The million dollar question lately: Burglar alarm or surveillance (cameras)? First MUST be burglar. This prevents the breakin. Then you may want to add cameras in strategic places. The problem with cameras is you are going to see what happened after it has already happened. The best scenario is to PREVENT bad things from happening. The benefit to cameras is it may help you or the authorities to identify the individuals. Many of the newer burglar systems now have the capability to add cameras, as well as many home convenience features as thermostats, lighting controls, heat detectors, etc. So, cameras do have a place & provide excellent solutions. But they are not the first line of defense for your personal property and life safety.