Smoke Alarms verses Smoke Detectors

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1. Often a new home will come with 120 Volt Smoke alarms with 9V battery backup and normally these are installed in the bedrooms and just outside each bedroom. These smoke alarms do not report to a central station and do not dispatch the fire department when activated.

2. New smoke alarms that have a battery life of 10 years can be purchased and these smoke alarms are made just to wake you up. These do not report to a central station. These smoke alarms normally do not interconnect and allow other smoke alarms to sound simultaneously.

3. Security system wireless or hardwired smoke detectors that tie to your alarm panel often are installed in addition to the ones listed above since they report to a central station and the fire department can be dispatched. When you have system detectors they can wake you up and they also report to the central station even when your not home so the fire department can be dispatched in the event of a fire.

4. For new construction it is recommended to install system smoke detectors in the bedrooms and outside the bedrooms to meet fire code so you can avoid having 2 or 3 different types of smoke alarms or detectors. With system detectors you only change out the large battery or batteries at the panel location not at each smoke detector for hardwired detectors.

5. Quite often your insurance company will request that system detectors be installed and if your home has fire sprinklers, insurance will also want the flow switch monitored. Quite often we can do this with a wireless system.

6. When dealing with existing homes often we will install a DMP wireless option with UL listed wireless smoke detectors. This allows us to give you the protection without the high cost of drilling or installing wiremold in an existing home. DMP high power wireless receivers are also listed for commercial fire alarm and you can install wireless pull stations, smoke detectors and other devices after a building is built.

7. Main panel batteries for system smoke detectors are normally changed every 3 to 5 years and with the wireless system smoke detectors often they will last 5-10 years depending on the batteries and model number. For the 120V smokes with 9V backup it is recommended to change the batteries every 6 months.

8. In our high altitude here in Utah it is best to use photoelectric detectors rather than ION since they work better in this environment.

Call Larry Love with Peak alarm (801) 428 1384 Larry@peakalarm.com

Larry has over 20 years in the Fire Alarm industry, he has served on a State Fire Marshal committee, is NICET II Fire Alarm certified and is a Master Fire Alarm Tech with the State Fire Marshal’s office. Larry welcomes suggestions and corrections. This article is meant as a short informative article and not all inclusive when concerning smoke alarms and smoke detectors.

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Honest Alarm Companies in Utah

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This was written by Larry Love (801) 428 1384 Larry@peakalarm.com if there is any information that is incorrect or that you would like taken down please contact Larry

I served the people of the State of Utah by service on the Alarm System Security and Licensing board for over 7 years. I was appointed by the Acting Governor Olene Walker. As chairman of this board I was also a member of the Construction trade commission which is a policy making board.

While serving on these boards I met many wonderful people such as Scott Sessions with Mountain Alarm, Will Naegle with Alarm control and Jeff Howe with Peak Alarm all of whom are honest and well known businessmen in our community. I can’t make a full list of all the people I dealt with but this is a short list of great companies that are all local companies.

Mountain Alarm is the largest of the three and within the family they also own a UL listed Central Station (Also known as Fire Protection Services – Central Station is Avantguard)

Alarm Control does incredible work and most of their work is commercial and they can solve hard to handle intrusion issues. (Also known as Armed Alert)

Peak Alarm is unique in the fact that they have an Alarm division, Guard and Patrol Division, AV Division and a UL listed Central Station

www.mountainalarm.com Scott Sessions

www.alarmcontrol.com Will Naegle

www.peakalarm.com Jeff Howe

Having worked with these individuals for years you get to know them well, how they speak, how they act and most importantly what kind of people they are. With the state of Utah being full of alarm companies that send people out to other states to knock doors and most of those businesses are just looking for the quick residential systems that can be put in in a couple of hours or less. The list of the above three companies have great records with the Better Business Bureau unlike some of the other competitors that have several thousand complaints.

Take care when getting proposals from alarm companies to do your research first and remember you do get what you pay for and there is no free lunch. Some of these companies claim to provide free equipment or labor but don’t be deceived. If you sign a 36 month agreement with Peak ALarm for $45 dollars a month (A typical monitoring rate for interactive cellular) you would pay $1,620.00 over 36 months.

If you sign a 60 month agreement with another company at $45 per month you would pay $2,700 over 60 months or 5 years and they say it is free equipment but you are really paying for it and if you decide to change monitoring they will take you to court and force you to pay what they call BOC or Balance of Contract in order to get out of the contract.

