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    T Fuss

    I’m trying to figure out with all the industry coverage of home security systems, why Consumer Reports of all people hasn’t opened a file on this industry? It’s not like the home alarm business is now, alarm systems have been around for decades. I appreciate the Internet reviews, but I tend to listen more to an established brand when it comes to decisions that are subject to bias.

    If there has been a home security systems consumer reports ever, could you guys point me in the right direction (i.e. which issue, year, month, etc.)? I would consider subscribing to their online service for this just so I can access the respective back issue.

    Meanwhile, you’ve provided me with a great deal of useful info to help in my search for a security system. Many thanks and if you have any tips, let me know.

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    The only coverage I've come across in Consumer Reports Magazine regarding home security is an article in the June 2011 issue covering "Alarm Company Gotcha's." Basically they cover things a consumer should look out for when signing a contract with an alarm company. I don't believe they've ever made specific security company recommendations, but I'm happy to be proven wrong.

    Here's some of the stuff covered in the 6/11 CR article (and here's a link to the Consumer Reports page on Alarm Company Gotcha's that discusses this, and where you can subscribe for access to back issues):

    Alarms, especially noisy ones, can provide an extra layer of security. Almost 80 percent of homeowners with alarms rated those systems effective at protecting their homes in a recent, nationally representative survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center. But before you get an alarm or switch monitoring companies, check whether your area requires a permit, and be aware of the following contract clauses:

    Early-termination charges

    These can leave you liable for up to 80 percent of the costs of the contract's term, even if you move.


    A contract we saw warns that promises made by sales staff or in ads are not binding if they're not in the contract.

    Limited liability

    If you suffer a break-in, even due to the alarm company's negligence or failure of the equipment or service, the company isn't responsible and won't reimburse beyond a specific amount, $300 to $1,000 on the contracts we reviewed. You might also forfeit the right to sue the company for additional money. 

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