Home Security Systems Austin
The best home security systems in the world aren’t going to stop an intruder. It’s fact. Our door-to-door home security team have story after story of people using this statement. They argue that wireless door contacts communicating with a wireless security system won’t stop anyone.
They’re right. It won’t.
But that’s not why people spend ridiculous amounts of money on the best home security camera system or even on an ordinary alarm system. People buy security system packages for peace of mind. It’s the same reason you buy insurance. Look at the statistics. Especially if you are a young healthy, active person. It doesn’t make any sense for you to pay money each month for the rare chance that something life threatening happens to you. Yet we all do it. When you decide on a home security company and purchase an monitored alarm, you are paying for peace of mind. Statistically the odds are in your favor. Nothing should ever happen to you. But what if it does? We often read of that freak accident on Facebook where the crazy neighbor with mental issues decides to take action on an incident teen. We tell ourselves that will never happen to us, or our neighborhood is safe, etc. I’m sure that person had the same thought.
Are affordable security systems worth it?
We have zero interest in convincing you that you need additional protection on your home. Be it surveillance cameras, remote access door locks, smoke alarms, or window and door sensors, we cannot convince you of their importance. If you aren’t sold on the value an alarm brings, go no further. Is peace of mind worth a couple bucks a day? That’s the golden question. For those of you that feel it is, let’s dive a little deeper into some of the nuts and bolts of residential and commercial security.
First things first, there are a lot of options for you as a consumer when it comes to burglar alarms and home automation systems. You have the big players like ADT, Protect America, Vivint, Scout, Moni, LiveWatch, Armorax, Simplisafe, and Frontpoint security. These companies range in product offerings. Vivint Smart Home for example designs, manufactures, and sells their own smart security products. Other companies like Monotronics buy equipment from large manufacturers, brand it their own, and sell it directly to you. Still companies like ADT carry well known brands like Honeywell, DSC, and GE. Most of the above mentioned companies full service providers. Additionally a few of them are DIY companies that offer kits you can order online and install yourself. It all comes down to what you need and what you are looking for.
Home automation company vs. traditional security company
A frequent misunderstanding is the difference between these two types of companies. It’s a common misconception because a lot of times there isn’t much difference at all. Theoretically a home automation service includes smart products. These are things that are automated in nature and are controllable remotely. Some popular automated devices are locks, indoor cameras, exterior cameras, thermostats, garage door controllers, and on and on. Around 2011 these products were new and view as very innovative. Since then, nearly every existing alarm company has adopted at least a handful of these devices. As a good rule of thumb, if a company offers home automation packages, they will typically offer home alarms as well.
This isn’t always the case for home alarm companies, especially those that focus on commercial and business security. Many of these companies view “smart home systems” as untested and therefore untrusted. To them, an alarm is an alarm and any deviation from that is not worth their time.
"For the 1% chance something does happen."
How to pick the best company?
Before you can choose the company that will be best for you and our family, you have to understand what you want out of your alarm. Are you looking for the best DIY security system or are you looking for a home alarm monitoring system? What if you don’t know? This question tends to really hold folks up. They hear Dave Ramsey evangelize for Simplisafe, when for all we know he uses ADT at his own home. The DIY companies market their price point in all its glory and really do a good job turning heads. Our opinion will always be the same. “If it’s sounds too good to be true it usually is.” the DIY system has some major pros, like a cheaper monthly rate, shorter contract, and no hassle dealing with creepy technicians. What about the downsides? Due to the nature of the install (you are the technician) there is no one to blame is something goes wrong. Also, as is the case with an automobile, anytime the commitment is shorter there is usually more required up front. You will pay more out of pocket to get started. As for the equipment they use, that’s for you to weigh out.
Traditional monitored systems are going to come with a contract. There’s no way around that. Well yes there is. If you are willing to fork over a couple grand to get started then there is usually a no-contract option. The average security contract is 3-5 years and that varies from company to company. Another common sense nugget for you is that if the company is giving you more stuff up front for no extra charge, there is usually a longer commitment. These companies are businesses that also have to make money, you know that right?
