Last week I had a break-in in my home at 10:29 AM. I have an alarm system with reliance protecton. They called my home phone at 10:38AM (9 minutes after the alarm started going off). No one was at home so they left a message on the answering machine. They called me right after on my cell phone at 10:39AM and informed me that the front door sensor and the motion sensor had set off the alarm and if I would like them to dispach police. I refused because by that time my neighbour had already contacted me and had called the police.
The good thing is no one was hurt and nothing got stolen. I think that reliance protectron took too long to act and I don’t feel that my home is secure with their monitoring service. I am in a three year contract with them and would like to get out and switch to a more reliable service.
When I contacted them and asked them the reason for the delay I got different reasons from different supervisors. The first reason I was given was that the alarm could have been weather related (wind might have caused it to set off). So they took some time to act. This would mean that not only the front door but the motion sensor that is inside the house was also set off by the wind … ya right. I didn’t buy that reasoning.
The second supervisor said they had a high volume of calls and they were dealing with priorities first (like fire, carbon monoxide, medical emergencies first). That is understandable but how to did they know there is no threat of life at my home. The thieves could have been armed.
A third supervisor who called me back said that they treat the front door sensor and motion detector as one. Then why do I have two different devices???
Anyways… I don’t think anyone should get monitoring service from them and I am now in search of a more reliable company. Any suggestions will be greatly appriciated. Thank you