Ackerman Security Reviews

 

In our 2017 Ackerman Security reviews, we uncover what you don’t find on the site… and real Ackerman Security customers reveal the hidden truth. Does Ackerman equipment combined with the Ackerman Security App stand up to the competition?

 

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Who is Ackerman Security?

 

Ackerman Security is a local security company operating in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic that provides a traditional approach to home security.  Ackerman operates their own UL Listed monitoring center in Atlanta, Georgia. Founded about 50 years ago, Ackerman Security sells,installs,services and monitors Honeywell security and home automation systems Georgia, Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC.

While their website paints a pretty picture of the the benefits of home security and  advertises low monitoring costs and price of entry…the site offers little detail.

Internet Ackerman Security Reviews often paint a different picture– with complaints of aggressive sales tactics, misleading advertising and auto-renewal clauses. And while they advertise low initial prices and rates….the price quickly escalates when they up-sell customers to the more popular products and services.

February 2017 Update:  The Atlanta Business Chronicle recently announced that the CEO of Ackerman Security, Jim Callahan, is retiring after 20 years of service.  Rich Perry, former CEO of Security Networks will take over as CEO.

Security Networks was a large regional dealer network which was acquired by Monitronics in 2013.  How this will impact the future of Ackerman Security remains to be seen.  Does this signal a transition toward a large independent dealer organization bearing the Ackerman brand?

The future of Ackerman Security is something of a question mark.  We’ll be updating this review as their story unravels…

Our Ackerman Security  summary and detailed editor’s reviews are followed by the Customer  Reviews and  a FAQ section in which we compare Ackerman Security  with some of the best home security companies. 

If you currently have an Ackerman Security system, we hope you will share your experience with our readers below.

Ackerman Security – 2017 Review Summary

 

This 2017 Ackerman Security Review Summary is followed by an in depth editor’s review and a section for

customer’s  Ackerman  Security Reviews.

These Customer Reviews and ratings are averaged and appear under the  editor’s “HSA Reviews” score in the “Users” votes.

If you have an Ackerman Security System, please share your experience in our section for customer reviews.

 

7.9 HSA Review
3.1 Users (10 votes)
Pros
A BBB Rating, Professional Installation, Competitive Monitoring
Cons
Limited Service Area, Website Lacks Transparency
Summary
A well regarded local, full service security company.
Reputation
Monitoring
Customer Service
Equipment
Price and Value
Website- www.ackermansecurity.com
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Facts and Features

  • HSA Rating - 7.9
  • BBB Rating - A
  • Years in Business - 49
  • SDM Ranking - 22
  • Equip. Man - Honeywell
  • Upfront Costs - DOS
  • Min. Monitoring Rate - $18.99
  • Contract Length - 36 mo.
  • Installation- Pro
  • Relocation - Hard
  • Equip. Warranty - 1 Year
  • Return Policy - 3 Day RR

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Ackerman  Security – 2017 Review

Reputation and Credibility

Ackerman Security was founded in 1967 and has almost 50 years of experience of protecting homes and families in the Southeast and Mid Atlantic. While the home office is locate in Atlanta, Georgia, they offer their services in Georgia, Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia.

If you do not live in these states, you should check out our Top Alarm Companies.

Despite being more of a regional provider, Ackerman ranks #20 in the SDM Top 100 and has an A BBB rating.

 

Monitoring by Ackerman Security

Ackerman Security operates their own UL Listed, CSAA Five Diamond Certified monitoring center, located in Atlanta, Georgia.

They offer a full menu of monitoring options which start at just $19.99/mo. for basic landline monitoring.  The Ackerman website lacks transparency when it comes to monitoring options and feature availability.  However, they do offer a la carte monitoring options- for example, get cellular and interactive features for an additional $14.00/mo.

Home Automation and Security Camera observation and offsite storage are also available…for additional fees, depending on consumer needs.

 

Ackerman Equipment  – Pricing

Ackerman Security is a Honeywell Authorized Dealer and offers a full range of Honeywell products and services.

Ackerman Equipment includes:

  • Intrusion Protection-Door/Window Contacts, Motion Detectors, Glass Breaks
  • Life Safety-CO Detectors, Smoke/Heat Detectors,
  • Environmental- Heat, Low Temperature, FloodAckerman Security Review-Honeywell LYNX 5100
  • Medical Alert
  • Asset Protection
  • Cellular Communication
  • Interactive Services
  • Home Automation- Z-Wave Lights, Thermostats, Appliance Modules, Door Locks
  • Security Cameras- Interior, Exterior, Pan and Tilt

They don’t believe in a “one size fits all” approach and don’t promote any particular security “packages”.  Instead, they advocate a more traditional custom tailored approach to home security, in which they will dispatch a “security consultant”, aka salesperson, to provide a security solution that is custom tailored to your home security needs.

While this might sound good on paper, be prepared to spend at least an hour with a salesperson that has been coached to maximize “upsells” and “close” the sale on the spot.

Check out an excerpt from an online review on Yelp.

Had a security system installed at the end of July by Ackerman.  Initial cost to me was almost $900.  Ended up getting the new Honeywell Lynx 5100 system (they charged $500 for the main system which online sells for $299.  The commercials for them tout their low monitoring fee (starting at $18.99 a month) this is if you still want to live in the stone-age (of alarms). Don’t have a phone line close by or a home phone service? That is ok you need to buy an additional GSM Cellular Communicator for $280+ then you need to pay an additional $6 per month. Want to control your alarm from your wireless device? Boom, another $8 per month for their Total Connect Package.

