2GiG Alarm Panel – Local Only

The 2GiG Alarm Panel is by far the most advanced wireless alarm panel on the market today. The panel is so easy to install that Security Master offers it as a Do It Yourself (DIY) installation.

Can you peel and stick? If your answer is yes then you can install this panel. We include all of the programming so you literally plug in the panel, peel and stick the sensors and screw in the motion detector.

Why DIY? Because you just saved hundreds of dollars over a professional installation.


Includes:

1-2GIG Go Control Panel
3-Wireless Door/Window Contacts
1-Pet Immune Motion Detector
1-Remote Keyfob
1-Complete Custom Programming

Security Masters will provide this complete system fully programmed from your specifications.This is a local Only panel meaning that the alarm will sound locally but does not provide any remote notification.
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2GiG Basic Alarm System Bundle
$399.00



2GiG Additional Contacts
$17.00



2GiG Additional Motion Detectors
$52.50



2GiG Additional Keyfobs
$21.00



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2GiG Alarm Panel – Remote Monitoring

The 2GiG Alarm Panel is by far the most advanced wireless alarm panel on the market today. The panel is so easy to install that Security Master offers it as a Do It Yourself (DIY) installation.
Can you peel and stick? If your answer is yes then you can install this panel. We include all of the programming so you literally plug in the panel, peel and stick the sensors and screw in the motion detector.
Why DIY? Because you just saved hundreds of dollars over a professional installation.

Includes:
1-2GIG Go Control Panel
3-Wireless Door/Window Contacts
1-Pet Immune Motion Detector
1-Remote Keyfob
1-Zwave Indoor Siren/Strobe
1-Cell Module
1-Complete Custom Programming

Security Masters will provide this complete system fully programmed from your specifications.This panel includes a cell module so that you can have remote access to your alarm panel. This service requires an activation fee and a monthly service fee. With that said we also require no contracts so you can cancel at anytime.

2GiG Remote Alarm System Bundle
$579.00



2GiG Additional Contacts
$17.00



2GiG Additional Motion Detectors
$52.50



2GiG Additional Keyfobs
$21.00



Alarm.com Activation and Monthly Service
$20.00 Activation $18.00 per month



 
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DIY Home Security Review

Our DIY Home Security Review includes the best options for a DIY Home Security System with the following criteria:

  • Easy Installation
  • DIY Friendly
  • No Monthly Monitoring Fees
  • Remote Access

Take a look at the following DIY Home Security features of the top 4 panels. They are all available at amazon which means better delivery and better warranty. They are :

  1. Golden Security Wireless Home Security System-G90B00
  2. DIGOO Wireless Home Security System
  3. AG-Security Home Security System
  4. KERUI Wireless Home Security System-W193



Control Panel

Amazon Rating

Remote Access

GSM or Phone Line or WiFi

Number of Zones

Monthly Monitoring Fees

Touch Screen

Color Screen

Door Contacts

Motion Detectors

Cameras

DIY Installation

Available Models

More Info

Golden Security Wireless Home Security System

$199

ONE TIME FEE

GSM and Wifi

100 Wireless

8 Wired

No Monthly Fees or Contracts-SIM Card Required for GSM

Yes

Yes

G90B-W02

G90B00-Can Add IP Camera

Yes

G90B-W02

G90B00-Can Add IP Camera

DIGOO Wireless Home Security System

$70

ONE TIME FEE

GSM and WiFi

99 Wireless

No Monthly Fees or Contracts-SIM Card Required for GSM

Yes

Yes

500 sub domains

Yes

DG-HOSA

AG-Security Home Security System

$120

ONE TIME FEE

GSM with Autodialer

99 Wireless

2 Wired

No Monthly Fees or Contracts-SIM Card Required for GSM

Yes

Yes

1000 sub domains

Yes

B016BPHDBQ

KERUI W193 Wireless Home Security System


$162

ONE TIME FEE

GSM and WiFi

99 Wireless

No Monthly Fees or Contracts-SIM Card Required for GSM

Yes

Yes

Unlimited sub domains

Yes

W193

 

Golden Security Wireless Home Security System-G90B00

DIGOO Wireless Home Security System

AG-Security Home Security System

KERUI Wireless Home Security System-W193

 

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KERUI Wireless Home Security System-W193

KERUI Wireless Home Security SystemKERUI Wireless Home Security System-W193

KERUI Wireless Home Security System-3G

WIFI PSTN RFID Card GSM Touch Keypad Color Display DIY Kit Auto Dial Free APP Remote Control

Support WIFI 3G PSTN – 2.4G WIFI:the alarm system will push alarm notification via free wifi when someone breaks into your house.
3G-insert SIM card into the alarm system and save your phone number to panel,when alarm system be triggered,the alarm host will auto call and text the preset phone number.

