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Find the Best Home Security Systems and Home Alarm Companies in Marin County


As a home or business owner, safety and security is paramount, whether it be for your family or your property. Whether you are looking for motion detectors or home video surveillance cameras, there are some good home security systems and home alarm companies in Marin County who sell and install burglar alarms and home security systems.

The following research by The Prime Buyer's Report identifies the best alarm companies in Marin County and issues related to buying alarm systems and monitoring.

 

Updated February 24, 2017

 The TOP 10 Home Security Systems & Home Alarm Companies in Marin County CA

California Security Pro
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(707) 737-6400
2700 Napa Valley Corporate Dr. Ste I
Napa, CA 94558
State License #ACO5567
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10  Better Business Bureau ADT Authorized Dealer

Areas Served: Bay Area & Marin County incl. San Rafael CA, Almonte, Bel Marin Keys, Belvedere, ...
Services: ADT dealers, alarms, wireless security systems, security cameras, home alarms, ...
Key Brands: ADT, Brinks Home Security (Brinks Security), Broadview Security, DSC, GE Security, ...

Armor Security Inc
Mill Valley, CA 94941

Areas Served: San Rafael CA, Larkpur, Woodacre, Sausalito, Mill Valley, Novato, Tiburon, Kentfield
Services: alarm monitoring services, alarm installers, alarm sales, security systems

Curtis Security
22 Mariposa Ave
San Anselmo, CA 94960

Areas Served: Novato, San Rafael, Sausalito, Corte Madera, Tiburon, San Anselmo, Mill Valley
Services: home security systems, home alarms, alarm installers, commercial alarm systems

Golden Gate Security Systems
PO Box 1722
Novato, CA 94948

Areas Served: San Rafael, Mill Valley, Sausalito, San Anselmo, Tiburon, Ross, Belvedere, Novato
Services: alarms, wireless security systems, security cameras, home alarms

American Sentry Systems Inc
1221 Andersen Drive, Suite E
San Rafael, CA 94901

Areas Served: Marin, Novato, Sausalito, Mill Valley, San Rafael, Tiburon, San Anselmo, Woodacre
Services: local alarm company for home alarm installers, motion detectors,business alarms

Jefferson Security Systems
769 Center Blvd # 133
Fairfax, CA 94930

Areas Served: Mill Valley, San Rafael, Novato, San Anselmo, Fairfax CA, Woodacre, Tiburon
Services: home security systems, home alarms, alarm monitoring

Find the Best Home Security Systems and Home Alarm Companies in Marin County 


Alarm companies in Marin County are legally required to have a state license from the California BSIS (Bureau of Secruity and Investigative Services) to allow them to operate a business that sells (at the buyer's home or business), installs, monitors, maintains, services, or responds to alarm systems or supervises such actions. Retail stores do not have to be licensed if they sell alarm systems only at the store and do not install alarms or perform any alarm monitoring functions.

Having this license means they have specified one individual at their company as the Qualified Manager who must clear the criminal history background check, completed 4,000 hours of paid experience in alarm company work, and passed a two-hour exam.  Any employees of theirs who sell or install monitor, maintain or service alarms, must each be registered individually with the state as an Alarm Agent which requires passing a criminal background check only.

If the alarm company sends employees to your property, you need them to carry workers' compensation insurance. If a worker is injured on your property and the company doesn't have this insurance, you could be liable to pay for their injuries and your homeowner's insurance may not cover those costs. 

 

Alarm companies in Marin County are not legally required to have liability insurance; however, all alarm companies bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 designation have general liability insurance coverage which reimburses you the customer in the event of any damages, in addition to passing all other requirements for certification as Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 such as our research phone calls to their previous clients, hiring only documented workers, verified license and workers' comp insurance, clean complaint record, and more.


Home Security Systems in Marin County Offer the Latest in Home Security Technology
Security system and alarm companies in Marin County have a variety of options from which to choose. Qualified companies can install security card readers, key pads, electric locks, door alarms or any number of other access control systems.

Home alarm companies in Marin County with the proper training can add to your home or business security system with more sophisticated features, including closed-circuit television / CCTV security systems, wireless video surveillance systems, hidden video or digital security cameras, video domes, time-lapse VCRs and other monitoring hardware.

Licensed security system dealers in Marin County usually carry needed individual components for home security systems, such as wire cable, connectors, and weatherproof accessories. Some also stock security system items that fall outside of the realm of anti-theft security devices.