 

Customer Service

Their A BBB rating is indicative that they take the necessary steps to resolve serious customer complaints and issues that are filed with the BBB.  It should be noted that the majority of these complaints pertain to problems with the product or service. Extensive scrutiny of online customer rating and feedback reveals a number of concerns with misleading advertising, aggressive and misleading sales tactics, contact misinformation and difficulties  in cancelling service.

 

 Ackerman Home Security Review Summary

Ackerman Security is a traditional, local home security company that offers a wide array of products and services, and premium quality Honeywell systems.  They are a reasonably good choice for one who resides in the Southeast or Mid Atlantic who is looking for a locally owned company that provides customized, professionally  installed home security…and is willing to pay a premium price. Up front costs will likely be substantially higher than some of our top ranked home security systems.

There is little online transparency regarding pricing and their “old school” sales approach may make some people uncomfortable with the potential of having to deal with a “pushy” salesperson.

If you reside outside the service area and/or are looking  for the best values in home security, I would invite you to check out our Top Alarm Companies, before making a decision.

 

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Ackerman Equipment

 

Ackerman Alarm Systems- Security Equipment provided by Honeywell

Ackerman is an authorized Honeywell dealer and offers the full lineup of Honeywell products and services.

 

Honeywell Lynx Touch 5210

Ackerman Security partners with Honeywell to offer their customers a comprehensive line-up of state of the art home security equipment.

Control Panel

Honeywell Lynx Touch 5210

The brains of the Ackerman Security System is the Honeywell Lynx Touch 5210 panel. The Lynx Touch incorporates the majority of the most desirable safety and home automation capabilities.

  • Design- 4.3″ Full Color Touchscreen with  Intuitive graphical icon prompts
  • 64 Wireless Zones  means it is fully expandable.
  • 32 User Codes-enables you to easily control access.
  • Cellular – Accommodates cellular chip for wireless communication. Eliminates the chance of cut phone or cable lines.
  • Z-Wave- Most popular frequency for wireless home automation devices.
  • Wi-Fi internet capabilities- Can be upgraded
  • Supports 2 Way Voice
  • Garage Door Function- View and Monitor Garage Door Activity
  • Total Connect Interactive Services-Monitor and manage your system from any computer, tablet or mobile device.

Safety and Security Devices

Door Contacts – In addition to normal wireless window and door sensors, Ackerman Security Systems can also incorporate:

 

  • Bypass Door/Window Sensor permits you to briefly bypass a zone with the touch of a control button while not having to disarm the system.
  • Recessed Door/Window Sensor -Drilled straight into a solid wood door frame…so it can be  concealed from view.
  • Garage Door Contact-Designed for over head garage doors, this kind of tilt sensing unit registers a change in the angle of an overhead garage door.

Interior Protection

  • Motion Detectors-typical PIR (passive infrared) pet friendly (up to 40 lbs.) detectors protect a 30’ x 35’ region.
  • Glass Break Sensors – are dual technology acoustic detectors which identify the sound of breaking glass in areas having numerous glass windows.
  • Image Sensors-combine a built-in still digital camera along with a motion sensor. Could be interfaced with the Total Connect mobile application to make it possible to receive  e-mail or text notifications whenever motion is recognized.

Life Safety Products

  • Wireless Smoke Sensor- This multi duty smoke alarm includes a photoelectric smoke sensor combined with a rate of rise heat detector.
  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors-Detects the presence of CO- Carbon Monoxide.  Sounds a local alert and notifies the Central Station as well as sends an e-mail alert to you mobile phone.

 

Miscellaneous

  • 4 Button Key Chain Remote-handy key fobs that will allow you to arm and disarm the system as well as trigger a panic alarm.
  • Wireless Remote Panic Button- this particular water resistant panic button may also be used inside the shower.
  • Freese Sensor – Detects low temperatures to guard against frozen pipes.

Ackerman Security – Home Automation

  • Z-Wave Thermostat-This unique programmable thermostat could actually help reduce the electricity costs. This can be effortlessly programmed and managed from any place from the interactive App and may also be set up to regulate your temperature if the system is armed or disarmed.
  • Z-Wave Plug In Modules- connect straight to typical wall receptacles and control connected lighting fixtures as well as home appliances with the touch of a button through the Honeywell Lynx  control panel, as well as virtually any web enabled pc, tablet or smart phone via the interactive services of Total Connect.

Video Cameras

Ackerman also has doorbell and indoor security cameras available. All cameras are wireless and viewable through the internet through your wi-fi connection. Keep in mind, the cameras still require a power connection.

 

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How does Ackerman Home Security compare with the top competition?

 

If you live in the Southeast or Mid-Atlantic, and are looking for an alternative to ADT, Vivint  or Monitronics and want a professionally installed security or home automation system, Ackerman is a reasonably good choice…IF you are willing to pay a premium price and don’t mind scheduling an appointment with a salesperson to get an idea on pricing and contract terms.

There is a major lack of transparency on the website and a plethora of negative online reviews and feedback regarding their sales and contract renewal practices.We feel that there are a number of better security options offered by our top rated security companies and those listed in side by side comparisons, below.