  • PSTN-you can connect telephone line if there is no home phone line available the home alarm system will auto call the preset phone number.
  • APP remote control – Support IOS/Android,you can remote control the home alarm system via free APP and receive alarm notifications no matter where you are,also support feedback host real-time status to APP
  • Support RFID card – Read RFID card to disarm,can learn up to 20 cards,this is convenient for the elderly and children
  • Built-in backup battery – When the host power-off,the rechargeable highcapcity LI battery automatic start work,so that host still work well(supply power automatically when power supply failure).
  • Built-in siren – When the home alarm system was triggered,80dB of the voice from the built-in speaker will feedback to the user

KERUI Wireless Home Security System 3G WIFI PSTN RFID Card GSM Touch Keypad Color Display DIY Alarm System Kit Auto Dial APP Control

Support 3G WIFI PSTN GSM

The home security alarm system supports 2.4G WIFI,3G(Just can read 3G SIM Card(AT&T) of United States only at this moment, and it can not read 3G SIM Card of other countries but it can read 2G SIM Card all over the world.),PSTN(mean telephone line).So you can choose either way to connect alarm host

Touch Keypad Color Display
TFT Color touch display,humanized menu,operation with voice

RFID to Disarm
The alarm system support RFID card to disarm,it is convenient for children and elderly.

Supports 99 zones and 8 zone types
There are 99 zones and 8 zone types(Normal,Stay,Intelligent,Help senior,Close,Chime,Welcome,Emergency) optional in each zone,ON/OFF siren in each zone is available.

KERUI W193

Technical Parameters for KERUI Wireless Home Security System:

Input Voltage:DC 5V
Frequency: 433MHz
Material: ABS
Receiving Distance: more than 150M(open area).
Standby Current:<50mA
Alarm Current:<450mA
Internal Alarm Loudness: 80dB
Back-up Battery:3.7 High Capacity LI Battery

KERUI W193

KERUI Wireless Home Security System includes:

1 X Alarm panel (No include SIM card)
1 X Motion Sensor
1 XDoor/Window Sensor
2 X Remote Controllers
2 X RFID Card
1 X AC Adapter
1 X English User Manual

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remote Control for KERUI Wireless Home Security System

The alarm system work with the alarm accessories,like door alarm,motion sensor,keypad control etc.When someone illegally entered the room, door sensor or motion sensor will be triggered and send alarm signal to alarm host induction alarm

APP Remote Control

The security alarm system support APP remote control,so you can control the alarm host anywhere.
If the alarm panel connect with PSTN(mean telephone line),then when a alarm be triggered,the alarm host call phone and the APP not enable.

Timing arm/disarm
8 groups scheduling Arm/Didarm function,and date can be selected to avoid arm and disarm frequently manually to realize automatic control.
then user can disarm/arm via APP on your smartphone or remote controller,also use RFID card to disarm.

Illegal arm function

If the door/windows with door sensors are opening ,and user want to arm the system,host panel will voice prompt”x zone is error” to remind users close the doors or windows.

Support wireless smart socket

The alarm system supprot up to 20pcs smart socket,user can control each socket turn on/off via APP,so you can remote control your appliances at your home.

Built-in rechargeable high capacity LI battery and supply power automatically when power supply failure

Host can be used for a normal cell phone to call other phones directly

Wifi function of alarm SMS push,Support IOS/Android operating system

10s automatic message recording with built-in artificial voice,so that user can the alarm place and zone when receive the alarm call remotely.

