This may be a little OT for this forum, but we'll see. One of the most common phrases that seems to pop up when discussing our reactions to home-invasions is "...and I'll call 911, if I have time." There's even been some debates about whether tying up a hand with a cell-phone is a good idea or not (repeating those debates is not what this thread is about). At the same time, when recommending alarm systems, most people agree that it is the noise itself that is the best deterent and that one should avoid a monitored system because of the increased cost. I will admit that I don't know much about alarm systems since I'm an apartment dweller, but it seems to me that a monitored system would basically call 911 for you, hands and hassle free. I know it's not a foolproof system and I know that they wouldn't be able to supply LE with information like what you are wearing/doing to help them distinguish you from the BG, but I'd like to get some of your thoughts on this. In my mind, if someone is in my home I'd rather have LE deal with them and the ensuing criminal/legal/ethical/emotional headache that follows; so anything that gets cops to my door faster is a good thing.