The kicker is that these companies often will charge you $70 per month for 5 years or $4,200 which is over double what Peak charges. Granted each system is different and there are many factors such as whether the system is encrypted making is much less likely to hack and how many devices are on the system and the services that you have each month.

Example of some of the services:

Typical Monitoring $35 per month (This can vary when you bundle other services)
Alarm Response where we sent a uniformed guard in a marked car to your home or business $10 per month (Only in specific areas)
Key Response where you have a keybox on your property so in the event of an alarm we would send a guard out to check the inside of the property $20 per month
Schedules, text or email notification, openings and closings (alert you if your store is opened too early or not armed on time or disarmed on time) Some other services
Cellular Monitoring $15 per month (Includes interactive arm and disarming)
Home automation services such as locks, lighting control, thermostat control, garage door control also are other such services that can be bundled
Commercial Fire monitoring is normally $35 for landline or $48 for high supervision cellular or radio

Years after I began on the Alarm System Security and Licensing Board for DOPL one of the companies that has lots of complaints with the BBB started sending a lawyer to each of our meetings to observe. I understand why they would do this. This company happens to be very large and has a great deal of accounts. This company had been accused of deceptive business practices and had been sued in several states and even recently was ordered to pay 10 million dollars to another alarm company. We were even told by the company owners that since they had thousands of salespeople it was very hard for them to control the actions of so many people. At Peak Alarm for example when a salesperson does something they should not do they are reprimanted and receive a written warning and if it happens again they can be let go. If any of the sales people do not qualify or pass the FBI background check they are let go and I know this is the same at Mountain as well as Alarm Control. One large company that had an employee not pass the back ground check simply transferred him to another state where the licensing laws will allow a person with a felony to sell or install security systems.

So there are honest alarm companies out there that you can use, you can get bids from them and worry less since you have done your research on the people the company and their business practices. All companies will have complaints on the internet. Looking at the www.bbb.org complaints is a bit better since they know both sides will be investigated. Many people hesitate to file a complaint with the bbb if they know they were in the wrong and if it is investigated the truth will come out. Two of the above listed companies have zero complaints on the BBB and one of them only has 5 compared to over 4000 with another Utah based company.

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1. Make sure your security system cannot be defeated by someone cutting the phoneline outside the house or business. You can switch to a cellular or radio communicator to make this more secure.

1A. Make sure that you use an encrypted system such as DMP or Qolsys so hackers cannot defeat your system from out front of your home.

2. Make sure you clean your smoke detectors every 6 months or year so they will last longer

3. Make sure you test your system often to make sure nothing has been tampered with. Often someone within your organization will attempt to disable doors or other items.

4. Update your call list with current phone numbers and names and new passwords.

Call Larry Love at (801) 428 1384 or email Larry at Larry@peakalarm.com and set up a personal consultation with Larry at your site.

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. Peak Alarm is a certified Mircom dealer.

Peak Alarm has encrypted security solutions so you can have peace of mind that hackers can’t disarm your system like they can other systems. Qolsys.com equipment and DMP equipment is encrypted.

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.

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Alarm details

Peak Alarm is the Leader in Utah

Peak Alarm is the Leader in Utah

Call Larry Love at Peak Alarm (801) 428 1384 Larry@peakalarm.com http://www.peakalarm.com

When you need details about alarm systems don’t go with a cookie cutter business that does mostly wireless systems. Peak Alarm does over 50% of it’s business in the commercial field and we also do quite a bit of high end residential. We have deals for quick installations and low monitoring rates although I can get you details on high end security systems with a design team and experts that can help you with your design for a UL2050 installation or a higher end project with quality products from DMP, Bosch and other manufacturers.

Call Larry Love to set up an appointment for your detailed no cost site visit. We do it right and Peak is the only alarm company in Utah that has a full service guard and patrol division and a UL listed Central Station. Other companies third party out either the guards or the monitoring and Peak Alarm keeps it all in house.

What matters most about Alarm Systems?

Get the same great service for monitoring but you will be even more secure

Get the same great service for monitoring but you will be even more secure

What services does Peak Alarm offer that most other alarm companies don’t offer?

Local UL listed Central Station that is owned by Peak Alarm (Most alarm companies contract a 3rd party Central Station) 24 hour 7 days a week
Locally owned Guard and Patrol – Peak SecurityPeak Guards – Peak Patrol
Many alarm companies do not have licensed, factory trained techs and sales people. Every employee at Peak has been through the FBI background check.
Same day or next day service

What services does Peak Alarm offer that other alarm companies also offer?