Display the latest 99 arm/disarm,alarm and card read records

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AG Wireless Home Security System

AG Home Security Panel

AG Wireless Home Security System

Security Alarm System 433Mhz Easy to Operate Touch Keypad GSM SMS and landline telephone Android/IOS APP Wireless Home Burglar alarm system for Complete Home and Business Security

 

  • Touch keypad & TFT color display with intuitive menu. .Built-in million group of wireless RF combination.
  • Real man voice prompt, the voice volume is adjustable
  • Auto-dialer function will call up to 6 designated phone numbers in case of a security breach
  • Door/Window contacts detect any forceful break-in
  • Remote control by phone,convenient and efficient.Android APP remote control and parameters setting by SMS.

AG Wireless Home Security System Product Description

  1. Touch keypad & TFT color display with intuitive menu.
  2. Real man voice prompt, the voice volume is adjustable
  3. Support PSTN and GSM network.
  4. Compatible with protocol CONTACT ID to connect with alarm center.
  5. Built-in 90dB siren, 8 level volume is adjustable,external siren is available.
  6. Support 10 seconds ISD automatic voice mailbox for playback message upon alert
  7. Auto-dial grab line to call 6 phone numbers and send the alert via SMS also.
  8. Defence Zones: 99 wireless + 2 wired
  9. Maximum support 150 remote controllers and 150 detectors.
  10. Maximum support 150 remote controllers and 150 detectors.
  11. Remote control by phone call, SMS or smart phone APP.
  12. 1 group of NO relay for remote control electrical appliances in 1000w
  13. Wireless intelligent study coding, compatible with PT2262 normal encoding and a 1527 encoding
  14. Unique black box features, display recent 72 disarmed records and 102 recent alarm recording
  15. Built-in Ni-MH rechargeable battery and power failure will be sent via SMS
  16. Dimension: 190*130*28mm
  17. Certificates: CE, ROHS, CCCAG Wireless Home Security System AG Wireless Home Security System Testimonial AG Wireless Home Security System Testimonial

The AG Wireless Home Security System Includes:

* 1 X GSM Main Panel(sim card not including)
* 5 X Window/Door Contacts
* 2 X Passive infrared motion detectors
* 2 X Remote control keyfobs
* 1 X Loud indoor plug-in strobe siren
* 1 x Panic Button
*1X Power adapter

 

 

 

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DIGOO Wireless Home Security System

DIGOO Wireless Home Security System with Auto Dial and APP Control Function, Comes with PIR Detector, Doorbell Button, Door Window Sensor, and Remote ControllerDigoo Home Security Panel

(Model:DG-HOSA)

  • Defense Zone Support: support up to 99 sensors, gate, SOS, bedroom, window, balcony, perimeter, smoke, gas, carbon dioxide, water leaking detection ect. Host under wifi connected condition, you can use app to receive alarm rather than receive Phone alarm calls and messages. Effectively prevent any suspicious movement, activity or potential intruder, guard your home 7/24 hours as a home protector.
  • Loud SOS Alarm and Easy to Get Help: Children and seniors at home in emergency, press the SOS button of the remote controller, which will trigger all alarms to notice neighbors and send SOS calls and messages to other families, so they can get help in time. Support 5 groups preset alarm phone number and 20 Seconds Help Voice recording, if alarm occurs, the host will dial preset number automatically and play the record your help voice.
  • Wireless remote control APP function: You can remote control home sensors setting and management, easily to remote arm/disarm all sensors, or set up message and call real-time push notifications setting, you can view all sensors’ status from APP.
  • Network Support: Support WIFI/GSM/GPRS/2G(can be used 3G or 4G network, But the network transmission of the system is 2G) Intranet Alarm System Support Different Alarm Channels(APP Push / SMS / Voice monitoring / intrannet center Alarm, to ensure the alarm performance stable and reliable)
  • Colorful screen and Touch panel Design: Colorful 2.4 Inch TFT Large Digital Display Screen is eye-protected, also has a strong contrast ratio, easily to watch and operate. Touch panel, a good sense of touch feeling, for the old version home system, without the button-broken problem, will offer longer life for you.

DIGOO HOSA is an intelligent home and business alarm system that works perfectly with other accessories. It provides full protection to your entire house, from doors, backyards, hallways, to windows, kitchens, living rooms, and bedrooms.
We have made great improvements in APP and accessories pairing, by summing up the shortcomings of other security systems in the market.

