You’re looking for an alarm system and a company just quoted you on a ton of equipment. Let me guess, they told you that you need every single door and window covered with a door/window contact?
Yes, folks, I know what you’re thinking, I can read minds. The truth is that every single big box company will try and squeeze every penny out of you knowing well enough that you actually don’t need all that equipment.
But how is that possible? How can I possible secure my home if I don’t have a peripheral covering ever entrance point? The answer to that question is simple; you can protect your home best through the use of motion detectors.
A motion detector covers a lot more ground than a door contact.
Let’s break this down for all of you. If you put a contact on your window and someone cuts the glass and enters, the contact will never go off because the seal will not have been broken. You run the risk of these peripherals on the windows and doors being easily by-passed. Your alarm company will then say, get a glass break detector, so that way if the glass is broken the detector will sound. Well, guess, a burglar could just duct take the window, smash it, then take it off, and the glass break detector won’t pick up a thing!
There is no way to bypass a motion detector!
If you have a motion detector once the intruder works his/her way through the home they are going to be passing through an area that has a high traffic volume. This is where a motion detector will be the most useful. The intruder has nowhere to go, once they enter into that area the alarm is going to sound. If you are smart enough to find a company that offers two-way voice monitoring well than that’s even better because that will prompt automatically.
Adding all that equipment can be very costly as well, think about how many doors and windows you have in your house. It adds up, especially when you have to start replacing batteries for all those sensors. Typically a motion detector can cover an area of 150 feet, this is a very large range so one maybe two motions detectors at most may be needed. I would suggest that if you really want a door contact, throw one on your back door and your front door.
When a company starts telling you that you should be putting contacts on your windows upstairs that should trigger a red flag. Think about it for a second, how are the intruders going to get into your windows from upstairs? Do you really think they are going to get a ladder and try to break in that way? I really hope you don’t think that could be an option. Intruders will always try and enter into your home from the bottom floor so what’s the point in spending all that money for the upstairs because they will never go off. You want to make sure you have the motion detector covering the bottom floor so if the intruder tries to go anywhere in the house including upstairs the motion detector will be tripped and the live two-voice monitoring will come on. By that time the intruder will know he doesn’t have any time to spare so they will try and get out as fast as possible.
So when you start calling these big companies like Rogers Smart Home Monitoring, ADT, Protectron, CPI, Comcast Xfinity and Vivint don’t let them bully you around and tell you that you need all this equipment. Better yet, think protection and find a company that truly knows something about securing homes and call them, do your research!
Now a day you can get someone’s opinion on just about anything when looking online. Some things that you would have never thought in a million years people even cared about enough to comment on. This is why social media is becoming more and more popular and companies are becoming much more aware of what is being said about their companies. So when you ask the question do online reviews matter? 10 years ago I would have said they have little to no impact and word of mouth is much more important. Today is a different story; they matter more now than they have ever mattered before when buying anything.
In today’s society companies have been put out of business through online reviews being negative. A lot of people take online reviews to heart and won’t waste their time investing in a company if they have a terrible rating. Online reviews can extend across all business segments. Customer service, marketing, sales, technical and the list can go on and on. Companies are spending big bucks to put together social media campaigns to interact with the online consumer.
In the world of home security systems, online reviews are becoming much more relevant when purchasing a system. Take a company like Rogers Smart Home Monitoring, AlarmForce, ADT, Protect America and Vivint, all these customers have one thing in common, BAD ONLINE REVIEWS. The reviews for these companies range from way to expensive for monthly monitoring or terrible customer service and out of date equipment, this list can go on. One or two people does not post these reviews, there are thousands of people that have taken the time to provide feedback so consumers that are shopping around for that perfect home security system won’t make the same mistake they did. As a consumer I love the fact that so many people take the time to comment on their experience because at the end of the day the real truth isn’t going to come from the companies it is going to come from the everyday people.
Don’t let all that fancy marketing sway you from what real people like yourselves are experiencing from companies like Rogers, AlarmForce, ADT and Vivint. There is a lot of truth to it, be smart read those online reviews. Do you really want to buy a home security system that has terrible reviews? The answer is NO.
The best thing that I love about online reviews is that money doesn’t make them go away or change the opinion of someone’s experience. For the companies out there social media is here to stay and is becoming more prevalent to the sales segment of the business. Remember to treat your customers with the utmost respect and that they always come first, because one unhappy customers turns into hundreds which turns into your businesses going out of business.
Before reading this if you thought online reviews were not that important, I hope this blurb shed some light on this for you. Next time you purchase something don’t be shy let us all know about it and tell us how it is. Think Protection when you’re writing the review and let others know how the services and products stack up with the rest of the pack.
