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.

Why Does ADT Charge So Much?

In the world of home security, ADT is the 800-pound gorilla. With over 4 million customers, ADT is the biggest name in home alarms. When looking at their products and services, ADT doesn’t have anything unique, separating them from the thousands of other home alarm companies out there. So the big question is why does ADT charge so much for their services?

ADT charges anywhere between $29.99/month and $34.99/month for standard home alarm monitoring. Two-way voice monitoring with ADT is between $35.99/month and $39.99/month. Cellular alarm backup is another few dollars per month depending on if you contact ADT directly or an ADT dealer. Beyond that, there is a charge for the installation of their basic package which ranges from $99 up.

As far as I know, ADT has never lowered their monthly rates, however, once you’re under contract with them they reserve the right (and often do) raise their monthly rates. So if you signed a 29.99/month contract, don’t be surprised if by the third year of your three year contract you’re now paying $31.99/month.

In this ever competitive world of security, one has to ask themselves why doesn’t ADT lower their prices? The answer is because they can’t. ADT is locked into this high prices. By having so many current customers, all of which continue to pay more and more, if they lowered the price for new customers, say to $25/month, the rebound effect for their current customers could potentially destroy the company. So unfortunately for new and old ADT customers, the price is what it is, regardless of the world of security continuing to be more and more competitive.

When considering going with ADT, compare their offering with other companies. Look at the monthly monitoring price, the upfront price, what and how much equipment you’re getting if there’s a contract and what’s the length, is the equipment leased or do you own it and if you’re associating with the company or a dealer working independently of the parent company. All of these issues should contribute to your decision. Think longterm when you think protection, and make sure to go with the best company.

What is a Motion Detector And How Does It Work?

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!

How Can Newlyweds Protect Themselves?

Congratulations! You took the plunge and got married!

Marriage can be one of the most rewarding events in your life, and a time for great celebration. You are building a life together with a partner and the future is incredibly bright! What could possibly bring this feeling down? The state of euphoria known as the honeymoon phase brings a lot of highs, but that feeling won’t protect you from possible danger, so you have to plan to keep you, your partner and your future safe.  Here are some tips for Newlyweds:

– When planning your honeymoon, ensure that you prepare everything well in advance.  Pick a resort with good reviews in an area that is reputable.  Avoid potentially dangerous situations such as taking cabs alone or late nights on the beach.  Make sure your friends and family know where you are staying and have an emergency contact number you can be reached at, and make sure you know where the nearest embassy is.  Finally, make sure your passport is up to date and keep it locked up in your hotel room’s safe.- Get insurance for your home before you leave.  You are building a life together, so protect your assets from something catastrophic.  If anything happens while you are away, you want to be protected financially.

– Practice general safety online.  You will feel tempted to post a countdown to your honeymoon on Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus so that all of your friends and family know how excited you are, but it’s never wise to advertise that your home will be unprotected for an extended period of time.  Do you really know every person on your friends list?  Are your privacy settings enough to stop strangers from looking at your profile?  Wait until you are home to post how great the trip was and that picture of you swimming with dolphins.

-You have your trip booked, your online privacy protected and insurance to protect you in case of the worst.  What else will you need?  Undoubtedly, every newlywed needs to invest in a home security system.  You need to Think Protection.  The benefits of protecting your home with Think Protection are numerous.  The insurance plan you just got?  You should get a big discount on it by having a home alarm.  The person who checked out Facebook and wanted to check out your home?  They will be frightened off by our live two-way voice alarm system.  And you will feel tremendous peace of mind knowing you will come back to a safe and secure home.

Newlyweds need to protect their future lives together and you need protection from a real security company.  Rogers, AT&T, Protect America, Frontpoint, Comcast Xfinity and other cable providers are not truly focused on home protection.  Other providers such as ADT and Vivint are expensive and as a newlywed, every dollar counts.

Think price, think protection, think value when choosing your home security company!

Here’s to a great future!