  • 1. We make the alarm host wifi-enabled, so you can use your phone to remote control your home alarm system. You also can view DIGOO camera surveillance videos in this alarm app.
  • 2. Multi-channels real-time notifications sending to your phone via SMS and to your app as well.
  • 3. Multi-purpose alarm Modes available. A timer for you to set the arm/disarm status based on your needs. No need to repeatedly set it every day.
  • 4.Telephone function, two-way communication, can talk with your family at any time.If an unexpected emergency happened to your family, you can receive and answer the phone calls from your family.
  • 5. DG-HOSA phone app supports Digoo cameras online viewing. If you already have a DIGOO camera, you can also monitor your home by hosa phone app to see the real-time videos.DIGOO Wireless Home Security System

Features of DIGOO Wireless Home Security System

  • 1. 2.4 inch TFT color display screen with touch panel design, eye-protected, offer the best reading and touching feeling.
  • 2. WIFI/GSM/GPRS/2G Internet Alarm System.
  • 3. Support different alarm channels, APP notification pushing/SMS/voice monitoring/internet center etc.
  • 4. Can set arm/disarm time according to your routine time, avoiding a repeated operation.
  • 5. Can set the Password lock or RFID cards reading
  • 6. Support other alarm accessories, if it is 433MHZ, such as external wireless siren or doorbell button, water alarm.
  • 7. Phone calls, two-way talking. Support 5 groups auto-dial number, one group number can set SMS on/off and dial on/off respectively.
  • 8. Arm/disarm setting on the alarm system, or on the phone app
  • 9. 20s voice alarm and remote monitoring
  • 10. Hosa phone app including Digoo camera app in it, If you already have DIGOO camera series, you can also monitor your home situation by hosa phone app to see the real-time video record, that it mean it also can connect the camera, by must be Digoo camera series.DIGOO Wireless Home Security System

DIGOO Wireless Home Security System has 6 modes

  • Arm: Make the host into the alert status; on-guard status, means Alert power on.
  • Stay Arm also called home alert, as the user is at home, only set alert to the entrance/exit or house around.
  • Disarm – alert power off.
  • Trigger, under the Arm state, detectors detect someone or door is opened, it will trigger the alarm.
  • Exit delay, if setting the host to be arm state, in order to avoid making alarms when users leaving and passing the detecting zones, delay the alarm time.
  • Entrance delay, When a user come back and pass the detecting zones, the host will not immediately make alarms. It will have the countdown(the time you can set as you like) to allow you to set disarm.The host will make alarm if time out you still not make disarm.

DIGOO Wireless Home Security System

DIGOO Wireless Home Security System has 4 modes for accessories

  • Stay arm active, when the alarm host is armed or stay armed.The detector will always alarm if triggered, the detector in the main door, window, balcony, are suggested to set this mode. You can set a timer for any detector under this status.
  • 24 hours active, the host will alarm at any time once triggered. Suggest emergency, smoke, gas, carbon, monoxide, water leaking, and other detectors to be set this mode. You can’t set a timer for any detector under  this status
  • Close, the alarm host will not alarm at any time if triggered.
  • Out armed active, when the alarm host is out armed, the detector indoor will not alarm if triggered, suggest to set this type of detector in the living room and bedroom area.
  • For doorbell, please select “Doorbell”, then a tinkling sound arises from the alarm host whenever the doorbell is pressed.
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Golden Security Wireless Home Security System-G90B00

Golden Security Touch screen keypad LCD display WIFI & GSM 2-in-1 with Auto Dial,Motion Detectors and more diy Home Alarm System G90B-W02

  • No monthly fees and contracts with security companies
  • Support Wireless Network WIFI and GSM dual network
  • Auto Dialer function will call up to 6 designated phone numbers in case of a security breach
  • Loud, 110dB alarm alerts neighbors and deters potential intruders
  • Wireless coding: easy to add additional wireless accessories (PIR sensors, etc.)

