Electrical Engineers Utah

Peak Alarm

Ken Garner Engineering – 420 E So Temple, STE 370, SLC, UT 84111- 801 328 8800 Paris LeLacheur and Ken Garner .

ECE – Electrical Consulting Engineers 939 S West Temple, SLC, UT 84101 – Akbar Matinkhah (Boss) and Enayat Nawabi and John Michie. 801 521 8007

BNA – 635 S State, SLC, UT 84111 Attn: Gary Mesker PE. 801 532 2196

Envision – 240 Morris Ave STE 200, SLC, UT 84115-Jeff Owen and Scott Kingery ET II 801 534 1130 or 801 924 5540

Heath Engineering – 377 W 800 N, Salt Lake City, UT 84103 – Nolan Johnson PE 801 322 0487 (I have known many of these Engineers for many years)

PVE- 1040 N 2200 W #100, SLC, UT 84116 -. 801 359 3158 Jareth Smith (This is a very nice setup, don’t skip this one)
Case, Lowe & Hart – 2484 Washington Blvd, Ogden Ut 84401 – Kevin Lewis – 801 399 5821
Royal Engineering in PROVO – 2335 S State, Provo, UT 84606 Steve Griffiths 801 375 2228
TASCO 3381 Mayflower Way Lehi UT 84043 801 766 3812 Small office
Beazer Engineering 525 E 3700 S Logan Utah 84321 435 753 1250 (Small office but if you happen to go to logan it would be prudent to stop in.)

Spectrum Engineering 324 South State, SLC, UT 84111 801 328 5151

http://www.peakalarm.com Call Larry Love for more information 801 428 1384 Larry@peakalarm.com

When you have corrections to this information please contact me and I can add or delete or correct the information.

I have worked with many Engineers over the years and here are some of them. If you would like to be added to this list and you are an Engineer please let me know.

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.

FINE PRINT ISSUES TO BE AWARE OF:
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 www.bbb.org 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 Larry@peakalarm.com www.peakalarm.com

Lenel Access Control Dealers in Salt Lake City

I took this picture at the SLC Zoo (Hogle)

Lenel Dealers in Salt Lake City:

Alphacorp Security 2.57 miles
2211 W. 2300 So.
West Valley City, Utah 84119
(801) 977-8608
http://www.alphacorpsecurity.com/
Ford Industries Inc. Dba Security 101 7.46 miles
986 West Atherton Dr Ste 140
Taylorsville, Utah 84123
(801) 281-7211
http://www.security101-saltlake.com

Kratos Public Safety And Security 11.33 miles
8731 Sandy Parkway
Sandy, Utah 84070
(801) 562-2671
http://www.kratos-hbe.com

Lenel Regional Sales Manager as of May 17, 2017 Mike McWilliams 972 816 2102

Lenel.com

Peak Alarm installs DSX Access Control, DMP Access Control, PDK ProDataKey and Honeywell & Bosch

http://www.peakalarm.com

Why do security monitoring costs vary so much?

Peak Alarm, Peak Guard, Peak AV, Peak Central Station

1. Like cell phone plans you can pay more up front and less per month or less upfront and more per month.

2. There are many additional services such as late to close, early to open, web access, auto arm/disarm, elevator monitoring, schedules, lock control, lighting control, garage door control and the list goes on. Depending on which services you have the rates vary.

3. Analog phone line monitoring could be right around $26.00 dollars per month

4. Cell phone monitoring could be as low as $35.00 per month

5. Interactive monitoring where you can arm and disarm may be as low as $40 per month although if the price is a bit more you can lower the upfront costs.

6. There is no such thing as security companies giving you free equipment. If you lock into a 36 month agreement with Peak Alarm for $44.00 per month and you pay $99 upfront your overall costs add up to $1,683.00 over the 36 months. With a 60 month is it much more money.

7. A company that claims to give you free equipment normally has a 40 or 60 month agreement and normally the interactive starts at $49 per month so over the period of 60 months you are paying $2,940.00 even if it were at the same monitoring rate of $44 it would still be much more $2,640 so the FREE equipment is not really free.

