LiveWatch Reviews

 

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Is LiveWatch the top DIY Alarm Company worth watching in 2017?  Our LiveWatch Reviews reveal the latest updates. Find out what Livewatch Security customers think about their Livewatch Security App, ASAP’er.

 

LiveWatch Security 

 

Live Watch has undergone quite a bit of change over the past few years…so, one needs watch pretty carefully to keep up. Overall, online customer Livewatch Reviews are pretty positive, but the company evolution over the past few years has resulted in a certain amount of brand identity and customer confusion.

Previously independently owned and co-branded as SafeMart,  they are now owned by Monitronics, which has recently re-branded as Moni.

 

LiveWatch Price Increases

 

If that hasn’t confused you, perhaps the pricing will.  At one point, they were a clear cut value leader, offering cellular monitoring for just $19.99.  They kept it pretty simple with 3 plans that ranged from $19.99 to $39.99.  However, since they changed hands…the monitoring portfolio has expanded to 4 tiers ranging from $29.99 to $49.99.

That represents a pretty significant cost increase.

However, they have included additional equipment in their higher price plans. So, while they still represent a solid security value, Livewatch Security pricing is now much more in line with competition.

Although they differentiate themselves by offering a one year contract with no early termination fee, this also gives them the option of increasing the rates with little notice. Will they continue to increase prices?

We are keeping a close eye on new developments…

So read on…you be the judge. And don’t forget to share your experiences.

A LiveWatch Security summary and detailed reviews are followed by the customer LiveWatch  Reviews and  a FAQ section in which we compare LiveWatch with some of our top rated alarm companies. 

If you currently have a Live Watch Home Security system, we hope you will share your experience with our readers below.

 

Potential LiveWatch customer….or current LiveWatch Security client?

 

Thinking about protecting your loved ones by way of a LiveWatch home burglar alarm system?…Or maybe you have already been a LiveWatch customer and are interested in leaving or reading Live Watch reviews…. or possibly just looking for additional information about  their products and services.

The Home Security Advisor is intended as a comprehensive resource to assist you in obtaining the facts you need to come up with intelligent decisions with regards to home security and the how you can take care of your home as well as loved ones.

As well as in depth research and bottom line reviews, you’ll find an area for genuine customer reviews, mini side-by-side comparisons with reputable competitors, and common questions …as well as tips for avoiding false alarms, how to minimize ones insurance charges and several other potential benefits to possessing a Livewatch system.

To assist you in learning more about LiveWatch Security and and see how they compare with other top selling home security suppliers, take a look at our convenient table of contents, with “quick jump” links that can assist you navigate right to the segments that are most significant to you.

LiveWatch Reviews – Summary

Editor’s and customer Livewatch Reviews – (Customer ratings averaged and summarized in “Users” votes)

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Pros
A+ BBB Rating, 1 Year Equipment Return Policy, Flexible Contract Options
Cons
Self Install Only, Limited Website Info
Summary
Outstanding Customer Service with a variety of unique monitoring options.
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Monitoring
Customer Service
Equipment
Price and Value

Website- www.livewatch.com

    Best Security Companies- Top 5 Livewatch Security

Facts and Features

  • HSA Rating - 9.2
  • BBB Rating - A+
  • Years in Business - 14
  • SDM Ranking - NA
  • Equip. Man - GE/Qolsys
  • Upfront Costs - $99.00+
  • Min. Monitoring Rate - $29.95
  • Contract Length - 12 mo.
  • Installation- DIY or Pro
  • Relocation - Easy
  • Equip. Warranty - Lifetime
  • Return Policy - 1 Year

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Reputation and Credibility

 

Launched in 2002 by Chris Johnson, LiveWatch is a relative newcomer in the home security industry. However, they have distinguished themselves by offering world class customer service and a very customer centric approach that dispenses of the typical 3-5 year monitoring contracts in lieu of a shorter one year agreement- while still offering significant savings on up front equipment costs..  Based in St. Marys, Kansas -Livewatch protects over 200,000 homes and families and has an A+ BBB rating.

LiveWatch Monitoring

 

LiveWatch Home Security is unique in that it offers a substantial equipment subsidy with just a one year monitoring agreement-(the current discount changes periodically) Their UL Listed, Five Diamond Certified monitoring station provides 24/7 protection against intrusion, medical and personal safety, fire and environmental hazards.

LiveWatch offers a complete portfolio of monitoring options- the majority of which include fully integrated cellular communication modules. This eliminates the possibility of defeating the system by disabling cable or landlines.  Their more advanced monitoring packages, Mobile Pro, Total Home, and Total Home + Video all incorporate Alarm.com‘s “Crash and Smash” technology which will notify the monitoring station even if the system is destroyed.

A truly unique feature of all the cellular monitoring packages is the ASAPer which notifies all members on the emergency contact list almost immediately by their choice of phone, SMS or e-mail via an application which enables group alerts and communications.

 

ASAPer- Revolutionary Notification Platform

Live Watch Home Security Monitoring Packages

 

Cellular– The basic plan provides 24/7 coverage including intrusion, medical and personal safety, fire and environmental hazards. The cost is $29.95/mo. and includes 100% cellular monitoring.

