Fine Print in Security System contracts

Read the fine print

Today I looked at one of my competitors advertisements and it says They are giving away a FREE SYSTEM, FREE SENSORS and even a FREE GIFT CARD. I looked at the fine print and found a few items that may be helpful to you as a customer.

This is valid only with home systems.
This offer includes up to 15 sensors free for pre wired homes or upto 7 free sensors for wireless but labor charges MAY apply.
This offer with the lower monitoring rate does not include a cellular connection but is contingent upon the customer paying for a landline.
This offer does not include interactive control or remote arm and disarm (Elite)
This offer does not include the extended warranty. (Service Plan – Repair agreement etc…) Hourly rates will apply for repairs.
Gift card is through a 3rd Party and they charge a shipping and handling fee.
The system is apparently free but there is a $99 dollar installation fee.
There is a 36 month agreement that has to be signed
Form of payment must be by credit card or electronic charge to your checking or savings account.
Termination fee applies
This offer is contingent upon the customer passing a CREDIT CHECK. (Peak Alarm does NOT do CREDIT CHECKS)
This offer is to get the salesman in the door because this offer cannot be combined with other offers so the low monitoring rate may not apply

Review your alarm contract closely

Check the BBB Better Business Bureau on every company that you get pricing from. Some of our competitors even the ones that are running ads similar to this add have thousands of complaints filed. Two of our competitors have over 3000 complaints on the BBB. Peak Alarm has had one complaint filed with the BBB in the last 3 years. That is a real issue because you might sign up and then find out you signed a 60 month agreement or if you don’t have a phone line you end up paying over $50 per month for monitoring. Often if you are in SLC they sign you up for monitoring and since the police don’t respond you have to end up paying a guard service which costs much more than the $10 per month that Peak Charges. Get the facts. Peak Alarm is the only local company that has both a Guard Service, an alarm company and a UL listed Central station to do your monitoring. Many of the others have out of state monitoring stations and no guard service or a 3rd party guard service.

Call Larry Love (801) 428 1384

Burglar Alarm licenses Revoked in Utah

Check licensing before you buy

Check licensing before you buy

Burglar Alarm licenses revoked in Utah DOPL Web site in utah This list was current as of 6/1/16 So we encourage you to go to the current Licensing web site and verify any and all information. If there are errors on this page please inform and he will make corrections in line with the current DOPL web site information. Sometimes there are explanations for having your license revoked and if you would like that information to be public on this blog I would be happy to post it.

5 Diamond Protection Inc. REVOKED
Ampition Home LLC REVOKED
Axiom Sales, LLC Lindon Utah REVOKED
Checkpoint Systems, Inc. Chanhassen REVOKED
KGO Inc Washington REVOKED
Moore Motorsports Marketing Incorporated MESA REVOKED
National Alarm Company LLC MESA REVOKED
S.L.V.P.A Salt Lake Valley Corporation REVOKED
Security Investments Utah LLC Westerville REVOKED
Smart Alarm LLC. North Salt Lake REVOKED

Information is power and doing a bit of research on the companies before you purchase will allow you to sleep with confidence that you have made a good decision with the right security company. The list of licenses that were denied is much longer and the list of administrative holds is also a long list. For this reason it would be prudent for you to check each company before you do business with them. Check the DOPL web site above and check the Better Business Bureau site Better Business Bureau web site

How are security systems priced out?

They have to be planted, grown, picked, packed, shipped and sold.

They have to be planted, grown, picked, packed, shipped and sold.

There are several ways to price out any item that you are going to sell. Obviously it has to do with supply and demand and like phones you can have a lower monthly payment if you pay more upfront or you can have a higher monthly payment and get what they would call a free phone. Let’s look at the numbers.

Plan A – Pay $600 for your phone upfront and you may get an $80 plan per month with a certain commitment
Plan B – Pay $199 for your phone upfront and your may get a bit higher monthly bill with a commitment
Plan C- Pay for the phone and do month to month (This can also be done with Peak Alarm)

Let’s say the phone costs $40 dollars to manufacture, a normal retail market would double that price and sell it for $80 but with the demand of Phones they can and do charge more so you could pay hundreds more than it costs to make and the same applies to jewelry. Without diamonds you could pay three or four times what the ring is worth in gold value and they tell you that you are paying for workmanship and quality.

