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Home security systems evolve

Today’s systems cost much less, add lots of services

Paul Apkarian, a Westborough architect, remembers when installing home-security systems required tearing out parts of interior walls for wiring and finding spaces for bulky cameras, video recorders, monitors, and motion-detection devices.

Above all, he remembers the costs ­— easily $3,000 and up for a multicamera surveillance and burglary alarm system, plus monthly fees for alarm call-center services.

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