Mobile Pro-This plan provides the same coverage as the basic and also includes LIVE Voice Assist, interactive capabilities and “Crash and Smash” technology.  The system can be monitored and controlled remotely through Alarm.com’s interactive App and will also enable you to arm, disarm and control your system  from a computer, tablet or mobile device. Mobile Pro is available for $34.95/mo.

Total Home– The next level of control and protection includes all of the above features and is enabled to also include full home automation and video capture and notification capabilities, as well as advanced security alerts and their 2-way voice intercom Live Voice Assist. The cost for their most comprehensive package is just $39.95/mo.

Total Home + Video – For an additional $10 a month, you get live video streaming capabilities- through the Alarm.com interactive platform. Livewatch includes a FREE 720P High Def Wireless IP Video Camera with night vision- for just $49.95 a month.

    Best Security Companies- Top 5 Livewatch Security

Available Options

  • 24/7 Monitoring
  • 100% Secure Wireless
  • ASAPer Rapid Alarm
  • Crash and Smash
  • Smartphone Control
  • $200 Protect IQ Discount
  • Live Voice Assist
  • Home Automation
  • Location Based Control
  • Advanced Security Alerts
  • Smart Image Capture
  • Live Video Streaming
  • Includes Video Camera

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Pricing and Equipment

 

The Control Panel that is included in the Plug and Protect Basic  is the GE Simon XT, which offers 40 zones of protection, a 100 event history buffer and includes an integrated cellular communicator. The system  can be fully customized to meet individual needs and preferences. The basic system is the standard 2 doors, a motion detector and a remote wireless keypad- just $99 with a one year agreement.

The Control Panel in their Plug and Play IQ is made by Quolsys. It is a technological home Livewatch Security Review-2015=iq-securityautomation tour de force which incorporates the cellular, wi-fi and z-wave communication technologies within a gorgeous 7’ Android touchscreen user interface. This panel will even display current weather conditions and has a built in camera to identify who is disarming the system. It is a great  value at the regular pricing, but is a truly exceptional value with the current pricing of just $99 with either Mobile Pro or Total Home monitoring subscriptions.

The cost of additional sensors are extremely competitive, with door and window sensors starting at just $30.

There is a comprehensive selection of equipment available to meet virtually any security, home automation, energy management or surveillance needs- with Plug and Protect monitored systems carrying a lifetime warranty.

LiveWatch Security Customer Service

 

With an A+ BBB rating, LiveWatch shows a strong commitment to providing superior customer service and an unheard of 1 Year Return Policy on monitored systems. Online feedback would seem to indicate that there is room for improvement in tech support on some of the new technology.

In addition to online videos, tutorial and e-books, they offer outstanding telephone, live chat and e-mail support.

 

Summary- LiveWatch still strong, but slips out of Top 5

 

LiveWatch is a top contender and was recognized as one of our Top 5 Best Home Security Companies of 2016 -receiving the Bronze Award.

2017 Update – However, the aggressive $25 a month promo by Armorax has bumped LiveWatch out of  of the Top 5 . SEE Armorax Plans.Best Alarm System - Link Interactive

As evidenced by their A+ BBB rating, Livewatch offers exceptional  customer service and one of the most complete  security and home automation programs in the industry.  They offer one of the most comprehensive product portfolios in the industry as well as some unique advanced monitoring services –featuring the ASAPer and Crash and Smash technologies.

Not only do they require a very minimal  one year monitoring commitment, but they also offer a full 1 year return policy.  In doing so,  LiveWatch has virtually eliminated consumer risk. LiveWatch Security is an outstanding option for anyone looking to protect their home and family with a quality security and home automation system.

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LiveWatch   Equipment

Control Panels

Livewatch offers 2 control panels- the GE Simon XT for their standard Plug and Protect basic plan, and a free upgrade to the Qolsys IQ  on the Plug and Play IQ plans. Both are excellent systems. The Simon XT is a proven performer with a longer track record for reliable performance in the field, while the Qoslys IQ panel is a relative newcomer-with an impressive feature set.

GE Simon XT– This 40 Zone system (2 of which can be hardwired) is large enough to accommodate almost any configuration of sensors.  The Simon XT can be programmed with up to 9 user codes to monitor and control access and comes with a 24 hour back up battery, voice annunciation for alarm instructions and system status updates and a chime feature to alert you when a door or window is opened.

  • Simon XT Touchscreen Keypad- Up to 4 additional keypads can be added to the system enabling one to manage the system and hear audible alerts and alarms  from the bedroom, office etc. This attractive full color 3.5” touchscreen panel enables you to arm and disarm the system as well as activate emergency panic buttons.

Qolsys IQ- While a relative newcomer on the security scene, the Qolsys IQ is finding it’s way into the homes (and hearts) of homeowners at an alarming rate. (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun) Considered by many to be the new Swiss army knife of home security control panels, this system has it all.

It starts out with a gorgeous 7” full color touchscreen user interface which responds to the users’ touch even with gloves on. (a welcome feature as temperatures begin to plummet during the winter months) The built in camera captures a picture to identify who is disarming the system so that you can better control system access.