Ackerman vs Armorax vs Frontpoint vs Protect America vs Link Interactive 

 

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Ackerman
    Ackerman Home Security - Logo-Go Pricing Table

Facts and Features

  • HSA Rating - 7.9
  • BBB Rating - A
  • Years in Business - 49
  • SDM Ranking - 22
  • Equip. Man - Honeywell
  • Upfront Costs - DOS
  • Min. Monitoring Rate - $18.99
  • Contract Length - 36 mo.
  • Installation- Pro
  • Relocation - Hard
  • Equip. Warranty - 1 Year
  • Return Policy - 3 Day RR
Armorax
    Armorax Blackbox Home Security Review

Facts and Features

  • HSA Rating - 9.2
  • BBB Rating -A
  • Years in Business - <5
  • SDM Ranking - NA
  • Equip. Man -2Gig
  • Upfront Costs - FREE
  • Min. Monitoring Rate - $24.95
  • Contract Length - 36 mo.
  • Installation- DIY
  • Relocation - Easy
  • Equip. Warranty - 3 Year
  • Return Policy - 30 Day
Protect America
    Best Security Companies- Top 5 Protect America

Facts and Features

  • HSA Rating - 9.6
  • BBB Rating - A
  • Years in Business - 20+
  • SDM Ranking - 15
  • Equip. Man - GE
  • Upfront Costs - $0
  • Min. Monitoring Rate - $19.99
  • Contract Length - 36 mo.
  • Installation- DIY or Pro
  • Relocation - Easy
  • Equip. Warranty - Lifetime
  • Return Policy - 14 Days
Frontpoint Security
    Top 10 Alarm Companies- Frontpoint Security

Facts and Features

  • HSA Rating - 9.5
  • BBB Rating - A+
  • Years in Business - 8
  • SDM Ranking - N/A
  • Equip. Man - GE/Qolsys
  • Upfront Costs - $99.00+
  • Min. Monitoring Rate - $34.99
  • Contract Length - 12/36 mo.
  • Installation- DIY
  • Relocation - Easy
  • Equip. Warranty - 3 Year
  • Return Policy - 30 Day
Ackerman Security Systems vs ADT Monitored Security

Ackerman Security vs ADT Monitored Security

Ackerman vs ADT Monitoring
7.9 HSA Review
3.1 10 votes
Reputation
7.5
Monitoring
8.5
Customer Service
7.5
Equipment
8.5
Price and Value
7.5
8.9 HSA Review
0 0 votes
Reputation
9.5
Monitoring
8.5
Customer Service
9
Equipment
9
Price and Value
8.5

If you are primarily interested in a professionally installed home security system, then both Ackerman and ADT are both prominent names in the southeast and mid-atlantic.

However, ADT has a national service footprint, is also professionally installed and is easily the most experienced and trusted name  in home security. They help protect over 6 million homes and businesses in the US…and have been in business over 140 years.

While Ackerman has a quality monitoring center, ADT owns and operates  6 UL Listed, 5 Diamond Certified monitoring stations staffed with the most highly trained professionals in the business. In the event of a regional disaster, calls are re-routed to another monitoring center so that ADT customers are never without protection…no matter what mother nature does.

Why Choose ADT Monitoring?

ADT Authorized Premier Provider – Protect Your Home will professionally install the most reliable, state of the art equipment. Their highly trained, experienced and  background-checked technicians will ensure that everything works properly and that you are completely comfortable with the operation of the system -which is monitored by ADT – the most trusted name in the industry. Benefits include:

  • FREE Security System -$850 Value*Cox Homelife Review -ADT Security Systems
  • Professional Installation
  • Superior Monitoring Redundancy- 6 Monitoring Centers
  • Local Nationwide Service Network
  • Superior Technology – Voice Control Available
  • Broad Home Automation Compatibility
  • Nationwide Relocation Program (certain restrictions apply)
  • $500 Theft Protection Guarantee (certain restrictions apply)
  • 6 Month Service Guarantee (certain restrictions apply)

*$99 charge for parts & installation with monthly monitoring services. Termination Fee Applies. For New Customers Only. (See T&Cs Below) So if you are looking at professionally installed  home security systems, you should definitely investigate what has made ADT the #1 name in the home security!

Get More Info on ADT Monitoring

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Ackerman Home Security vs Armorax

Armorax Security vs Ackerman

Ackerman vs Armorax
9.2 HSA Review
0 0 votes
Reputation
8.5
Monitoring
9
Customer Service
9
Equipment
9.5
Price and Value
10
7.9 HSA Review
3.1 10 votes
Reputation
7.5
Monitoring
8.5
Customer Service
7.5
Equipment
8.5
Price and Value
7.5

 

Armorax DIY or Ackerman Professional Install?

 

If you are looking at Ackerman Home Security, you are probably leaning towards a professional installation. If wireless systems weren’t so much better than hard wired…that might still be the way to go.  However, the vast majority of systems that Ackerman installs are wireless.

Security systems used to be complicated and require drilling holes, fishing wires and programming systems.

Today,  modern wireless technologies have evolved to the point where installing a security system from a reputable DIY Alarm Company means mounting a few sensors and calling in to activate the system.

Armorax pre-programs and configures the system before shipping it out…so installation is a snap.

Consequently, over 90% of DIY alarm customers found the system “easy to install”.

 

Reputation

 

Armorax has a  similar BBB Rating , but far fewer negative Armorax reviews and is fully accredited with an impressive 88% positive reviews on the BBB ratings page. This translates to a 4.67 out of 5 stars!

Ackerman Alarm Systems are only available in the Southeastern states of Georgia, Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland, where as Armorax is available virtually anywhere.

And with Armorax, there are no relocation or activation fees.  Just give them a call, remove the system components and set them up in your new home.

 

Armorax Pricing

 

When it comes to pricing, Armorax keeps it simple.

The basic system is the heralded 2Gig Technologies  GC2, and it is FREE with a 36 month monitoring agreement!

Add on components are competitive with the other wireless DIY alarm companies. (for current promotional pricing…just give them a quick call at …866-355-0640) Typically add ons are roughly half the price of professionally installed components.