Security Systems are very similar, lets break it down to two devices and look at that pricing for a hardwired motion detector and a wireless motion detector. Peak Alarm is still in business after 47 years because we don’t do FREE systems. We also don’t do CREDIT CHECKS which is great if you have fallen on hard times and don’t need people running your credit for things like this.

Hardwired motion may cost $15 dollars (no name brand and not the best motion) The company sells it for $30
Wire $5 and they will charge you $10
$100 Labor is normally 1 hour in a normal size home for one motion which includes pulling the wire and installing the motion with programming*

Hence cost for a hardwired motion assuming you can get wire to those areas is about $140 for the low end motion and higher for say a Bosch higher quality motion detector which would run you around $140-$174

Wireless Motion Detector cost also varies depending on the brand and features but a normal one costs around $50 dollars so you pay $100
No cost for wire
Labor cost is about 20 minutes of unpacking, mounting, programming and testing the motion so it comes out to around $35 dollars

The cost of a wireless motion is about $135 installed

On our basic systems you can add a wireless motion, glass break or smoke detector for $130 installed.
A door contact or window contact is as low as $65 or recessed $75 or overhead door contact is as low as $150
Give me a call and I can come out and walk your site and give you a deal with multiple sensors.

Peak Alarm has a special system price for systems that have multiple monthly services so we can save you money with a package deal.

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Some monthly services are as follows:

Monitoring $32 per month (When you bundle services this price can be adjusted depending on the service you have)
Cellular (This adds $10 per month)
Elite Control (Remotely arm and disarm) This adds $5 per month
Lock Control $4 per month (Remotely lock and unlock doors)
Lighting Control $4 per month (Remotely control lights)
Camera Control $10 (for up to 4 cameras)
Garage door control $4 per month (Remotely open and close your garage door) you can have a contact on it so you can know if it is open or closed
Temperate Control $4 per month
Repair agreement $7 to start in a small system and from there it depends on how much equipment there is.
Schedules $10 per month (We would call you if say someone disarmed too early or armed up too early or late – great for stores)
Opening and Closing $5 per month (When you have Elite control you can see a history of people opening and closing)
Text on troubles (Free) Just sign up on the call list form
Web Access $5 per month
UL Certificate $15 per month (Most UL monitoring is over $100 per month because of required services)
Elevator Monitoring $15 per month (When someone gets stuck they pick up the phone and can speak with a live person)

On a very large security system often we will use DMP which is more robust but it is also more expensive. Once a home is over 5000 square feet depending on the configuration we may want to consider the more expensive system and this also depends on how you will use the system.

Peak is very price competitive on pricing for monthly monitoring.

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Can you compare something like this if you don't know what it is?

Can you compare something like this if you don’t know what it is?

Now lets look at some other factors of how systems can be priced out.

Some Security Companies will subsidize part of the cost and they normally want to get paid back their investment from 20 to 30 months so if the system cost 1400 with equipment and labor then the security company wants to make that money back within say 20 months or 20 payments. Only a portion of the monthly fee can be used as a payment since there are some hard costs of doing business such as the Central Station employees, the cellular company that has to be paid and of course the equipment and labor. Let’s say that the monthly payment is $45 per month and we use $31 to subsidize so $31 times 20 payments is only $620 dollars that the alarm company would get back after paying the central station and the cellular company so in that case what Peak would do is charge the customer $780 upfront and the discount they would get would be $620 on that $1400 dollar system. This may be an over simplification although some people have been interested in how the numbers are figured out and there are formulas and in a large company we figure in the cost of use tax, shipping, labor, parts, salesman’s commission and other costs.