The Qolsys control panel incorporates multiple cellular communication technologies as well as Wi-Fi, Z-Wave and even Bluetooth to accommodate virtually any communication platform-and the dual path technology allows for both cellular and wi-fi communication simultaneously  to improve speed and provide redundancy.

The system allows for automatic over-the-air software updates via the wi-fi connection to update the system with the latest software- and also provides you with 4 day weather forecasts and severe weather alerts. It even has an SD slot so that you can upload photos and turn your system into a wall mounted photo album when your system is not in use.

There isn’t much that the folks at Qolsys haven’t thought of to include in this technological wonder…

Unique Quolsys Components:

IQ2- The secondary 7” tablet touchscreen communicates with the main panel via wi-fi and includes all the regular alarm.com app functionality as well as chime notifications, siren and emergency panic functions.

IQ Hardwire 16– enables you to incorporate up to 16 additional hardwired zones

IQ Translator– “translates” and integrates up to 8 wireless devices using other frequencies into the Quolsys system.

IQ Smart Socket- This Z-Wave appliance module controls 2 outlets and registers real time energy consumption with a high tech digital readout.

IQ Mini– Door/Window Contact – is less obtrusive and about half the size of a standard contact.

Image Sensor-This sensor combines a basic still camera with a motion detector. It  can be set up  to archive photos or automatically send a snapshot to your mobile device.

IQ Desk FOB – This mini FOB can be discretely hidden and will arm/disarm the system or activate a panic alarm.

Security Devices

Door and Window Contacts– These sensors consist of 2 components-a transmitter and a magnet. One mounted on the door or window while the other is mounted on the frame.  The system is activated when the magnetic fields is broken.

They are mounted with the included industrial 2-sided adhesive tape…or can be secured with the mounting screws.   They are equipped with long life lithium batteries, which have a typical lifespan of about 5-7 years.

Tilt Sensor– Used on garage doors, this sensor is activated when the overhead door is raised and exceeds a 45° angle.

Interior Protection

  • Motion Detectors– These sensors utilize Passive Infra-Red technology and are typically mounted  at  7” height and have approximately a 25’ range.  They detect a heat signature, movement and mass over 40 lbs. – so they effectively screen out small pets.  Custom mounting provisions can be made to create pet corridors for larger pets.  Contact tech support for further information.
  • Glass Break Detectors– utilize acoustic sensors to detect the frequency of breaking glass. This can provide an additional option for homes with larger pets and a more cost effective solution in rooms with multiple windows or sliding glass doors.

Life Safety Sensors

  • Smoke Sensor– combines a photoelectric chamber, and a fixed and rate of rise heat detector into a single device.  It is far more effective than the ionization smoke detectors found in hardware stores and includes lithium batteries which are good for 3-5 years. The self-supervisory feature will alert you through the system 30 days before the batteries need to be changed.

The sensor is effective in detecting both the smoke of a slow burning, smoldering fire…as well as a fast burning flash fire.  The smoke detectors are active 24/7, whether the system is armed or not… and will alert the monitoring station in the event of a fire.

  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors-sense the presence of CO- an odorless gas which can be deadly.
  • Medical Pendant-is a water resistant (up to 1 meter) panic button which can be worn as a pendant or on the wrist. It will work within about 100’ of control panel.
  • Flood/Freeze/Heat Sensor– This three way sensor detects flooding, freezing and rapid rises in temperature. It incorporate both low temperature and heat detectors and a water sensor to detect flooding.

 

Miscellaneous

  • 4 Button Key FOB– allows you to arm and disarm the system at the touch of a button. A panic alert can be sent by depressing 2 buttons simultaneously.

Home Automation

  • Z-Wave Appliance Modules– plug in directly to standard wall outlets allowing you to remotely manage attached lamps or appliances through the alarm panel or a smartphone, tablet or computer with the Alarm.com interactive application.
  • Door Locks– Control either Yale or Kwikset Z-Wave door locks which come in a selection of  Bronze, Nickel or Brass finishes.
  • IQ Thermostat – This programmable Z-Wave thermostat interfaces with your security system and can be controlled on any computer, tablet or mobile device through the Alatm.com application. This energy management tool can help you better control energy costs.

Video Cameras

              In addition to the built in camera on the Qolsys IQ control panel, and the Image Sensor, there are a variety of compatible cameras that can be incorporated into the Qolsys system, including:

  • Wireless Indoor Fixed Lens IR Cameras
  • Wireless Pan/Tilt IP Cameras
  • Wireless Outdoor IP Cameras with IR

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Livewatch -2Gig GC2 Control Panel

 

  • Included in Basic Starter System
  • 60 Wireless Zones
  • Date, Time, Weather Display
  • 100% Cellular
  • 2 Way Voice over Cellular
  • Over the Air Updates
  • Z-Wave Capable

 

Livewatch Security -2Gig GC3 Control Panel

  • Available as an Upgrade
  • 7′ Capacative Touchscreen
  • 100 Zones
  • Severe Weather Reports
  • Over the Air Updates
  • 5 Day Weather Forecasts
  • Z-Wave Compatible

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Door/Window Sensor

 

Wireless sensors that can warn you if a window or door is opened.