But, the monitoring price is what really sets Armorax apart. Right now they are offering Cellular Monitoring for just $24.95!

And that is not bare boned monitoring it includes:

  • Alarm.com
  • Interactive Service- Arm/Disarm/Notifications and Alerts
  • Comprehensive Home Automation
  • Video Surveillance Monitoring/Management
  • Crash and Smash
  • Geo Services….and more.

All for $24.95/mo.

And that is NOT an introductory price.  That includes a Rate Lock Guarrantee!

 

Ackerman Pricing

 

Want pricing with Ackerman?  Good luck with that….

There is a major lack of transparency on the Ackerman Security website.  While they prominently promote their basic landline monitoring services, they do not list pricing for broadband and cellular monitoring or interactive and home automation services. There are no equipment packages or pricing to facilitate consumer comparisons.

Want details an pricing?  Well, you’ll have to take time out of your day to schedule an appointment with a  salesperson.

 

Equipment and Monitoring

 

Armorax Blackbox  security systems are comprised of top rated 2Gig Technologies equipment.

Based on these offerings, Armorax is taking the industry by storm. They  received our Silver  Award 2017 Top 5 Best Home Security Companies- Armoraxas one of the TOP Home Security Companies of 2017.

While Ackerman advertises  “Low 19.99 Monitoring Rates”….but, doesn’t openly disclose that the price is for landline monitoring.

Armorax systems come standard with Cellular monitoring -which means that there no phone lines that can be cut.

A basic Ackerman system is easily defeated by cutting the phone lines.  If you want cellular monitoring…it’s available…at an additional cost.

And don’t forget, you will have to include the Cellular Communication Chip….at an additional cost.

With Armorax– the basic system is free and includes  cellular communication chip! There are no additional costs for the cellular monitoring.

Once again, Ackerman does not list equipment details or pricing.  Expect to pay $300 or more for a basic wireless system, a couple of hundred extra on the cellular communicator, and  significantly more on additional wireless sensors to have them professionally installed.

 

Interactive Features

 

An Ackerman Alarm System  uses Honeywell’s Total Connect‘s interactive service platform.

Developed by Honeywell, it is a solid mobile app which offers full security and home automation management on IOS, Android and Blackberry devices as well as their web portal. It includes GPS Vehicle and Asset Tracking, and Advanced Protection Logic which is similar to Crash and Smash protection.

Armorax uses award winning Interactive Platform is provided by Alarm.com. It includes:

  • Smash and Crash Protection– alerts the central station of an intrusion- even if the system is destroyed
  • Geo Fencing– uses GPS location on your cell phone to automatically control security and home automation functions
  • Power Outage Notification – if there is loss of power, the system sends you an alert

In keeping with their “get the best for less”,  Armorax offers a premium touchscreen  2Gig GC2 control panel Ackerman Alarm Review- 2Gig Control Panelwhich  can display local weather 5 day forecasts and provide severe weather warnings in an emergency.

The GC2 is  equipped with an integrated Z-Wave communication module which enables comprehensive home automation and management capability of virtually any Z-Wave compatible device!

There is a nominal fee of just $49.95 to upgrade to the GC3, which gives you additional features and capabilities and a full 7″ touchscreen display.

 

Armorax vs Ackerman – a different approach…

 

Armorax customers will save hundreds, or even thousands of dollars over a professionally installed competitor- without the prospect of having to deal with a “high pressure” salesman in the home – or the hassles of scheduling  and allowing strangers in the home to install the system.

  • NO High Pressure Salesman
  • NO Hassles of Scheduling Install
  • NO Strangers in YOUR Home
  • Save Hundreds!

Armorax delivers state of the art, DIY security and home automation products with the lowest available cellular monitoring that includes Alarm.com services.  It is truly an unbeatable value.

 

Get More Info on $25 monitoring with Armorax Home Security Systems

Read our Full Review on Armorax Security

Call For FREE Quote- 866-355-0640

Ackerman Security vs Frontpoint Security

Ackerman  vs.  Frontpoint Security

Ackerman Security vs. Frontpoint Security
9.5 HSA Review
6.9 1 vote
Reputation
9.5
Monitoring
9.5
Customer Service
10
Equipment
9.5
Price and Value
9
7.9 HSA Review
3.1 10 votes
Reputation
7.5
Monitoring
8.5
Customer Service
7.5
Equipment
8.5
Price and Value
7.5

Although they both do a good job resolving customer issues, Frontpoint has a higher BBB Rating and a much lower number of complaints filed annually than Ackerman. And while Frontpoint is available virtually anywhere, Ackerman Alarm Systems are only available in the Southeastern states of Georgia, Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland.  Even if you currently reside in one of those states…what happens if you move outside of the service area? (see below)

Navigate to the Frontpoint site, and you will find pricing, equipment, monitoring rates, ownership and warranty policies all clearly spelled out.

Conversely, there is a major lack of transparency on the Ackerman Security website.

While they prominently promote their basic landline monitoring services, they do not list pricing for broadband and cellular monitoring or interactive and home automation services.  There are no equipment packages or pricing to facilitate consumer comparisons. Want details an pricing?

Well, you’ll have to schedule an appointment with a  salesperson.

Equipment and Monitoring

Frontpoint security systems are comprised of top rated  GE Interlogix and Qolsys equipment.  Ackerman Security vs Frontpoint - Frontpoint SecurityOn the site you’ll find  a full description with specs and pricing on all components. Monitoring costs run from $34.95-$49.95…and all included features are clearly defined.

They received our Gold Award as one of the TOP Home Security Companies of 2016.

