Security companies in Utah are not equal

Not all companies are alike

You’ve heard that we should compare apples to apples rather than apples and oranges.

Company One – UL listed monitoring station – backup generators – extra personnel on duty – secure facility – backup equipment in case of failure
Company two operating with one piece of equipment and no backup and one person in the facility. They they have a heart attack signals are not sent on to authorities.

Many other companies – OVER 1000 COMPLAINTS two of our competitors have over 3000 complaints (ASK WHY) – Sure you will find complaints on the internet for any company although looking at the is important because they investigate both sides of the issues so a customer that knows they did not pay their bill and should have normally won’t file a complaint but will complain online.

Company one – Advertises with actual commercials and word of mouth advertising.
Many other companies pay to be on a top ten alarm company list so when the internet pulls up results also check the Better Business Bureau not just a top internet list that is paid for.

Company one in business since 1969 not using gimmicks of offering free equipment
Many other companies giving free equipment out like candy – Often they go out of business in a few years.

Company one puts together custom systems to meet your needs
Other companies don’t address individual needs as well because they are cookie cutter companies

Company one has actual people that you can talk with and personal service
Many other companies are very difficult to talk to after you have purchased the system and need anything else.

Peak Alarm – Larry Love (801) 428 1384 –
4 Offices (2 in Idaho and 2 in Utah)
Local Company that employees 300 local individuals
UL liSted Central Station with backup equipment and generators
In Business Since 1969
Family Owned
Many employees have been with the company for over 20 years
Full Service Alarm Company
Certified for UL2050 High Security as well as Bank Safe and Vault Installations
Full Service AV Company
Full Service Guard and Patrol Company
Full Service Central Station
Drug Testing Programs in place
Full Service Commercial and Residential installations

Reading license plates with your cameras

Great place to get words, pictures or letters printed for shirts or other things.

So on this picture you get a nice view of the front of the store and the cars and even when you zoom in you may not be able to read a plate so this article will help you understand some of the factors you will need in order to view license plates with your cameras.

Contact Larry Love at Peak Alarm for more information or if any corrections need to be made to this blog. (801) 428 1384

So you want to read plate numbers from cars with your camera system. There are several factors that will determine if you can do this with your current system:

DISTANCE TO THE CAR – Using a lens calculator we can determine how wide a view you will need and the lens
LIGHTING – IR LED system on your cameras (check the rating- often it will say 30 feet but will only work at about 20′)
ANGLE OF CAMERA(S) and how high the camera is mounted – If the camera is mounted high on the building and the cars drive into the driveway on an angle or in a dip this could cause issues
MP RESOLUTION OF YOUR CAMERAS (2MP, 4MP or 4K cameras are all great cameras, understand that the higher the MP the more storage they use)
LENS ON THE CAMERA – most cameras are fixed at 2.8 or 3.6mm and some are verifocal 2.7-12mm and other more expensive cameras have higher mm adjustment capability.
There are other factors but for this article I will keep it simple



I have a customer that wants to see plate numbers 120 feet from his building at the driveway entrances. Lighting and the proper choice of camera is essential.

Using a 2MP High Definition camera you will need a 28mm lens on your camera at 120 feet and your camera view will be 22 feet across and 12 feet high and you will get 85 pixels per square foot.
If you don’t have the right IR and lighting then it may be difficult at night to see plates. Using a 4MP camera would require a 13mm lens to see 44 feet across to view a plate. Keep in mind that you are not guaranteed to see plate numbers even when you use the right lens and do the calculations properly since most cameras are not license plate cameras. We can install actual license plate cameras that are made for this purpose and then you have a much better chance of seeing plate numbers. In the above situation it would be much better to move the cameras closer to the cars and move the camera down on a pole looking directly at the plates rather than mounting the cameras on a building at 13 feet in the air.

You will need a minimum of 60 pixels per square foot to view a plate number and it would be much better at 100.