Some companies will tell you that you are getting free equipment and there is no charge for the installation or the equipment. Don’t fall for that. There is always a cost of equipment and installation because if they did not charge those costs then they would go out of business and many do just that. If a small company installs a system and tells you it is free look at the agreement because much of the time they will lock you into a 60 month agreement. Personally I like to have repeat customers so I like to take care of a customer so they will come back and buy again.

What can Peak Alarm offer that many companies cannot offer?:

Small companies do their monitoring using 3rd party monitoring and at Peak we have our own UL listed Central Station (also UL2050)
Peak offers same day or next day service
Peak has a full Guard and Patrol Division and we are the only local Alarm company that has this and the Central station
Peak is not going to go out of business like many companies do that don’t have the capital to operate when hard times come.

Peak has a design department and the support needed to do your installation in a professional manner for commercial projects that require Fire Marshal approval

Check the Better Business Bureau before you buy from any company. Better Business Bureau web site is the web site and Peak Alarm has had 3 complaints filed in the last 3 years and they are all resolved. Peak has an A+ rating with the BBB and is accredited. Many of our competitors have hundreds or in some cases thousands of complaints and some of them are being sued in several states.

I worked at a smaller company for 16 years and when we did a security system we would charge the customer for the entire system upfront and then do the monitoring monthly for $29 dollars a month if it was just a phone line connection and we hired out a 3rd party central station. Many of the small installs we did cost the customer around $1,300 to $1,600 dollars each system depending on the exact equipment. At this company we charged around $67 per hour on our labor rate although our overhead was very low. We had 2 techs, 3 office people and I did the sales, estimating, remote programming and much of the office work as well. I know from experience since I was on the State Alarm board for DOPL that many of these smaller companies do not pay their insurance, licensing and their training programs lack when compared to larger companies like Peak Alarm or Mountain Alarm. If you need to monitor a fire alarm system in a commercial building you can do so with 2 analog phone lines and the monitoring will cost around $30 per month (keep in mind you are paying around $35 per analog line) so if we monitor with a radio it only add $15 per month to the cost of the monthly. When you want to use a cellular for commercial fire you need to use a high supervision cellular that sends signals very 6 minutes so that costs a bit more which is right around $22 extra per month. If you are just monitoring a security system with cellular it only adds $10 per month. It can get confusing so just call Larry and he will go out to your site for a no cost site visit. Larry Love (801) 428 1384

At Peak Alarm we will subsidize part of the equipment and labor when someone commits to a certain time period with us. Peak will do a 60 month, 48 month,36 month, 24 month, 12 month or month to month agreement with a customer. When we do a 36 month which is our most common we sell a security system that has the Panel with built in touch keypad and siren, Cellular communicator, 3 Door Contacts, one motion for $99-$149 installed and the monthly is around $44 to $49 per month which includes: Monitoring, Cellular, Elite control (Remote arm and disarm with your smart phone) and a repair agreement which is an extended warranty so you would not pay the residential labor rate of $100 per hour for service on covered items.

The same principles apply to cameras and other systems where formulas are used to figure out what should be charged. Obviously if we have to pull wire for a greater distance or drill through walls or rent a lift the pricing changes. If you have drop tile ceiling the labor will be less than hardcap hard ceiling. If we have to install conduit or wire mold the cost would be more. If we have to call blue stakes and trench and run underground PVC electrical pipe and special burial or UV rated cable outside the pricing will vary.

*Labor to install the motion detector by a licensed burglar alarm employee that is trained, tech may be making $17-30 an hour and depending on the taxes, social security, company and overhead you could pay around $85-$120 per hour for his or her labor. If you hire a mom and pop company that does not have as high of an overhead you might get a deal of $50 per hour but often they don’t pay general liability insurance, workman’s compensation, licensing and certain things like use tax. Peak Alarm pays all of those fees so by not cutting corners our labor rate is higher.

Using a reliable company that has the ability to do the job is important

Using a reliable company that has the ability to do the job is important

Brand Name
Quality (If the device stops working in 2 years ask yourself it it was worth paying less for it)
Features (A security system that can have different areas arm up such as arming a gun room up separately while the rest of the system unarmed)
Company that can provide fast, reliable and competent service.

