 Today's security systems do much more than sound alarms or alert police. They can keep you to date on what is happening, or not happening in your home, with an e-mail to your phone or computer.

ADT pulse is one of the newest generations of wireless, cell phone and internet connected alarm security systems. "This is more lifestyle connectivity. You can have a unit that is going to take care of your security, but also interactive with it." said Jay Carpenter Alarmdetect.com owner.

The pulse stays in contact with you all the time, anywhere.  "You're wired in to it here, or you are logged into it through a blackberry or I-phone," Carpenter said.

 Like a common security system, you can set it to e-mail you if your gate or door opens. But you can also set it to e-mail you if something doesn't happen.  "You can set a motion detector in your mother's kitchen. And if that motion detector hasn't picked motion up by 9:00 that morning, and she normally is up eating breakfast by 7:00, you can get that e-mail."

Parents can set it to e-mail them when their child opens the door, or alert them if the door has not opened.

Surveillance cameras are another part of the system, so you can see for yourself and have it all recorded.  "It's the first step in your line of defense. It's a deterrent," Carpenter said.

And you can control it all and get updates through your phone or computer. Protecting your property and loved ones.  And the price for these security upgrades are pretty reasonable. The pulse e-mail system and monitoring is only about $50 a month.

Albany Police recommend you get whatever kind of system you can afford to protect your property and fight crime. It could pay off in the long run.

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