Camera Systems, Access Control Systems, Fire Alarm Systems, Security/Intrusion Systems, Intercom, Nurse Call, PERS Systems

Peak has their own CAD department so we can help you with drawings for the fire marshal, annual inspections and service.

How do you purchase from Peak Alarm? Buy outright and sign a month to month agreement, Buy at a subsidized rate on a 36 month agreement or lease. The Lease will have higher monthly payments but a lower installation rate. Credit Card, Check or Cash.

Will you benefit from the systems we sell you? Camera systems can lower your liability and prevent accidents and be used as positive training aids. Cameras are also a deterrent to crime.

Fire Alarm systems are often to required and often your insurance company will give you a discount when you have a camera and burglary system.

Will our company keep our promises? Peak Alarm has been in business for over 47 years and an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Do you believe what Larry Love says and that Peak Alarm can deliver? Larry has been in this industry for over 20 years. Larry is more of an estimator than a salesman so you are not going to get a song and a dance but you will get valid and solid information and a fair price.

Is price the only factor when purchasing an alarm system? If it is then you have not done all the research. There are other companies that charge less but they don’t have as many technicians nor are they trained the same way. Some alarm companies charge less because they don’t have as high of an overhead but they can’t offer the same services either. Make sure you verify all the PROS and CONS before a purchase.

How will this come together? I will come out to your facility, lay out the pricing, explain the system, explain the options and let you decide. When you decide to move forward we will need signed paperwork and a deposit and then we can get the project scheduled and order equipment. We will need a dwg file for fire alarm systems so we can design the alarm system and turn in the drawings and submittals to the fire marshal.

What matters most about Alarm Systems?
Peak Alarm http://www.peakalarm.com Larry@peakalarm.com (801) 428 1384

What matters most is how we treat you, what protection we can provide and the services that will make your life easier and safe.

What’s interesting or alarming about alarms?

Just plain good

Just plain good

Often people think of alarm systems as alerting the police or the fire department of a burglar or of a fire alarm and that is true although now they do so much more. Here are a few examples of what current alarm systems can do for you. What type of services can Peak Alarm provide?

Commercial and Residential Services both for the homeowner, contractor or business owner. Design, installation, testing, training and monitoring. Phone line monitoring, Radio monitoring on our own frequency licensed by the FCC, Cellular monitoring & Internet monitoring

REMOTE GARAGE DOOR
1. Did you for get to shut your garage door or your not sure if you did? Open your alarm app check and go ahead and close the door from anywhere.

REMOTE CONTROL OF LIGHTING
2. Did you mean to turn on or turn off a light before you left the house? Do it from your app or have the lights randomly turn on and off when you are not there or even when you are there. Have them turn on when it gets dark and then shut off at 10PM or 11PM and turn back on at 5AM or 6AM and then turn off at 7AM

REMOTE THERMOSTATS & CAMERAS
3. When you are on vacation do you worry about the temperature in your home? If you have fish or other pets do you worry about them when you are gone?
Use the alarm app to adjust the temperature up or down or just check it. Use the app to look in on your pets or children with cameras that we can install in strategic places.

REMOTE VIDEO DOORBELL
4. Have you ever wanted to know who came to your door while you were away? If UPS or the Mail main were to come to your home while you were gone how cool would it be to answer the door with a video phone and even let them into the garage to leave a package and then shut the garage? Now you can with the SKYBELL or Alarm.com Video Bell. View and talk to those that come to your door. It alerts you and you can tell them you can’t come to the door and they will have no idea whether you are home or not.

HEAT SMOKE FREEZE, CO (Carbon Monoxide) and WATER SENSORS
5. If you are on vacation and it is winter your pilot light or the furnace may stop working. If the home drops below freezing the pipes could freeze and even cause expensive flooding when the thaw back out. Get heat, smoke, freeze and water sensors installed on your security system to alert you to these issues. This will end up saving you in the long run and they are not that expensive to have installed. If the basement floods it will cost you thousands of dollars. If the pipes freeze it can also cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars. If the house burns down you or your family could be hurt or killed. Often smoke will overcome people while they sleep so having smoke alarms that alert the fire department is much better than just the smokes that wake you up (which often don’t wake you up) CO sensors can also be added to your security system and having the smokes, heat, freeze, Co and water sensors does not cost you anything additional to monitor them per month. The installation will cost but the monthly monitoring will not. If you are paying for normal phone line monitoring you will need to add a cellular and elite control (interactive arm/disarm) to view your alarms over your smart phone. The world of alarms is changing.

