Honest Alarm Companies in Utah

Contact Larry Love for the best deals

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.

Utah Alarm Dealer makes drastic change

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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 Qolsys.com 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 www.dmp.com

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 Larry@peakalarm.com 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 www.bbb.org before doing business with any company.

Qolsys in Utah Idaho

Qolsys.com

Peak Alarm Salt Lake Office

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

Peak Alarm designs fire alarm systems

Plenum wire needs to be used when you run wire in plenum spaces

Peak Alarm designs fire alarm systems for commercial buildings to current IFC and NFPA 72 code requirements.

www.peakalarm.com in business since 1969 and the only alarm company with a UL listed Central Station and a Full Guard and Patrol Company that can meet your needs.

>Peak Alarm has NICET techs that can do these designs and the DWG CAD work needed that is required by the AHJ Authority Having Jurisdiction. (Fire Marshal) Contact Larry Love (801) 428 1384 or cell (801) 898 6003 Larry@peakalarm.com and Larry can come to your business and do a site visit to help you do an upgrade, entirely new system or help design the fire alarm for a building that is not built yet buy working with your design team and architect using the plans and specifications for your project.

Peak Alarm is a local company that hires over 300 employees in Utah and Idaho buy local and help the local economy. This is a family business that does things right.

Currently Peak Alarm does not have any complaints listed with the Better Business Bureau in the last 3 years. www.bbb.org check all companies that you may do business with since many companies have complaints. Some of our competitors have over 3000 complaints and you should know before you sign anything with them.

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Senior Citizen monitoring discount Peak Alarm

Marilyn Sheppick

Mom

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 Larry@peakalarm.com Peak Alarm www.peakalarm.com

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.

Security System Advice

Employees over 300 local people

http://www.peakalarm.com

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.

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.

www.peakalarm.com

http://www.ul.com
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 UL.com 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 Pricing

Peak Alarm web site ask for Larry Love

When a product is quite a bit less expensive you need to question why.

Contact Larry Love at Peak Alarm for all your alarm, access, fire alarm, intrusion, cameras and intercom needs. Larry@peakalarm.com (801) 428 1384

We can lower your installation cost when you sign a 3 year agreement because we can subsidize some of the cost over time. We can do contracts that are less time but we would not be able to lower the install as much. We can even do month to month agreements but the upfront cost would be more.

Any time you have a licensed, insurred and certified company you will end up paying a bit more for their services although this is worth it.

Labor rates at Peak are $100 per hour for residential and $145 per hour for commerical. When I am in a bidding situation I can lower the hourly labor rate a bit when we run it through my department.

Check the Better Business Bureau on all of your alarm companies. Peak has a very good track record at the BBB. In the last 3 years we only have one complaint that is shown on our record. Many of our competitors have a great deal more complaints.

If you are concerned about hackers disarming your system from out front of your home have Peak install a Qolsys system or a DMP system both of which are encrypted

Utah Alarm dealer

Fresh fish done right

Peak Alarm web site ask for Larry Love

(801) 428 1384 Larry@peakalarm.com

In business since 1969. Peak has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau with only 1 current complaint listed as of 09/04/17

Better Business Bureau web site www.bbb.org

When looking for an alarm company keep in mind that large national companies sometimes are not as flexible as a local company. Look for a company that has been in business and has been consistant and it is also prudent to check the BBB web site for complaints. Some of the alarm companies in Utah have over 1000 complaints that have been filed.

Call Larry Love 801 428 1384 Larry@peakalarm.com for pricing