Golden Security Wireless Home Security System Product description

1. Workable with RFID wired keypad ,support doorbell function
2. Zone names can be revised by users
3. Relay usages name can be revised by users
4. Independent zones. Every zone can be set be independent zone, which can only disarm by administrator’s APP,The feature is fit for finance office
5. Leaving message remotely in APP or host
1). When leaving message in APP, such as: I will go home late, don’t wait for me. Next the message is automatically mapping to the host. Users will see the light to reminder
2). When long press the “record” button for 3 sec in the host panel, will start a new memo, and automatically mapping to the APP end. Slightly press “record” will play the new message
6. Information push promptly when AC power lost or recovered or detectors in low voltage
7. Build-in wifi transmitter, can control 4 wired relay outputs and wired sound&strobe siren
8. 96 wireless zones+4 wired defense zones+4 wired relay, Can store 6 alarm call phone NumbersGolden Security Wireless Home Security System-G90B00

Technical parameters:
Power supply: AC=100~230V 50Hz/60Hz
Working voltage: DC12V 1A
Static current: < 35mA (when not in charging)
Alarm current: < 120mA
Backup Battery: 3.7V 1750mA
Standby time: Around 36 hours
Charging time: 10 hours

Package include:
1 × Golden Security Wireless WIFI & GSM 2-in-1 Alarm panel(No include SIM card)
3 × Wireless motion sensor
10 × Wireless door/window sensor
3 × Remote control fobs
1 × AC/DC Power adapter
1 × Wired siren
1 × English user manual

Golden Security Wireless Home Security System-G90B00

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Fortress Home Security – Fortress Total Security WiFi – B

Fortress Home Security is an easy to install DIY Home Security Solution

Total Security WiFi - B

Total Security WiFi Main Panel

Fortress Home Security is Fully programmable, the Total Security WiFi system will automatically notify you via WiFi, via SIM card, or by landline in case the security system is breached. This is the Total Security WiFi main panel only (with power adapter included). You can add one or more accessories to your shopping cart to create a system that fits your needs. Any accessories purchased at the same time as the panel will be pre-programmed by our technicians before we ship it to you.

Note: The main panel by itself does not detect intruders!

Features:

  • Works with WiFi and a Free Mobile App for iOS / Android
  • Works with 3G/4G GSM SIM card for cellular connection
  • Works with landline phone / VoIP phone line
  • 99 Zones w/ Up To 10 Accessories Each
  • Compatible with 24/7 monitoring service

Specifications:

  • Power: Micro-USB 5V, 1A
  • Internal battery backup
  • 433 MHz wireless frequency
  • ~150 ft. wireless range
  • WIFi 802.11a/b/g/n
  • GSM SIM card slot

Fortress Total Security Door/Window Contact

This sensor is a magnetic contact sensor for doors, windows, and other entry points. When the magnet and the sensor are separated, the sensor sends a wireless signal to trigger the alarm. When you mount one piece on the door or window, and the other piece on the frame, the sensor will activate whenever the door or window is opened. For best performance, you should not mount this sensor directly on a metal surface. The sensor and the magnet should be no further than ¼ inch apart when the door or window is closed. When applying the adhesive tape, make sure that you are mounting on a clean, flat, dry surface. A starter battery is included with the sensor, and we offer additional 23A batteries for purchase on our web site.

 

 

  • Magnetic sensor protects doors, windows, and other entry points
  • Tamper switch prevents removing a sensor from its mounting place
  • Ready To Arm – system knows if a door or window is left open
  • Mount on a clean, flat, dry surface. Place a spacer between the sensor and any metal surfaces.
  • LED light shows activity and low battery warning

Fortress Total Security Motion Detector

Fortress Total Security Motion DetectorA motion detector will sense any movement in a room. If the beam that the motion detector sends out is interrupted, a signal will be sent to the main control system, triggering the alarm. Monitoring activity in a room is important if an intruder manages to bypass the basic trigger points of the window and door contacts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fortress Total Security Plug In Strobe Siren

Fortress Total Security Plug In Strobe Siren This plug-in strobe siren (110db) plugs into any outlet, and communicates wirelessly with the main panel, with a wireless range of 150 feet. When the alarm is triggered and the siren sounds, it will scare off any intruders as well as alerting you, the neighbors, and anyone else nearby. The siren also includes a strobe light that flashes when the alarm is triggered.

The internal backup battery keeps the siren running if the power cuts out, and recharges automatically when the power comes back on.

 

 

 

 

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Wireless Home Security Systems

When it is time top select a Home Alarm System you will have to consider Wireless Home Security Systems or a Wired Alarm System.

Wireless Home Security Systems

2gig gocontrol alarm panelThere are many benefits to a wireless security system that cannot be ignored. They can be used in homes, apartments or commercial environments.

