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

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

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.

Comparando companias de alarmas en Utah?

No todos los sistemas son iguales

No todos los sistemas son iguales

Lo que me da lastima es que personas compran solo por comparar los prescios.

Muchos de mis competidoras tienen mas de 3000 quejas contra ellos en el Better Business Bureau www.bbb.org y Peak Alarm solo tiene una queja en 3 anos.

Precios si pagan $15 por mez por monetoreo que vas a recibir? Monetoreo de una computadora no una persona.

Con Peak el precio es $25 a $32 por monetoreo con personas vivas que van a contestar y son personas locales no personas que no conocen el area.

Ellos Peak Alarm
$15 Monetoreo $25-32 (Un poco mas pero la compania tiene licensia , seguranza, y es una compania local
$10 celular $10 Celular (Igual) – Interactivo $5 mas
$10 por mez camera $10 por mez camera (Igual)

Con ellos tiene que instalar su proprio sistema. Con ellos no vas a recibir el mismo servicio que Peak Alarm http://www.peakalarm.com Larry@peakalarm.com llame 801 428 1384 en espanol

Get alarm pricing

Call Larry Love at Peak Alarm 801 428 1384 email Larry at Larry@peakalarm.com Peak web site is http://www.peakalarm.com SPANISH/ENGISH ESPANOL / INGLES

Learning about how things are done to harvest bananas in Guatemala 6 days a week for $200 dollars a month on the best paying jobs.

Learning about how things are done to harvest bananas in Guatemala 6 days a week for $200 dollars a month on the best paying jobs.

Peak Alarm is the only local alarm company in Utah that has their own Guard and Patrol division, Alarms and a UL listed Central Station for monitoring

As of this week Peak Alarm has only had one complaint made against it with the Better Business Bureau in the last 3 years

Monitoring pricing is like phone plans, it depends on how much you pay up front and the monthly will depend on the options you decide on.

Plans as low as $26 per month with monitoring over a phone line

Plans as low as $35 per month with a cellular unit so you don’t need phone lines

Plans as low as $40 per month with a cellular unit and the ability to arm and disarm remotely

Plans that are around $46 per month will allow Peak to subsidize a bit more of the equipment up front

Plans as low as $149 installed and $44 per month with Panel, Cell communicator, 1 motion and 3 door contacts

Same equipment as the above plan but $99 dollars installed and $46 per month (includes repair agreement with extended warranty)

Peak Alarm DOES NOT DO CREDIT CHECKS

Many companies start out with their interactive plans at $49 per month and that does not include the extended warranty plan in most cases.

There are many factors that come into play so let Larry come to your home or business and go over what your needs are. If the facility or home is larger than 3500 square feet you may need repeaters. If you have an existing system we can install a new BRAIN and monitor your existing hard wired points. Call Larry 801 428 1384

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El mejor compañía de alarmas

Mi esposa y yo

Mi esposa y yo

Solo hay una compania en Utah que tiene servicio y instalacion de alarmas conjunto con guardia, patrulla y tambien monitoreo. Peak Alarm puede hacerlo todo. Ten cuidado porque hay otras compañías que dicen que pueden darles cosas gratis y muchas veces son mentiras.

Si te cobro $35 al mes para monitoreo por 36 meses y la otra compañía cobra $56 por mes por 60 meses es mas de $2000 dolares extra entonces ellos te dan $500 dolares de equipo de alarmas extra y dicen que es gratis. Si paga Peak Alarm los $500 vas a ahorrar mas de $1,500 entonces pregunta por diferentes planes y puedo ayudarles en su idioma. (espanol).

Llame Larry Love 801 428 1384 Larry@peakalarm.com sitio de web es http://www.peakalarm.com

Somos una compañía local, tenemos guardias, tenemos monitoreo y servicio los 24 horas del dia.

Larry Love tiene mas de veinte años en la industria de alarmas y muchas certificaciones. Larry tiene la licencia del estado y también ha sido registrado con el FBI para este trabajo. Larry trabaja los sábados cuando es necesario y puede ir a su negocio durante la semana o el dia. Larry puede ayudarles en espanol.

Access Control Utah Electronic locks

It might be less expensive but most of the time the cheap systems work out costing much more than getting it done right by a UL listed company.

It might be less expensive but most of the time the cheap systems work out costing much more than getting it done right by a UL listed company.

Peak Alarm installs and services electronic access control locks and systems. Call Larry Love 801 428 1384 Larry@peakalarm.com http://www.peakalarm.com

You can use Maglocks (no moving parts) or you can use strikes( moving parts which wear out in 3-5 years on certain brands) If you use strikes that allow free egress then often you don’t have to have a request to exit motion or buttons to get out like you would with a maglock. Often the fire marshal will require that the fire alarm release the doors even with strikes so you can not only get out but so fire and emergency workers can get in.

