Well stated. That is what I consider the alarm, God forbid, and early warning system so I can wake up, grab one of my 5 guns, or maybe a couple of them and be ready for anything. We also have solid doors, not those flimsy put your hand right through variety and keyed locks. If the door was a bit closer to our bed, I would put a 2x4 to brace the door like I do in the front of the house and the garage to the laundry room. This with the security gates on all three doors. My wife wants to get video, but haven't settled on the right system, nor do I want one more spy system for the Guvment to utilize. Ring Doorbell has internet connections. But calling the police is after I have already got the home defense ability to stand up to whatever may come, God forbid. Hopefully I never need to use any of my defenses, but I already have twice before in CA. The first night in a new house, we had ADT come over and set up a wired alarm system, most of which was already prewired from the builder. The tech said it is already to go , but not connected to the phone system yet because we didn't have the telephone company over until the next day. That night the alarm went off and we found a damaged screen window the next morning in the back of our house. The second incident was when rumors of a large, dark hispanic male doing home invasions during the day after ringing door bells. I was home alone with my 20 ga upstairs when I heard the doorbell followed a few seconds later by vigorous bumping of my door. I waited upstairs shotgun in hand and then watched as a very large, dark, hispanic male walked away. The security gate did its trick. In addition, I had installed the locks backwards, replacing a light bulb is a big event for me in our house, and if he was "bumping" the lock, he would not have known to turn the key the opposite direction. Really, HIS lucky day since I was waiting for anyone to come through the door. So, yes, these security measures are important and I wish we could convince our kids to get the security gate, but our daughter just says, they are so ugly.