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Ackerman Security is an East Coast based home security company that services 5 states: Georgia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland. Although they have interesting innovations such as bundling medical monitoring with home security services, they are less transparent than other vendors on pricing. There are also some customers that report misrepresented pricing and contractual structures than what salespeople have sold.
ADT is one of the most well-known home security companies in the United States. They work with a variety of independent service providers that install and service ADT solutions across the US. In terms of getting the job done, ADT is one of the most trusted solutions and has the largest customer base of any home security company in the US. That said, over the years, newcomers have challenged ADT with upgraded equipment, more smart home features, and competitive pricing. ADT is still the biggest, but innovation is sure to challenge.
I switched from ADT to Ackerman.
The tech came out this morning on time and upgraded my service equipment free of charge. He was kind, courteous and professional the entire time he was in my house. Jesse (JC) helped me, he's the best! Call for him to do your install. You won't be disappointed.
Just switched from ADT. ADT was fine but Ackerman was about $12 a month less expensive. Sales rep (Charles) and installer (Joe) were both top drawer. Using same system as ADT so very simple convert.
This is my first security system, and I feel very safe with Ackerman. Just days after I moved into my new home, and the system was installed, My garage door was opened at 5 am while I was sleeping. The alarm tripped, woke me up, and Ackerman Security called to be available on the phone while I checked the house for intruders. Everything was safe and whomever opened the garage door must have fled when they heard the alarm go off.
So far so good. The sales person was outstanding, not pushy at all. Did not try to sale me things we didn't need. Installer was on time and very knowledgeable of the equipment. I checked with 4 vendors, and Ackerman's professionalism and knowledge was steps above the others. I highly recommend them for your security needs.
Great tech, on time, polite, extremely helpful and informative, provided plan info to reduce future costs, suggested obviously-needed upgrade. Thank you.
We have had Ackerman since October 2016 after we dropped ADT after more than 20 years. Our system has worked well and the pricing for wireless and internet connectivity is reasonable relative to other companies in Northern Virginia but more than we pay in Delaware.
I have been an Ackerman client for over 3 years, previously with ADT. The Ackerman monitoring is about half of what ADT charges. The monitoring service is no different.
I have had service out two times in the past few years. Both times, the tech was out quickly. Both techs were previously with ADT, and knew what they were doing.
Customer service is the absolute best, hands down! Bill MacMillan at Ackerman took great care of us when we needed a burglar alarm system installed at our business. Best prices in the industry with state of the art technology to boot. You will not be disappointed!
We have been using Ackerman for 2 years. They monitor, smoke detectors, medical and police. Today we upgraded our system. We have always been notified of any breach, whether door or motion. I am paying more than I was, due to the spring special with wireless equipment and smart phone access to activity, but worth it.
I had had ADT for 20 years and was paying more each month for less monitoring, no smoke detectors, no EMT or Rescue buttons for emergencies.
I've had the service for over 5 years. Ackerman just came out to upgrade my system for free. The Tech was excellent, quick, courteous, and answered all my questions. Glad to be with Ackerman.
Been a customer for almost five years now. We started out with ADT just like some here. My uncle told me about Ackerman due to the $$. So, I jumped on it. I won't say the entire trip with Ackerman has been pleasant but, they do try to take care of you. You're not just a number or money coming in. We were on vacation and just had a new touch pad installed, something went wrong when a storm came through and my son said it would beep and beep more. After several attempts by the techs, I had an older tech come out and in ten minutes the problem was solved. My wife tripped the door alarm and in two minutes Ackerman was calling the house asking for the password. She was frantic and couldn't remember but, she got it together. They are kind, supportive, friendly technicians and act as if they want to keep your business. Not, like another company whose name I won't mention.
