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Why Think Protection Has No Customer Credit Checks

More and more alarm companies are opting to do credit checks on their customers. Vivint, CPI, and Frontpoint are just a few of the well-known home security companies that make their customers agree to have a credit check done. The question is why do these companies make their customers undergo a credit check and why doesn’t Think Protection have their customers do credit checks?

Vivint, CPI, and Frontpoint make their customers agree to a credit check because they make their customers sign a 3 year (or in some cases 5 year) contract, where the customer in return gets the system for no money upfront. Now as we’ve said before, over the length of the contract the customer ends up paying significantly more than what the system is worth. The company though is limiting their risk, as they view people with bad credit as more likely to not pay their monthly bills which they are obligated to pay by signing the monitoring contract with the company.

Are people with bad credit really less likely to default on their monthly payments? Banks who are providing financing to these companies think so. And because of that, people with bad credit have to pay money upfront or higher monthly fees if they want the same system as those with good credit with these companies. And all of their customers have to agree to be locked into a contract, where the company reserves the right to raise rates at any time and if the customer wants to cancel they must pay a penalty or the remainder of their contract.

In all instances, customers should avoid signing any sort of long-term alarm contract, as the customer will always end up paying more and getting less than those companies without contracts.

With Think Protection, not only is there no contract, but there’s also no credit check required to be undertaken by any of our customers. Good credit, bad credit – we don’t care. With Think Protection, you buy the system from us and it’s yours to own. Then monitoring for your home alarm is just $12.99/month. All you need is a valid credit card and you’re good to go.

And Think Protection’s home alarm is incredibly advanced, where you can do everything you can with any other home alarm system and more! Plus you won’t be locked into a contract, which forces us to provide the absolute best service in the industry because if you’re ever unhappy you can cancel anytime!

Unlike other home alarm companies, we don’t make our customers jump through hoops to get our award-winning alarm system. With Think Protection you’ll get the best at a price that can’t be beaten, even if you have bad credit!

CPI vs. Think Protection: Which Is The Better Choice?

There is no shortage of home alarm companies in North America. One well-known alarm company is CPI Security. With over 115,000 residential accounts, CPI is a regional powerhouse that spends significant sums of money on marketing. The question though is how does CPI’s value proposition compare with Think Protection?

CPI Security is based in Charlotte, North Carolina, and they service alarm systems in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. The company spends money marketing directly to customers through radio and television. Here is one of their commercials:


In order to compare CPI’s value to Think Protection’s, we need to know their costs and technology.

CPI offers a standard wireless package for “zero down” and $39.99/month and requires a 60-month contract upon the initial sign-up. There is also additional $99 upfront fee for the installation.

Comparing CPI’s price to Think Protection, right away the $39.99/month is over three times higher than Think Protection’s $12.99/month!

With Think Protection there’s no annual contract, as opposed to CPI’s 60-month (5 year) contract. The lack of a contract with Think Protection gives the customer peace of mind of knowing that if they are ever unhappy, they can cancel at any time. With CPI, even if the customer is unhappy, they are contractually obligated to continue paying for the service. No long-term contract ensures top quality customer service because the customer can leave and go elsewhere. Plus, there’s additional peace of mind of knowing that if the company ever decides to raise prices, the customer can cancel.

The savings with Think Protection is enormous. When you compare Think Protection’s $12.99/month monitoring to CPI’s $39.99/month, you’ll save over $1,500 over the term of CPI’s 5-year contract!

Beyond that, CPI has a limited service area. If you move outside those areas, you won’t be able to continue with their service (AND you still may have to pay out the remainder of your contract). However, Think Protection can provide a top-level security solution regardless of where you live within North America.

Here is an apples-to-apples comparison of why you should choose Think Protection over CPI Security:







COST OVER 5-YEARS$979.39$2,498.40

With Think Protection, you save $1,519.01 over 5 years! With CPI Security, you would be paying more than two-and-a-half times as much.

Think Protection’s value proposition is unbeatable. We offer the highest level of home security at the lowest price and provide our customers with the latest technology. With a monthly rate of just $12.99, no other security company comes close to our value. The fact that there is no contract provides our customers with peace of mind knowing that they can cancel at any time. With Think Protection you get the absolute lowest priced home alarm in the industry, the best customer service and the peace of mind of not being locked into a contract!

Call us at 1-855-76-THINK (1-855-768-4465) for more information, or click here to visit our online store!

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What’s Better: Monitored Or Self-Monitored Alarm?