8. Know that if you are getting rid of your landline (analog phone line) to upgrade to a cellular that will give you interactive arm and disarm often you will need to upgrade your alarm panel so the cost to do so varies from system to system depending on how old it is. Radio is another option for monitoring.

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Peak Alarm best Alarm Company in Utah

Peak Alarm is the Leader in Utah

http://www.peakalarm.com Peak Alarm is the only Alarm company that has a UL listed Central Station and a full guard and patrol division.

Peak Alarm has been in business since 1969 and has only had one complaint filed with the www.bbb.org Better Business Bureau in the last 3 years.

Peak Alarm is the only UL listed Central Station that holds 5 UL Certificates.

Call Larry Love (801) 428 1384 or email him at Larry@peakalarm.com for pricing and more information about Peak Alarm.

Many of the TOP TEN, TOP FIVE or BEST ALARM COMPANY lists on the INTERNET are paid services so be sure to look each company up on the BBB web site before you make your decision.

Understand that Peak Alarm does not do Free equipment so if you are paying $149 for the basic PeakLink system with a monthly of $44 per month over 36 months you are paying $149 + $1,584 or $1,733 total but the equipment is not free, nothing ever is.

Other companies will charge you $56 per month or more for 60 months yet they give you FREE equipment but beware because if you do the math you end up paying $3,360 which is almost double so you are paying over $1,600 in order to save a few hundred dollars.

Larry Love has over 20 years in the industry and can help you with all of your alarm, camera, access control and fire alarm needs.

8 UL listed Central Stations for security fire monitoring in Utah

Peak Alarm open all the time

There are different UL listings in different categories so when you decide on a Central Station and installation and service company make sure they have the certifications in the different areas that you will need for your specific projects such as High Security, Fire Alarm, UL installation and such. Just because the Central Station has one UL certification does not mean they are qualified in the other areas that you may need.

When you find any questionable references or errors that need to be corrected contact Larry@peakalarm.com and he will make the corrections.

THERE ARE 8 UL LISTED CENTRAL STATION MONITORING FACILITIES IN UTAH BUT ONLY 5 WILL MONITOR FOR THE PUBLIC

1. Avantguard (S3955) UUFX (BP10390) * CRZM Holds 2 UL certifications
2. Peak Alarm (S1548) UUFX ( BP20783) CRZM (BP8607-1)CVSG (BP2433) CPVX (BP20762) CRZH Peak holds 5 UL Certifications
3. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints COPB (S25044) UUFX Does not do monitoring for anyone but the church (Holds one)
4. VIVINT (S24880) UUFX This company holds one UL certification
5. L3 Communication Systems WEST (BP9385) CRZH This company holds one UL certication but does not monitor for the public
6. Stanley Convergent Security Solutions (BP6295) CRZH (BP8367)CVSG (BP2072) CPVX This company holds 3 UL certications
7. The Boeing Company (BP6569) CRZH This company holds one UL certication but does not monitor for the public
8. TYCO Integrated Security (BP6471) CRZH (BP8617) CVSG (BP34) CPVX This company holds 3 UL certifications

CENTRAL STATIONS IN UTAH THAT WILL MONITOR FOR BUSINESSES AND RESIDENTIAL

1. Avantguard – 2 UL Certications (TWO) https://www.agmonitoring.com/

2. Peak Alarm – 5 UL Certications – Only company to hold all 5 (FIVE) of the below UL Certifications
http://www.peakalarm.com/

3. VIVINT – 1 UL Certification (ONE) https://www.vivint.com/

4. Stanley 3 UL Certifications (THREE)
http://stanleycss.com/about-us/locations

5. TYCO 3 UL Certifications (THREE) http://www.tyco.com/
Johnson Controls and Tyco have merged – TYCO and ADT used to be together but they separated and Protection one bought ADT

UUFX – UL Certification to Monitor Fire Alarm
CRZH – UL Certification to Monitor high Security Industrial
CPVX – UL certification for Burglar Alarm
CVSG – UL Certification for Mercantile, safe, vault & ATM
CRVM – UL Certification to handle signals coming from CRZH category

Go to the official UL web site to check current information http://www.ul.com

UL listings for local Central Stations in UTAH
There are only 4 local UUFX listed companies in Utah for monitoring fire alarm as of 5/27/16

1. Avantguard (S3955) UUFX https://www.agmonitoring.com/
2. Peak Alarm (S1548) UUFX Peak Alarm web site www.peakalarm.com ask for Larry Love
3. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints COPB (S25044) UUFX Does not do monitoring for anyone but the church
4. VIVINT (S24880) UUFX Vivint web site

The LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints only monitors their own facilities.