Livewatch Home Security Glass Break Sensor

Glass Break Detector

 

Detects the frequency of breaking glass. Great for homes with larger pets and rooms with lots of windows.

Livewatch Home Security -KeyFob

KeyFOB Remote

 

Arm/disarm the  alarm system-includes panic button.

Light and Small Appliance Module

Light Control

 

Manage lights and small appliances plugged in to this Z-Wave module.

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Garage Door

 

Senses change in angle of overhead garage doors.

Live Watch Reviews - Carbon Monoxide Sensor

CO Detector

 

Sense poisonous Carbon Monoxide fumes.

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Water/Flood Sensor

 

Senses water from leaking plumbing or flooded basements.

 

Z-Wave Door locks

Z-Wave Door Locks

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Livewatch Security - Pet Immune Motion Detector

Motion Detector

 

Pet immune sensor that detects movement of objects over 40 lbs.

 

LiveWatch- Professional Grade Smoke and Heat Detector

Smoke/Heat Detector

 

Detects excessive heat, cold and smoke for maximum fire and temperature protection.

Wireless Panic Pendant

Panic Pendant

 

One touch panic button for emergency or medical alerts.

 

Livewatch Security Cameras - Indoor Video Camera

Indoor Video Camera

 

Fixed position indoor wireless security camera with “night vision”.

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Hidden Door Sensor

 

Door contact is embedded into frame of door- hidden from view.

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Bypass Door Sensor

 

Bypass door without disarming system.

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Take Over Device

 

Accepts up to 8 hardwired zones..

Compatible Z-Wave Thermostat

Z-Wave Thermostat

 

Frontpoint Z-Wave control for compatible smart thermostats.Call for Details

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How does Live Watch Home Security compare with the top competition?

Livewatch consistently ranks near the top of our list of the best home security companies.  You can see where they stand on our Top 5 List of the Best Alarm Companies or in the  side by side comparison summaries, below. (or check out our Livewatch vs SimpliSafe comparison)

LiveWatch vs Armorax vs Frontpoint vs Protect America vs Link Interactive Security

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LiveWatch Security
    Best Security Companies- Top 5 Livewatch Security

Facts and Features

  • HSA Rating - 9.2
  • BBB Rating - A+
  • Years in Business - 14
  • SDM Ranking - NA
  • Equip. Man - GE/Qolsys
  • Upfront Costs - $99.00+
  • Min. Monitoring Rate - $29.95
  • Contract Length - 12 mo.
  • Installation- DIY or Pro
  • Relocation - Easy
  • Equip. Warranty - Lifetime
  • Return Policy - 1 Year

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
    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

Live Watch Security vs Armorax Security

Livewatch Security vs Armorax Security 

 

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Armorax Pricing

Unlike Livewatch’s dizzying array of monitoring options, Armorax pricing is simple and straight-forward.

They start off by offering a premium system…for free.

The Armorax “basic” system is the GC2 by 2Gig Technologies.  There are  NO Shipping and No Activation fees.  It is FREE with a 36 month monitoring agreement!

Simplisafe Alarm Review- 2Gig Control PanelAnd this system is not some base model that they will try to up-sell you on. The 2Gig GC2 is  technological tour de force.  With attractive aesthetics, it will be a proud addition to any wall, or can be set up with a desk mount.

The Armorax Blackbox base system includes;

  • 2 Gig Technologies GC2 Control Panel
  • 2 Door Contacts
  • 1 Motion Detector
  • Window Stickers and Yard Sign

The 2Gig Control panel incorporate Cellular, Wifi and Z-Wave technologies for home automation.  All included, right out of the box-so there are no expensive add ons required.

Armorax add ons are competitive with our other top rated DIY alarm companies…and everything comes with a full 3 year warranty!

LiveWatch Pricing

LiveWatch offers a much more basic, non-touchscreen  Simon XT on their basic plan. It requires $99.00 up front and $19.99 shipping.

If you step up to the more comprehensive monitoring plans, LiveWatch will upgrade the system for no charge.

LiveWatch seems to switch gears often…but, right now they are offering the Qolsys IQ2.

In comparison with the Armorax Blackbox Security System, the basic LiveWatch equipment looks somewhat  archaic.

Despite this fact, the standard up front costs are significantly higher, with a basic LiveWatch system running $99.00 plus $19.99 shipping.

Livewatch Monitoring vs Armorax Monitoring

Livewatch monitoring plans range from basic cellular monitoring for $29.99..to full interactive plans at $49.99.

This is where Armorax really separates themselves from the pack. They really keep it simple by offering one, all eecompassing, fully interactive, cellular security and home automation monitoring package for just $24.95!

That is not a misprint…$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 the Aromorax Rate Lock Guarrantee!

 

Armorax Recognized in Top DIY Alarm Company Award 

In addition to outstanding, full featured monitoring for just $24.95, the Armorax Blackbox  security systems feature the  top rated 2Gig Technologies equipment.

This system is FREE with a 3 year agreement with a comprehensive interactive cellular monitoring that is just  $24.95!

