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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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A monitored home security system requires the usage of two-way communications between the security system and the 24/7/365 monitoring center waiting for the alert signals.

What do you believe will happen when a robber, burglar or home invader cuts the telephone line before breaking into a home or business with a monitored security system?

  • How long will it take a neighbor to notice the problem and then call the police?
  • If it happens while you’re home, how long will you wait for that potentially life-saving confirmation call from the security company (which will never arrive)?\

While wondering about those questions, ask yourself this question: “How long will it take the intruder to either take something valuable or harm your family?” Those are precious seconds that are being wasted as the criminal makes his way through your home.

A common problem with many homes today is that the telephone line is easily accessible from outside of the house. Some states have regulations where the phone lines have to go straight underground and not be exposed outside, while others enter and exit the house through the roof and stay far above the ground. Take a look at your situation and see if your phone line is accessible from the ground.

It’s not a secret in the criminal industry that cutting a phone line means that if a monitored home security alarm goes off during the robbery, the emergency signals won’t be transmitted and the police will not be dispatched to the scene of the crime unless you or a neighbor call them.

It’s also known that cutting the phone line will most likely not set off any alarms in the house or at the monitoring center. That’s because even today phone lines can be accidentally cut or brought down in high winds and ice storms. There are many simple reasons for a phone line to be temporarily unavailable, and because of it being cut by a robber or home invader is next to last on the list. There would be too many false alarms if monitoring centers had to dispatch the police every time that a telephone line were to temporarily go out of commission.

So for the burglars, they know that it will still be loud and noisy when the security system is triggered when they break into the house after cutting the phone line. The alarm itself will still work and be triggered like it normally would except for the fact that the monitoring center would not be notified of the robbery. The robber would just have to run over and disable the actual noisemaker (usually by smashing it or ripping it off the wall), and then they could take their time looting your house.

If your monitored home security system does use an exposed telephone line outside of your house, how can you stop robbers from cutting the line and stopping the transmission of the emergency signal?

One trick is to place official stickers from your home security company on the telephone box outside of your home. This will scare away a lot of robbers alone. Most home security companies will gladly let you have a few extra stickers for free to place on the telephone box and on a few of your windows. If they don’t, then check on eBay for people selling the stickers and acquire them that way.

Of course, you don’t need to have a security system to cover your house with stickers and making the robbers think that you do have a working system. If you want to try to trick them that way, the newer the stickers and better known security company, the better.

The other way to protect your exposed telephone line is to use a cellular back-up system with your monitored home security system. Most of the national home security companies offer such an option as a back-up should your home phone line be temporarily unavailable for any reason. This uses the cellular signals to transmit the information to the appropriate monitoring center, so your home needs to be in range of cell phone towers to use this option.

As technology continues to advance and wireless technology becomes better and more widely available, the cellular transmitting devices will be the primary way that monitored home security systems stay in communication with monitoring centers, and using a physical wire to carry the signals will be a back-up option or reserved for those who want a more secure way to keep their home monitored.

NOTE:

As foolproof as it may seem, there is a way for robbers and burglars to get around the cellular back-up device. If the intruder has access to a cell phone blocker or jammer, it stands to reason that the intruder can use the jammer to disrupt the cellular communication between the home security system and the monitoring center. The security system and alarm will still go off if any of the sensors are tripped, but no signals will be sent to the company monitoring your system.

Do take note that the Communications Act of 1934 made it illegal to interfere with the public airwaves. It is also illegal to even own such a jamming device here in the United States.

If you do have a cellular back-up system and do believe that somebody is trying to break into your home, keep an eye on your personal cell phone. As long as it stays connected to the system, then the intruder most likely does not have a cell phone blocker. That would also be a good time to call the police and let them know of suspicious activity outside of your home. Don’t wait until the home security alarm sounds before you take action.

Source: Intruder Prevention

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