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The Real Cost of Privacy

By Judith Sjo-Gaber - 2011-11-29T23:58:17Z

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In Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation, Henry Caul was obsessed with privacy and keeping the bad guys out of his apartment. A security alarm system may have helped.

$3,280: ADT Security Services home alarm system for 28 window/door contacts for first-floor windows and two exterior doors. Initial cost is $2,800 plus $480 for one year of service.

$384: Medeco High Security Locks -- two high-security locks.

$375: Ultra Safety and Security Clear Window Film, to resist window breakage. Cost is $15 per window, 25 windows, professionally installed. Made by 3M.

Running Tally: $22,179