DSX, DMP, Honeywell, Bosch and other products are used and with electronic locks you don’t need to re-key your building after someone leaves. Request to exit motions and a tie into the fire alarm system make it so people can get out in an emergency. Maglocks require door release with a button, motion and often a connection to the fire alarm panel.

Access Control systems will allow you to set user groups and limit access to certain days and certain hours so managers can get into the building any time but normal daily workers badges will only work 9-5PM as an example.

Peak Alarm is the only Alarm company in Utah that has their own central station for monitoring and their own Guard and Patrol Division. Other companies use third party companies for guards and often for monitoring. There are a couple that have their own central stations. Mountain Alarm also known as Fire Protection Services use Avantguard which is owned by family members of Mountain Alarm. Vivint also has a UL listed Central Station that they use to Monitor their accounts. Peak Alarm is the only UL listed Central station that holds 5 UL Certificates including the UL2050 installation and Monitoring Certifications as of 2016.

Respuestas acerca de sistemas de Alarmas

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Facebook en espanol Peak Alarm

Sitio de Peak Alarm

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Llame Larry Love 801 428 1384 Larry@peakalarm.com Puedo contestar sus preguntas en espanol acerca de alarmas y monitoreo.

Cuando tienes una compañía de alarmas debes confiar en la gente. Peak Alarm es local y tiene mas de 47 años en este negocio. Podemos ayudar a comprarlo y podemos poner su sistema en espanol (Las teclas y panal de seguridad)

Que es el mejor precio de monitoreo?

Tenemos precios tan bajo como $27 dolares al mes usando su linea de telefono (analog)
Usando celular los precios empiezan en $39 al mes
Para tener control con su teléfono para armar y desarmar el precio es $44 al mes
Para tener garantía de reparaciones es otro $7 mas
Para tener control de cameras en su sistema es otro $10 mas
Para tener servicio de patrulla es solo $10 al mes ($120 al año ) Vas a tener 4 alarmas pagadas al año y podemos dar un descuento después de esto
Precios de negocio y casas es un poco diferente depende de sus necesidades.

Cuando una compañía dice que van a darme cosas gratis es verdad? Nada es gratis, ellos van a cobrarles hoy o manana o vas a pagar mas cada mes.

Hay que saber varias cosas antes de comprar:

1. Muchas companias de alarmas tienen mas de 1000 quejas en el sitio www.bbb.org y Peak Alarm solo tiene 2 en 3 anos.
2. Muchas compañías van a darte un contrato de 5 años. Peak casi siempre solo hace contractos de 3.
3. Casi todas las companias van a checar tu credito y Peak Alarm no va a chequear su credito.
4. Compañías que quieren instalarlo hoy no quieren que puedes cambiar tu decisión. Peak toma como una semana a menos que tienes prisa y puedes cambiar después de firmar entre de tres días.

Comparing Alarm Companies in Utah

deciding on an alarm company

deciding on an alarm company

I will list come criteria below and then some of the Alarm companies here in Utah for comparison. I have listed the DOPL web site below and you can look up current licensing information on that web site to verify a company’s current status. If there are any errors on this blog please email Larry@Peakalarm.com and I will correct those errors. This is not a complete list of companies. Low price is not the best criteria when looking for a solid professional alarm company.

AAA Security 1/12/13/14
Alarm Control 1/6/7/8/9/10/11/12/13
ADT (Protection One and ADT are now one company) 1/5/6/7/8/13/14
Alpha Security 1/6/
Anchor Alarm 1/12/13
AMP Alarm 1/10/F score on Better Business Bureau
COMCAST BROADBAND SECURITY, LLC DBA as XFINITY HOME 1/12/
DELTA FIRE SYSTEMS aka 3D Fire Protection 1/6/7/8/12/13/14
Elite Home Security LLC 1/6/10
Gray Security 1/2/6/7/
Peak Alarm 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/12/13/14 Only 3 complaints listed in the last 3 years
Platinum Security Solutions 1/6/12/13
SIMPLEXGRINNELL -Multiple offices 1/5/6/7/8/
STONE SECURITY 1/6/12/13 Zero Complaints in the last 3 years
TRI-CITY ALARM 1/6/12/13 Only one complaint in the last 3 years
TYCO INTEGRATED SECURITY LLC (TYCO merged with Johnson Controls) 1/5/6/7/8/10 C- on BBB Score
UTAH CONTROLS 1/6/7/8/12/13 Zero Complaints in the last 3 years
VIVINT 1/2/5/6/ This company has over 3662 complaints in the last 3 years although they do a great deal of business

