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History – Created in 1988, Protection One is still a relatively new monitored security company on the national scene. The company is almost twenty years old and has already logged more than one million residential customers. In 2001, Protection One partnered with BellSouth Corp. and created BellSouth Security Systems from Protection One. Today, Protection One is an affiliate of Quadrangle Group LLC.

Selling Points:

  • Over one million customers and growing.
  • Flexibility and high-technology. Protection One uses modern day wireless monitoring devices and procedures. Touch screen display panels, wireless systems and large control boxes allow for large and complicated security systems to be able to handle nearly every home safety and security concern.
  • Unrestricted 24x7x365 monitoring. Protection One owns three monitoring centers throughout the country. Should one center become disabled, those customers will still be monitored by the other centers. A cellular backup system in your home allows monitoring to be continued should anything happen to the phone lines.
  • Low costs. A basic security system runs about the same monthly monitoring price as the other major competitors, but the security component add-ons are significantly cheaper.
  • Fast and professional installations. With sixty field offices and over 3,000 professional employees throughout the world, most installations can be scheduled within three days, and installation crews can be there earlier in an emergency. The wireless technology means there won’t be a need to run any significant amount of wires, and the actual installation process is fairly quick.

Cons:

  • Considered to still be a fairly new home security company. When it comes to trusting a company to watch over your home or business, many people want a company that has been around longer.
  • Occasional equipment malfunctions. Some customers have reported the systems giving out false alarms. Other minor technical issues have also been reported.
  • Customer service. Customer service is available 24x7x365 like most major companies, but customers have reported friendliness and quality control problems. This will vary depending on your region and local office.
  • Three-year monitoring contract.

Overall, to go with Protection One you should ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Do you want a wireless system that can handle many extra features?
  2. Do you want to trust a young but rising company with monitoring your home security system?
  3. Do you want to send burglars a warning not to mess with your home, and at the same time not spend nearly as much money as you would for an ADT or Brinks home security system?

If you answered “yes” to these questions you may want to speak with a representative from Protection One.

NOTE – This website is not affiliated with or approved by Protection One.

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September 15, 2018

Brinks Home Security Review

Brinks Home Security Review

History – Brinks was founded in 1859 as a delivery company. Recognizing the need to protect the cargo they were delivering, Brinks moved into the armored delivery business. By 1956, Brinks was the world’s largest armored car company. In Irving, Texas, Brinks Home Security began in 1983. The entire National Service Center for alarm monitoring and other customer service features are run from this location. Since 1983, Brinks Home Security has grown to over one million customers and become one of the top national home security companies in the country.

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Selling Points:

  • Over one million customers.
  • Simple but effective home security systems for the average homeowner.
  • Cheaper installation and monitoring costs than other high-end companies.
  • Brinks owned and operated monitoring center.
  • Speedy installations.
  • High levels of professionalism and customer service.
  • Very lost costs for homes and businesses already wired for a security system.

Cons:

  • Hardwired security systems. Brinks focuses on using physical wires and not a wireless system to connect all of the sensors and control panels to the central control box. Expect the installers to drill and run wires throughout the home as needed.
  • Basic monitoring add-ons. Brinks is able to offer door & window contacts, motion detectors and the standard environmental detectors (smoke, carbon monoxide, moisture, temperature and excessive heat). Don’t expect to find any fancy or specialized add-ons for special safety or security concerns.
  • One monitoring center. All of the monitoring for Brinks takes place at their monitoring center near Dallas, TX. Make sure to ask a representative how you’ll be monitored should something happen to that facility.
  • Three-year contract. Make sure you find out the details for the service length and any early exit fees for the contract.
  • Brinks-owned security system. After the service contract is expired, the security system is then locked and only a Brinks technician can unlock it again. It is very difficult if you would like another company to take over and monitor the security system after your contract is finished.

Overall, if you’re just looking for a simple system and don’t mind paying between $20 and $40 for the monitoring and maintenance, go with Brinks.

NOTE – This website is not affiliated with or approved by Brinks Home Security.

Below is a common Brinks Home Security commercial showing what they believe to be a typical type of home invasion.

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History – As a company, ADT has been in business for over one hundred and thirty years. That’s longer than several states have been part of this country. The company started out as American District Telegraph and was formed through the affiliation of 57 district telegraph companies. By the late 1930’s, ADT was already recognized as the leader in the field of emergency call services (burglar, holdup and fire alarms).

The 1940’s brought about automation in the field of fire alarms, and by the 1970’s the first automated Central Station was operational. This Central Station would eventually develop into today’s Customer Monitoring Centers. ADT recently came out with the touch screen control pad, 24 hour mobile security for your car, and a 24 hour medical monitoring for senior citizens and disabled people.

Selling Points:

  • Over seventy years of experience monitoring home security systems.
  • Over five million customers.
  • Unrestricted 24x7x365 monitoring abilities. ADT owns five customer monitoring centers (a sixth one can be created at the company headquarters in an emergency) throughout the country. If one monitoring center becomes disabled, the customers in that area will be redistributed amongst the remaining customer monitoring centers.
  • Nearly every safety / security concern can be protected. The company is able to offer many high-tech security component add-ons such as cellular back-up systems, smoke / heat / carbon monoxide detectors, glass break detectors and even video surveillance systems with digital recorders. ADT is able to go beyond simple home security and offer products from a GPS device for your car (instant help at the touch of a button and the ability to track your vehicle online from home), to a disabled / senior care medical emergency system (with remote control activated device and an extreme temperature monitoring ability). The latest security control panels use touch screen technology, and most security systems now come with two-way voice communications with an ADT monitoring expert. Most of the systems can be built wireless technology, so there’s no need to worry about the installers needing to run wiring throughout your house.
  • High-tech and brand new equipment. ADT research & development centers stay a few steps ahead of the current security systems and expectations of the average customer.
  • High levels of professionalism. ADT takes security seriously and wants to remain #1 in the industry.

Cons:

  • ADT is very expensive. The company has built a solid reputation in the security business and knows that having their company sign in the front yard will scare away almost any intruder. Don’t expect to find any deals if an ADT corporate representative gives you a security review. The sales representatives work on commission only, so be prepared for them to offer you more than what you actually need to protect your home or business. Monthly monitoring costs typically run between $30 and $70 a month, depending on all of the add-ons.
  • Installation issues. Depending on where you live and what components you ordered, it may take several weeks to schedule an installation. People have reported the installers not being able to install everything on the initial visit (problems at times receiving all of the parts from the suppliers), and a second install may be required to complete the security system.
  • Three-year contract for homeowners. Make sure you are aware of the agreement details and fees for leaving the contract early.

Overall, if you have the money and want the quality, go with ADT corporate.

NOTE – This website is not affiliated with or approved by ADT Security Services, Inc.

Below is an ADT commercial showing the dangers of not having a monitored fire alarm as part of a security system.

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