LOCKS
6. Do you worry that if your children have lost 3 or 4 or more keys that someone might find one of them and get into your home or even their friends might? With a keyless entry lock your children or employees can access your home or business without keys. In a business we install prox card readers in homes we install a keyless entry lock which allows them to enter without a key and you can even unlock the home using one of these locks and your smart phone.

MOTIONS, GLASS BREAK, SHOCK, DOOR AND WINDOW STATUS SENSORS and Monitored 24 hour lockdown status to your gun rooms or datavaults.
7. Peak Alarm can install all types of security for your business or home including the above normal items associated with security or any of the ones we mentioned at first. Call Larry Love 801 428 1384 Larry@peakalarm.com http://www.peakalarm.com

ACCESS CONTROL FOR BUSINESS SITES
8. Do away with keys and have Peak Alarm install Peakedge access control. You can access the system online and add and delete users. When someone quits or is fired you cancel their card access instead of trying to get keys back from them or trying to rekey your facility.

CAMERAS
9. Peak Alarm can install several different types of camera systems. Call Larry and he can come by your facility or home to go over the different options. You can access these cameras using your smart phone to view your home, business or pets remotely from anywhere.

INTERCOM
10. Peak will install a weatherproof intercom and door release system on your home or business so you can talk to those that come to the door.

PERS
11. Peak can install a system in your home or business with medical alert buttons that you wear on your wrist, around your next or mounted buttons. These can be programed as panic buttons to call the police or medical buttons to alert a family member or alert emergency services. Yes this can be used if you have fallen down and cannot get up. The buttons are water resistant.

VIDOFIED
12. Peak Alarm offers special services for situations where you need our dispatchers to verify if the intruder is an animal or a human. This is great for empty buildings, car lots, tow lots and much more. Call Larry for more information. This system does not require power to work but will transfer pictures over the internet to the dispatchers upon alarm and they will decide to send police or not.

Call Larry Love 801 428 1384 Larry@peakalarm.com for more information about alarms and Peak Alarm.

Peak Alarm is the only local Alarm company in Utah that has their own UL listed Central Station and Guard and Patrol Division.
Peak Alarm has only had one complaint with the Better Business Bureau in the last 3 years.
Peak Alarm is one of just over 200 Central Stations in the US that is 5 Diamond Certified and all their employees are as well.
Peak Alarm is local and has been in business for over 47 years
Peak Alarm is licensed, insured and factory trained and employees over 300 people locally.
Larry Love has been in the industry for over 20 years and is certified on Access Control, Cameras, Fire Alarm and Security
Larry currently is an AXIS Certified Professional, NICET level 2 in Fire Alarm and is a Master Fire Alarm Tech with the Utah State Fire Marshals Office
Larry Love will come to your site and help you design a reasonably priced alarm system that will help protect what is most important to you.

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

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

Comparing alarm companies in Utah?

Do your research before buying

Do your research before buying

When comparing alarm companies do a bit of research first. Here are some points to help you get the best value:

Check the Better Business Bureau www.bbb.org before buying from any company. Often by overlooking this step you may get what you feel is a good deal and free equipment only to be put in a bind where you have to wait on hold 30 minutes just to be transferred to another department, given the run around and then cut off. If you don’t like buying services from a company that you can’t call easily it won’t be any better calling that same company for services they are not experts in.

Sort through local and National Companies carefully. Some of the National companies have thousands of complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau and they don’t care. They are making so much money they don’t care if people complain. Often local companies will strive to provide the best service so consider buying local. Peak Alarm has only had one complaint filed in the last 3 years with the Better Business Bureau. http://www.peakalarm.com Mountain Alarm (Fire Protection Services) has only had two complaints filed in the last 3 years. www.mountainalarm.com

Both of these companies are licensed, insured and local companies. Both of these companies have an incredible record with the Better Business Bureau. Now consider a company that has over 3700 complaints and ask yourself why they have that many. One such company is a large company and my manager told me that their company is 83 times as large as our company as far as accounts go. So I responded, shouldn’t they have just 83 complaints compared to our 1 then? No they have over 3700 complaints.

There are some companies that have DO IT YOURSELF INSTALLATION equipment and very low monitoring rates. Do the research on this as well because often computers will handle the calls or very low paid employees that are not even in the country. Sometimes the owner can follow the instructions and install a system like this just fine. Often the DO IT YOURSELF equipment is very limited as to the features, often these systems have a limit as to how many zones or points can be added. The systems normally cannot partition and sometimes not having the installation done by a professional really does cause problems. Weigh the PROS and the CONS and you decide.