Notice we haven’t said a single word about our company? It’s because we’re as tired as you are of the cliche companies that promise the world and don’t deliver. Our goal is to provide you with massive value up front, expecting nothing in return. We know that by doing this, invariably you will want to see what we’re all about. We know because not very many companies, especially companies in the home and business security industry. Instead of talking about how great we are, why don’t you let us show you that. If you aren’t overly impressed with your first interaction with us, go elsewhere. Seriously we encourage you to shop around, test the waters, and see what the experience is like with all the other options out there. If you do this and we’re as good as we say we are, it should be a no-brainer decision for you. Yes we have a home security contract. Yes we offer cameras, and doorbells cameras, and smoke alarms and everything every other competitor offers. The advantage you have with us is we walk and don’t just talk. Give us a chance, go look at our reviews. Search for home security consumer reports, cheap security systems, and anything else you need to get information on. Just give us a shot at your business, and you be the judge. Deal?
How to know if a company is legit
We’ve all heard the horror stories. The one where the bad guys pose as salesman and execute a home security scam. The little old lady is naive and kind and ends up getting taken advantage of etc. These stories are a dime a dozen and quite frankly a lot of them are fictitious. That doesn’t take away the fear we all have as a result of these stories of getting scammed. There are too many tools and a lot of lazy individuals looking for shortcuts to wealth. We have to be careful with every interaction and transaction we make. Fortunately or unfortunately, these in-person scams are happening less and less. It’s oftentimes the ‘good guy’ companies that are the real scammers. Let me explain:
If a company sits down with you and promises that the medical pendant you just bought for your mom is under lifetime warranty, make sure that’s confirmed. If after doing some homework you find out that it’s not, you better run because if that company can’t be honest about silly things like that, what’s going to happen when more is at stake? Internet reviews don’t mean anything. I say that for the good ones as well as the bad. The good ones are often done by friends and family in an effort to help the individual drive more traffic and convert more business, all done with good intention. The bad ones are typically anomalies that had a freak accident or incident and will spend the rest of their waking lives making sure you pay the consequence for their mishap.
The best place to get a review is from someone you know and trust that has or is currently using the product or service. Don’t go jump on the BBB and see what that companies ‘grade’ is, instead go do the old fashion and knock on some doors. If you see one of your neighbors has a security sign, go tap on their door and ask them their opinion. Unless they work for the company they have no motive to tell you false information, except for to save face if they made a bad decision. Our intuition tells us that if they were really ashamed of that decision there probably wouldn’t be a sign out in the yard in the first place.
If you aren’t a social butterfly and would prefer to stay inside, go to Facebook. It seems like almost every neighborhood in America has a neighborhood Facebook page. Go to the group or page and do a bit of looking around. There’s a high probability that someone else has already asked the question and you can go and see what people are saying. If you’re in a new neighborhood without much activity on the community page, go and throw out the question. The best reviews come from those that use the product and have no ulterior motive to give you false information.
What if I have an existing alarm?
In an effort to answer questions before they come up, let’s quickly address this one. If your home was built over 10 years ago in certain parts of Austin it’s likely there is currently alarm system wiring already in the home. That doesn’t necessarily mean you will be able to visibly see it, but more often than not the wiring will be hanging out of the wall in the utility room. If your builder was an detail oriented guy or gal then there will be a plastic plate that holds all the wiring in. Due to the nature of the systems that are popular and practical today, most companies will not even use this equipment or wiring. This may make you feel like it’s a waste, but with all the wireless security options available today the only thing it’s a waste of is everyone’s time. Wires rot, go bad, and can easily be snipped by an intruder. On top of that the installations take all day and sometimes multiple days.
If your home was pre-wired, just be aware that it won’t be of any value. Using old wiring with a new system is counterintuitive and will likely means additional work and headache that could have easily been avoided.
Make a decision
If you actually took the time to read this entire page, you know more about the home security industry than most sales reps and technicians do. It’s time to make a decision. If you’ve read this far, you’re interested in an alarm. It’s time to pick a company. Get as many quotes as you can. Talk to people that you trust and that actually use the product, not those that simply have an opinion of the product based on hearsay.
Give us a call and get a quote today. Ask us about our $50 gift card option for referrals when you do. We fully understand that people do business with people the trust. It’s one of our core beliefs that trust should be our number one priority. We hope this information was valuable and useful to you and hope to talk soon!