I am sure you have seen signs like: Fast Service, Quality Equipment and Low Labor Rates PICK TWO. If you go to a big box store for a camera system I would advice you to buy two or three of the $700 dollar packages so when something goes wrong you can replace the recorder or the cameras. When you pay on average $30 for one camera it is a very different camera than the one we sell for $217 and it is very different in quality from the camera we well for $420 which is 3MP verifocal 90IR IP66. We have AXIS cameras that are over $1000 dollars each and there are reasons for this as well. Many of the cameras we install now have the ability for us to load apps into the camera and these apps perform different functions like counting people or knowing if a car is driving down a one way street or having the camera tell between people and animals. This analytical software is great for specific things.

Take the time to do your research

Take the time to do your research

Article by Larry Love (801) 428 1384 Peak Alarm is UL listed for Monitoring, Factory trained, insured, licensed and has a full service local Central Station that is 5 diamond certified and has been in business for 47 years as of 1969 and Peak Alarm has 4 offices to serve you with over 270 employees which also includes our Guard and Patrol Division.

Best Alarm Company in Utah

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Check Better Business Bureau site before buying an alarm

Trust Peak Alarm for all your security & fire alarm needs.

Trust Peak Alarm for all your security & fire alarm needs.

Peak Alarm is the most professional company for all your alarm needs.

English / Ingles / Spanish/ Espanol Call Larry Love (801) 428 1384 Larry has 20 years in the industry and current certifications in Fire Alarm, Access Control, Cameras and Intrusion Alarms.

Can I interest you in a false sense of security?

Would you get close to her?

Would you get close to her?

Companies offer FREE equipment and then end up locking you into a longer term contract or higher monthly payments. Don’t buy without taking time to think it over. Consider a local company instead of a National Company where you will have issues even calling someone for help.

Call Larry Love at Peak Alarm for Utah and Idaho where you can have an actual security designed with quality equipment

Larry’s phone is (801) 428 1384 or toll free at (888)822 7231 x384 or email him at Larry has over 20 years in the industry has experience and training in several different products such as Bosch, DMP, Readykey Pro and is currently an Axis Certified Professional and NICET level 2 and State of Utah Master Fire Alarm tech level 3.

Peak Alarm Web site

Many salesmen will give you a song and a dance but Larry can give you the actual information without the pressure.

Call the BBB Better Business Bureau and get the reviews and complaints before you buy. Peak has only had 3 complaints in the last 3 years compared with several of our competitors that have several thousand complaints each. Look them up, be sure to look up their DBA company names because several of our competitors have changed their names because of legal issues.

Normally Peak Alarm does not install FREE systems and that is one of the reasons we have stayed in business for over 46 years. You get what you pay for no ands ifs or buts about it.

Security System Pricing

I took this picture in Guatemala

I took this picture in Guatemala

Call Larry Love (801) 428 1384 for Security System Pricing

PeakLink Security System for $99.00 dollars installed and $46.00 per month for 36 Months

System includes: Panel, Cellular Communicator, Keypad, Siren, 3 Door or Window Contacts, 1 Motion Detector and battery.

Pricing options:

Month to month without a long term contract:
$870 down and $46.00 per month (Can Cancel with 30 days notice)
12 Month agreement $645 down and $46.00 per month
24 Month agreement $340 down and $46.00 per month
36 Month agreement $99 down and $46.00 per month
48 Month agreement $75 down and $46.00 per month
60 Month agreement $49 down and $46.00 per month

36 Month agreement is our most popular since it is not a long term yet we can still subsidize most of the upfront costs of this size of a system.

Beware of those that tell you that you are getting free equipment because nothing is really free. Normally you would end up extending the amount of months or you would pay more on the monthly fee.

Breakdown of how the monitoring is billed for this deal we have on right now. (Prices valid for 30 days from 102715) Call for current deals

Monitoring………………….$24.00 per month
Smart phone control………….$15.00 per month
Repair agreement ……………$7.00 per month

Total would be ……………..$46.00 per month
and going with the repair agreement is prudent since we will come out and change the batteries and do service that is covered while you are paying the $7 per month. (It is $1 per point starting at a min of $7)

We can add Lighting Control, Lock Control, Thermostat control, Camera control and other things onto this same system to expand as needed.