Some Alarm Companies in Marin County Provide Additional Security Services
In addition to the sales of home security surveillance and wireless home monitoring equipment, many of the best burglar alarm and home security alarm companies in Marin County offer complete building security for commercial, residential, governmental, and medical properties. These may include 24 hour on-call security system maintenance for new or existing commercial security systems, or round-the-clock video surveillance from a central unit operated by the company.

Some alarm companies offer money-back guarantees against theft, service problems, or relocation. Many home alarm and home security surveillance companies also offer alarm monitoring and response. Patrol services require a PPO license (Private Patrol Operator). 


Some Alarm Companies in Marin County Are Much Better than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these companies for security systems and alarms in Marin County CA: California Security Pro, American Sentry Systems Inc, Armor Security Inc, Curtis Security, Jefferson Security Systems, Golden Gate Security Systems. Other alarm companies in Novato, Sausalito and San Rafael CA that might still be in business include: Warren Security Systems San Rafael CA, Redwood Security Systems San Rafael CA, Kline & Son Security San Anselmo CA, Bay View Security Novato CA. Didn't find what you wanted with the TOP 10 Home Security Systems & Home Alarm Companies in Marin County? Then click here to see additional companies in this category.

 

 

Questions To Ask Alarm Companies in Marin County 



When choosing a company for security system or burglar alarms, ask these questions about their experience, range of services, and credentials before deciding.



• How long have they been doing alarms or security systems in Marin County specifically?

 
• How many installations have they done similar to yours, in terms of size of job, residential versus business, alarm only versus monitoring service or security cameras, etc.?

• Do they offer ongoing maintenance or repair services after installation?

• Can the alarm company give you names and numbers of customers who had a similar kind of installation done who you can call as references? (All alarm companies bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already had their customer references called by our research staff so you don't have to.)


• Will they provide a written estimate that is detailed, including the exact products and parts to be used, including brand names, and product numbers?  (This is key because cheap alarm companies in Marin County often only seem cheaper because they are using inferior equipment that is more prone to malfunctions or just performs poorly.)

• How long will it take them to complete the alarm installation?


• What are the manufacturer warranties on the equipment?


• Do they provide a written warranty for their labor, aside from manufacturer warranties?

• After you explain what you want in a security system, is there a similar, but less expensive alternative to what you've asked for and what would you lose? Similarly, is there a big leap in quality or function that can be had for just a little bit more money?



• How are false alarms handled? If your local police department imposes a fee for responding to a false alarm who will pay that if it is due to faulty equipment, you or the alarm company?


• Can the alarm company vouch that all employees sent to your property are legal to work in the U.S.? (All security system companies in Marin County bearing The Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already signed an agreement to only hire documented workers.)

• Will they show you proof of active workers' compensation and liability insurance? (All alarm companies bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already had proof of insurance verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)




When you've chosen the best alarm company in Marin County for your specific needs, make sure they are properly licensed by the State of California. (All alarm companies bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already had their license verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)
 

 

 

Terms Related To Home Alarms and Home Security Systems in Novato, Sausalito and San Rafael 

 

Common Home Security System and Home Alarm Terms

 

Access Control System - These commercial security systems control access to businesses and commercial areas. Some access control systems allow for facial recognition, hand printing and fingerprint access.

Alarm Monitoring - When home alarm monitoring systems are triggered, the security alarm signal transmits to the home security company who can then dispatch police to the scene.

Alarm System Control Panel - The part of a home surveillance or commercial security system that compiles all the information from the sensors and detectors.

Alarm Systems - Alarm systems for home security or business security trigger audio or visual warnings when the alarm system is breached. Home security cameras, wireless home security systems, intruder alarm systems and CCTV (closed-circuit television) security cameras can all be part of modern alarm systems.

Burglar Alarm - Burglar alarms are alarm systems designed to deter burglars and intruders who enter a protected area, such as a home or business. Some burglar alarms automatically alert authorities if there is a break-in.

Business Security System - Business security systems protect your business and employees from break-ins. Along with burglar alarms, business security systems and commercial alarm systems may also include video surveillance and CCTV security systems.

CCTV Security Systems (Closed-Circuit Television) - CCTV security systems are often part of video surveillance systems. Images on CCTV security systems (closed circuit television security systems) can only be viewed in a small area and are not visible to public TV viewers.

Central Station - The facility or monitoring center for home alarm and business security systems are called central stations. These home protection companies call police and report information when security systems are triggered. All home alarm monitoring central stations are staffed 24 hours a day.