You’re thinking about getting a home alarm system. You’ve looked at a few options and are wondering to yourself what kind should you get: one that comes with professional monitoring or a self-monitored system, where only you and a select contact list are notified if an alarm is triggered. How can you make a smart decision?

There is no shortage of options for a self-monitored alarm system and a monitored alarm system. Companies like ADT, AlarmForce, Simplisafe, CPI, and Ackerman offer a traditional monitored home alarm system, while companies like Canary and Dropcam have a self-monitored solution. What’s the difference between self-monitored and professionally monitored alarms?

When a professionally monitored home security system is tripped a signal is sent to the monitoring station who can then assess the situation and then contact the police if necessary. A self-monitored system only notifies the homeowner through a text, email or automated phone call.

If the homeowner is busy or doesn’t have their phone on them, then they can’t deal with whatever situation is occurring. Plus, if they are far from their home, they may know that the alarm was tripped but can’t get any information beyond that. Self-monitored systems rely solely on the homeowner to resolve the situation, which may not always be possible.

A professionally monitored system has the monitoring station involved in the assessing process and the dispatching of whatever first responder is needed. This provides unmatched peace of mind and a response regardless of the homeowner’s activities or location.

While a self-monitored system is better than nothing, it doesn’t come close to the value that a professionally monitored home alarm provides. The peace of mind and level of security is unparalleled, giving the homeowner a better response and ultimately better security.

Remember though that not all alarm systems are created equal, so do your research on what type of alarm monitoring they provide, if their central station is a 5-diamond certified central station if they have an alarm contract and also the monthly price should factor into your decision. Think Protection and make an informed choice.

Can My Alarm Company Listen In With Two-Way Voice?

Two-way voice home alarm monitoring means that in the event of a home alarm signal, the home is connected to a central station where the monitoring operator can listen inside the home and voice threaten the intruder out through a two-way voice speaker. This connection provides a verified response, as the operator has instant information on what is truly occurring inside the home.

The big concern for the homeowner though is if the home alarm company can listen to the home when the alarm hasn’t already been triggered. Can this happen?

The answer is no. With live two-way voice monitoring, the connection is only established after the home alarm’s been triggered. If the alarm transmission hasn’t been launched then there is absolutely no way the central station rep can listen into the home. The technology doesn’t allow it, and doing so would be illegal.

Certain companies that don’t offer two-way voice monitoring will say that companies that do can indeed listen inside the home when the alarm hasn’t been triggered, which is a blatant lie. They do this to try to sway the customer to devalue live two-way voice monitoring.

Fear not, companies that have live two-way voice monitoring like AlarmForce, CPI, ADT and Rogers Smart Home Monitoring can only hear what is occurring inside your home after your alarm is triggered – which is where the value of live two-way voice monitoring lies. If your alarm has not been triggered then you have absolutely nothing to worry about, nobody has the ability to listen in on your home.

So, Think Protection when researching home alarms and understand that with live two-way voice monitoring you get a great form of monitoring that provides a verified alarm response.

What Is Two-Way Voice Monitoring And Do I Need It?

Live two-way voice monitoring is a type of home alarm monitoring, where if the alarm is triggered a live link is established between the home and a monitored central station. At that point, the monitoring station can listen inside the house through a two-way voice speaker. They can then voice threaten the intruder out, meaning that the intruder will hear the central station operator inside the house.

This is a premium type of alarm monitoring because it provides an enhanced response, where the central station can truly understand what’s happening inside the home. Beyond that, it proves to the burglar that the alarm system is monitored and someone is, in fact, responding to the break-in.

Sounds great, right? The question is how much does this type of monitoring cost. Most alarm companies, ADT, Vivint and CPI to name a few, offer live two-way voice as an enhanced service and charge between $32/month and $60/month for it. Beyond that, each of them requires a 3-year contract to be signed for the service. Even a low-cost alarm company, like AlarmForce, still isn’t truly low cost, where they charge $25/month for two-way voice and also require a 3-year contract to be signed.

While the monitoring is a better form of monitoring, customers should be wary of paying such high monthly rates for any type of alarm monitoring. Beyond that, signing any sort of contract is never for the customers benefit, as they are then locked into paying the company for the service, even if they are unhappy with the quality of service they are receiving.

So, in conclusion, two-way voice is a superior form of monitoring, however like any purchase you should understand that costs and the contractual terms before you sign up for any service. Understand what you’re getting and the total overall price commitment you’ll be responsible for. Two-way voice is a great form of monitoring, but if it comes with a contract and high monthly rates, then maybe you should look for other options. If you can get two-way voice without a contract and those enlarged rates, then that very well may be your best choice.