1.Licensed and Insured
2.Local UL listed Central Station
3.Local UL2050 listed Central Station for high Security
4.Full Guard and Patrol Division
5.Several Offices to serve you
6.Factory Trained and Certified
7.Fire Alarm Certified for commerical systems including inspections and installations
8.NICET technicians on staff
9.Under 1000 complaints on the BBB web site Better Business Bureau web site in the last 3 years
10.Under 100 complaints on the Better Business Bureau in the last 3 years
11.Under 10 complaints on the Better Business Bureau in the last 3 years
12. Under 5 complaints on the Better Business Bureau in the last 3 years
13. A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau
14. BBB Accredited

Some of the listed companies concentrate on residential home security systems and other companies do more commercial security. Some of the companies do Fire Alarm and some don’t so trying to compare is difficult. Trying to find a company that meets all of your requirements is possible and some people like to buy or support local companies which is another factor to consider.

When you have updated information please contact Larry Love at Larry@peakalarm.com and he can update your company information on this post. If there is incorrect information please make us aware of this as well. On the below web site you can look up Burglar Alarm companies or Contract Security Companies (Guard/Patrol) and you will find many companies that have had their licenses expire, some have been revoked and just in the list of Contract Security Companies 20 of those licenses have been denied. Do your research before you buy or invest with an Alarm company or Security Company.

This is not a complete list of companies so you can see the complete licensed list on the site below.

Verify a Utah DOPL Alarm company license

3-Mountain Communications RENEWAL DENIED
5 Diamond Home Protection LLC REVOKED
Absolute Alarm LLC DENIED
ADSCO Administrative hold
Advance Protection Services DENIED
Advanced Security Systems Administrative hold
AES Systems, Inc. DENIED
Affiliated Central Inc. DENIED
Alarm Services Inc. Administrative Hold
Alert Center Inc. Administrative Hold
Alert Electronic Alarm Company Administrative Hold
Alert Technologies Administrative Hold
All West/Utah Inc. Administrative Hold
Allied Security Administrative Hold
American Alarm Systems Administrative Hold
Ampition Home LLC – REVOKED
Anser-fone, Inc. RENEWAL DENIED
Any Hour Inc DENIED
Apartment Protection Sys Inc DENIED
Automated Security LLC DENIED
AXIOM Sales LLC REVOKED
AVI Security Renewal DENIED

As you can see from this small sample of just the A letters that many of the licenses get denied or revoked. I did not list the expired licenses which just on the first 4 pages were 16 of the approximate 44 companies which is 36%. There are several reasons that a company could be put on administrative hold and you would need to check with DOPL to verify individual companies. Also the citations that DOPL gives out our public record and can be viewed on their web site. DOPL is The Division of Occupational Licensing. To get a State of Utah license companies have to show that they have current insurance, training and they need to have a qualifying agent that works for them. You can look on the same web site to see a list of items you would need to apply as a burglar alarm company or company agent. There are tests that need to be passed and an application process that does take some time. Trying to wade through the hundreds of companies is a chore.

Very few of the above companies have the entire list of services. Some of the National Companies such as TYCO and ADT do have most of the services but their central stations are out of state but they are UL listed, licensed, factory trained and they do have insurance.

Many web site say TOP 10 companies or the best 5 or top 5 companies but what you need to understand is to be on those lists you simply need to pay to get on those lists. You don’t have a have a good BBB Better Business Bureau report or even be licensed. That is why I suggest you looking at a few other criteria other than a top ten list to decide which company to use.

In the above list there is a company that has been in business since 1969,is licensed, insured, factory trained, BBB accredited with an A+ rating,has a UL listed Local Central Station to monitor your security and fire accounts, has the UL2050 listings from UL for high security, has a full Guard and Patrol Division and offices in Idaho and Utah to serve you. Peak Alarm is a clear choice when you need to decide on a security company to do your commercial or residential installations. Call Larry Love 801 428 1384 Larry@peakalarm.com for more information or with corrections to this article.

Utah UL Central Stations

It might be less expensive but most of the time the cheap systems work out costing much more than getting it done right by a UL listed company.

It might be less expensive but most of the time the cheap systems work out costing much more than getting it done right by a UL listed company.

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.

The official UL web site

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) Avantguard web site
2. Peak Alarm (S1548) Peak Alarm web site ask for Larry Love
3. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints COPB (S25044)
4. VIVINT (S24880) 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)
2. L3 Communication Systems WEST (BP9385) L3 Communications West web site
3. Stanley Convergent Security Solutions (BP6295)Stanley Convergent Security Solutions Web site
4. The Boeing Company (BP6569) The boeing Company web site
5. TYCO Integrated Security (BP6471) 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)
2. Stanley Convergent (BP2072)
3. TYCO Integrated Security (BP34)

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)
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. 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 Mountain Alarm web site 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

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