Purpose Min. Required px/ft
Detect activity 8
Observe behavior 16
Recognize person 30
Identify person 60
Read license plate 60
Identify USD 150
Read 10pt text 1200

Most cameras from big box stores now are fixed lens cameras at 2.8 or 3.6mm giving you a very wide view. Using them in residential application is ok but looking 120 feet away would give you a view of 80 feet across and 60 feet high so you would not be able to see a plate number.

My cameras at my home are 500 TVL and 700 TVL or 700,000 lines and the newer 2.1MP cameras are 3 times the resolution so your chance to see plate numbers is better with a 2MP or 4MP camera but there are other factors.

With the understanding of the different factors please know that a $30 or $50 dollar camera is not going to cut it. Hikvision has a great camera that starts at $850 and the Q Series AXIS camera starts at $1,850 for the camera, you would then need to purchase the NVR that has the ability to log plate numbers. We have less expensive cameras that very well could see plate numbers that are much closer to the home or business and it also depends on how fast the cars are going as to which cameras you decide on.

Understand that you can purchase cameras just for reading plate numbers and the NVR recorders have the ability to log those plate numbers and you can actually buy a list of plate numbers that your system can compare the data to in order to determine if a stolen car is in your area or lot or if they are behind on their car payments. Some tow companies use these programs to repossess cars.

This may seem complicated and sometimes it can be but just call me (Larry Love) and I will walk you through it. If you want to see plate numbers that are say 50 feet away in your parking lot you can do so for much less money using a high definition camera (2MP) with a 6mm lens that will give you a view of 40 feet wide and 30 feet high. Often I recomend verifocal cameras that are 2.7 to 12mm allowing the tech to adjust to your needs. So if you need to look at a parking lot that is 100 feet wide then you would need 3 cameras to do it well depending on what you are looking at. If you want to recognize a face you need 60 pixels per foot which is the same as a plate number. You could go from a 2MP to a 4MP and widen the view a bit and use less cameras but it also depends on the angles. A nice verifocal camera costs about $400 and that is a 2MP and nice 4MP camera costs about $600. Then you need to add the cost of the wire, installation, recorder, monitor, UPS and network connection to have a complete system but remember you get what you pay for. Call an expert when you want it done right. (801) 428 1384 Larry Love – cell is 801 898 6003

Utah Alarm Dealer makes drastic change

I took this picture in Guatemala, Isabal

With many alarm dealers having to deal with hackers and people being able to remotely disarm their systems because they are not encrypted. Peak Alarm decided to make a major product shift.

Peak Alarm has decided to begin selling QOLSYS this product is unlike most other security systems and here is a quick list of some of their features:

S Lines Sensors are all Encrypted to prevent hacking
Blue Tooth Router built in
Built in Glass Break Sensor
Built in 5MP camera that takes a picture of who disarms and a 4 minute video when alarms occur
Z-Wave Plus
Software update
Blue Tooth disarming capable so you don’t even have to take out your phone to disarm
Flood sensors, temperature sensors, motion sensors door status switches and much more

Most other alarm panels do not have the blue tooth built in, most other alarm panels do not have encryption. (Peak Alarm offers DMP which is encrypted for higher end commerical projects

Making this switch means that the basic system will cost a bit more but keep in mind you get what you pay for.

Qolsys did not take an alarm panel and convert it to a smart tablet but they took a tablet and made it into an alarm panel. This system is more robust than other systems, has a much greater capasity in all respects as far as user codes and how many points you can add to the system.

Call Larry Love (801) 428 1384 or email Larry at for pricing or a no charge consultation in the Wasatch Front area, Provo, Ogden, Logan, Brigham City or Saint George.

Hikvision Utah Idaho Salt Lake

Employees over 300 local people

Contact Larry Love (801) 428 1384 Larry@peakalarm for Hikvision pricing in Utah & Idaho. Hikvision web site

Larry Love can come to your home or place of business and help you with the best pricing for Hikvision.

Check the BBB Better Business Bureau before doing business with any company.