This top of the line GC2 system and low rates are just a couple of the many reasons that Armorax received our Silver  Award 2017 Top 5 Best Home Security Companies- Armoraxas one of the TOP Home Security Companies of 2017.

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

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

 

Livewatch vs Armorax -Dollar for Dollar Comparison

Did I mention the Armorax cellular, interactive monitoring plan is $24.95?

Compare that with the basic Livewatch Cellular Planfor $29.99.

The Livewatch rate is $5.00 a month higher but you are stuck with :

  • Significantly Higher Start Up Costs
  • Antiquated Equipment
  • NO Home Automation
  • NO Crash and Smash
  • NO Geo Location Service
  • NO Severe Weather Alerts
  • NO Full Color Touchscreen Display

To get the same level of monitoring features you have to pay twice as much with Livewatch!

 

Livewatch vs Armorax – Summary

While Livewatch does offer more billing flexibility, they can’t compete with the Armorax monitoring rates. Livewatch  which start out at $5.00 a month more than the $25 Armorax plan.

Armorax customers will:

  • Save over a hundred dollars up front
  • Get Superior Equipment by a Top Name Brand Manufacturer
  • Get Full Home Automation Capability through Alarm.com
  • Enjoy Comprehensive Interactive Features- Crash and Smash, Geo Services, Power Outage Notofication and more…

All for $5.00 a month LESS then the least expensive Livewatch Monitoring Plan.

Comparable plans are 50% LESS with Armorax!

Yes…you do have to authorize a 36 month agreement…but that rate is guaranteed as long as you stay with Armorax.  What happens when Livewatch  decides they want to increase rates, again?

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.

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Livewatch vs Protect America

Livewatch Security vs Protect America

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Protect America pioneered the DIY Alarm industry over 20 years ago.  As a result, they have refined processes and procedures and continue to lead the DIY home security field by providing exceptional service to about 500,000 customers.

Their Copper Package, powered by the reliable GE Simon XT has earned a Consumer’s Best Buy award for 5 years running- enabling Protect America to earn the #15 spot (or higher) on the SDM Top 100 during each of those years.

While Livewatch Security offers more flexible billing options, Protect America ‘s $0 up front equipment costs addresses the  #1 concernsfor most budget minded consumers- up front costs.

With their $0 up front cost business model…they make quality security and home automation affordable for almost everyone.

Where as fairly basic security packages with LiveWatch can run hundreds of dollars,  Protect America includes up to $1400 in free alarm equipment in their Platinum Protection Plan…with no up front costs.

Just need a basic system?  No problem…the Copper Plan is starts at $0 down and $19.99 a month.

And even though the equipment is free, with a 3 year agreement, Protect America stands behind the equipment and backs it with a Lifetime Warranty.

So,  if you are looking to keep those up front costs down and want the peace of mind of a more experienced company that offers a best price guarantee and a lifetime warranty….Protect America provides the best value.

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Livewatch Security vs Frontpoint Security

Livewatch vs Frontpoint

LiveWatch Alarms vs Frontpoint
9.5 HSA Review
6.9 1 vote
Reputation
9.5
Monitoring
9.5
Customer Service
10
Equipment
9.5
Price and Value
9
8.8 HSA Review
0 0 votes
Reputation
8.5
Monitoring
9
Customer Service
9
Equipment
9
Price and Value
8.5

Both Livewatch Security and Frontpoint have A+ BBB ratings. But Frontpoint Security tops the list in the majority of top rated security companies, year in and year out, by providing exceptional value and best in class customer service. Their business model,company philosophy, ownership  and pricing structure has remained consistent over the years and the company shows great stability.

On the other hand, Livewatch has a seemingly more fluid approach, with multiple distribution strategies, (direct and through Safemart) and has recently sold their customer base to Monitronics- now re-branded as Moni. These practices have led to a certain amount of customer confusion as to the direction of the company.

With the recent price increases and the change in company ownership, the future with Livewatch seems much more unstable. If you are looking to  protect your home and family with a more trusted provider that has  a proven track record of sustained excellence….check out our #1 pick – Frontpoint Security.

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Livewatch Home Security vs Link Home Security

Livewatch Home Security vs Link Interactive

Livewatch 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
8.8 HSA Review
0 0 votes
Reputation
8.5
Monitoring
9
Customer Service
9
Equipment
9
Price and Value
8.5

Link Interactive, a division of Mountain Alarm, boasts an A+ BBB rating. Incredibly, not a single complaint has been registered. While Live Watch reviews are overall pretty positive, Link Interactive reviews rave about their experiences.

They offer a comprehensive selection of 2Gig and Qolsys(also sold by Livewatch) equipment and complementary sensors.  Paired up with Alarm.com, they also have a full repertoire of the most sought after monitoring features, including:

They keep up front costs to a minimum, providing generous equipment subsidies, and their industry standard 3 year monitoring rates are extremely affordable….at just $29.99/mo. For full home automation and just $39.99 a month with video!

That’s right…Link Interactive actually beats Live Watch Security monitoring rates!

Link Interactive  provides the latest technology, outstanding customer service and 60+ years of experience installing systems and keeping customers happy!