Had Ackerman in Atlanta and never had any issues until I moved up to metro Baltimore. Now I don't even get a call from them when my alarm goes off. Also, they are NOT flexible with their contracts at all. I am moving to an area that is not serviced by Ackerman for work and they won't let me out of the contract I signed even though they don't service where I am going. I understand that I signed a contract but the lack of flexibility and compassion leaves a bad taste in my mouth for Ackerman. Moving for work was unforeseen, I even bought a house in the area that I moved to thinking I'd be here long term. Work had other plans and Ackerman is the only company that is unwilling to budge on the contract. They are only concerned with the money and contract fulfillment. Despite being a long term Ackerman customer in the past, this definitely will keep me from using Ackerman in the future. I give two stars because I never had any of these issues when I used them for several years in Atlanta. Since then, it seems their service has declined.
To be honest, I have not had any issues with the service really. But I've recently moved and upon calling to cancel, they informed me I would have to send a letter with a bunch of information to them by postal mail (who does that in 2017) to cancel the service. And of course I have to pay until they receive the letter. Complete nonsense and just a stupid hurdle to punish anyone for canceling service. I will not be getting their service in my new place.
Horrible customer service, my alarm stopped working 2 months ago, called them to look at it they wanted almost $200, on top of that I requested to cancel my service, each time I speak to a representative that claims they will have someone call me back that handles that, and no one ever calls back, it's been almost a month now, and they think they're gonna keep charging me for a crappy service. Stay away from this terrible company, you'd be better off having a pit bull secure your business or house than they could.
When I was in the market for a professional home security system, it was hard to miss Ackerman's ads everywhere. But it's hard to rate them because after the salesman came, he failed to submit a proposal. I tried to follow up with him by phone and email, no response. Then I tried his manager, whose name and contact info were in the folder he left behind, but also no response. Very unprofessional and if they're too busy for you when they're trying to make the sale imagine how little time they'll have to service you after. Stay away.
If I could give this company 0 stars I would. I have been an Ackerman customer over 7 years. Do not consider using this company if you want operable wireless cameras. I live in DC and have a camera installed on my front porch. It is supposed to record an event every time something is within range of the camera. It has not worked consistently since the install. I have lost hours from work having to have a technician look at the camera, replace cords, etc. I have had several incidents with the cameras not working and theft and damage was done to my home. The representative from Ackerman were not helpful at all when calling the service number 888-999-1070. I spoke with an assistant supervisor, Mike he shared that all he could assist me with is troubleshooting my key pad. After having a package stolen and my mailbox damaged I am not pleased at all with the customer service from this company. I plan to discontinue service and go with another company with more reliable wireless cameras and customer service. POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE AND INOPERABLE WIRELESS CAMERAS!
The service is very tricky, it looks affordable. 8 years back switched from ADT due to the price. They used the alarm system and sensors that ADT had installed to provide the service. One time the sensor was constantly beeping. I called the CS, they sent the technician who charged me $70 to replace the battery. CSR didn't inform me that there will be a charge. Fortunately, there was never need for the alarm to go off. I am not sure even if they monitor. I disconnected my landline, but their system either didn't recognize the absence of landline even it was to work on the landline or they intentionally didn't notify me. They kept on charging my account for 1 year. When I called to cancel the service,they replaced the alarm system, but they didn't replace the sensors. The alarm system keep on beeping. When I called the customer service, they mentioned that there will be service charge and price of the sensors. Instead of fixing the issue, the rude CSR in cancellation department cancelled the service. They are still charging my account. Wish I had read the reviews before signing the contract.
Atrocious. Do NOT use.
As others have noted, Ackerman is full of classic slimy sale tactics, especially Cecilia. There's always something hidden or some swindle at work.
They pretended billing me for the first six months, which per our contract was free, was an "oversight" and it took considerable
Effort on my part to rectify. Then they "accidentally" installed equipment I didn't order and I had a hard time getting them to remove it, because I'm sure they wanted to bill me for it. Ever single interaction is difficult.
I wouldn't renew my contract even if THEY paid ME to do so -- it's that bad.
