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Reviewing Home Security Companies

Television commercials, print ads and the Internet are full of advertisements for home security companies. Some provide complete home security systems while some just provide alarms. When choosing a home security method, price is not always the first consideration. Here’s a look at some of the best home security companies and what they offer.

 

ADT

The largest alarm company in the country, ADT provides installation and monitoring of alarm systems from homes and businesses. ADT has five monitoring stations in the United States that receive signals when an alarm is triggered.

ADT’s prices are comparable to the competition. For around $350 homeowners can monitor for burglars with an installation package that includes window sensors, a motion detection and yard signs. After the installation, homeowners pay a monthly monitoring fee.  For additional monitoring, homeowners can purchase a Premiere Services Package which includes fire safety monitoring. This package averages around $800. ADT often runs specials online so the prices can fluctuate.

ADT is not just known for its alarms. For senior citizens, ADT offers Home Health Security which provides 24 hour a day monitoring. Businesses and government agencies like the video surveillance that gives business owners access wherever they are.

 

Brinks

While ADT focuses on homes and business, Brinks Security focuses on homes. Since 1983, the company has provided installation, service and monitoring. Brinks is recognized for "An Outstanding Customer Service Experience" by J.D. Power and Associates, a leading consumer organization. Some of the features that attract customers to Brinks include:

·        The easy-to-use keypad with simple instructions.

·        Emergency repairs can be made in 24 hours.

·        If you move, you can transfer your alarm system.

·        Brinks systems can also monitor carbon monoxide levels.

·        The one-touch instant arming feature.

Installation costs begin at around $99. Extra features include strobe lights, exterior sirens, wireless remotes and heat sensors.

 

First Alert

While First Alert does not provide home security systems, it is known as one of the leaders in safety products. The company was the first to put out a residential smoke alarm, introducing it in 1967. The company also offers carbon monoxide alarms, fire extinguisher and remote alarms.

One of First Alert’s newest products, “OneLink Alarms” is an alarm system that speaks. The company has also partnered with LifeLock to provide identity theft protection.

 

GE Home Security

Like ADT and Brinks, GE provides a variety of installed security services for homes and businesses including:

·    Residential security not only for single family home but for apartment complexes.

·     Fire protection.

·     Carbon monoxide monitoring.

·     Video surveillance.

The company has two very popular products. GE Interlogix is designed to allow homeowners and business owners to tell the monitoring agency that an alarm is false without having to pick up the phone. The system is voice activated, saving the alarm owner the embarrassment of having the police or fire department come out for a false alarm. GE also offers a do-it-yourself alarm kit that allows you to save on installation fees.

 

Honeywell

Honeywell security services are only offered to homeowners through a dealer. Guardian Alarm Systems offer Honeywell alarms through its company. The company offers complete home security packages that include intrusion alarms and video surveillance. In August 2009, the company began offering an I-Phone application that allows homeowners to monitor their homes from their cell phone.

 

Guardian

This company has earned a reputation for its great service. As mentioned above, this company installs Honeywell systems. The features include:

·     Motion detectors that won’t go off every time your pet walks through it.

·      Window and door sensors.

·      Monitoring.

·      Panic buttons.

·      A keychain remote

·      Yard signs and window decals.

The company is based in Texas but offers services nationwide.

 

Protection One

This home security company advertises a custom alarm package that includes an evaluation to determine what kind of alarm you will need. The company claims to provide services to more than one million homes and businesses. While all of the company’s systems rely on a working telephone line, the company has a feature that allows alarm owners to use their cell phones to respond to alarms. The company promotes wireless bundles for as little as $36.95.

 

Choosing the best home security company for you

When deciding on a home security system, look at all of the advantages the company has to offer. You may choose to install a burglar alarm with a company like ADT or Brinks but use First Alert smoke alarms to help protect you from fire. If you have pets, you don’t want the alarm going off every time they get in front of the motion sensor. And check to see what type of monitoring system the company has. Will you be able to respond to emergencies from your cell phone?

Remember that many of these companies are franchised to local dealers. If you have a question about their service record, contact your local Better Business Bureau.

 

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