Frontpoint systems come standard with Cellular monitoring -which means that there no phone lines that can be cut.

Ackerman focuses on their “Low 19.99 Monitoring Rates”….but, doesn’t openly disclose that the price is for landline monitoring, which is easily defeated by cutting the phone lines.

If you want cellular monitoring…it’s available…at an additional cost.

And don’t forget, you will have to include the Cellular Communication Chip….at an additional cost.

With Frontpoint– basic systems include integrated cellular communication and are just $99.00.…with extremely competitive pricing on their add on sensors.

Once again, Ackerman does not list equipment details or pricing.  Expect to pay $300 or more for a basic wireless system, a couple of hundred extra on the cellular communicator, and  significantly more on additional wireless sensors to have them professionally installed.

DIY or Professional Install?

Security systems used to be complicated and require drilling holes, fishing wires and programming systems.

Modern wireless technologies have evolved to the point where installing a security system from a reputable DIY Alarm Company means mounting a few sensors and calling in to activate the system.

Frontpoint pre-programs and configures the system before shipping it out…so installation is a snap. Over 90% of Frontpoint customers found the system “easy to install”.

Interactive Features

Ackerman uses Honeywell’s Total Connect‘s interactive service platform. Developed by Honeywell, it is a solid mobile app which offers full security and home automation management on IOS, Android and Blackberry devices as well as their web portal.

It includes GPS Vehicle and Asset Tracking, and Advanced Protection Logic which is similar to Crash and Smash protection. Fontpoint’s award winning Interactive Platform is provided by Alarm.com. It includes:

  • Smash and Crash Protection- alerts the central station of an intrusion- even if the system is destroyed
  • Geo Fencing- uses GPS location on your cell phone to automatically control security and home automation functions
  • Power Outage Notification – if there is loss of power, the system sends you an alert

After rigorous testing, Frontpoint has introduced a premium touchscreen  Qolsys control panel, which  can display local weather 5 day forecasts and provide severe weather warnings in an emergency.Frontpoint Security Reviews- Qolsys IQ Control Panel

The Qolsys IQ is even equipped with an integrated camera which captures and stores and image of anyone who arms  or disarms the security system.  So you will always know who has your codes and accesses your system!

Frontpoint vs Ackerman – a different approach…

Most Frontpoint customers will save hundreds, or even thousands of dollars over a professionally installed competitor- without the prospect of having to deal with a “high pressure” salesman in the home – or the hassles of scheduling  and allowing strangers in the home to install the system.

  • NO High Pressure Salesman
  • NO Hassles of Scheduling Install
  • NO Strangers in YOUR Home
  • Save Hundreds!

Frontpoint Security delivers state of the art, DIY security and home automation products

and the very best customer service in the industry.

Get More Info on Frontpoint Home Security Systems

Read our  Frontpoint Security Reviews

Call For FREE Quote- 844-688-2894

Ackerman Alarm vs Protect America

Ackerman Alarm Systems vs. Protect America

Ackerman Alarms vs Protect America
9.6 HSA Review
10 1 vote
Reputation
9.5
Monitoring
9.5
Customer Service
9.5
Equipment
9.5
Price and Value
10
7.9 HSA Review
3.1 10 votes
Reputation
7.5
Monitoring
8.5
Customer Service
7.5
Equipment
8.5
Price and Value
7.5

Protect America  is the leading provider of DIY home security systems and was chosen as our #1 Best Home Security Company of 2016! Ackerman Home Security Reviews- Protect America Reviews- Platinum Award for Best Home Security Company With over 20 year’s experience-,they deliver  most of the same benefits over Ackerman…without any upfront costs.

Protect America has removed the single biggest barrier to owning a security and home automation system by  eliminating upfront equipment AND  installation costs!

They use the highly regarded Simon XT control panel which is very easy to use, reliable and comes backed by a Lifetime Warranty. The Protect America Platinum Packages includes up to $1400 in FREE Equipment!

An Ackerman Security System will easily cost you hundreds, even thousands of dollars up front.

With their $0 up front pricing policy, Protect America makes it easy and affordable for virtually everyone to get a comprehensive home security system-without breaking the bank. They even offer a Rate Lock program that guarantees your monitoring rate won’t be increase as long as you are a Protect America customer!   Ask your alarm company if they do that…

Get the  Lowest Up Front Costs– with  Protect America !

Get More Info on Protect America

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Ackerman Security vs Link Home Security

Ackerman Home Security  vs. Link Interactive Security

Ackerman Home Security vs Link Interactive
9.2 HSA Review
10 1 vote
Reputation
9
Monitoring
9
Customer Service
9.5
Equipment
9.5
Price and Value
9
7.9 HSA Review
3.1 10 votes
Reputation
7.5
Monitoring
8.5
Customer Service
7.5
Equipment
8.5
Price and Value
7.5

Link Interactive is an up and coming  DIY alarm company-which is backed by over 60 years of experience in home security sales, service and installation. They are a division of  Mountain Alarm-a company that enjoys an A+ BBB rating…and an astounding 98% customer approval rating.

While Ackerman has had 207 BBB complaints in the past 3 years, Link Interactive has  not had a single case lodged against them.

While Link Interactive doesn’t install them, they provide  top of the line  wireless security systems from 2GIG Technologies. In addition to state of the art equipment at very competitive prices, Link Interactive offers premium monitoring features that include:

  • Crash and Smash
  • Geo Location
  • 2-Way Voice
  • Alarm.com Interactive Services
  • AND full home automation

All for just $39.99 a month.  Want video? No problem…just $5.00 more.