As time goes on more and more people are being subject to break-ins. In society today people are purchasing more and more high-end goods that they wish to protect in all of their homes and or businesses. So criminals are taking advantage of this opportunity and studying their victims for the best opportunity to break and enter.
Have you ever wondered why a criminal will go to your front door first before ever attempting to break in? The answer is, criminals now a day are just getting smarter. What I mean, criminals are starting to study your patterns and by going to the front door peeking in or even knocking could very well tell the criminal that you’re not home. This is becoming more and more common as were seeing many more break-ins with forced front door entry. This also gives criminals the ability to work in groups; if the criminal approaches your front door and notices that you’re not home they can secure the front and have someone force their way in through the back entrance.
So you’re probably thinking right now if you don’t have a security system that you’re not safe and if you do have a system you’re well taken care of. There is some truth to both scenarios, but as a customer you really need to dig deeper and do your homework. Paying a monthly bill for a security system you have or looking for the best security system that you are led to believe is out there doesn’t always give you the security need you are looking for. Remember when the criminal is in your house you want to get them out as fast as possible so having something like two way voice will do just that. Companies like Rogers, Vivint and ADT don’t offer that as a standard package, you would think they do with the amount of money they are charging you month to month.
It’s easy to be swayed by big box companies saying they have the best system out there. The majority of these companies aren’t even alarm companies. There focus is on other products and services, but due to their size and greediness they look to promise poor customers that they are receiving the best security out there for the best price. That couldn’t be any further from the truth as Rogers Smart Home Monitoring is a prime example. How does a company like Rogers provide security to customers when they have spent all their time promoting and revolutionizing TV, Internet and home phone? I don’t know about you but that gives me little to no faith that they are going to be able to truly keep my family and me secure.
Don’t think for one second that criminals don’t think like this either. Criminals are well aware of the security systems out there and will target houses with Rogers Smart Home Monitoring, Vivint and ADT signs on their front lawn because they know those companies are not in business to secure homes but rather make money. At the end of the day all the gadgets, shiny fancy equipment and promises that Rogers, Protect America, CPI, Protectron, Vivint and ADT give you to make you feel good about paying those crazy high monthly fees will not protect you from criminals trying to break in through the front door.
So if you have an alarm company or looking for one, be sure to investigate how they do business and where they are located and what you are getting for the price you are paying. So if you ever have a criminal creeping around your neighborhood you want to be confident in knowing that you really do have the best system for your home which will make that criminal think twice before approaching your front door.
Alarm companies charge varying upfront rates and monthly charges for their services. These can range anywhere from $99 upfront to hundreds of dollars and then monthly rates can range from $20/month to over $60/month. When looking at these amounts, we have to ask ourselves, why do alarm companies charge such high prices for their equipment and services?
The answer is simple – because they can.
The home security market is elastic. An alarm company will typically charge as much as they can, while remaining to acquire new customers. If the customer will pay the amount, then the company will charge it. Once the business volume is established, the company becomes locked into those prices.
AlarmForce charges $25/month for two-way voice security, CPI is around $30/month, ADT’s prices range from $29.99/month to $40/month for two-way voice protection and Vivint’s packages can from $49.99/month to as high as $70/month.
ADT and Protectron have dealers, so the pricing on their monthly monitoring ranges. AlarmForce, Frontpoint, Protect America, CPI, Ackerman, Bay Alarm and Vivint do not, so it’s more of a fixed price depending on features and equipment.
Prices range based on amount of equipment, type of monitoring, if home automation features are included, and the company’s feeling on what the market will pay for service. Supply and demand is a constant amongst the industry – however, different companies have differing views on what truly equals the best value for their customers.
Beyond that, alarm companies understand that it’s always easier to raise prices than lower them. When prices are raised, the company benefits but the customer loses out. Typically, most home alarm companies have it written into their contracts that they reserve the right to raise the monthly monitoring rates at anytime. And they do.
It’s hard for an alarm company to lower their monthly monitoring prices due to the negative effect it would have on the bottom line. If you already have 5,000 customers and you lowered your monthly monitoring prices by a $1 for new customers, then old customers would want the discount as well, or they’d cancel their contracts. Once the discount is given, then suddenly the alarm company is now down $5000 per month. The rebound effect is huge, which is why it’s almost never done.
So in summary, the main reason why home security companies charge the high amounts they do per month is because the market allows it. If prospective home alarm shoppers stopped going with these high priced home alarm solutions, like ADT and Vivint, then they’d be forced to charge less. Plus if another alarm company came into the market offering a lower cost solution for protection, customers would think of going elsewhere.
The alarm market dictates how much the companies can charge.