Richmond Alarm Company was founded in 1947 by Samuel Boggs. It was first called Southern Burglar Alarm Company. They are a family owned, local company and one of the largest security providers in all of Virginia. However, going with a smaller home security company is not always the best option. Smaller companies lack customization options for many people with specific security needs. Additionally, Richmond Alarm Company charges a higher rate than what you might find at a national alarm company like Protect America. Let’s take a closer look at the pricing, equipment and services they provide in this review.
Equipment, Warranty and Pricing
The basic package that Richmond Alarm Company offers is called the “Security Plus” package. This is a cellular-based system that is 100% wireless and uses 2GIG equipment. For the new customer the upfront costs are $99 and then $34.99/month for 36 months. That’s quite a bit of money to get your started in addition to a monitoring fee that is close to double what we charge as our base price at Protect America.
For example, we provide monitoring for as low as $19.99 a month at Protect America. With purchase of monitoring, you can get all of your start-up equipment for free. There are zero installation fees and you’ll also get a lifetime warranty on your home security system as long as you test your system on a regular basis!
Speaking of warranties, did you know that you’ll only receive a one year warranty on parts with Richmond Alarm Company? Not only is this the government minimum on a warranty, it is also going to leave your vulnerable for 2 of the 3 years you’ll be in a contract with Richmond Alarm Company. For many, this lack of support is a deal breaker.
Monitoring and Local Companies
A common misconception about home security is that going with a local alarm company is better. Many think that since there is a home security company locally, there is a local monitoring facility as well. In reality, when you sign up with a local home security company they install it, and it ends up being monitored by a national monitoring facility.
Protect America uses three of the best monitoring facilities throughout the United States to make sure your home is always protected. It is also important to note that Protect America offers three different types of monitoring options to fit your needs and budget. Many smaller companies offer only one type of monitoring. Before choosing a home security company, make sure the system will actually work with your home. For example, Richmond offers cellular in their most basic package. Cellular monitoring is a fantastic monitoring option. However, cellular does not always work for every home or budget. If you live in a rural area and have poor cellular phone service, chances are your home security service will be poor as well. And who wants to risk having poor reception with your home security when there are other options like landline and broadband?
The Bottom Line
With so many choices, equipment and services, deciding on the right home security company can be a tough decision. Our goal is to empower people and make it easy to choose the right decision for their home and family, whether that’s Protect America or not. However, Protect America is one of the most affordable and trustworthy options out there. For home security you can count on, choose Protect America.