Ask if the company has live monitoring and if the central station is UL listed?

PRICES FROM ONE OF THE MAIN DO IT YOURSELF SECURITY COMPANIES:

$199 Equipment costs (Cancel anytime) No live monitoring
$10 – $14.99 Monitoring per month ($10 less than local company with live operators)
$10 per month to add a camera (Same as local company)
$10 per month to add cellular backup (Same as local company)
There are YOUTUBE videos showing how this system can be defeated using simple equipment from an electronic store.

Cellular with a camera $35.00 per month

PRICES FROM A UL LISTED LOCAL COMPANY THAT DOES PROFESSIONAL LICENSED AND INSURED INSTALLATIONS IN UTAH

$99 Installation (Equipment is subsidized over a 36 month agreement) Live operators 24/7 with UL listed Central station
$25-32 Per month for monitoring (You get what you pay for)
$10 per month to add 1-4 cameras
$10 extra per month to add cellular backup
$5 extra per month to add elite control (interactive arm/disarm)
There are many other services available because of our live operators.
Peak Alarm Central Station is 5 Diamond Certified (Only just over 200 of the Central Stations in the US have this certification)
Peak Alarm is the only Local Utah company that also has a full Guard/Patrol Division and an AV Divsion
Peak Alarm is Licensed and Insured and all employees have passed the FBI background check

Cellular with a camera $15 dollars more although you get a local live person handing the situation and you get a local company that is licensed, insured and has over 47 years in the business.

Call Larry Love 801 428 1384 Larry@peakalarm.com for more information on pricing from Peak Alarm.

Not all companies are alike

Not all companies are alike

Worry less live more

1. Water leak in your home destroys carpet in basement and sheetrock – Prevention or mitigation step = Add water sensors to your security system

2. Home drops below 40 degrees at grandmas house when she is asleep – Add a low/high sensor to alert you when it is too hot or too cold.

3. Kids keep changing the thermostat and your bill is too high. – Add thermostat control to your security system you control on your phone.

4. You worry about your dogs or kids when you are not home. – Add cameras in family areas or outside to check in on things with your phone.

5. You kids loose house keys or you need to let others in but you don’t want to give out more keys.

Answer to #5 – Install electronic locks that you control with your phone from anywhere. You kids can get in using a code and the codes can be updated and changed very easily.

6. Who is coming to your door when you are not home? Tell your kids not to answer the door. – WIth SKYBELL you answer your door with your phone

7. Did I close the garage door or not? – Add a garage door sensor and an automatic closer you can control with your phone

8. Similar to 2 your home freezes when you are not there and the pipes freeze which will turn into a flood when they break and thaw

Answer to #8 Add a temperature sensor so you will be alerted to get someone over to get the heater back on before anything freezes

9. What if there is a fire when we are on vacation or what if there is a fire and we are overcome by CO or smoke and don’t wake up? This is a legitimate worry because many people don’t wake up if the smoke or CO is overwhelming. When dispatched the Fire Department will get in and save your family within minutes. The small monthly monitoring cost is worth every penny.

Answer to #9 -Install smoke detectors and CO sensors that are tied to the monitored security system so help will be dispatched

10. What if you need to let the UPS guy into the garage? Talk to him with SKYBELL, disarm your system, open the garage door, he put the package in and you view him, shut the garage door and rearm the system all the time while you are on vacation using your cell phone.

11. Burglars see your lights turn on and off at certain times. —–
Have your lights turn on and off at random times with the Z-wave options on your security system

Have a z-wave plug in module turn radio on and off at certain times or any other electronic device. Call Larry Love for pricing and options.

WORRY LESS AND LIVE MORE. With any of the above options you won’t have to worry about those things. I have AAA so I don’t worry about running out of gas, locking my keys in the car or having a dead battery because it is covered and someone will come and help. With any of the above options installed on your security system you will have less to worry about and more time to live your life. Stephen King wrote in one of his books “Perfect Paranoia is perfect awareness.” With proper prevention steps you won’t worry about something that you should not be worrying about.

We also have WATER COP which can SHUT THE WATER PIPES OFF. (This will also require that we work in conjunction with a plumber)

Call Larry Love 801 428 1384 Larry@peakalarm.com http://www.peakalarm.com for more information about how to add to or upgrade your security system so you can worry less and live more.