Central Security Group may be cheaper, but beware of the fine print.
Posted by xlostlaker on 2010-12-07
TULSA, OKLAHOMA -- Although cheaper than their competitors, avoid doing business with this Alarm System company. You have to sign a 3 year monitoring contract that cannot be moved to a new address, and is automatically renewable for another year, unless you notify them in writing that you do not want to renew the contract, 30 days before the expiration date. If you miss that date, even by a day or two, you are stuck with a monthly bill for a years monitoring service, even though you have moved, the equipment is no longer operative, (very expensive to repair) or you just no longer want the service. This info is supposedly in a document attached to the contract which they may or may not provide you at the time of signing. Most reputable companies would provide a notice that the contract is about to be "automatically" renewed in ample time to accept the renewal or reject it. Central Monitoring depends on you to file the contract documents away and forget them until too late.
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Posted by Sheklikak on 2010-11-30
The service was great at first, then it became useless and a waste of money. First we had to sign a three year contract, which I suppose is understandable to cover the cost of installation and hardware. Then I discovered that they used to phone line to a bedroom as the security line, even though there was a separate phone line labeled "security line" in the junction box. Then we learned that our alarm had somehow been tripped while we were out shopping and had been going off for at least 45 minutes. We were never notified by the service or police, but did get the standard disingenuous apology when we called for an explanation. After our three years were up we called to cancel. Unfortunately for us we were a month late and were told we were automatically committed to another year. "Read your contract," we were told, and there in the fine print, it was. Stupid me. The service has been none existent this last year. A few months ago I removed the now useless room motion detector to make room for a surround sound speaker. TWO WEEKS LATER they contacted us with information that the integrity of our system was compromised. TWO WEEKS!!!
To make no mistake, we called in advance to inform them that we would no longer need their service and we will call often to remind them. I have notified my bank and have stopped payment to this company. Sad that I have to take these measures but I no longer truth them - a security company I trusted our lives and belongings to.
We have a dog now.
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Check The Permit Costs With Your City First
Posted by grrr on 2009-04-06
Make sure if you sign up with this security system company you check the permit costs with your city first. The representative told me that my city did not charge for a permit. Turns out they did. $25... no big deal right? But the fact that they would not refund a measly $25 even though it was their fault that their list was not updated... just made me mad.
Oh and good luck trying to talk to their customer service people. I waited like 3 weeks before someone even called me back.