Decoders - Tools and programs that decode data collected by burglar alarms and home security systems.

Delay Zones - Some home security zones are called delay zones because they wait for a specified time before the home alarm is activated.

Digital Video Monitoring Systems - Digital monitoring alarm systems are video security systems. These home video security systems are attached to computers or VCR or DVR recorders so any information picked up by home security cameras is recorded.

Disarm - When a homeowner or business owner turns off or deactivates their home alarm system or business security system.

Dual Detectors - Some home alarm systems require more than one trigger to activate the alarm system. These are called dual detectors, and they are less likely to have false alarms.

DVR CCTV Recorders - DVR CCTV Recorders (digital video closed-circuit television recorders) record surveillance camera video.

Electronic Surveillance System - Electronic surveillance systems protect businesses and homes burglars. These electronic surveillance systems usually are built with closed-circuit televisions (CCTV security systems), security cameras, burglar alarms and door alarms.

Emergency Response Locator - Emergency response locators are signs that warn off burglars and direct home security response units to your home in the event of a home security breach.

False Alarm - Sometimes home alarm systems and commercial burglar alarms are accidentally set off by homeowners, employees or pets. False alarms are a major downfall of many home security systems, but your home security company can help you find ways to limit the number of false alarms from your home security system.

Home Security - Home security is the measure of safety for your home and family. You can easily increase your home security and the safety of your property and loved ones by installing security alarm systems and home alarms.

Home Security System - A home security system is an alarm system that secures your home from burglars and threats. Home security systems often include home alarms, wireless security systems, home security cameras and home security monitoring by home surveillance companies.

Instant Zones - Home security zones that immediately trigger home alarms with no delay after a breach.

Interior Security Systems - Home security devices and commercial security alarms that are located inside the protected area.

Keypad - The part of a home alarm system that looks like a keyboard. This keypad is where homeowners enter a numeric code to arm or disarm the home security system.

Local Alarm - Sirens, bells or alarm sounds that are audible within the home. Local alarm systems do not link to alarm dispatch companies.

Monitored Alarm - Monitored alarm systems may or may not sound an audible alarm when breached. However, they send a signal to a central monitoring station, where dispatchers then alert local authorities to the home alarm.

Motion Sensors - Commonly called PIR (passive infrared) motion sensors, motion sensors "see" infrared energy, or heat, from an intruder's body and activate a burglar alarm. Motion sensor alarms do not work through walls or glass, however, so the burglar needs to be in your home or business before he or she is detected.

Perimeter Systems - Perimeter alarm systems are home security systems that attach to exterior doors. Only when an intruder bypasses these home alarms will the home monitoring system be triggered.

PIR Motion Sensors - Also called motion sensors, these passive infrared security alarm systems sense heat from a burglar's body and activate a burglar alarm.

Remote Security Alarms - Also called remote video monitoring systems (RVM), remote security alarms use video information for home protection services.

Remote Video Monitoring - Also called remote video surveillance or remote security alarms, remote video monitoring systems (RVM) use video feeds for information. These video feeds are reviewed by home security specialists, who trigger an alarm if there is an intrusion.

Video Surveillance Systems - Video surveillance systems can look like burglar alarms, home security systems or commercial business alarm systems. These video surveillance systems link to a central monitoring station and usually link to security cameras for extra home protection and business security measures.

Wireless Alarm Systems - Home security systems that use radio waves to send signals to the control panel. These wireless home alarm systems can be used on the interior or the exterior of the home.

Zones - Good home alarm systems separate areas of the home into areas called zones. These zones are specially designated with home security cameras or alarm systems that can specify which area of the home was tripped. Each zone may be secured or unlocked separate of the other home security zones.

 

 

 

Home Alarm Brands and Home Security Systems Offered

ADEMCO Home Security Systems

home security systems
motion detectors
wireless door alarms
wireless home security systems
commercial security systems
wireless burglar alarms
entry management systems
CCTV security systems
home video security
Honeywell security systems

ADT Home Security Systems

home security systems
burglar alarms
home video surveillance systems
CCTV security systems
home alarm systems
wireless home security systems
home security cameras
monitored security surveillance systems
business security systems 
zone alarm systems

APX Alarm Systems

home security systems
burglar alarms
voice system home security
wireless home security systems
Honeywell Security alarms
DIY alarms
glassbreak detectors
infrared motion sensors
door sensors
window sensors
monitored home security systems

