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In the last decade, fear of crime has fueled a brisk demand for home security systems. The National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA, 7101 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, MD 29814; 301/907-3202), which represents security systems dealers and installers, estimates that 1 in 6 American homes is electronically protected — a nearly 40% increase over the last five years — and expects that number to increase to 1 in 5 by 1997. Meanwhile, the cost of an installed system has dropped by nearly a third. For builders who have no experience with home security systems, the variety of available detection equipment and features may be overwhelming. To complicate matters, most installers are also dealers for one or