Qolsys in Utah Idaho

Peak Alarm Salt Lake Office

Call Larry Love (801) 428 1384 for pricing and Qolsys information for Utah, Salt Lake City, Taylorsville, West Valley City, Midvale, Orem, Provo & Bountiful.

Encrypted 319.5, Blue Tooth Router built in, Built in Glass Break Sensor, Built in 5MP Cam that takes a picture of who disarms and a 4 minute video upon alarm, WIFI and LTE cellular dual path communication, Z-Wave plus, All sensors are encrypted, BLue Tooth disarming for those that wish to walk up to the home or business with their cell phone and have the system disarm, S line Sensors, call Larry for more information for pricing. Larry can come to your home or business and give you a great deal.

Be very careful about companies that offer free equipment, their monthly fees are much higher than ours and often their agreements are 60 months rather than 36 months.

Senior Citizen monitoring discount Peak Alarm

Marilyn Sheppick


Peak Alarm will lock in Senior Citizens at a fixed monitoring rate. Senior Citizens often are on a fixed income and having a monitoring company increase their rates every years on their security system monitoring does not help.

Call Larry Love (801) 428 1384 Peak Alarm

My mother remarried and I found out she was paying 72 dollars a month through one of the largest national security monitoring companies and the rates had increased over the years. The 72 dollars a month was only for monthly monitoring and did not include other services it was through the phone line. I called that company to make the change since they were out of contract and it was very difficult to get them to cancel the agreement even though they were not under contract any longer. I lowered her rate and added a medical button which she did end up pushing when she fell in the bathroom. Peak Alarm’s monitoring rates start at $26 dollars a month and depending on what services you decide on such as another $10 for cellular or another $5 for interactive remote arm and disarm the rates can be a bit higher but once a senior is locked in they keep that rate. Jerry Howe the owner made this decision and we have been in business for over 48 years.

UL2050 requirements not always being met

48 years in business

Many companies are not meeting the specific requirements of UL2050. Keep in mind that there is a UL Certificate that the company must have to do the installations as well as a UL Certificate to Monitor a UL2050 account.(CRZM) Many companies do the installations without the install Certificate. (CRZH) Verify that the company you are dealing with has each certificate. The NSA came from Washington to verify that our Central Station would meet the requirements that they needed for the Military monitoring for the Utah Army National Guard.
UL listings for local Central Stations in UTAH – Peak is the only company that holds all 5 UL Certifications
There are only 4 local UUFX listed companies in Utah for monitoring fire alarm as of 5/27/16

1. Avantguard (S3955)
2. Peak Alarm (S1548)
3. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints COPB (S25044)
4. This fourth company requested that I take their information off my blog which I have done. You can go to the web site to find all UL listed companies

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)
2. L3 Communication Systems WEST (BP9385)
3. Stanley Convergent Security Solutions (BP6295)
4. The Boeing Company (BP6569)
5. TYCO Integrated Security (BP6471)

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

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

There are 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)
2. Stanley Convergent Security Solutions (BP8367)
3. TYCO Integrated Security (BP8617)

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)
2. Peak Alarm ( BP20783)

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.

Utah Alarm dealers

Don’t stand still get moving

Utah has the normal alarm companies that are national such as ADT ADT site, TYCO TYCO web site, SIMPLEX Simplex Grinnell weband so on and then we have some local companies such as Mountain Alarm Mountain FPS web site and Alarm Control AC web site and Peak Alarm Local alarm dealer web site and you should always look up each one on the Better Business Bureau before you make a purchase. Some of the larger companies have thousands of complaints listed.

Simplex Grinnell is also Johnson Controls and Tyco. YOu will see that by going to their web site listed above. ADT and Protection One are also merged and are now one company. Pro 1 web site

Peak Alarm employees over 300 local people in Utah and Idaho and has been in business since 1969.

Larry Love has been in the alarm industry for over 20 years and can help you with any of your alarm needs.

Here are some of the product lines that Peak Alarm uses.

