Burglar Alarm Systems Frequently Asked Questions

What Does a Burglar Alarm Do?
A burglar alarm is one of the three main types of alarms that can occur on a system. It means that there is some type of intrusion. Learn more about burglar alarms.
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How Does Home Security Work?
The main principle of home security is having a panel that sends outbound signals to alert others when a security sensor is activated. Learn more about home security.
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How Do I Arm My Alarm System?
The process for arming an alarm system differs between wireless and hardwired systems. Both system types follow a simple process. Learn how to arm your alarm system.
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How Long Is an Alarm Contract?
The length of an alarm contract is determined by the alarm monitoring company and agreed upon by the end user. At Alarm Grid, we are a no-contract monitoring company, and we do not lock our customers into any sort of contract. Learn more about why alarm contracts are a major hassle.
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Honeywell vs 2GIG vs Qolsys
Honeywell, 2GIG and Qolsys are three different manufacturers of security systems. Each of these companies produces outstanding panels that are designed for use with alarm monitoring service. Let's take a closer look at Honeywell, 2GIG and Qolsys and see what each company has to offer.
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What Is the Metlife Homeowner's Insurance Discount Given for Owning an Alarm System?
According to Metlife, a homeowner can expect a discount on their insurance premium of anywhere from 5% to 15% for owning an alarm system. However, this discount is dependent upon several different factors. Learn more about the insurance discounts offered by Metlife for owning an alarm system.
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What Is the American Family Insurance Homeowner's Insurance Discount Given for Owning an Alarm System?
American Family Insurance will offer a homeowner a 5% discount in home insurance for burglary coverage and another 5% discount for fire coverage. Their alarm system must be set up with a central monitoring station in order to receive these discounts. Learn more about AmFam Insurance discounts.
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Can I Get Notified by My VISTA When an Alarm is Set Off?
A user can choose to receive text and email alerts from Total Connect that will notify them whenever an alarm event occurs on their VISTA system. To do this, the VISTA system must first be set up with the Total Connect platform. An internet or cellular connection is needed to connect to the service.
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