When you live in an area where the police do not respond we can add ALARM RESPONSE for only $10.00 per month to your monthly. We have a full service Guard and Patrol Division that can respond in the Salt Lake area normally much faster than the police. Salt Lake has a non response policy so they will need someone to go to the home or business first to verify if a breakin has occurred and at that time we could call the police once the alarm has been determined to be a real alarm.

Peak Alarm Web Site

Please keep in mind that Peak Alarm is LOCAL, we have our own UL listed Central Station and Guard and Patrol Service.

Peak Alarm is not the low price leader although we get things done right and we take care of our customers and we have been doing so for over 46 years now.

Check all the companies you plan on using through Better Business Bureau since many of our competitors have had over 1000 complaints filed in the last 3 years and Peak has only had 3 and all of them are resolved.

There are several companies out there that will SHOW UP, SELL YOU THE SYSTEM, SELL THE MONITORING TO SOMEONE ELSE and you won’t be dealing with them any more. Some other companies will give you the low price and then you end up paying more per month because it is in the fine print.

Peak Alarm can work with you directly and we are here to stay. Call Larry and he can come out and help you with your home or business system.

Motions being damaged by your forklift?

Fire Alarms

Peak Alarm is a Bosch Dealer

The DS9371 ceiling mount motion by Bosch mounts at 25′ and can shoot three different directions so you can mount it above where the forklift could reach.

Bosch web site for DS9371 motion

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Proper placement of your motion detectors is very important. They need to be placed in areas to trap intruders. Many companies want to place motions everywhere which is fine although proper placement will allow you to spend less money and have a more effective system. Peak Alarm has been in business for over 46 years, has an A+ rating with the better business bureau, has their own Guard and Patrol division, has their own UL listed Central Station and a full service AV division.

This motion is a tritech motion using three different methods to reduce false alarms. The fact that you can mount it high up and aim it three different directions is very important. Bosch has a 3 year warranty and is know for their quality.

Call Larry Love at 801 428 1384 or email him at Larry has been in the industry for over 20 years and has the experience and current certifications to help you with your security needs. Larry is NICET certified in fire alarm, an AXIS Certified Professional, Master Fire Alarm tech level three with the Utah State Fire Marshal’s office, Certified for design of UL2050 installations and more.

Precios seguridad monitoreo Utah Idaho espanol

Sitio de Peak Alarm llame Larry Love x384

Opciones de contratos: Mes por mes, 12 , 24 , 36 , 48 o 60 meses
Todas opciones son para PeakLink básico*
Opcion 1 – $799 instalación y $39.00 cada mes (puede cancelar con 30 días de noticia)
Opcion 2 – $499 instalación y $39.00 cada mes por 12 meses
Opcion 3 – $340 instalación y $39.00 cada mes por 24 meses
Opcion 4- $99 instalación y $39.00 cada mes por 36 meses (más común)
Opcion 5 – $75 instalación and $39.00 cada mes por 48 meses
Opciones de 60 meses están disponibles pero no tan común.

*Los cinco ejemplos arriba incluye: Control, celular, batería, 3 contactos para puertas, y un detector de moción. Precios incluye costo de comunicación de celular y líneas telefónicas no son necesarias. Cuando el cliente escoja añadir servicios como garantía de reparaciones el precio puede ser ajustado.
Cuando el pago inicial es más grande como en (opciones 1-3) podemos bajar los meses del contrato. Cuando el cliente necesita podemos elevar el precio de monitoreo o añadir meses y bajar el precio de instalación. Esto es muy similar de comprar un teléfono con contrato y sin contracto. Peak no va a hacer un chequeo de su crédito como muchas compañías.
Precios para añadir cosas adicionales:
Contactos de puertas, contactos para ventanas o botones de pánico $65 cada uno instalado
Detector de moción, detector de humo, detector de quiebra vidrios o detector de CO $130 cada uno
Caja para conectar a sus zonas de sistema con alambres $165

