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Comparing Alarm System Providers

The following pages are a summary of my research into alarm system providers in Tucson. I was obviously not able to contact every single carrier, but tried to get a range of providers, particularly those that I see represented in Sam Hughes.








Below is a summary table of my cost findings - trying to compare "apples to apples".

Apples to Apples Comparison

Company

Installation

Installation w/ cellular

Monthly Chg

Monthly Chg w/ cellular

Contract length

Central Alarm

$1,800

$2,100

$24

$34

3 year

Young Alarm

$1,495

$1,895

$29 (first year free)

$40

No contract

Guard Pro (ADT)

$450

$550

$34

$42

3 year

ESM, Inc

$1,580

$1,880

$29

$49

No contract

Assume installation includes: control panel, keypad, siren, 8 transmitters, 1 motion detector, 1 smoke alarm, 2 keyfobs


Central Alarm: 882-8142

Contact: Wayne Williams: 617-1349, 904-3901 (cell)

·        Central Alarm is probably the only completely local provider that owns and maintains their own monitoring system. This means that their monitoring system is also local. This can be both a positive and negative. It's positive because you know that whoever answers the call probably knows how to pronounce the street names; it could be a negative because that means they don't have redundancy all over the country. With the larger nationwide firms, or even the local ones that have national monitoring, if one segment of the country goes out (i.e. monsoons), then there are other regions to pick up the slack.



They provided me the following estimate for labor & materials for the installation:



My overall impression:

These guys know their business and probably charge a bit more than most (they were the most expensive). Mr. Williams was great to deal with, and I would definitely recommend him. He seemed the most apt to load up your system with the bells and whistles. Definitely leans toward over-protection rather than under.



Young Alarm: 322-5387

Contact: Graham Anderson





They provided me the following estimate for labor & materials for the installation:



My overall impression:

These guys are very good, and were more reasonable cost-wise. Mr. Anderson was fine to deal with.

We will likely go with Young because of the reasonable installation costs.



Guard Pro (ADT): 744-3867

Contact: Mort Palin (no relation to Sarah)







They provided me the following estimate for labor & materials for the installation:

$552 with a 3-year contract



My overall impression:

Mr. Palin was by far the most personable of the bunch. He is extremely accommodating and gives his clients his personal cell #. He is very interested in client satisfaction. I wish he worked for Young Alarm! I would love to give him my business because he's really interested in his clients. I just don't feel like we want to go with ADT again, but that is a very personal decision. They are clearly the most reasonable in terms of installation costs.















ESM., Inc.: 790-8992

Contact: Curtis Ziemba 349-3273 (cell)





They provided me the following estimate for labor & materials for the installation:



My overall impression:

Mr. Zeimbe was very personable and very well prepared - extremely professional. He is also very interested in client satisfaction. I was most impressed with ESM during the phone conversations, but have become increasingly concerned that they do primarily commercial monitoring. I don't think you could go wrong with these guys, but I don't think we will go with them.

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