In addition to having unbeatable prices and a very extensive equipment selection, they have an experienced installation and tech support team to ensure that the system gets installed right!

For exceptional service, equipment and all-inclusive monitoring rates…check out  Link Interactive!

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Moving? Ackerman Equipment Relocation

What happens to my Ackerman Equipment if I move to any area not serviced by Ackerman Alarms?

One of the problems in dealing with a system that needs to be professionally installed is having to deal with relocation outside the service area.  Unfortunately, if you move outside of their relatively limited service area, you may have to absorb the costs of getting your Ackerman equipment re-installed…or have to pay a substantial cancellation fee equivalent to the balance on your contract.

Common Ackerman Security Complaints

Common Ackerman Security Complaints

The most common complaints on Ackerman Security reviews involve aggressive sales and advertising, poor customer service, limited service area, auto renewal clauses and high repair costs.

Can renters get Ackerman Security?

Does Ackerman Security install security systems for renters?

While they do not clearly stipulate that they do not, the majority of home security companies that offer professional installation require home ownership.  If you are renting a home, condo or an apartment, you will need to contact them directly and will likely be required to furnish documentation of landlord approval.

If you are renting, you should check out our Ultimate Guide to Apartment Security Systems – Best Alarm Systems for Apartment and Renters.

It is an invaluable tool for anyone looking for an apartment security system.

Do I need a permit to install Ackerman Security?

Is it necessary to obtain an alarm permit to put in an Ackerman Security alarm system?

As it happens, you do not need a permit to install Ackerman Equipment when the system is not professionally monitored. Nevertheless, as the as your Ackerman Security System is going to be remotely monitored with the aim of utilizing emergency response assistance, lots of local municipalities would require a permit.
In most cases, this involves very simple enrollment in conjunction with your city law enforcement or sheriff’s department together with some sort of moderate charge. One will probably also be asked to present the company name, address and phone number of Ackerman security, along with the their monitoring station.

Anywhere permits will be required, most cities will administer a one time service charge to enroll an individual’s home security system, even though cities demand a yearly renewal as well. Regarding cities with higher robbery and false alarm rates, failing to register may result in a refusal to respond to locations that lack a burglar alarm permit…although this really is somewhat exceptional. Having said that, our Ackerman Reviews would be incomplete if we did not make you aware that you may well be responsible for even more fees in the instance that law enforcement, fire or perhaps emergency medical support are dispatched to a physical address without a permit with regard to towns in which one is needed.

Even though a licence is in fact obtained, virtually all communities are going to assess penalties with regards to numerous false alarms. For the most part communities currently have procedures in place where your 1st 1 to 2 dispatches usually do not require penalties. And after that penalties and fees normally increase from $25-50 to your 1st enforceable offense…to $100-200 for subsequent recurring infractions.

For that reason, it’s very important that Ackerman Security system owners get hold of the town’s police department, discover what permits are expected, acquire a thorough comprehension of the local guidelines and ensure that they consider appropriate practices in order to avoid false alarms.

How to avoid False Alarms with Ackerman Equipment...

Techniques to help you Avert False Alarms with Ackerman Security

As previously stated, false alarms resulting from the use of Ackerman security equiment may be not merely a nuisance, but, could additionally place a distinct strain on your area law enforcement department as well as emergency services departments. While Ackerman Security won’t charge you, it may result in costly penalties from your local tow or city.

The vast majority of calls originating from Ackerman Home Security are caused by false alarms.  That is why, the largest percentage of municipalities enforce charges to property owners as soon as they go beyond a selected amount false alarms.

To protect yourself from expenalties, listed here are some recommendations to avoid false alarms.

• Make certain everybody knows how to disarm the burglar alarm. Your security alarm will have a master passcode, as well as a number of additional operator codes which may be programmed into the system. Attempt to make sure that everybody knows their code and is comfortable with the process of disarming your system.

• Ensure that everybody also is familiar with the security password. In the case of an alarm, the central monitoring station is going to typically contact your house for starters and request the security password to verify that the man or woman picking up is definitely an authorized party. If there is an alarm, if whomeveris picking up telephone call is unable to deliver the precise security password, the police will likely be dispatched.

• Confirm that all windows and doors are properly secured prior to setting the system. A entrance that’s been left a little bit ajar could possibly be blown open in your absence and set off the alarm.

• Ensure that all devices are mounted securely and in the most suitable places. Motion sensors need to be mounted at a height of 6’ as well as away from the fans, heating units, fireplace and air conditioning.

• Be conscious of items that may very well trigger a motion sensor. It’s not only the pets ..Air conditioners could potentially cause fluttering curtains or plants…and beware of helium balloons that can be transported within the home by air currents. Make sure they are tied down removed from motions.

• In a perfect world, pets must really be limited to areas removed from motion sensors. In the event that that is not manageable, there are actually “pet friendly” or “pet immune” detectors which can screen out smaller pets under 40, 50 even 80 lbs. Motion sensors can also be set up to generate pet alleys where by pets could move freely about. The alternative choice is to utilize glass break sensors as opposed to motions.

• Don’t forget to replace batteries when required. The majority of security systems employ Li-Ion batteries which probably have at least a 2 year likely lifespan. Your Ackerman Security App will typically warn you if the batteries are becoming low and additionally alert you should there be approximately 30 days of useful life.

It is advisable to acquire extra batteries and keep them readily available so you can remove and replace old batteries promptly. Your system will even report to you should there be virtually any failures of sensors. Should you have a system error alert, do a status check and check out the sensor. Contact Ackerman Security customer service whenever it appears to be not operational.

