Alarm Security Systems: Special Report
Insider Secrets Revealed!
9.) “The Fine Print”
Do Not Be Fooled
Guess what? Did you think a “Free Alarm Security System” was really free? Sorry to disappoint you, but it is not. In the end, it could in fact, cost you more and sometimes a lot more, compared with a legitimate offer that was CLEARLY spelled out to you upfront. You want an offer that allows you to plainly see all associated costs, now and in the future, that is NOT based on misleading gimmicks. Getting all the information upfront is the best way to be able to make a decision for yourself, don’t you agree?
So, why would it cost more?
In order to get the “free” home alarm systems or home burglar alarm systems that the larger recognized national chains promote, you have to sign on for a long term monitoring contract. To make up for the free or even $99 system, you get saddled with a more expensive monthly monitoring fee that will cost you MORE in the end. The monthly monitoring fee is typically at least $10 higher and usually more than that compared with the average independent Alarm Security System Company’s monthly fee.
A three year term is very common with your larger recognized national chains. That means by the end of your contract term, you have already spent at least $360 ($10 X 36 months) more for your “free” system.
Don’t get robbed!
•These “free” burglar alarm and home fire alarm systems are in general, completely inadequate for most homes. But, if you are unaware of this fact, this “free system” could give you a false sense of security.
•The “free” systems usually only include equipment for two (2) doors, a few windows, one motion detector, and one key pad. All the necessary “extras” to secure your home or business are additional charges, which begin to add up fast with your “free” system.
•The “free” systems are typically the “wireless system” and may not protect the farthest zone and are vulnerable to the professional burglar. The one size fits all approach at work again. Sometimes a wired and wireless approach combined, may be the best method for
What about YOUR family?
The “one size fits all” approach that the “free” system is based on is not how you want to begin determining what your family’s needs are. Then it just becomes just another sales ploy by a national brand company trying to make the numbers; where in the end, you’re the one getting short changed AND stuck in a long term contract. Kind of like that used car salesman that sold you that lemon that time, remember?
Think about it, why would your needs be the exact same as everyone else that they are trying to sell this type of system to? Doesn’t your family have different individual habits and your own unique lifestyle that needs to be taken into consideration? Of course it does.
Do Not Be Oversold
Okay, your family has different needs and a unique lifestyle. That does not mean you want to be oversold! You just want to make sure you get what you and your family or business need. Knowing the minimum amount of protection for your individual unique situation is not guess work. An expert understanding of how a system works and what would functionally work best for you and your family is required. This is the only way to get you the best protection based on the needs of your home, your family and business.
So how do you get this expert understanding?
• You want an in-depth evaluation and analysis performed by a professional security technician, rather than a salesperson on staff, who may be working on commission. A professional technician brings experience and understanding of how to create the right system for you and your family’s particular needs.
• Specifically, the security system should protect from burglary and fire whether you or your family are in the home moving around or away from the home.
So how long does this “in depth” approach take?
• It really does not take much longer than the “one size fits all, free system promotion. That is, if you have an experienced alarm security system technician doing your assessment and not just a salesperson trying to get an order.
The basic system:
A security system is one that “truly protects” the home. This is why a professional security technician installs the home’s perimeter system as the first line of defense.
Assessing Your Needs
A Perimeter Only system is just that - only the perimeter entry points to your home are protected.
All the doors and windows are protected by magnetic contact intrusion sensors and can be wired, wireless or a combination of both. Generally all openings within easy reach would be protected. This certainly means the ground floor, basement windows or doors as well as selected windows on the second floor. A good rule of thumb is if a person can be boosted by a helper to reach a second floor window, then that opening should also be protected.
The perimeter system is a good starting point that can be built on, depending on your unique needs.
Other important considerations:
• Leaving out essentials “because they are too expensive” will sidestep the role of an expert security analysis and may put the home in harms-way. Balance what you can afford, with what you need
• The blending of wired and wireless components may be your best choice and can be programmed to secure the different zones of the home. The use of a wireless receiver that is integrated with the wired system makes this system a Hybrid. The goal is to avoid the more vulnerable “all in one” wireless system by adding a wireless receiver to a regular wired alarm and fire system.