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Livewatch vs ADT Monitored Security

Live Watch Security vs ADT Home Security

LiveWatch vs ADT Security
8.8 HSA Review
0 0 votes
Reputation
8.5
Monitoring
9
Customer Service
9
Equipment
9
Price and Value
8.5
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 at all concerned with being able to install an alarm system on your own, you may want to consider professional installation…which is not available with a LiveWatch Security System. Although Live Watch Reviews claim that installation was easy, there are still those who prefer to have a professional install their system.

if you are looking for a quality professionally installed home security system, an ADT monitored system should be at the top of the list.  ADT is the most trusted brand in home security.

ADT  helps protect more than 6 million homes and families in the US and Canada.

While LiveWatch has been in the home security business 14+ years…ADT has been in business for more than 140 years.

Why Consider an ADT Monitored Security System?

A professionally installed system by ADT Authorized Premier Provider – Protect Your Home includes the most reliable, state of the art equipment… professional installation by trained, experienced,  background-checked technicians…. and monitoring 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
  • $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)

If you have any reservations about installing a home security system, you may want to take a few minutes to consider why ADT helps protect more homes and families than the next 10 competitors combined!

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Why choose Livewatch?

Why should I choose LiveWatch?

LiveWatch offers a combination of the state of the art Qolsys security panel and one of the lowest cost cellular monitoring rates in the marketplace- just $29.95!

They have earned an A+ BBB rating, and favorable Live Watch reviews by offering superior  customer service and offer an extensive array of home alarm and automation equipment which should  satisfy most buyers.

Their Mobile Pro and Total Home programs include the highly desirable advanced monitoring features- ASAPer and Crash and Smash technologies.

In addition, they only require a very minimal one year monitoring agreement and offer a one year return policy if your are unhappy with their system- making this a truly no risk proposition for the consumer!

 

What's new for LiveWatch?

Whats new for LiveWatch in 2016?

 

LiveWatch Ownership

Livewatch was acquired by the 2nd largest home security company in the US, Monitronics about a year ago.  The transition was virtually seamless, as the Livewatch infrastructure and management team stayed largely in place.  Livewatch continues to operate as  stand alone subsidiary, however, this move adds financial strength and stability as well as additional mindshare and  long term vision.

This  move likely influenced some attractive enhancements to the Livewatch program.

 

New LiveWatch Monitoring Package Enhancements

 

Livewatch has restructured their monitoring packages and have made some nice enhancements to an already robust monitoring service portfolio.

LiveWatch Basic- price increase- $19.95 to $29.95.

LiveWatch Mobile Pro – Added Live Voice Assist, (nominal $5 price increase)

LiveWatch Total Home – NO price increase-Added Image Capture and includes FREE Image Sensor ($129 Value-limited time offer)

LiveWatch Total Home + Video – NEW!  Includes Image/Video Capture, Live Streaming on Alarm.com interactive app and FREE HD Video Camera with night vision ($249 Value-Limited Time Offer)

Clearly, LiveWatch is looking to become even more competitive in 2016….as it continues to prove itself as one of the best home security companies! Nevertheless, we will monitor Live Watch reviews to determine if customers are happy with the transition….

Do I need a permit to install LiveWatch?

Is it compulsory to secure an alarm permit to set up a Livewatch Security system?

 

As it happens, you do not need a permit generally if the system is not professionally monitored. Having said that, as your Livewatch Security System will be  remotely monitored with the objective of making use of emergency response services – many local municipalities would require a permit.
Typically, this will involve standard enrollment in conjunction with your neighborhood police or sheriff’s agency and a moderate payment. One will more than likely be also asked to present the name, address and phone number of  Livewatch Security, in addition to monitoring station, should your two organizations happen to be different.
While few Live Watch reviews mention it…where permits are essential, most towns will administer some sort of one time charge to register an individual’s home security system, while a few towns will need a yearly renewal additionally.

Regarding municipalities with high robbery as well as false alarm rates, failure to register can lead to a refusal to respond to places which do not possess a security alarm permit…although this really is somewhat rare. Even so, you may well be responsible for even more penalties and fees in the event that law enforcement, fire or perhaps emergency medical assistance might be dispatched to a location without a permit.

Even though a licence is in fact obtained, the majority of towns are likely to assess fines for multiple false alarms. For the most part towns now have guidelines established in which the first couple of dispatches usually do not involve penalties and fees. Subsequent to which fees more often than not increase from $25-50 for that 1st enforceable offense…to $100-200 for succeeding repeat infractions.

Therefore, it is essential to that Livewatch Alarm System purchasers call the local police department, find out what permits will be required, develop a complete comprehension of the area guidelines and be sure that they consider essential approaches to eliminate false alarms.

Do I need a permit to install a SimpliSafe Security System?

 

Is it essential to secure an burglar alarm permit to operate a SimpliSafe Home Security system?

Strictly speaking, you do not need a permit whenever the system is not going to be professionally monitored. Nonetheless, if you elect to have your SimpliSafe security system professionally monitored, that is a different story. In  that case, there would be an  objective of employing emergency response services, lots of local towns would require a permit.