Save your user Ackerman Equipment manuals/codes/passwords in a very protected selected location where they can be checked when necessary. However, the best way to avert false alarms is to use your system regularly and ensure that everybody understands how to operate the system.

What are some of the other benefits of purchasing an Ackerman Security System?

8 Benefits of getting Ackerman Security, (or one of the Top Rated Home Alarm Systems)

Following is a just a few list of benefits and features that home security prospective buyers can take advantage of after they choose to acquire an Ackerman  home security system.

Ackerman Equipment provides you with protection against fire.  According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), a fire happens every Twenty-four seconds in the united states. In 2014 there were very nearly 1.3 million fires documented, producing over 13,000 injuries, three thousand of which ended up being deadly, as well as leading to practically 10 billion dollars of property damage. A monitored Ackerman security system ensures that heat, fire and smoke are detected at the earliest possible point in time, and that the fire department are promptly alerted – irrespective of whether you’re home or not. You might not be there to shield your home, pets and treasured ones…but your alarm system will make certain that help is on the way.

Keep an eye on CO concentrations with an Ackerman Security system. Carbon monoxide is  a colorless as well as odorless gas produced by ineffective combustion. Fumes from running automotive motors, propane stoves, generators, inadequately serviced home heating systems, burning timber or even charcoal can all wind up being deadly when undetected. Although it is common for one suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning to end up being nauseous, light headed, disoriented and too overwhelmed to summons emergency assistance…your alarm system won’t be.

Healthcare Emergencies- Medical alert pendants or watches give the aging adults or perhaps individuals with unique requirements to quickly summons help in case of an accident or health-related scenario. These wireless panic alert buttons will be able to typically operate within about 100’ of the base unit, and enable anyone to communicate directly with the qualified monitoring station operators in the event that equipped with 2 way voice communication.

The Ackerman Security App puts you in control

Online Ackerman Security reviews indicate that customers are very interested in  the home automation capabilites of an Ackerman Security system.

Ackerman Equipment enables you to:

Manage Temperature – Nowadays you can control temperature settings and also control the heat range of your residence from anywhere on the planet with internet access from your Ackerman Security App. It allows you to customize any Ackerman equipment you have installed to match your normal standard of living …and enables you to set up systems  to operate on auto-pilot any time you arm or disarm your system. Looking to have the property cozy warm or cool when you arrive home? The security system can be regulated manually from your smart phone with interactive programs.

Control Lighting- Set lamps to turn on conveniently when you rise in the Morning …and switch off any time you set the security alarm at bedtime. You have complete control right by using your home security system
Observe and Monitor your home with Ackerman Security Cameras

Keep an Eye on Pets- Ever wonder what Rover does while you are away from the house? Video cameras let you remotely observe anything that transpires when you are out and about. Keep tabs on your pets…and much more.

Check on  package delivery- Mount a motion activated outside Ackerman security camera and you’ll find out who’s knocking at the front door and may also actually receive an e-mail alert along with video clip if a package has been delivered.

Supervise Gun Display cases and sensitive areas -Your Ackerman Security Systems  will be able to monitor assets as well as particularly susceptible areas without having actually activating an alarm by using door sensors and programming them as non-reporting zones, that won’t trigger the alarm system, but that will prompt an e-mail alert.  This will advise you that a person has accessed a gun cabinet, liquor cabinet, home office drawer …or virtually any sensitive location that you desire to keep tabs on.

Pool area Entrance Notification- Special exterior wireless detectors can be positioned in a similar manner and placed on swimming pool gateways to alert you that someone has approached the pool area. There are special sensors that may detect activity in the water…

Door/Window Alert -From preschoolers to teenagers, your home Ackerman alarm system can assist you in keeping track of the whereabouts of the children. Every protected window or door will be able to activate a chime function to warn you that a window or door has become opened up – whether the system is activated or not. This makes it possible to keeps small children from wandering about out onto the street….and teens from embarking on evening adventures. (I sure am relieved they didn’t have this system on the market while I was in high school!)

Take Stock of Medications- While you might not see it mentioned in many Ackerman Security reviews…sensors can even be set to inform you when they are not triggered. For example, your sensor could possibly be attached to the medicine cabinet and programmed to inform you whenever the cabinet were not opened by a particular point in time. This will help to you maintain tabs on when prescriptions are actually being consumed …and alert you when they are not…

To determine just how budget friendly an Ackerman Security system can be… call them for a customized quote and then compare to our Top Alarm Companies.

 

Questions to consider before getting Ackerman Security

 

 

Questions to ask your self prior to deciding on Ackerman Security .

There are a number of concerns contemplate prior to selecting Ackerman Equipment.Since you are committing to a long term written contract, it is essential to look at a number of conditions before you sign any contract with Ackerman Security.

No matter whether somebody came knocking on your front door, called you on the telephone or you are actually responding to another glossy full page color offer which arrived in the mail….it is recommended to ensure that you have a complete comprehension of the many options available to you to make the most appropriate evaluation you possibly can.

 

Do it yourself compared to Expert Installation?

One of the primary issues to consider is whether you would like to put in the system yourself or perhaps provide for an expert installation.

The technology has become greatly upgraded in recent times to help make the equipment amazingly user-friendly…and quite simple to install.

The more experienced DIY alarm service providers have dramatically streamlined the installation program for you to keep it uncomplicated even for the most technically challenged folks. They will pre-program the whole system prior to sending it out, to make certain that all the client has to do is attach the devices and simply contact them to have the system initialized.

While online Ackerman Security reviews complain of poor installation and service, in excess of 90% of homeowners observed our best do-it-yourself alarms systems very easy to install!

