With so much invested in their companies, business owners know how critical it is to keep their establishments protected. For years, they've turned to home security monitoring systems to keep their companies safe from burglars. Home security monitoring systems provide around-the-clock support from alarm specialists when trouble occurs. The systems consist of entry sensors and motion sensors to protect homes from break-ins, smoke and heat detectors that protect against fire, and flood sensors, temperature sensors and carbon monoxide detectors. When a sensor goes off, the system transmits emergency signals through a telephone landline, cellular phone connection or broadband internet connection to the security system's monitoring station, which dispatches police or fire crews when needed. Some security monitoring systems offer a two-way voice intercom, eliminating the need for a phone call. If the alarm goes off, the intercom connects the business owner or employee directly to the monitoring station.
#1 FrontPoint Security
FrontPoint Security provides extensive tips and advice keep a business safe. The security company offers a wide variety of security devices, including cameras, door and window sensors, glass break sensors, motion sensors, garage door overheads and ear-piercing sirens for home intrusion protection. FrontPoint also provides smoke and heat sensors for fire protection and carbon monoxide, flood and freeze sensors for environmental hazards. Customers can customize their system to include as many or as few features as they want.
Monitoring Services: FrontPoint Security offers three options, all of which are monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week and include burglar and intrusion monitoring devices as well as fire, environmental and life safety devices. The higher-priced packages include the ability to access the system remotely and receive instant alerts, as well as automation options for locks and lights and wireless video surveillance.
Help and Support: FrontPoint Security provides an extensive online help center, which includes eBooks and videos with information about security monitoring and security devices and safety tips. In addition, support personnel are available for help via phone, email or live chat on the company's website.
#2 Protect America
Protect America scores high marks for making it simple to get started by offering its high-end equipment free of charge, which can save users several hundred dollars in initial setup costs. The company's most basic package includes a control panel, three door or window sensors, one motion detector and an internal siren or door chime, while its most comprehensive features a control panel, 15 door or window sensors, one motion sensor and an internal siren or door chime. Every package comes with a battery backup, three window decals and a yard sign. Protect America also provides a number of wireless security devices, such as temperature sensors, glass break detectors and garage door sensors. Protect America does not install the system, so it must be hooked up by the customers.
Monitoring Services: Protect America offers a number of options for security monitoring, including a landline telephone, broadband Internet, or cellular connection. The system features a short delay that allows enough time for the business owner to enter and deactivate the system during normal use, or to deactivate the alarm if it is set off accidentally. In addition, Protect America has a two-way voice system that connects the user directly to the security monitoring station, which precludes the need for the monitoring station to call the business when the alarm is triggered.
Help and Support: The Protect America support team can be reached for help by phone, email or live chat. If one of the devices is malfunctioning, customer support can help determine whether it needs to be reset or replaced, and the company immediately ships out replacement products when needed.
SafeMart offers a broad range of home monitoring services and security equipment. SafeMart does not provide installation services, but detailed instructions for installation are included. Customers have their choice of using as many security devices as needed, including entry point sensors and motion detectors for burglary protection, smoke and heat detectors for fire protection and carbon monoxide detectors and flood sensors for environmental hazards.
Monitoring Services: SafeMart's UL-listed monitoring station is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The company offers both landline and cellular-based security systems. Customers have the option of using a combination of wired and wireless devices that can be hooked up to the same control panel.
Help and Support: SafeMart's 24-hour tech support can be reached by phone, email and live chat. If one of the devices is not working properly, the tech support department will help isolate the problem over the phone to see if a replacement device is needed.
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