Para evitar precios de $100 por hora por residencial y $130 por hora comercial podemos añadir
el plan de reparaciones por $1 cada punto en su sistemas ($7 mínimo por mes )

Mi esposa y yo

Mi esposa y yo

Larry Love
Sistemas comerciales
Master Fire Alarm Tech AE034 / NICET II #107204
801 428 1384 cell 801 898 6003

Certificación de UL- Operando más de 46 años – A+ con BBB – 270 Empleados –

Why not to go with a low price leaders when it comes to Security

Trust Peak Alarm for all your security & fire alarm needs.

Trust Peak Alarm for all your security & fire alarm needs.

Fresh quality meat is very different than the least expensive.

Fresh quality meat is very different than the least expensive.

Be leary of low price leaders when shopping for a parachute and security systems

One of our competitors spends much more on advertising than we do, their prices are lower and they have over 3400 complaints on the better business bureau website Look up all the companies on the Better Business Bureau

One of our competitors has changed their name three times and has to hire a staff of lawyers to handle the ongoing legal issues throughout the US. Get prices from local, licensed and insured companies.

Buy from the best Security Company

For Utah and Idaho call Larry Love (801) 428 1384

You don't buy the least expensive vegetables when they are not fresh just because they cost less.

You don’t buy the least expensive vegetables when they are not fresh just because they cost less.

When companies or individuals buy the least expensive equipment or systems they end up with a fraction of the quality and most of the time issues with service, insurance and false alarms.

46 years in business Peak Alarm has a UL listed Central Station that is Five Diamond Certified. With a staff of 270 and offices in Utah and Idaho Peak Alarm is able to provide professional installations for commercial and residential systems for Access Control, Fire Alarm, Cameras, Security Intrusion systems and intercom. Peak Alarm has a full AV division for audio and video and a Full Guard Patrol Division.

Test your alarms frequently

Peak Alarm Can help

Brands of Fire Alarm

Depending on the brand of fire alarm you have installed in your facility the cost of parts and service will vary. When you choose a proprietary many times you may end up paying higher costs.

Ignoring the maintenance on your car can lead to costly repairs and even loss of life. Alarm systems in our homes and businesses should be tested and updated periodically.

1. Make sure the batteries in your smoke detectors are replaced every 6 months

2. Replace the panel battery in your main alarm panel every 3 to 5 years and label the battery with the replacement date.

3. Call your central station, place the system in test and perform a routine test making sure that all the points function as they should. In a business the annual NFPA 72 test is required by Law so make sure the Fire Alarm is tested once a year and the report filed.

4. Call the central station back and get a report of all the points that were received to be assured that you tested all the zones and devices on your point/zone list.

5. CO detectors expire every 5 or 7 years and need to be replaced. Check the dates. Smoke Detectors should be replaced every 10 years or so and they should be cleaned every 6 months. Put your system in test before you clean them since most of the time vacuuming them will set the alarm off. Read the instructions for your smoke detectors on proper care and maintenance before do it. New low frequency sounders are coming out to meet NFPA 72 code (get the newer equipment which wakes people up more effectively)

6. When you don’t feel confident doing these things for yourself you can call a reputable service company to help you. The hourly cost will vary although normally it is around $100 per hour for residential and around $130 per hour for commercial labor rates. Some of the smaller companies have lower labor rates when their overhead is less.

7. Peak Alarm has received 5 complaints with the Better Business Bureau in the last 3 years and has resolved all of them. Unfortunately some of our competitors have had hundreds and a couple of local companies have had thousands of complaints logged against them on Peak Alarm is acredited and has a rating of A+ with the BBB. Check before getting pricing from any company to avoid the headache of dealing with organizations that may not be professional.

Larry Love

(801) 428 1384

Master Fire Alarm Tech State of Utah / NICET II#107204 Fire Alarm Systems

I welcome corrections and clarifications