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Old 04-25-2008, 09:29 AM
 
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Fellow City-Data posters,

I am currently shopping home security systems and would like to hear your input regarding rates and services. If you feel apt to post your current rate, it would help me know if I am receiving competitive offers or not.

My circumstances are:

1) would prefer a 12 month contract.
2) need a cell-backup program because we do not have a land line at the house

Monitronics offered a $69.00 equipment fee. The monthly rate was 40 dollars and the first 2 months were free on a 36 month contract.

CPI offered a 200.00 equipment fee for their cell backup. The monthly rate was 39.90 for 60 months. Their VOIP was neat, but since I don't have a land-line, this feature would not be utilized. Their fire detection monitor was included and an extra keypad.

Guardian offered a 69.00 equipment fee. The monthly rate was 34.95 and the first month was free on a 12 month contract.

Universal Monitoring offered a 395 equipment fee. The monthly rate was 33.95 with a 3 year contract.

So far, I think Guardian is the best deal...personally I don't think an alarm is much of a deterrant, but the thought of my wife at home without some sort of alarm is troubling.

Let me know what you guys/gals think...thanks!
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Old 04-25-2008, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Steele Creek area, Charlotte
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Fellow City-Data posters,

I am currently shopping home security systems and would like to hear your input regarding rates and services. If you feel apt to post your current rate, it would help me know if I am receiving competitive offers or not.

My circumstances are:

1) would prefer a 12 month contract.
2) need a cell-backup program because we do not have a land line at the house

Monitronics offered a $69.00 equipment fee. The monthly rate was 40 dollars and the first 2 months were free on a 36 month contract.

CPI offered a 200.00 equipment fee for their cell backup. The monthly rate was 39.90 for 60 months. Their VOIP was neat, but since I don't have a land-line, this feature would not be utilized. Their fire detection monitor was included and an extra keypad.

Guardian offered a 69.00 equipment fee. The monthly rate was 34.95 and the first month was free on a 12 month contract.

Universal Monitoring offered a 395 equipment fee. The monthly rate was 33.95 with a 3 year contract.

So far, I think Guardian is the best deal...personally I don't think an alarm is much of a deterrant, but the thought of my wife at home without some sort of alarm is troubling.

Let me know what you guys/gals think...thanks!
There was just a thread about this about a week ago. When shopping for alarm systems, we did not look at the "best deal," but rather we looked at what company had the best customer service and the best response time. WE had ADT and we hated it. However, if guardian offers a 12 month contract then I would go with them if that is what you are looking for as with CPI we signed a 3 year contract. If you decide a 3 year isn't a bad thing then from my experience CPI has been wonderful for us. Good luck.
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Old 04-25-2008, 10:21 AM
 
Location: CLT native
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Just a data point.

I have CPI at my home and my business and cannot say enough good things about the service, the people, and the equipment. I also like that they have made a commitment to this market with their huge new monitoring center.

No connection other than a customer.
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Old 04-25-2008, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Just a data point.

I have CPI at my home and my business and cannot say enough good things about the service, the people, and the equipment. I also like that they have made a commitment to this market with their huge new monitoring center.

No connection other than a customer.
I hafta +1 this. We really like CPI.
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Old 04-26-2008, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Union County
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CPI is also the only one with a local monitoring station (here in Charlotte off 485). The others are in Florida and Texas. I have had them for 7 years and their customer service is AMAZING! They are not the cheapest, but they have really impressed me. They actually call and remind me every 6 weeks to run a test if I forget to check they system! They are great! I pay 34.95 a month btw.
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Old 04-26-2008, 03:46 PM
 
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I can't tell you how bad ADT messed up everything from equipment and appointments. I settled for CPI. My equipment ended costing around $800 and I $29.95 pm that won't change.
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