RHC: Quite right of course...I said all that assuming he was free and clear of any of the horrid "gotchas" that are often hidden in these monitoring contracts through the large companies. However, it also begs the question as to why he would allow himself to be hooked in that way to begin with, when there all sorts of far more "user friendly" companies around.
People often ask why I "hate" the large companies like ADT. The answer is I don't "hate" any company. After 20 years in this business, I just know too well the opportunistic, often dishonourable, and always totally self-interested way in which they all operate towards their clients. A customer is more than a "monitoring contract", or "low hanging fruit" to be plucked, simply "because they can". A customer is a person who has invited you into his home, and is awarding you the honour and trust of looking after his home and often his or her personal security. They deserve to be treated just as you would wish to be treated yourself if the roles were reversed.
I see good and bad within the security industry by all kinds of dealers, large AND small. But the best chance for a client to get a quality, caring dealer is ALWAYS within the ranks of the small to medium size companies. Mom and Pop shops care because the "owner is behind the counter". His personal reputation and integrity is on the line with every client he takes on. It's never the ADT's or the Brinks of the world (in spite of all their advertising promising that.....) that are able to do that !
Big companies are just not set up that way....true personal service is a corporate impossibility. Bureaucracy doesn't allow it ! How many times have you and I helped a client out with his telephone wiring ? How many times have we sorted out billing problems after one quick call from the client ? How many times have we assisted clients with operating their systems and made what end up being unnecessary service calls for reasons of customer satisfaction? Even the large conglomerate that does my monitoring and my billing acts in an uncaring way towards clients. I have heard all sorts of horror stories from their clients. It's just the "nature of the beast" !!!
When I had only been in the business for a few years, and I started to feel this way because of everything I had seen, I thought It was me simply developing a bias against big companies. Now I know better: it's true......