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Atlanta Security Systems Include
Central Station Alarm Monitoring
Monitored 24/7 by a UL certified central station in Georgia with the fastest response times in the business. UL certified means that the central station can monitor banks or jewelry stores, which makes it a very secure option for your home.
For a station to be UL certified, there have to be multiple operators in the central station twenty four hours per day, every day. All systems, including power, phone lines, and computer software, have to have back-ups. The entire central station has to have another back-up location where all signals can be rerouted in case of a disaster, natural or otherwise.
Let American Alarm monitor your alarm system so you can enjoy the good things in life.
Technical Security System Support 24/7 On Demand
American Alarm does a thorough background check on each and every employee before he or she begins working for the company. We hire only the most professional, honest, and capable employees.
After 20 years of hiring and managing employees, American Alarm has retained a fantastic team of professionals to handle all types of security and low voltage needs. Our employees are always eager to answer questions or assist with problems our customers may have.
A technician is always on call to provide support and troubleshooting by phone or on site 24 hours a day/7 days a week, including holidays and weekends. For non-emergency service calls, we guarantee the availability of a technician at the customer location in less than 24 hours.
Standard Home Security Signage
Yard signs and decals are offered and available to all American Alarm customers. Studies have documented time and time again that a house displaying a security company yard sign and decals is less likely to be targeted than a house not displaying them.
On numerous interviews with convicted burglars, the burglar stated that if they saw a yard sign or decal, they would not target that house. If one house has a yard sign and the house next store doesn’t not, they would almost always take the path of least resistance. Security signage is still one of the best deterrents you can have!
Advances in Security System Equipment
The electronic security industry has experienced many advances in the last few years. These days security systems are able to be integrated with many other functions and features of any house. Customers are able to unlock doors, adjust thermostats, turn lights on, and view cameras all through their alarm system.
The most popular update has been the use of interactive cellular communicators. This allows home and business owners to receive notification via email or text upon any activity with the alarm system. Customers receive a text or email when the alarm is armed, disarmed, and triggered into alarm.
Alerts can also be sent if a certain door is opened or a certain room is entered. Customers can arm, disarm, or check the status of the alarm system with their smart phone, tablet, or computer.
Parents with a teenager who gets home from school before the parents are home from work really like this feature. They can rest assured and relax once they receive the text or email that their child has gotten home safely.
This feature is also helpful when a family is going on vacation and isn’t sure if anyone armed the alarm. A family member can simply go on the app from a smart phone and check the status of the security system. If it is not armed, he or she can arm it while riding down the highway.
Having the security system integrated with the deadbolt is also a convenient feature. Many businesses or households have us install deadbolt on the front door that is unlocked by a code. When the correct code is entered, the deadbolt is unlocked and the alarm system is also disarmed. The customer doesn’t even have to enter the code on the alarm system.
Thermostats and lights can also be integrated into the security alarm. This way, the customer can go to the same app and adjust the thermostat or turn a light on from anywhere where he or she has internet access.
Perhaps cameras have had the largest advances in the last couple of years. Now with internet protocol (IP) cameras being affordable, customers can remotely view cameras at their house on their cell phone, tablet, or computer. IP cameras offer a much more clear and vibrant picture.
One difference between the IP camera American Alarm offers and the camera systems offered by most other companies is that our camera system records full-time. This can be anywhere from several days up to months, depending on the hard drive. Other camera systems either don’t record or only record 10 second snippets. The cameras you see advertised are really only for live viewing and aren’t very effective for reviewing footage.
Watch Out For Cheap Security Systems
Pricing in the security industry can be complicated and misleading. Many competitors advertise a free alarm system and others offer a low monthly rate.
First and foremost, be aware of the national companies that offer free or $99 installation. Some of them make the majority of their profit by upselling customers on more equipment for a higher price once the technician gets to the job site.
Former employees with some of these companies have even stated that the technicians are required to “upsell” a minimum dollar amount each job to remain an employee of these companies. Beware of these practices if you buy a security system for a low price and the technician starts trying to sell you thousands of dollars in additional equipment.
This may be their standard business practice. Homeowners would be advised to ask the technician to leave and not deal with a company with that business practice.
Fair & Reasonable Prices
When pricing a security system, companies either have to charge a fair “higher” price for the installation and less per month, or a lower price for the installation and more per month with a longer contract. As long as you realize this, you will be able to shop effectively for a home security system. This is fair and reasonable.
Another thing to watch for is for companies that are able to hide the cost of the monitoring by bundling the monthly fee with other features. It always looks like a good deal and usually is, at first. What happens is the overall monthly fee increases rapidly over the next year, or even sooner sometimes. It may or may not be listed as the alarm system, but the overall package or bundle price increases.