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Alarm Company?

Discussion in 'Strategies, Tactics and Training' started by rrruuunnn, Jan 17, 2008.

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  1. rrruuunnn

    rrruuunnn Member

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    anyone have any advice about which alarm company to choose?:confused: our current company has failed us really bad. so we're looking for a good one. i was thinking brinks or safeguard. i heard bad things about adt.
     
  2. Elmer Fudd

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    I use Nextalarm, an internet based company. You have to reprogram your system to dial them, but they talk you through it. You probably need the installer code to make this change though.
     
  3. blutarsky

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    where in texas are you?

    also, which company is it that failed you? and how/why?
     
  4. rrruuunnn

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    south texas.

    our cook pressed the panic button. the alarm company did not call police but they called the owner and said repeatedly that the burglar alarm went off. burglary is definitely not robbery. so the police was never notified until the cook called 911. the maintenance man from the alarm company accused the owner of not wanting to call the police if panic alarm is tripped. yet, in the past the alarm company calls the police before they call the owner.

    one of our stores is missing a motion detector. so the burglar just broke the side window and crawled in without the alarm triped. another is missing a panic button. the alarm company forgot to install after we remodeled after a fire.

    also, the workers at the alarm company knows our workers and have shared info about the system including weaknesses. somehow, the last burglar knew how to disable the alarm system.
     
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    a good burglar would know how to do that.

    many alarm systems are not especially hard to defeat. and there are multiple ways to do so.
     
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    When I last researched the topic, Sonitrol had the most effective system. Their product is unique and was utilized primarily by gun shops and jewelry stores.
    Sonitrol is not available everywhere, but if it's available where you are it's worth a look.
     
  8. Big Boomer

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    some things to consider, was out of the country with the wife and dad was watching the house.

    He couldn't figure out how to use the remote arm disarm key fob that I have him and forgot to give him the code.

    Alarm goes off, so he goes into the garage and flips the master power from the breaker box...waits five minutes...turns back on power. Alarm rearms and goes off again. This time he was outside, goes back in hits power again. Waits 5 minutes and it resets without going off.

    Now upon entry you have about 30 seconds or more to hit the shut off code, you can easily get to the breaker box if you know where it is located. (usually in the garage)

    Police were called on the second time that it went off, took them over 30 minutes to arrive (dad was there for 20+ and left)

    Many telephone companies use digital phones now that go through the internet connection. When the power is shut off the modem dies. If you have no cellular backup there will be no call to authorities. In addition a quick clip of the unprotected outside wire (usually easily seen and exposed on most houses) will make a quick end to this.

    Most alarm systems will not work without power soo, just something for y'all to think about. In addition motion detectors also die with the cut of the power as well. Windows usually have to be opened to set off the alarm, so if you can avoid the motion detectors and just break the glass without opening the window and climbing through most alarms will not trip. If you have do not have motion detectors well you are just SOL.

    Just some food for thought...
     
  9. Elmer Fudd

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    Any decent system will have a 12volt battery for backup power for at least a couple hours if the power goes out. A wireless system has the sensors on batteries all the time anyway, though i would choose a wired system if I had a choice.

    One thing to consider if you already have an analog cell backup on your system, like we do, the FCC has reallocated those frequencies for other uses, so most likely they will not work much longer. It depends how long the local cell companies will keep providing that service, but per the FCC they are no longer required to.
     
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