In most cases, this will involve very simple registration with a local law enforcement or sheriff’s dept along with some sort of moderate payment. You will more than likely be instructed to supply the company name, address and phone number of SimpliSafe Security, as well as monitoring station,as the two organisations are different.

Wherever permits are required, the vast majority of municipalities will administer a one time payment to register an individual’s home security system, and some areas take a yearly renewal additionally. In cities with higher criminal offense rates combined with false alarm rates, failing to register may end up in a refusal to respond to places that don’t have an alarm permit…although this is relatively unusual. However, you might be subject to additional fees when police, fire or emergency medical support end up being dispatched to an establishment without a permit present- in municipalities in instances where one is needed.

Regardless if a license is  purchased, just about all towns are going to assess penalties and fees with respect to multiple false alarms. The majority of cities now have policies in place where your initial 1-2 dispatches may not involve penalties. Subsequent to that penalties and fees much of the time rise from $25-50 for the 1st enforceable offense…to $100-200 for subsequent repeat infractions.

That’s why, it is crucial that Simpli Safe burglar alarm consumers call his / her local police department, learn what permits will be required, develop a full understanding of the area rules and make certain that they go ahead and take recommended basic steps to quit false alarms.

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How to avoid False Alarms...

 

How  to Prevent False Alarms with your LiveWatch  Security System.

As previously mentioned, false alarms caused by a LiveWatch  Security System might end up resulting in costly fees and penalties

The majority of LiveWatch  Security signals are the result of false alarms. Consequently, most municipalities will  assess fines if  you exceed a certain amount false alarms.

Following are some tips to prevent false alarms:

.• Make sure that everybody knows the way to disarm the security alarm. Your LiveWatch  security alarm will have a master passcode, along with a number of additional individual codes that can be programmed into the system. Try to make sure that everybody knows their code and learns how to disarm the security system.

• Be certain that everyone knows the password as well.  If there is an alarm, the central monitoring station will contact your house first and ask for the security password to make sure that that the person responding to is really an authorized party. If the individual answering the call can’t give you the exact security password, the police will likely be sent.

• Be certain that every window and door is properly secured before setting the system. The alarm can easily be set off if a gust of wind blows open a door or window.

• Ensure that all devices are properly mounted. Motion sensors should be set up at a height of 6’  in an area with no  fans, heating units, fireplace and air conditioning systems.

• Be aware of items which could potentially set off a motion sensor-including pets, heating and AC units.

• Ideally, pets should be confined to areas away from motion sensors. Any time that isn’t get “pet friendly” or “pet immune” sensors which are able to screen out smaller sized pets below 40, 50 even 80 lbs. Motions can also be set up to generate pet alleys where pets can move about freely . Another option is to utilize glass break sensors as opposed to motions.

• You’ll want to replace batteries when needed. The majority of alarm systems utilize Li -Ion batteries which usually have at the very least a 2 year likely lifespan. Your LiveWatch control panel or the Alarm.com app will usually alert you as soon as the batteries are becoming low

It may be helpfull to keep surplus batteries on hand and switch them out right away. Your LiveWatch Security system will also alert you should there be any other troubles with sensors.Get hold of LiveWatch Home Security customer service if it looks like it’s not working.

Store LiveWatch user manuals/codes/passwords in specific location where they can be checked if needed. Ultimately, the best  way to avert false alarms is to utilize your LiveWatch Security system on a consistent basis and make certain everyone understands how to operate the system.

What are some of the other benefits of purchasing a LiveWatch system?

 What do Live Watch Reviews say about the benefits of owning Livewatch Security systems?

8 Benefits associated with possessing Livewatch Security (or any of our Leading Alarm Systems)

Although most of us imagine a security system as nothing more than a burglar alarm, online Livewatch Revews indicate that consumer demand for home automation is on the rise. Following just a few of the home automation benefits that LiveWatch customer can take advantage of if they decide to invest in a Live Watch security system.

  • Manage Thermostat – At this point , it’s possible to automate temperatures and also control the heat range of your residence everywhere you go in the world with a web connection. Your temperature timers are generally set up to suit your usual everyday living …and be fine-tuned routinely whenever you arm or disarm your security system. Want the house cozy warm or cool whenever anyone arrive home? The Livewatch Security system can be regulated manually from your smart phone with interactive programs.
  • Oversee Lighting- Set equipment and lighting to turn on routinely whenever you rise in the morning …and power down as soon as you set the security alarm during the night time. Livewatch Home Security gives you complete control right through your alarm system.
  • Unlock Entrance doors Remotely – Now you don’t have to provide an extra key to the dog walker or the plumbing service coming over to fix that  leaking faucet. You can have the ability to un-lock the doors the moment they get there …and lock back up again whenever they leave. No more misplaced keys or changing locks whenever a roommate leaves. Access is restricted right through the Alarm.com App when you have LiveWatch Security.