Potential benefits to Do-it-yourself

• No Set up Expense – Help save hundreds
• Cut down Add-on Hardware Expenses – Generally up to 50 %
• Virtually no Waiting or Appointment setting – No reason to take time off away from work
• Boosts System Understanding
• Simple to transfer

Potential benefits to Professional Install

• Decreased Hassle
• Added Knowledge

Although an expertly installed system from Ackerman Security would definitely require a reduced amount energy, many people  found that the components supplied by the preferred DIY security alarm providers ended up  not being at all difficult to put up, convenient to use and consequently were able to save people a significant sum of money instead of professionally installed Ackerman equipment.

If you should choose Ackerman Security, you should definitely inquire how skilled your installation specialist is and if they have been background checked and have  undergone drug screening process. Inquire if your company uses their own employees or just makes use 3rd party sub-contractors. Utilizing subcontractors is not automatically bad (they could even provide more expertise than company technicians) nevertheless ensure that they should have undergone comprehensive vetting before permitting them inside your your house.

 

Ackerman Security Local Service versus. Nationwide Service

Whenever searching for the right security service to help you protect your residence and family members, we advise deciding on a nationwide home security company . In a mobile society, you will never know when you may have to transfer…and need to secure a your home located in another part of the country.

Ackerman Security reviews have  expressed concerns with some of the difficulties in getting Ackerman equipment removed and installed out side of their service area.

This is not a problem with a nationwide company like ADT Security. Additionally any of our Top Rated DIY Alarm companies can be easily relocated with any issues.

 

Will Ackerman Security be  simple to use?

Ackerman equipment has advanced significantly over the past several years.

And furthermore one of the many great things about breakthroughs when it comes to technologies are which experts claim manufacturers place a substantial amount of emphasis on simplifying the user interface.

The majority of  providers like Ackerman Security Systems employ modern touchscreen user interfaces which you’ll find easy-to-use and lead the end user with the aid of functions like for example arming, disarming, bypassing areas etc..

These days Ackerman Security Systems  interface with  completely automated interactive smartphone software, the Ackerman Security App,  equipped with home automation capability that allows you to control your residence from anywhere around the world equipped with computer access.

A number of systems are even making use of speech control functionalities via their own equipment, Google Home or Alexa. This mean you can perform most popular tasks by simply giving a voice instruction. Expect Ackerman Security to add this capability in the near future.

Although you might find that Ackerman Security reviews may suggest troubles with installations, service or billing problems, you will not usually see an Ackerman Security review which complains how the  Ackerman Security System is tough control.

 

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Ackerman Security Response Times

 

How Long Will It Require for Ackerman Security to Respond to an Emergency?

 

Even though almost every service provider promises to maintain the fastest reaction times on the market, it is very important recognize how to interpret these kind of claims.

Your Ackerman Security system should employ a 30-60 second access delay with regards to your main entrances to be able to permit you opportunity to disarm alarm. Alarm can typically be used on “Instant” setting if everyone is home. The siren will go off following any delay if your system is not disarmed.

Monitoring center response times usually are estimated from the time that an alert is delivered to the time the monitoring center contacts the home to confirm the alert. This time definitely should probably be within a sixty seconds. In the event nobody answers from the property, generally in most circumstances, they will make an effort to speak to everyone on the emergency contact list …and they then dispatch the authorities.

Even though you may find Ackerman Security reviews that report higher reaction times, the majority of the most effective home security suppliers do a first rate job – provided things are all functioning properly.

Ackerman Security suggests that your security system is tested out on a each week or perhaps monthly schedule to assure the system along with communications are unquestionably functioning effectively.

Nationwide, the average reaction time frame by the authorities is about seven minutes, though, this tends to deviate substantially based on the specific location of your home, the nature of the circumstance, whether there is audio or maybe on-line video validation through the Ackerman Security App  as well as the prevailing demand as well as availability of localized emergency assistance at the time of the contact.

In case you already own an Ackerman Security system and can offer data on their actual reaction times, please be sure  to mention your knowledge  in our customer Ackerman Security reviews.

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2 Comments

  1. Shanice Mattocks

    NEVER use Ackerman. They are scam artist and lock you into these ridiculous 3 year contracts. I was told by my installer that if I moved out of their network area then i would not be held to the contract. One year later I moved to North Carolina (which they do not serve) and was told that i would still have to pay the $1090 unless I could find someone else to take over the contract. I refuse to pay this nonsense.

    Reply
    • Mike HSA

      I am sorry to hear about your experience with Ackerman Security, Shanice. Unfortunately, this issue is all to common when dealing with a regional security company. Most of them will have a fairly reasonable policy when it comes to relocating a system within their service area, but things become a bit more complicated when you move outside the region where they provide service.

      Because the company absorbs much of the initial cost of equipment and installation, the company counts on the customer to complete the 3 year contract to realize their profits. Consequently, they are very likely to enforce terms of the contract…and any written terms will supercede verbal assurances.

      This is one of the many reasons we recommend working with a national company- like ADT, if you are looking for professional installation. They can relocate your system virtually anywhere in the US for free, or a reasonable fee- depending on the equipment and circumstances.
      The DIY Alarm business has grown tremendously as wireless technology has evolved-making it super easy for anyone to install their own system…anywhere. When you move…just give your service provider a call, and bring the system with you. Some of our top rated wireless companies even provide a courtesy movers kit.

      Of course, hindsight is always 20/20…and I am sure Ackerman did a good job of convincing you that they were the best option, originally. Hopefully, you can convince the new home-owners to take over your contract and avoid legal issues.

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