There are only 5 local CRZH listed central stations in Utah for monitoring high security industrial facilities such as SCIFs as of 5/27/16 ( NISPOM, DOD 5520.22-M, DOD 5100.76-M, JFAN 6/9 and ICD/ICS 705-1) This certificate is for Installation, Testing, Service and Maintenance as well as Monitoring.

1. Peak Alarm (BP20762) CRZH
2. L3 Communication Systems WEST (BP9385) CRZH L3 Communications West web site
3. Stanley Convergent Security Solutions (BP6295) CRZH Stanley Convergent Security Solutions Web site
4. The Boeing Company (BP6569) CRZH The boeing Company web site
5. TYCO Integrated Security (BP6471) CRZH The TYCO company web site

L3 Communications monitors the secure facilities associated with their facilities.
There is only 3 local CPVX listed central station in Utah for UL Central Station Burglar Alarm Systems monitoring.

1. Peak Alarm (BP2433) CPVX
2. Stanley Convergent (BP2072) CPVX
3. TYCO Integrated Security (BP34) CPVX

There is only 3 local CVSG listed central stations in Utah for Mercantile Burglar Alarm Systems. Safe, Vault, ATM or Night Depository.

1. Peak Alarm (BP8607-1)CVSG
2. Stanley Convergent Security Solutions (BP8367)CVSG
3. TYCO Integrated Security (BP8617) CVSG

There are only two CRZM local listed central stations in Utah . This certificate is for Central Stations that have personnel trained and on duty to specifically handle signals covered under the CRZH listing that is above so the system is installed properly and then monitored by a certified company. It is best when the company has both certificates.

1. Avantguard (BP10390) * CRZM
2. Peak Alarm ( BP20783) CRZM

UL updates their records on an ongoing basis so be sure to verify on their web site. This information was as of 5/27/16. On the UL site go to online certifications directory at the bottom to find the companies in an area or state that hold certifications. All of this information is public record on the UL.com site. When you find any errors on this blog please inform Larry@peakalarm.com and he will correct those errors after verification of the correct information.

*Mountain Alarm/FPS https://www.mountainalarm.com/ sold Avantguard a while back although they still use Avantguard as their Central Station and apparently there is still a relationship between the companies as far as ownership goes. Mountain Alarm is the security side of the business and FPS is Fire Protection Services which does fire alarm etc…

There are about 200 Central Stations in the US that are both UL and 5 Diamond Certified and Peak ALarm is one of those. The CSAA 5 Diamond certification indicates that all of our Central Station dispatchers/employees are highly trained to react calmly and appropriately to high stress situations.

IT IS BEST TO LOOK UP THE COMPLAINTS ON THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU THE OFFICIAL BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU WEB SITE www.bbb.org
From the information that we have about the UL listed Central Stations in this document the LDS Church does not monitor accounts as a business nor does L3 Communications West or Boeing so those Central Stations hold the proper listings in order to meet the criteria and provide services within their realm so you can’t call them up and have them monitor your security or fire alarm accounts. UL listed Central Stations out of State can be used although some Fire Marshals request that a local Central Station be used in certain cases. Often insurance companies and other requirements are in play so they want a local central station to do the monitoring and provide the installation and service when needed.

Peak Alarm is the only company that currently holds all 5 of the above UL Certifications in Utah

Peak Alarm also has a full Guard and Patrol division as well as armed or unarmed guards. Peak Alarm has been in business since 1969.

Call Larry Love (801) 428 1384 or email him at Larry@peakalarm.com for more information on this blog or for pricing for monitoring, Security, Fire Alarm, UL2050 installations, access control or camera systems.