Wireless Alarms are DIY friendly

A wireless alarm system is extremely easy to install. There are no holes to drill or wire to pull. Wireless security systems have eliminated the need for drilling and crawling through your attic. Due to the ease of installation they are a perfect solution to install a security system in an apartment. They can also be very easily moved to a new location without damage to walls, windows or doors.

Easy to expand as you do

Since the system can be installed by you it can be added to very easily. Just but the new device to the system whenever the need arises. When you do the initial installation it can be difficult to prepare for every contingency. Whether you are adding a new gun cabinet or want to add a new motion sensor it can easily be upgraded.

Portable battery operated alarm devices

In order for a security system to be wireless the alarm sensors are battery operated. This means that you can move them whenever you want to. This is an extra expense that a wired system does not have but the batteries typically last 3-5 years and they will alert you when they are getting low on power.

Home Automation for your Wireless Security System

A wireless system opens up a whole new world when it comes to automation. You can integrate just about anything into your new system. Literally turn on lights from anywhere. You open the garage door and monitor it to see if it remained open after you drove off.

CHOOSE

Your Plan

Price

Disk Space

Disk Space

Domains

Users

Email Accounts

Bandwidth

Support

Wired Alarm System

Require expensive installation which can cost anywhere from $99-$1,000 depending on the size of your alarm system.


Permanent and requires another outlay of cash to remove a system.

Hardwired systems typically rely on standard phone lines for monitoring which allows a burglar to easily defeat your system by cutting your communication. There are modules that you can purchase to adapt your hard wired system but these add extra expese and must be installed by a professional.

Extra cost of home phone line can be $30-50/month. Some systems let you get a “cellular backup” at an extra charge in both equipment and monitoring expense.

Wired security systems almost always ensure that the control panel of the system is hidden in a closet or basement in your house, where burglars can’t easily get to it to smash and disable.

Wireless Alarm System


Some systems can be self installed—but beware that only a few companies make this truly easy. Wireless Home Security can be easily installed in a short amount of time and there is no technical know-how required.

A wireless system allows you to be able to install the system yourself which gives you the thrill of accomplishement but also a intimate knowledge of how the system works. This can save on future aditions and service charges.

Easy to take with you when you move to your next dream house (or leave the suburbs for the city).

Even though most wirless systems are installed using cellular technology they can be installed using standard phone lines. This is not recommended because a burglar can easily cut your phone line outside of your house.

The best communication technology for your alarm system is cellular. It cannot be defeated by cutting the air and offers superior remote access.

Wireless systems incorporate all of the electronics in the keypad. This includes the cellular communications. Even though a burglar can smash your keypad during the initial disarm countdown this is compensated for by alarm.com's Crash and Smash Technology.

When you read about whether to install wired or wireless it does seem to be very lopsided in favor of wireless and in general a wireless system does have many more advantages than a wired alarm system. But there are instances when a wired system or hybrid system makes more sense.

  • Commercial application sometimes require a distance that a wireless system cannot accommodate.
  • Outside environments are not wireless friendly since all of the electronics are located in the sensor.
  • A greasy or dirty environment may not be the best place for wireless especially if you are using a touch screen

 

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Alarm System Contracts- What is hidden inside?

Along with the purchase of an alarm system there will be Alarm System Contracts and this has changed drastically over the years. The business model has completely changed. Once upon a time you would have a salesman come over to your home and provide you an estimate for the type of alarm system that you wanted. You would pay a deposit and then the balance would be due once the alarm system was installed.

Alarm System ContractThe term Free alarm never came into the conversation but now that is all you hear. It is not necessarily a bad thing if you recognize what is really going on. First of all, nothing is actually free. You must look at it as a payment plan over the term of your contract. Whether you are a huge company like ADT or a small Mom and Pop alarm company you still have to purchase the alarm equipment. The more volume an alarm company does the better pricing they get and they may pass that savings along to you but in either case the equipment is not free. The price of the alarm equipment is paid back over the course of the contract. In many cases the equipment cost takes most of the 3 years before the alarm company is into profit. Alarm companies typically bank on you as a customer maintaining the monitoring for at least 7 years which is the average. At this point the alarm company is making profit each and every month. That is why in order to compare alarm companies you must look at the total contract value when you compare. Alarm Company contracts will include early termination fees if you try to cancel prematurely.