Live Watch Reviews advocate security cameras

If you’ve read Live Watch Security Reviews, you likely have seen that security cameras are among the most popular additions to a Livewatch Security system. They enable the user to:

  • Supervise Child Care- A wireless home security camera can certainly be set up to keep track of child behavior and keep tabs on child care remotely through the computer, tablet or mobile device- via the Alarm.com App .
  • Observe Pets- Have you ever wondered what Spot actually does when you’re away from your house? Livewatch Security cameras enable you to remotely keep track of everything that happens while you are away. A number of security cameras even support 2 way interaction. Keep tabs on your pets…and a great deal more.
  • Observe Package Delivery- Install a motion activated exterior wireless security camera and you’ll identify who’s knocking at the door and can actually get an e-mail alert with video footage any time a package happens to be brought to you.
  • Check Up On Arrival of Latchkey Children – Even without having surveillance cameras, with LiveWatch Home Security  you can get a  text message or even e-mail updates once the security system is armed or de-activated- like when the little ones get back from soccer practice.

A LiveWatch Security system can provide Peace of Mind.

You really can’t place a value on it…but, the main benefit you read about in online Live Watch Reviews is…Peace of Mind. They begin to go to sleep better knowing the family is protected …knowing that LiveWatch Security gives them total command over the house whether or not they are home or away.

To find out just how cost-effective peace of mind might be..check out LiveWatch Home Security and then compare them with our our Top Rated Alarm Companies.

 

Questions to consider before getting LiveWatch Security

 

 

 

Things to ask your self prior to deciding on a  Livewatch?

There are a number of considerations we recommend that  you consider prior to choosing Livewatch Security , as well as any other system.

Because professional installation is not available, it is important that one is aware of the pros and cons of a DIY system, so that you can be comfortable with your decision to go for LiveWatch  and be assured of a positive experience.  While there are many Live Watch reviews that indicate that DIY installation is simple, there are some benefits to professional installation.

Let’s examine some of the pros and cons…

 

DIY or Professional Set up?

 

Benefits of DIY
• Absolutely no Installation Expenses – Save hundreds
• More affordable Add-on Hardware Prices – Often almost half
• Basically no Waiting or Appointment time – No need to set time aside away from your job
• Will increase System Knowledge
• Easy to transfer

Primary advantages of Expert Install
• Decreased Effort
• More Expertise

Although a professionally installed system wmight be easier, the majority of Live Watch reviews agreed that installing LiveWatch Security was relatively simple.

 

Regional Security Company versus  LiveWatch -a National Alarm Company

When choosing a security company to protect you family and home, we advise selecting a national home security company, such as  LiveWatch Security. One of the reasons there are so few LiveWatch complaints online is that, unlike some of the regional LiveWatch competitors, the systems can easily be moved anywhere in the US if one needs to relocate the system.

Certainly, no one would want to be shackled to a contract with a cable company or local alrm company that can’t provide service anywhere you might relocate. There are many Live Watch Reviews which cite how easy it was to transfer the system and have it monitored at the new location.

 

Is LiveWatch simple to control?

LiveWatch Home Security has  advanced substantially throughout the past several years.

One of  the many benefits associated with innovations when it comes to technologies is that LiveWatch places a good deal of emphasis on making the systems easier to operate.

LiveWatch Security Systems employ a  slick touchscreen display user interface which is  user-friendly and also prompts the operator through capabilities which include arming, disarming, bypassing particular zones etc..

The LiveWatch Security App is a  fully integrated interactive smartphone software utilizing home automation functionality that permits you to supervise your dwelling from any place around the world equipped with computer access.

Quite a few platforms are incorporating voice command capabilities by way of their own products, Google Home or Alexa. These assist you to execute common functions by merely giving the right voice instruction.

While you will find Live Watch reviews that may suggest issues with service or maybe billing problems, you will rarely find LiveWatch Security reviews which complain that LiveWatch or the LiveWatch Security App is hard to control.

LiveWatch Security Response Times

 

How Long Does It Take for LiveWatch to Respond to an alarm situation?

 

Although almost every provider promises to provide the speediest reaction time in the industry, it is important to recognize how to decipher all of these assertions.

Your LiveWatch Security system  will typically have a 30-60 second access delay for your principal entrances for you to allow you time to disarm the alarm. Your Livewatch Alarm can typically be put on “Instant” mode in cases where everybody is home. The siren will go off right after any delay if the system is not deactivated.

Monitoring center response times tend to be computed from the time a signal is received to the time the monitoring center calls the house to verify the signal. This time really will ideally turn out to be inside a 60 seconds. There are few Livewatch reviews that complain of poor response times.

LiveWatch suggests that the alarm is tested on a weekly or at least regular monthly schedule so that the system as well as communications are unquestionably operating effectively.

Across the country, the typical reaction time frame by the authorities is roughly Seven minutes, nevertheless, this could certainly fluctuate significantly based on location of your home, the type of the emergency situation, whether there’s audio or possibly on-line video validation (through a LiveWatch Security Camera sending a notification on the LiveWatch Security App, Alarm.com) as well as the existing demand and also accessibility to neighboring emergency assistance during the call.

For those who currently have a LiveWatch Security System,  and can offer observations on their real-world reaction times, don’t hesitate to express your knowledge in our  customer Live Watch reviews.

Thank you for visiting! Please feel free to share our Live Watch Reviews , below or follow us, above.  If you or someone you know has experience with a LiveWatch Security System we hope you will share that experience in our Customer Reviews.

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