Beware Of Door To Door Alarm Sales People

Beware Of Door To Door Alarm Sales People

doorsalespersonI have heard so many complaints from people about door to door high pressure security sales people. Usually the spiel goes “If you allow us to install our sign in your yard, we will give you a free security system.”  sometimes the door to door sales people are not licensed and have little or no training. They are given a script to try to get into your door and then call their high pressure sales manager to come and complete the sale.

Many companies come and go, buying at the door does not give you the time to check the company out. You want to make sure they have a good reputation and will be around to give you the service you need. When Read More

Alarm Monitoring and DSL High Speed Internet?

Alarm System DSL FilterDid you know that if you have DSL high-speed internet at home or at work that you need a DSL filter on the phone line? Many people with alarm monitoring do not know this.  If you do not have the filter installed it can affect the communication of your alarm system  to the monitoring station when your alarm is tripped.

Usually the alarm company that installs your alarm and monitoring will ask this question during in the installation of the alarm and monitoring service, but if you change internet service after the fact you may not have the filter. Read More

False Alarms From a Window Sensor

window alarm sensorAre you having false alarm problems from one of your window sensors? You may be able to fix this yourself and save the cost of a service call.

The most common problem with false alarms from window sensors are caused when the sensor or magnet has moved to far apart on the window or the window frame. Usually the sensors and the magnets are fixed in place in the window and frame with silicone. Over time due to wear and tear or environmental conditions, the magnet or sensor can move and the silicone becomes loose. Most sensors operate where the sensor and Read More

Tech Tips – Keypad Panic Buttons Know How To Use Them

The emergency buttons on your alarm system keypad are a great feature and could save you and your family’s life. Most alarm companies enable the keypad emergency buttons on your alarm system keypads and if they have not you can call them and ask them to.

You should check your keypad and be aware of how the buttons work. Usually you would have 3 buttons available if you have a monitored alarm system. Police Emergency, Fire Emergency and Medical Emergency. If your system is not monitored then just the police emergency button would be enabled. In the mon monitored case, when you press the button only the siren would sound and the police would not be called.  There would be a small sticker above each emergency button to show what the button is for. Read More

Test Your Security System Weekly

Did you know that you are supposed to test your security system weekly? If you check your alarm system user manual you will see it recommends that you to test your system weekly to ensure the system is functioning. You will also see the same disclaimer on the back of your alarm monitoring agreement.

Most people do not test their system yearly let alone weekly. It’s a good idea to follow these recommendations as if you ever have a problem with a break in and your system did not function correctly, the alarm company and maybe your insurance company may refer back to this clause. Your insurance company may not pay you out on your claim. Read More

Tech Tips – Chime Feature

DSC KeypadDid you know that your security system has a chime feature? This feature is handy for homes and businesses. To turn this feature on and off consult your user manual or go to our user manual page to download a copy.

Most alarm systems have the chime feature built-in and its simple to enable and disable when needed. The Honeywell brand of systems, the keypad or keypads chime when and windows or doors are opened but not when they are closed. On the DSC brand of systems, the keypad or keypads chime when the windows or doors are open and closed. On some of the newer DSC systems you can change the chime sound giving you a few different sound options. You could have a different chime sound for windows and different for doors if you choose. Read More

Are You Receiving a Discount On Your Insurance

Did you know that when you have a security system you may be eligible to receive up to 20% discount on your home and business insurance. You should check with your insurance provider as the savings mean more money in your pocket. If you have a monitored security system your monitoring company provider should provide you with an insurance certificate indicating what kind of protection you have. You should also ask about additional discounts if you have Fire Protection, Flood Protection and backup communications like a cell backup etc. Read More

Monitored or Non Monitored Alarm Systems

QuestionMany people ask the question, why do I need alarm monitoring? Well there are many good answers to that question.

An alarm system without alarm monitoring is pretty useless. Have you ever been at home watching TV and you hear a siren going off. It could be a car alarm or a home alarm or mistaken for a police, fire or ambulance siren. Most people ignore sirens these days and people don’t want to get involved. Asking your neighbor to respond if they hear your alarm siren can also make you liable if they were attacked by a burglar on your property. Read More

Welcome to my blog

WelcomeWelcome to my Security Information Resource Site and blog. Here you will find lots of use full information and money-saving tips. You can also submit your questions on residential and business security and alarm monitoring, just go to  the ask a question page.

We will be posting weekly how-to videos which are designed to help save you money. If you have misplaced your user manual for your security system, we will have a user manual page where you can download any user manual for any security system. Check back here regularly to view special offers for security systems and alarm monitoring from some of the leading security companies in North America only found here.

I hope you find this site valuable and informative helping to keep your family and business secure.

Andy Right

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