Best Home Alarm Companies in Lynn, MABy - 02/17/2016
“Lynn, Lynn, the city of sin. You’ll never come out the way you went in. What looks like gold is really tin. The girls say ‘No’ but they’ll give in. Lynn, Lynn, the city of sin.”
Most residents of Eastern Massachusetts know this taunting rhyme that was written about Lynn. Though much has been done to clean up the city’s image; gangs, violence, thefts, and robbery are still widespread concerns. So if you’re a resident of Lynn, how can you protect your family from crime, particularly burglaries and home invasion?
Best National Home Security Companies in Lynn
One of the best ways to protect your family and your home is by getting a home alarm system. But from whom? As experts in home alarm systems, we generally recommend national home alarm companies over local companies for multiple reasons so we will start with national recommendations and then move to local. With that said, which national alarm company do we recommend?
Frontpoint is on top of our list of recommended national home alarm companies. We picked Frontpoint because they provide reliable home security and because they are known for excellent customer service. In fact, they are so sure about their service that alarm systems are offered with a 30-day, risk free money back guarantee.
Let’s learn a bit more about the equipment behind the system. One notable feature of Frontpoint’s equipment is that it is 100% wireless. There are several reasons why wireless is a good thing. First, installing a wireless system is easier and neater compared to wired systems which may require you to drill ugly holes on your walls. In fact, setting up a Frontpoint system can be done on your own in about 30 minutes. Frontpoint’s devices are installed using an industrial grade adhesive and for the most part will shipped to you ready to go. Another benefit of using a wireless system is that it is portable. If you ever have to move, you can pack up your system and install it in your new place just as easily as you did the first time around. Besides, Frontpoint doesn’t charge you anything for moving, even if you move to a different city.
A third reason why wireless systems are more secure compared to wired systems is that burglars know the weakness of wired systems — wires. Burglars can simply cut your landline wire to stop your control panel from sending signals to the monitoring center. But for wireless systems, there are no wires to cut. Frontpoint’s system relies on a cellular signal. Cellular signals are far more secure and reliable compared to landlines that can be disrupted by weather conditions.
Frontpoint has a wide range of equipment. They offer basic and touch-screen control panels, motion and glass break sensors, door/window contacts, image sensors, fire/smoke sensors, CO detectors, flood detectors, and security cameras. Beyond offering all the components a good home security system needs, the equipment is backed by a powerful software. With the right plan, you can connect your system with your smartphone through the Alarm.com app. It is a security and automation rich platform that lets you control and monitor your system from anywhere. This app works with iOS, Android, and Windows phones devices. You can access it as well using an Amazon Fire TV, Pebble Watch, or Apple Watch.
To get started you must choose one of three monitoring plans. Below is a brief outline or you can checkout Frontpoint’s pricing here.
The Protection Plan is the most basic plan. It includes 24/7 professional monitoring, intrusion protection, fire protection, environmental protection, and life safety. It is perfect for those who want protection, nothing more, nothing less.
The Interactive Plan is a more advanced option. It covers your basic protection needs plus Crash-and-Smash protection. What is that you might ask? It is a technology patented by Alarm.com. Basically, it makes it possible for your system to alert you and the monitoring center if a burglar or fire destroys your control panel. Besides this technology, the Interactive Plan also adds remote access and control through the Alarm.com app, email and text alerts, monitoring of your image sensors, light control, and geo-location service.
And last, if home automation is your thing, the Ultimate Plan is for you. Besides all the features mentioned above, this plan adds automation to your system. This includes video surveillance with HD video and night vision capabilities, live video streaming, and motion-based recordings. Also, you can add automated door locks to your system. You can control all this using the Alarm.com app.
Read our full review of Frontpoint here.
LiveWatch is also a great option. Just like Frontpoint, LiveWatch’s equipment is 100% wireless using equipment from industry leaders such as GE Security and Qolsys.
Equipment is backed by Alarm.com’s app. The app enables you to connect your system with your smartphone and control your security system and home automation system if you have one. As a partner of Alarm.com, LiveWatch’s systems are also protected by Crash-and-Smash technology.
Aside from Alarm.com LiveWatch has also partnered with ASAPer, a messaging platform designed to connect you and your family. It makes it easier to communicate with your family in case of emergency when communication is most vital.
LiveWatch monitoring comes in three plans. The first one is called Mobile Pro. This plan gives you access to 24/7 professional monitoring provided by LiveWatch, ASAPer, Crash-and-Smash Protection, and smartphone control through the Alarm.com app.
Total Home adds home automation to your security system. This means connected lights, smart locks, and smart thermostats can be added to your system. This also adds LiveVoice Assist to your panel—a direct voice communication with the monitoring center with just a push of a button.
Total Home+ Video is LiveWatch’s most advanced plan. It is security, automation, and video surveillance. The added ability to integrate a camera to your system is a huge plus because of what monitoring centers call video verification. Emergencies with video verification are responded to more quickly. The added security cameras also have the ability to stream live videos to your phone and capture videos based on alerts.
If you are looking for basic services only, you can subscribe to the Basic Monitoring plan which includes 24/7 professional monitoring and ASAPer services.
All in all, LiveWatch is a viable option if you are into home automation but wants it for a low cost.
Checkout our LiveWatch review for more information.
Local Home Alarm Companies in Lynn
Supporting local companies is a huge plus to a city’s economy. A lot of people are already going local. If that’s your choice, here’s a list of local home alarm companies servicing the Lynn area.
424 Essex Street, Lynn, MA 01902
Wayne stands out as a home alarm company in Lynn because it is the only one accredited by BBB. It offers security systems for both Lynn residential homes and businesses.
Wayne is a partner of Honeywell in providing quality equipment. Wayne’s security system includes burglar protection (motion sensors, glass break sensors, door window sensors, etc.), fire and carbon monoxide detection, environmental monitoring, and even personal emergency reporting systems.
One interesting fact about Wayne Alarm is that they house their own monitoring center which is tied with the police, fire department, and medical respondents. Just like with national companies, they provide you with a direct link to the help you need, verify the events, and then dispatch the appropriate authority to your place. According to Wayne Alarm, their typical response time is 8 seconds.
Wayne Alarm also offers home automation options including video surveillance with cloud access, live video monitoring, and motion-based recording. All of this is controlled through Honeywell’s Total Connect app. Besides video surveillance, Total Connect app also connects with compatible connected lights, smart thermostats, and smart locks.
Why You Need A Home Alarm System
Local crime stats for Lynn show that crime is still an issue.
- Robbery makes up ¾ of Lynn’s annual crimes. An average of 26.24 property crimes per 1,000 residents every year are committed.
- 1 in every 38 people in Lynn become victims of property crimes.
- Burglary and theft are the top property crimes committed each year.
- Basing on Lynn’s land territory, 277 crimes are committed per square mile.
Lynn has held its high crime reputation since the 80’s. The more crime, the more you need a system in place to combat crime.