Reader Recommendation Request: Home security

December 8, 2007 at 5:31 am | In Crime, Reader recommendations | 3 Comments

From KM:

With the recent rash of break-ins in my part of West Seattle, I’m wondering if anyone has recommendations for the best local alarm system installation and monitoring company to use? I don’t want to get one that’s expensive and find out they’re 1) crappy on response time and/or 2) monitoring, half asleep, in Montana (no offense to the Big Sky state.)

Please respond by posting a comment with your recommendation; thanks to everyone who helps with the RRRs, which are all archived here.

3 Comments

  1. I bought a house here that already had Brinks installed. I contacted them and upgraded the system. I have had nothing but a good experiance with them since. I have however never had to use them for an emergency, knock on wood.

    Comment by Eric — 6:29 am December 8, 2007 #

  2. We’ve used ADT for five years, and have no complaints. Response time is excellent.

    Comment by Luckie — 3:56 pm December 8, 2007 #

  3. I researched this before we installed an alarm system a few months ago. The big companies (Brinks., ADT) seem to have a lower initial cost, but the monthly charges are higher. Also, their equipment is “locked”, so you can’t change companies without paying a fee.

    We ended up going with a local company called Protective Systems. It was more up front, but the monthly costs are lower, and the service has been top-notch. No break-ins, so far to test them on, however.

    http://www.protective-systems.com/

    Comment by Scott J. — 4:00 pm December 8, 2007 #

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