Make Sure You Read the Fine Print

Contract or Payment Up Front

You may be able to pay for your complete system upfront so the equipment is not included in your monthly monitoring. Many alarm companies will not install a system without a monthly contract. I worked for a company as a salesman and I was told that I could do this type of sale but I must include the entire 3 years of monitoring into the sale price. That was completely ridiculous but that is why it is important to compare pricing with at least 3 alarm companies.

Another point to keep in mind is if there is any possibility that you may move. Some alarm companies have a feature to move your alarm system if you change locations. Otherwise you would be forced to pay early termination fees or try to have the new owner take over the monitoring contract.

This is another added benefit to a wireless alarm system opposed to a system. Keep in mind that a DIY Home Security System will not have any cost associated with a move because you are doing the work yourself. Even if an alarm company can move your system for you it may not be free to reinstall.

REQUIREMENTS FOR DOING ALARM BUSINESS in California

Alarm companies providing home security systems must be licensed by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (Bureau or BSIS) to:

  1. Sell alarm systems on a consumer’s premises.(1)
  2. Install, service, repair, and monitor alarm systems.(1)
  3. Respond to alarm activations.(1) (The person responding can be an alarm agent(2) or a private patrol operator’s security guard.(3)

Retail stores may sell alarm systems without being licensed, but only at the store, and they may not perform any alarm company functions. Alarm companies, including those located outside of California that monitor systems in California, must also possess a BSIS license. (1)

Local governments may require alarm system owners or renters to pay a fee and obtain a permit to operate an alarm system. Likewise, alarm companies may need to obtain a business permit.(4)

AUTOMATIC RENEWAL

Alarm system monitoring contracts may contain an automatic renewal clause that automatically renews the contract beyond the original terms unless the consumer cancels it in the manner specified in the contract. Effective January 1, 2017, consumers must be provided a written notice if the alarm contract presented to them includes an automatic renewal provision that renews the contract for a period of more than one month. Prior to signing the contract, the consumer is to acknowledge receipt of the disclosure by signing or initialing it. If this written acknowledgement is not provided by the consumer, the automatic renewal provision in the contract is invalid. Be consumer wise and ask if the contract contains an automatic renewal provision.

INQUIRE BEFORE YOU HIRE

  1. Verify that an alarm company, qualified manager or agent is licensed with the Bureau prior to conducting business with them. Use “Verify a License” on the Bureau’s website at bsis.ca.gov/forms_pubs/online_services/verify_license.shtml or call (800) 952-5210 to check on the license status of the company or person.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM

You may file a complaint with BSIS against an alarm company, alarm qualified manager, and/or alarm agent. Complaints the Bureau has received include unlicensed activities, contract and installation agreement issues including rollover or evergreen renewal provisions, and unauthorized monitoring services. You can file a complaint online at www.bsis.ca.gov/consumers/complaints.shtml or by calling (800) 952-5210.

Bureau of Security and Investigative Service
2420 Del Paso Rd., Ste. 270
Sacramento, CA 95834

A Brief Industry History

Wonder why most alarm monitoring service is so expensive? A brief industry history shows you why:

There are currently over 20,000,000 alarm monitoring customers in the U.S. For the last twenty years the industry has been structured such that the “monitoring” revenue subsidizes the non-monitoring operations of the Alarm Company. This was a necessary part of maintaining a more predictable cash flow for the Alarm Company. With the entry of large investment companies into the alarm industry monitoring rates were increased dramatically to subsidize installation of new alarm systems. There is nothing wrong with this practice and it served to expand the markets of the alarm industry dramatically.

At the same time that the large companies were increasing the size of the industry the smaller companies were struggling to compete with the lower installation prices from subsidized systems. The number of companies shrank from 15,000 to 5,000. Now all the small companies were much more reliant on the increased ‘monitoring’ rates to subsidize their falling sales.

Points to Be Certain of with an Alarm Contract

  • Term of agreement: What is the expiration date of the agreement?
  • Notification for termination: How much notice is required before the end of the agreement in order for the agreement to not automatically renew? Does the contract provide for canceling the service?
  • Penalty for termination: If you cancel your service before the end of the contract period is there a penalty? What is it?
  • Ownership of Equipment: Who owns the equipment? Will the Alarm Company remove the equipment? If the monitoring agreement doesn’t stipulate who owns the equipment, you own it.
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