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Old 06-05-03, 07:45 AM
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security system

Hello,
I would like to have a security system installed in my home. I went to a home show and one company seemed to have what I would want but am still not sure which would be best. The company I am talking about is called Caretaker security systems. It's a wireless system. It has a web page if anyone is interested. . Has anyone had any problems with this company or their system? Does anyone have any ideas on a better system, etc... Any help would be welcome.
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Old 06-05-03, 01:13 PM
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Well, first of all, there site is not operational yet, so that doesn't tell me much about the company

I'm pretty sure the system they use is not called a CareTaker, as the CareTaker is an old ITI product that is no longer in production (it was, however, a wireless system.) They may have rebranded a wireless system and called it the CareTaker, that's not unusual for security companies to do. For example, ADT has a system they call the SafeWatch Pro 3000, but it's actually an Ademco Vista 20P. That's fairly common in bigger security companies.

As for the company itself, I've never heard of them. However, that doesn't really mean much. Just in Atlanta alone there are well over 200 security companies - so it's not unusual for me to hear a company name around here that's new, let alone out of state.

There website domain name (caretakersecuritypro.com) implies that they may be a Security Pro dealer. <a href="http://www.ge-securitypro.com/choose.cfm">Click Here</a> for information about Security Pro.

Other than that, just check the usual:
<ul><li>How long is the warranty?
<li>Will you have to pay for service calls? How much?
<li>How long is the contract for?
<li>How much do you actually end-up paying for your security system?
<li>Is the monitoring station UL listed?
</ul>
If the system being installed is completely wireless, you'll probably save yourself a lot of money by buying one online and installing it yourself. If CareTaker is a Security Pro dealer, then they will be using either the <a href="https://ssl105.securednshost.com/~safewatc/catalog/default.php/cPath/21_30_54">Concord Express</a> or the <a href="https://ssl105.securednshost.com/~safewatc/catalog/default.php/cPath/22_27_53">Simon</a> security system. Either one is very easy to install and program. Both support wireless sensors, so there are virtually no wires to run. The Simon system can be installed by literally anyone, while the Concord Express requires a little more enginuity for wiring. Just something to consider.

Hope this helps. Sorry I couldn't be of more help with CareTaker. Just make sure you do your homework on them - this is a very good place to start.

Good luck!
 
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Old 06-05-03, 02:54 PM
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Hi Safewatch,
Thank you for your info. I just went to the website to check and I got on all right and it is up and running. It is tied in with our water company, Bangor Hydro. I know there are other systems out there and it is my fault for not looking each one up. I will get on the ball
Thanks again.
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Old 06-05-03, 03:55 PM
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Ah, ok, I got it working now. The problem was with the way DIY.com handles URL's with punctuation on the end. Anyway, point is, it's working. They are a Security Pro dealer (noted in the upper right-hand corner by the GE Security Pro.

If you take a look at their products, they are just rebranded ITI products:

Security Pro 500 - Concord Express
Security Pro 1000 - Simon II (possibly III now)
Security Pro 3000 - Commander 2000 (or 3000, whichever is current)
Security Pro 5000 - Concord Hybrid/Commercial
Security Pro 6000 - Concord RF 16 Integrated

So, you could essentially get the same products and install them yourself, if you wanted.

Let me know if there is anything else I can help you with.
 
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Old 06-05-03, 04:01 PM
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Thank you Brandon,
Any advice as far as what type of alarm system I should have? This is all new to me. I have 1 dog and 2 cats that I am concerned about as far as them tripping it up. I only want a system that alerts the police and/or fire department in case I'm not around. That's all the knowledge I have about them. This system from CareTaker also includes something that one could wear around their neck and if there was an emergency where they could not get to the phone, all they would have to do is push on it.
Thanks again.
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Old 06-16-03, 11:30 AM
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Hello,


Just my 2 cents on getting a security system visit; wwwdscsec.com.


The Powerseries 832 is a very common a very sophisticated system. You have the choice of hardwired and wireless all in the same system. The numbers reflect it. 8 hardwire zones (means wire needs to be run) and 32 for 32 wireless zones (no wire to be run). They have additions to the wireless end of the equation such as panic buttons (around the neck type) and they have digital control additions like 5580 escort. With that you can arm/disarm your system from any touchtone phone...anywhere.

The escort can also be hooked into your furnace and you can adjust or simply check your heating conditions in the house say, if you were on vacation and away from home. In order to use it as such, you would have to purchase the EMS 300 digital Thermostat to be used in conjunction.

If this is all an overkill for your purposes, the system can be used just as a basic security/fire system.

Good luck! If any questions about the systems, shoot me an e-mail [email protected]
 
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Old 06-16-03, 12:53 PM
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Thank you for your reply about the security system. I have gone to their web page and marked it as favorites. I will check it out later. This is all new to me so am taking everyones advice and checking out all. If I do have any questions I will be sure to email you. Thanks again.
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Old 06-16-03, 02:08 PM
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Motion detector hints

I meant to mention in my ealier post that they do have a full line of Motion detectors that are "pet freindly" meaning that they work on PIR detection. They sense the object size basd on height/weight/heat structure. So, a cat, most dogs, and often small children will not set the sensor off, thus no false alarm.

However, if you have a motion detector above a bookcase and a cat gets on the bookcase DIRECTLY infront of it, it would certainly trip it.
To the motion detector the cat looks like an elephant when walking directly in front of it. Most motion detectors get mounted on a wall or in a corner 6-8 feet from the floor. So, normaly a cat looks just like a cat, etc.

Another thing to be aware of with motions is forced air heating vents. Keep motions away from the vents. When the rush of heated air comes through....it will trip the alarm.
 
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