CSAA 5 diamond information

So your installing a new security system beware?

Security in Utah

Security Systems in Utah

Before going with any security company go through a simple checklist:

1. Check the Better Business Bureau for how many complaints, the type of complaints and reviews. www.bbb.org
Two of the large competitors have over 3000 complaints that have been filed.

2. If the security system is internet based know that if the power goes out so will your security system.
Sure the system is less expensive but ask yourself why is it less money?

3. If you only have a phone line connected and the phone line is cut no signals will be sent. (Install AES Radio or Cellular)
Having both phone and cell is fine but phone only or internet only is not as secure.

4. Ask yourself if you would buy Chinese food from your plumber. If not then buy security from a security company not a cable company.
We specialize in security, we don’t do other things outside of that scope. Look online and find out what type of service others have gotten from that company. When you buy cable TV or Dish often it is very easy to buy but how good is the customer service after you have purchased? Are they a local company?

5. Is their central station UL listed and 5 Diamond Certified? Why should you care? It makes a difference.
If you are dealing with a local company they know the area and they are easier to deal with.

6. Does the alarm company you are going with have a Guard/Patrol service inhouse? If you are in SLC know that Police do not respond to normal alarms.

A. Peak Alarm has only had one complaint in the last 3 years.
B. Peak Can install an AES Radio or Cellular communicator with battery backup in case the power goes out.
C. Peak is a local company that has been in business for over 48 years
D. Peak Alarm has a full service Guard/Patrol, UL listed central Station that is 5 Diamond certified
E. Peak Alarm is a local with all employees having been through an extensive FBI background check.

http://www.peakalarm.com

Peak Alarm Prodatakey Cloude based Access Control Utah Idaho

Prodatakey

Peak Alarm is a factory trained installer for Prodatakey which is a cloud based access control system that you can control completely using your smart phone. This is one of the most powerful access control systems on the market and is incredible.

Call Larry Love (801) 428 1384 for more information about the future of Access Control. This product is future proof and is built not only to last but to move forward with technology at a very fast pace. While other products have stayed in the past Prodatakey has not.

Prodatakey web site

Peak Alarm web site ask for Larry Love

Peak Alarm can help you with every step of the process from design, installation, use and upgrades for your access control systems.

Camera system for my business or home

Peak Alarm web site ask for Larry Love

Viewing cameras from your smart phone

What you should understand before buying and installing a camera system in your home or business

1. Buy two systems if you buy a kit from a big box store so you have replacements.
2. If you are buying a $30 camera understand that you get what you pay for. Spend a bit more for a decent system.
3. Have a Professional do the installation so the cable and equipment is installed properly.
4. Peak Alarm can install 4 cameras for as low as $1,800 with 1TB NVR and 4 of the 1.3MP coax cameras (MPX)
5. Peak Alarm can install 4 IP cameras for as low as $2,300 with 2TB NVR and 4 of the 2.1MP IP cameras
6. The four camera system I would recommend have motorized zoom cameras w/4 3MP cameras and a 6TB NVR for $4,321.00
7. Go with verifocal lenses rather than fixed lenses, the motorized allow you to adjust from a narrow to wide angle view.
8. We can do a lease with an extended warranty or you can buy the equipment out right.
9. All the above systems allow you to view the cameras from your smart phone but your upload speed should be at least 2.5mbps
10. Recently a customer told me he had put in 2 of the bigbox systems and now he wanted a real system. They work but the quality is different.
11. When you compare a $30 dollar camera to a $420 dollar camera there is a massive difference. Often the IRs will go out early on the least expensive units.

Peak Alarm is a professional company that has been in business for 48 years, licensed, insured and factory trained Peak does it right the first time.

Peak Alarm only has had one complaint filed with the Better Business Bureau in the last 3 years. BBB web site check with name and your ZIP

Peak Alarm is the only Alarm company that has a UL listed central station and a full service Guard Patrol division.

Call Larry Love (801) 428 1384 Larry@peakalarm.com for quotes

Top Five Alarm Companies in Utah

Top alarm company lists are a tangled mess

Why should you be skeptical of TOP lists found online? ANSWER: Because many of those sites listing top 5 or top 10 are PAID SERVICES.

