Information you should know before committing to a burglar alarm company!

2.  A "free" vs buying a security system


A free security system is always better, but nobody has one.  "Free" usually means an installation, activation, or some other fee.  "Free" really means an INFLATED monthly monitoring payment and a long term contract.  Did you know that the word installation does not convey possession, it means you paid  a burglar alarm company to install their equipment in your home or business.  It is simple, if you did not pay a sales tax, you did not buy anything.  A commonly offered security system by a national company includes two (2) door contacts and one (1) motion detector for about $35.00 per month over three years.  That is $1,260.00.  We sell that security system for $199.00.  Our central station monitoring fee is $240.00 per year.  So, do the math.  Over the same three year period our security system will cost $920.00.  That is a savings of $340.00, or in other words, that "free" burglar alarm actually costs $340.00.  But wait, what if you use the security system for 10 years.  Their security system will cost $4,200.00 as compared to $2,600.00 for our burglar alarm over the same period. Sounds like "free" is really, really expensive!!!!!!!!!!  What you are actually doing is financing your burglar alarm through inflated monitoring fees.  You would be better off purchasing your security system on a credit card rather than getting a "free" security system.

3.  Sirens


Never get an security system without an outside siren.  Inside sirens can be optional because your keypad will beep during a burglar alarm, but outside sirens are a must.  Burglar alarm companies that do not install an outside siren are making you rely solely on their monitoring for a response to a burglar alarm.  That's right, it is all about making sure you continue to make that  monthly payment.  If your land-line is cut you have a "useless" burglar alarm.  A smart burglar will look for the yard signs of national companies because he knows that in most cases all he has to do is cut the phone line and the burglar alarm is disabled.  So outsmart the intruder, a good security system will have both an inside and outside siren.  We also install a telephone line monitor which activates both sirens whenever the telephone line is cut so that your security system is activated while the burglar is still standing outside your home or business.  This is a standard burglar alarm feature for every security system we sell and it comes at no extra cost to you.  Of course, we always recommend using a cellular phone (wireless monitoring) as a backup or primary means of communicating with the central station.

Have you ever called the telephone or cable company about a problem?  Were you satisfied with their response?  If the answer was NO, why would you entrust them with your home or business security system.  The national burglar alarm companies are no different.  You are stuck with a long term contract so they will service your burglar alarm at their convenience.  At Aiken Augusta Security Systems we will know your name and you will know our technicians.  It is a personal relationship with our burglar alarm customers.  In most cases we service your burglar alarm the same day you call.  If you can not meet with us that day, we will will schedule your service call for the morning of the next working day.  That is a promise we have been keeping to our burglar alarm customers for the last 30 years.

4.  Cable/Telephone Modems


If your phone service uses a modem be aware that on a loss of power your phone system will shutdown.  That means your security system is no longer being monitored because it has lost its ability to communicate with the central station.  If you have a modem from a cable company, make sure your modem has a battery backup or, to enhance your security system, add wireless monitoring to your security system.

1.  Wireless Alarms


Do not confuse a wireless burglar alarm with wireless monitoring.  Wireless monitoring means your security system uses a cellular phone to communicate with the central station instead of a land-line.  A wireless security system uses transmitters/receivers to replace wires running from your doors, windows, etc. to the control panel.  A wireless burglar alarm is great as an alternative to exposing wires.  However, a wireless burglar alarm is more expensive, more difficult to troubleshoot, more prone to lightning, requires more maintenance (batteries to replace), and wired motion detectors are superior to wireless motion detectors.  In the long run a wireless burglar alarm will cost you more money than a wired security system.  Think of it this way, what is more likely to fail, a piece of wire or a transmitter/receiver setup?  You should also know that a professional burglar alarm technician can wire almost any home or business without exposing wires.