Mircom Mircom web site

Silent Knight SK web site

Fire-Lite FL Web site

DMP Web site encrypted security systems

Bosch Security – Fire – Access – Cameras Bosch web site

FLIR Camera Systems web site

2GIG web site for 2gig

QOLSYS encrypted security systems

ACCESS CONTROL PRODATAKEY – Prodatakey cloud based or standalone


INTERCOM COMELIT Comelit web site

INTERCOM AIPHONE Aiphone web site

UL LISTED and CERTIFIED FOR UL2050 Installations and Monitoring Web site for UL

Better Business Bureau BBB web site check on all vendors

Peak Alarm is an experienced Alarm dealer in business since 1969 with a UL listed Central Station and Peak is the only alarm company with a full service guard and patrol company. Peak has 4 offices in Utah and Idaho.

Larry Love (801) 428 1384

Peak Alarm web site

Mircom fire alarm in Utah

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

Peak Alarm is a MIRCOM Fire Alarm Dealer in Utah and Idaho.

Contact Larry Love for pricing: (801)428 1384

Peak offers CAD drawings, Fire Marshal submittals, UL listed Central Station, Full Guard Division and our Alarm Division. Peak has NICET certified techs and certified fire alarm techs.

Peak Alarm employees over 300 local employees and has been in business since 1969

Get bids from Larry Love a NICET II Fire Alarm estimator with over 20 years of experience. (801) 428 1384 the company web site is

When to reuse existing alarm equipment

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Call Larry Love (801) 428 1384

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When I visit someones home to make recommendations of what equipment to reuse if any I look for a few things:

1. Are the smoke detectors over 10 years old, if so they should be replaced. This refers to smoke detectors tied to your alarm system. You should also replace your old 120 Volt smokes with 9 volt battery backup that are not tied to your alarm. You should have at least one smoke detector up and one down that is tied to the system so the authorities will be alerted when you are not there.

2. I look for hardwired zones because Peak Alarm can simply add a take over module and monitor existing hardwired zones. Depending on the size of your system we can use different brands to accomplish this.

3. I look for the brand and model numbers of the equipment. Often we can reuse wireless equipment by adding a module or special receiver which will save you money and we will simply put new batteries in those devices. Keep in mind that if you reuse existing wireless devices most of the time they are not encrypted. When we install a new Qolsys or DMP system that is wireless you will have the peace of mind that the encryption will make it so hackers cannot defeat your system from out front of your home.

4. If you want to use your old loud siren we will need to add a relay and a power supply. It is quite simple but it does cost a bit more if you are going to one of the new systems that has the siren built in.

5. Consider water sensors, temp sensors if the temperature drops below 41 you can get notified before the pipes freeze and then cause a flood when they thaw. Monitoring for water and temperature is wise and can mitigate possible problems.

6. I look for existing wiring and how it was done.

7. Give me a call and I can come out and look at your system and make some recommendations. 801 428 1384

8. Monitoring typically costs between $45 and $55 dollars. When I bundle the system I can lower the overall costs of monitoring

Contact Larry and he will come out and help you decide which equipment to reuse.


$30 Typical Monitoring cost
$10 Typical cellular monthly charge
$5 Typical interactive (Elite) to alarm remote arm and disarm using your cellular
$10 Typical charge for areas like Salt Lake or WVC to have a guard respond since police won’t. (Peak has their own guards/patrol)
$7 Starts at $7 and goes up depending on the size of the security system for a repair agreement extended warranty

When I do a bundle I can offer some discounts.

$25 Monitoring
$13 Interactive
$7 Repair agreement
$10 Alarm response

Total $55 per month for a home or business in Salt Lake with alarm response. Most companies start interactive at $49 without alarm response or a repair agreement. Without alarm response it would be $45

If you add camera control that adds $10 per month for 1-4 cameras for cameras that are part of the security system. When they are separate there is not a monthly fee.

Most companies use a third party central station or an out of state central station. Peak Alarm is local and employees over 300 people here in Utah and Idaho.

When you are a senior citizen we can lock your monitoring rate in for life so please call me about this. I don’t know of any company that does this in Salt Lake.