• Some systems even allow for remote system servicing which reduces costs of having a large service team on staff. Ask your technician if this option is available
The big question: Should I or Shouldn’t I?
If you want a fully complete professional security system that has you covered whether you are at home and moving around or out away from home, you need to consider Monitoring. Many packages include continuous Monitoring and most professionals in the industry consider this is an essential component. Here are a few critical concerns that should be addressed.
• Make sure your monitoring center is an Underwriters Laboratory listed facility.
• By having the monitoring company UL certified it allow for a discount on your homeowners insurance.
• Some key questions to ask: Ask whether the monitoring center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Ask when customer service is available.
• Does the company have built in redundancies in case there is power interruption?
• A big question is what occurs if the alarm goes off? Who is called first or second and when is the police department notified to show up at the home?
• The alarm monitoring agreement is in effect, a separate agreement that must be evaluated along with your security installation contract.
• You want a system that you and your whole family understand and feel comfortable with. Most importantly, you want a system that you and your family can operate easily and effectively, even when you are home and moving about the house
Long Term Monitoring Service Contracts
“Long term unbreakable contract anyone?” Actually, to be fair they are breakable, however, IT WILL COST YOU to terminate your contract early. The larger national chains have strict early termination clauses that are costly to put into effect.
Let’s not forget about the proprietary “termination form”. Some companies will not accept any form of cancellation notice except through the use of their own specific proprietary cancellation form.
Automatic Renewal of Contract
Do not accidentally go past your automatic renewal period with the large national companies. The contracts can automatically renew for a year or more with early termination charges automatically implemented as well.
A Big Misconception
The equipment you “purchase” may in fact, not be yours at all. The “fine print” in some contracts may specify that the system equipment is the property of “ADT” or “Brinks” or “Broadview Security” for example.
So what does that mean to you?
• If you cancel your service, they can request the equipment be returned. Even if they do not request the equipment be returned, it will not be functional with another system. Where does that leave you?
Check this out, did you know…
• An alarm installer has the ability to program a lockout code into your alarm control. A lockout code prevents a different monitoring or service company to reprogram your system. This makes the system unusable unless you rehire the installing company. Is this the type of service you want?
• Insist on a NO LOCKOUT CODE. An alarm installer has the ability to program a lockout code into your alarm control. A lockout code prevents a different monitoring or service company to reprogram your system. This makes the system unusable unless you rehire the installing company.
Salesman or Certified Technician
It all comes down to this. Who would you rather deal with when it comes to the safety and security of your family, home or business?
A salesman that is looking to make the numbers that he is being pressured to make on a monthly basis from corporate? Or would you rather work with a locally owned and operated, reputable independent licensed Alarm Security Company that sends a trained technician to your home?
It also comes down to being able to make an Informed Choice for yourself, or being steered into the “Corporate Package”.
Who would have your best interest at heart?
The national chain that does the heavy promotion for the misrepresented “free system” and whose company policy is to lock you into a long term contract with stiff early cancellation penalties?
The highly regarded local business owner that has to earn your trust each and every month, because HE DOES NOT lock you into a long term contract with stiff early cancellation penalties. But rather, gives you a 30 day automatic renewal agreement that gives you the ability to cancel within each 30 day period.
One question and be honest with yourself
Which of the two scenarios is really best for you and your family? Do you really want to lock yourself into a long term contract when it will actually cost you more anyway?
Especially when you have the ability to choose a 30 day renewal period and have it cost you less with better service?
READ IT OR WEEP
Actually you need to thoroughly read ANY CONTRACT or agreement you intend to sign. If you do not understand any part of it or if any part of it is not 100% clear, do not sign it until you are clear.
It is YOUR responsibility to understand what you are agreeing to.
• Ask questions and expect clear answers. If you are not comfortable with the answers or with how they are answered, that company might not be the one for you.
• When you get clear upfront answers, with a clear easy to understand service agreement, that has a 30 day renewal period, you will be doing business with a company that wants to earn your business and trust. That is the company you want to do business with.
• Such a company would install only high quality reliable name brand equipment. Equipment like GE, Honeywell Ademco, for instance.
• A good quality company would have their Monitoring Center an approved Underwriters Laboratory facility.
• Such a company would have you clearly understand