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If the thought of DIY give you hives, you have no worries with InGrid self-install alarm systems. These digital systems, which can be used in apartments or houses, integrate with computer broadband. The fully monitored system works with a cordless phone, a console, and sensors that can be put on doors, or even a liquor cabinet to warn parents that a kid has opened a ‘forbidden’ zone. A Basic Kit, for up to 1,500 square feet, is $199 per year (includes monitoring) or $129 for a three-year contract; a larger home kit is $299 or $199/three years. And for those who rent their homes, InGrid can be taken with you and used elsewhere.
InGrid is also good for parents whose kids come home alone; a key-chain remote allows each kid to have her own remote and access code. If the kid loses the remote, you can just disable that remote and not have the whole alarm system compromised. Or if your child forgets to alarm the house, you can do it from the website. You can buy the system at www.ingridhome.com.