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Cut the Cord, or They Will . . .

Several weeks ago, we laid out  Quick Tips for Avoiding Home Invasions  . In that post, we outlined the advantages of dropping traditional phone lines for communication and going to an IP/ GSM (cellular dialer).  Recently in the Minneapoilis metro area, a rash of high-end home invasions has helped hammer home this point.

According to Kare 11,All of the crimes involved forced entry, outside telephone or alarm lines were cut in two instances . . . ”  With a traditional phone line system, even an IP system, once those lines are cut, the system can’t communicate out; no communication, no police.

At USA Security, we install systems (both commercial and residential) with an IP communicator and a GSM

communicator.  If the IP / Internet lines are cut, the GSM dials out over cell signal.  No cords to cut.

As an added feature, through GSM, you can add Total Connect.  This is the future of home security, allowing you to arm and disarm your system from any smart device.

A typical monthly monitoring contract is $25-$35 per month depending on features, for an additional $5.00 per month you can monitor a cellular dialer.  Don’t waste your money on a system that can be compromised.  Lets cut the cord!

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Home intrusion systems

Well this last week we actually purchased a 2gig intrusion panel.  I do have to say I was pretty impressed with the ease of use.  Not only was a simple panel to program, but it looks good!!  It has a touch screen (color) and it comes with Z wave technology so you can use a key fob to turn lights on and off.  Not to mention you can also use a remote to lock and unlock a sexy looking deadbolt!!  Ok Honeywell and DSC you better catch up!!  We are a Honeywell integrator but they need to get on their horse and come up with a product for the residential market that isn’t irrelevant.

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