One of the sites gave a number #1 recommendation for an alarm company that has over 3800 complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau. Better Business Bureau web site www.bbb.org

Look up each and every company you intend on getting pricing from. Check for government actions against them, law suits and reviews. The above company that was rated number one has government actions pending against them. They are a very large company so when comparing them against local companies you need to understand that if they have a million accounts then they are 83 times larger than say Peak Alarm who only has 12,000 accounts. So that being the case this company should have 83 times the complaints right? That would mean they should have 83 complaints if they are on the same level as a local company that has one complaint. Peak Alarm has 1 complaint that has been filed with the www.bbb.org in the last 3 years and this number 1 listed alarm company has over 3800 complaints which is over 400% more complaints so take the fact that these top 5 or top 10 lists are paid services.

Real actual best TOP Alarm companies in Utah

Mountain Alarm -aka Fire Protection Services – 67 years in business – Local Company – Only 2 complaints in the last 3 years with the BBB
Peak Alarm – 48 years in business UL listed Local Central Station – Full Guard/Patrol services – Local Company – Only 1 complaint in the last 3 years
Alarm Control – aka Armed Alert – 48 years in business – Zero complaints in the last 3 years

Mountain Alarm Fire Protection Services web site
Peak Alarm web site ask for Larry Love
Alarm Control Armed Alert web site

The above companies are all licensed by the Utah Division of Occupational Licensing and they are also insured. All of the above companies do not concentrate on LICK and STICK products. (Just wireless) so they have extensive experience with commercial and residential products unlike many of the new companies that just do wireless. The technicians understand the industry and all of these companies are qualified to do commercial fire alarm, intrusion, access control and cameras.

Now if we look at the companies that spend the most money on advertising and companies that have the most accounts then the list could change.

ADT Security Services ADT web site This company has 127 years in business.This is a licensed and insured company.

Now we do need to mention ADT which is a National Alarm company and now they own Protection One. ADT Security Services on the Better Business Bureau Web site has over ________complaints that have been filed in the last 3 years, granted they are a very large company. ____% of their reviews on the BBB are negative although many people do have good experiences with this company. Now that they own Protection one we will see if they will be doing anything different. Protection one was in business 29 years before they were purchased by ADT. Protection one only has about 16% of the amount of complaints that ADT has. Rather than saying anything negative about this company I would encourage you to look at the better business bureau report for each company yourself. Going with a national company sometimes has it advantages and other times when you go with a very large company it can be difficult to get to the proper department when you do need help. I dread calling my cable company for service for the same reason because I am normally on for over a hour just trying to talk to someone. Going with a local company can have advantages. If you are trying to sign up for service the lines are clear and the process is quick. If you are trying to get service after your system has been installed it is a bit different.

Vivint Smart Home Security has 18 years in business, before they were Vivint they were APX and also APEX and they also own other companies that are involved in their monitoring and their alarm installation keeping certain aspects of their business separate for legal reasons. Vivint Smart home web site This is a Utah company and they are a very large company. They do mostly wireless alarm systems and they have accounts all over the country and in Canada. They spend a great deal of money on advertising and they are a very successful company. Their business model seems to be working although time will tell if it will continue to function as the market seems to get saturated. They seem to be getting into other areas of business rather than just security systems. Vivint has had issues with unlicensed individuals working for them and they have paid their fines and it seems they are striving to do things as per the book now but with any company that large there seems to be challenges with having so many employees.

So when comparing companies there are companies that spend a great deal on advertising and there are companies that have more accounts than other companies so they are in the TOP 10 or TOP 5 list in certain areas.

When a company tells you that the equipment is FREE read the fine print because when it is all said an done all alarm companies are in business to make money not to give stuff away. They will either make their money now or later but they will make money. They will either sign you up for a longer term, charge more now or raise your rates after a year or two. One of these companies was charging my mother over 70 per month for basic phone line monitoring with no interactive services and no other services and it took me quite a while on the line to get her account canceled even though she was out of contract. This basic service should cost around $25-30 per month.