house move - New Alarm system or Old

Discussion in 'Homes and gardens' started by raulDublin, Jul 14, 2017.

  1. raulDublin

    raulDublin Registered User

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    Hi All.

    We are getting keys for our house in August and had a question around alarm systems as I've always live in apartments before ...
    Its an old house and it has an existing alarm system from what i understand .. As the existing providers service may be discontinued by the current owners before moving out - is it better to contact the service provider and continue the service or have a new system in place ?
    I see that phonewatch phone safety systems are around 41 euros a month for their system which is expensive
    However I really dont want to have an app based system before even properly settling in..

    We anyways wanted to have a new alarm system in place and if can someone can suggest alarm systems and service providers / cost ?

    thanks , raul
     
  2. Leo

    Leo Moderator

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    What is the existing system? PhoneWatch, AriTech, Siemens, HKC?

    PhoneWatch is the most expensive system in the country. Their technology is old, and can't be maintained by any other company, so once they have you, you can no longer shop around for monitoring or maintenance.

    If the system is by any other company, you will be able to shop around and of the PSA licensed providers in your area to get the best deal.
     
  3. raulDublin

    raulDublin Registered User

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    The current provider is Panda.I have never heard of them tbh .The Alarm is currently not monitored so there is no contract. PW gave me a quote which didnt look that expensive .
    Should you talk to the installers or to alarm monitoring services as I am moving into a new area and pretty clueless right now on any hidden costs for a monitored alarm system ..
     
  4. peteb

    peteb Frequent Poster

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    If you get PW nobody else besides them can service or monitor their new system.
     
  5. Leo

    Leo Moderator

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    Another thing to note is that the system I've seen PhoneWatch quote for in order to be competetive with the competition will only detect a burglar once they are already in the house. They do not include sensors on all windows and entrances.
     
  6. Leo

    Leo Moderator

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    Never heard of Panda either. If you can't get a few recommendations from people you know (or tell us your location and someone here may be able to recommend some), use the PSA list of registered installers to contact a few operating in your area and ask them to quote. All modern systems will have the ability to enable remote monitoring if you so choose, or you could just add a communicator so you or a few chosen contacts are contacted in the event the alarm goes off.