Brink's Home Security Systems

home alarm systems
burglar alarms
monitored surveillance systems
wireless security system remotes
home security sirens
zone alarms
home security glass break sensors
home security motion detectors
commercial security systems

DSC Home Security Systems

wireless alarm systems
motion detectors
burglar alarms
home alarm systems
home security systems
access control systems
glassbreak detectors
CCTV security systems

GE Home Security Systems

home security systems
commercial security systems
institutional security systems
government security systems
remote alarm security systems
wireless security systems
basic home alarm systems
security cameras
video surveillance systems
home alarm monitoring
personal security equipment

Home Guard Security Services

affordable home alarm systems
basic home security systems
door sensors and door alarms
window alarms
monitored home security systems
wireless security system equipment
burglar alarms
zone alarms
voice feedback security systems
telephone backup security systems

Honeywell Security Systems

home security systems
motion detectors
energy-efficient home security systems
security cameras
video security systems
monitored home surveillance systems
Apex security systems
ADEMCO security systems
home security burglar alarms

Napco Security Systems, Inc.

home security systems
wireless home alarm systems
zone home surveillance systems
monitored security systems
home security door alarms
home security window alarms
CCTV video surveillance systems
home security cameras
home alarms
home video security systems

Simon Home Security Systems

low cost home security panels
wireless home alarm systems
keychain remote home security systems
motion detector surveillance systems
monitored home security systems
home video security systems
security cameras

Siren Home Security Systems

wireless home alarm systems
residential security systems
commercial security systems
voice monitoring home security systems
burglar alarms
home alarm monitoring services

 

 

Resources About Home Security Systems and Home Alarm Companies in Marin County 

Associations & Licensing for Home Security Systems & Home Alarms in Marin County CA

ANSI American National Standards Institute (http://www.ansi.org/)
BBB Better Business Bureau (http://www.bbb.com/)
CAA California Alarm Association (http://www.caaonline.org/)
CSLB Contractor State License Board (http://www.cslb.ca.gov/)
CSAA Central Station Alarm Association (http://www.csaaul.org/)
DCA State of California Department of Consumer Services (http://www.dca.ca.gov/)
Diamond Certified www.diamondcertified.org
NASCO National Association of Security Companies (http://www.www.nasco.org/)
NBFAA National Burglar Alarm Association (http://www.alarm.org/)
NSA National Sheriff's Association (http://www.sheriffs.org/)
SIA Security Industry Association (http://www.siaonline.org/)
SIAC Security Industry Alarm Coalition (http://www.siacinc.org/)



Print Media & Web Resources for Home Security System Installers & Home Alarms

Access Control & Security Systems Magazine
Electronic House Magazine
Protection, Automation and Control (PAC) World Magazine
Security Dealer Magazine
Security Distributing and Marketing Magazine
Security Management Magazine
Security Systems News
Security Technology & Design Magazine
Security Trade Association Trade Digest 


The Prime Buyer's Report provides information on the TOP 10 Home Security Systems & Alarms in Marin County by zip code:

94938, 94979, 94973, 94978, 94945, 94948, 94925, 94901, 94977, 94957, 94930, 94939, 94941, 94947, 94960, 94964, 94920, 94924, 94912, 94976, 94933, 94963, 94974, 94971, 94940, 94970, 94903, 94950, 94937, 94929, 94942, 94965, 94956, 94946, 94904, 94915, 94949, 94914, 94913 and 94966

 

 


 

Security & Alarms Corte Madera CA

Kline & Son Security Corte Madera CA 94925


Security & Alarms Mill Valley CA

Redwood Security Systems Inc Mill Valley CA 94942


Security & Alarms Novato CA

Bay View Security Novato CA 94945
Golden Gate Security Systems Novato CA 94948


Security & Alarms San Anselmo CA

Curtis Security San Anselmo CA 94960


Security & Alarms San Rafael CA

American Sentry Systems Inc San Rafael CA 94901
Warren Security Systems San Rafael CA 94912

 

 

 

 

 

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Questions To Ask Alarm Companies in Marin County

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Terms Related To Home Alarms and Home Security Systems in Novato, Sausalito and San Rafael

 

Home security systems and home alarms take many different forms. From wireless home security systems to closed-circuit television (CCTV), there are many kinds of home security systems in Marin County to choose from. For your convenience, we've researched some important information on home alarm systems and home security in Marin County.

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Resources About Home Security Systems and Home Alarm Companies in Marin County

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