Best Home Security Company in Alhambra, CABy - 02/11/2016
Alhambra may not be the best place to visit, but it is one of the nicest places to live. Alhambra is a typical suburb with parks, pools, and sports facilities. Also, you get to be close to Pasadena, the host of the annual Rose Parade. Isn’t that exciting?
However peaceful Alhambra may be, they still have their fair share of crime. If you live in Alhambra, which home alarm system should you choose?
National Home Alarm Companies Serving Alhambra
There are multiple home security options for Alhambra and we are going to break down the options by national companies and local. National companies service the whole US (and sometimes beyond). Though most people think ADT when they think national home alarm companies, there are options beyond ADT that offer comparable technology for less money with better service. For those living in or thinking of moving to Alhambra we recommend Frontpoint Security and LiveWatch.
Frontpoint is ranked number one because of its excellent combination of high-quality equipment and good customer service. Frontpoint has an A+ BBB rating and it is an Angie’s List Super Service Award winner. It also receives high customer satisfaction ratings on multiple online review sites including Yelp.
When it comes to equipment, Frontpoint’s is 100% wireless. A wireless home alarm system is a huge advantage but keep in mind that both Frontpoint and LiveWatch are self-installed. The equipment comes with a high grade adhesive that you use to stick the equipment where you want. The process is simple, I’ve done it personally, but recognize that self-installation isn’t for everyone. Also, I recommend against getting their camera option. It is more cost effective to add your own home security camera and the technology will be better. With those two things out of the way, back to the positive.
Frontpoint’s system revolves around the control panel. It communicates with the monitoring center using cellular signal? It is more secure than using your telephone for monitoring as most burglars look for wires to cut. It is also more practical because it doesn’t require paying for a phone line.
What about monitoring? Frontpoint has three monitoring plans from basic monitoring all the way up to home automation and video surveillance.
Basic monitoring is available in the Protection Plan. It includes 24/7 professional monitoring of intrusion sensors (motion detection, glass break sensors, door/window sensors), fire protection, and environmental protection (flood sensors).
A few more features are added if you sign up for the Interactive Plan which includes basic monitoring, Crash & Smash technology, email and text alerts, smartphone control, light control, image sensor monitoring, and geo-location services. Crash & Smash protection is a patented technology from Alarm.com. Basically, it alerts you and the monitoring center if someone manages to destroy your control panel.
And finally, the Ultimate Plan. It includes everything from basic monitoring to complete home automation with the inclusion of video surveillance. With this plan, you can watch live videos from your connected camera or have it record any motion it senses.
Read our full review of Frontpoint for more info.
LiveWatch is another great option that services the whole US. LiveWatch offers basic and touch-screen control panels, motion sensors, glass break sensors, door/window sensors, surveillance cameras, fire protection equipment, environmental protection equipment, and home automation devices.
LiveWatch Security has partnered with Alarm.com and ASAPer to back their technology with added software. Their partnership with Alarm.com is a huge advantage. First, it allows users to use Alarm.com’s app to control their security and automation system. Second, it gives users the protection of Alarm.com’s patented Crash and Smash technology.
ASAPer is yet again another app that makes it easier for LiveWatch users to respond to emergency situations. It is basically a messaging platform that connects households. So when emergencies happen, there’s no need to make a frantic call to your spouse, your children, your mother-in-law; instead, use ASAPer which will send one message to everyone so that everyone is on the same page with one click.
When it comes to monitoring, LiveWatch offers three monitoring plans for every budget and preference. The first monitoring plan is called Mobile Pro which includes 24/7 professional monitoring, access to smartphone control through Alarm.com, ASAPer, and Crash & Smash protection.
Automation starts with the Total Home plan. Besides security, it adds automation to your system so you can connect smart lights, thermostats, smart locks and more. It also adds LiveVoice Assist. With it you can use your control panel to directly speak with an operator in the monitoring center. It is a valuable lifeline during an emergency.
And finally, Total Home+Video – LiveWatch’s most advanced monitoring plan. It is similar to Total Home but with the added protection of video surveillance. It adds live video streaming of videos to your devices and it has a Smart Video Capture feature which automatically triggers your camera to record footage when alarm events occur.
Besides these monitoring plans, one can also opt in to a basic plan which provides 24/7 monitoring, ASAPer, and nothing more. This basic plan is $19.95 a month.
Read our full review of LiveWatch for more info.
Local Home Alarm Company In Alhambra
Going with a local home alarm company has some advantages. That said, what are your local home alarm options in Alhambra?
San Marino Security Systems
There are no local home alarm companies right in Alhambra, but there are alarm companies nearby that provide service to Alhambra residents. San Marino Security Systems is one such option.
San Marino Security Systems offers products that can protect your home from intrusion and fire. They use a mixed approach to security. Some of their products can be hardwired and some can be wireless. They also sell cellular chips to provide your control panel with backup communication should the original method fail. The downside of San Marino is that they don’t offer home automation. The bright side is that all equipment comes with a 5 year warranty.
San Marino Security Systems
2405 Huntington Drive
San Marino, CA 91108
Office: (626) 285 7778
Why You Need A Home Alarm Company
You may be wondering why getting a monitored alarm system for your home is encouraged. The answer is simple—crime is everywhere.
- With a crime rate of 23.33 per 1,000 residents, Alhambra is safer than 35% of US cities.
- What’s worrying is that out of almost 2,000 annual crimes, 1,800 are property crimes. There are 10 times more property crimes than violent crimes in Alhambra.
- There are 21.8 property crimes per 1,000 residents and a 1 in 47 chance of becoming a victim.
- Theft tallied as the top property crime. Followed by burglary and motor vehicle theft.
- Crimes per square mile are pretty high in Alhambra. There are 259 crimes per square mile compared to the national average which is 37.9.
Security is something you should never compromise. No one knows when an intrusion will happen. That said, protect yourself, your family, and your home with the help of a home alarm system.