A family member had health problems and had to move out of her house and might get to go back home in a six months to a year. She lives in OKC in a decent area, but not the best. She has some things in her house that I'm sure would give some turds a reason to break in.
She has an active telephone line in the house. She also has motion sensing flood lights on the driveway.
I placed a dummy security camera above the door that looks real. I used electrical timers to turn lamps on and off at random times. I used a photo eye socket to turn on the porch light at dusk and off at dawn. The mailman told me the neighbors are good people but sometimes their visitors are not so reputable. One of them dropped their driver's license in a house down the street that got broke into. That's why I put up the fake camera and told them we installed a video/security system.
I don't want to install a security system that requires a 3 year agreement. I am looking into a "dialer" that will call my phone number if motion is detected or a door is opened. Has anyone ever used one of these and if so, any recommendations? If activated it calls a programmed number, a prerecorded message plays then it opens the phone line and you can hear what is going on in the room.
Any other ideas or recommendations?