You get what you pay for and our attempt to reuse the expensive GE system in our home under what seemed like a reputable company backfired when the technician arrived to install, spent 3 out of 5 hours on his cellphone, burnt up the first replacement board and then half #%$ finished the install. He forgot to hook up the siren or program for convenience and now our calls to our "I am your front line person, call me first with any issues," sales rep go unanswered. I guess since he has our commission he has disappeared like a fart in the wind. Buyer beware!
I have them for 6 years, one door sensor felt and broke. Called to ask for price/or send the piece. Don't do it. They will send someone to replace it, for free.
Person never came, she doesn't live in this area anymore. She offered me a call back,three days later I called again, this time I was told the technician will charge $90. plus the equipment cost. as a great deal they give 50%off $45, I waited 2:45 hours, I was spected the job would to be done by 12 no started at 12. Now they say they will charge me for missing appointment,.. ? Did they pay me for their mistake and let me waiting for someone that is over 500 miles away?? NO. Now I MUST RESCHEDULED the technician. How much will the sensor cost? They don't say... that means once they installed it, I have to pay what ever they want....NO
I am shopping for another security service...
The 19/ month comes with
Bad Customer Service!!!
Pls b careful of this company
Their price used to be cheaper than others .Service is not bad but after your two year contract is over they will automatically renew the contract for a year without your permission and if you try to cancel you have to pay the whole year charges
I was with this company for 5 years.After I found out what they were doing I cancelled immediately and went to better more transparent company
The initial install and monitoring seemed fine, I switched from ADT due to commercials. You realize the difference when you work with them down the line. They have very unethical call center practices where they dispatch techs when not needed and tell you after their is an $89 fee and they make it almost impossible to cancel. You should not work with them to protect your home or business if this is how they operate.
**Buyer Beware** On Sunday 1/08/17 I received a call from Ackerman security that our motion sensor had gone off detecting 'activity' in our home. The rep asked if I would like for police to be dispatched which I replied, yes. My wife and I then began to rush home fearing the worst. I then receive a call 10 minutes later by Ackerman stating that I never "registered my alarm" with my local police department so they could not dispatch the authorities. Obviously upset and confused, I let the rep know I've never heard of such a thing and that I have had Ackerman security for 3 years but never once heard of any such requirement. The young lady told me that we were sent a notice letting us know. I asked when that notice was sent. She then 'looked it up in the system' and told me it looked like that notice was never sent out in my case. I then asked her "so you mean to tell me that I've been paying for a service for the last 3 years thinking my family was safe, and during those 3 years Ackerman knew that my alarm wasn't registered and so my family was unprotected but they continued to take my money anyway without giving me any type of notice?" She then proceeded to tell me that I should have read my contract and it's in the contract. I was PISSED and ended the call. I then called the local police to have them go to our home (we were still 30 minutes away).
A few days later, still very much disturbed by the fact that this company has been taking my money while not even affording me the curtesy of alerting me that they cannot provide me the very service that I'm actively paying for since my device wasn't registered, I then chose to call an cancel my account. After all I had a 3 year contract and it's been over 3 years now. I called to cancel and then the rep proceeds to tell me that I cannot cancel without incurring a cancellation fee because although my contract had ended there is an 'auto renew' clause in our contract and so approximately 1 month ago our contract auto-renewed for an additional year. To cancel now I would have to pay a years worth of service as a fee. Now, I'm beyond pissed - I'm LIVID. I asked why wasn't I notified that my contract was up and my account would be auto renewed. I also asked "isn't it a common practice to let your customers know this?" She then tells me that "customers don't actually leave our services because they are happy with our service so we don't tell them when their contract is expired, we just renew and they keep our services". HUH? Are you kidding me? Is this some sort of sick fraudulent joke? I then spoke to a supervisor and he explains that the auto renew is in our contract and we should have read our contract. We needed to submit a letter for cancelation in writing 60 days prior to our contract end date and if not our contract auto-renews and no curtesy of notifying customers of an upcoming auto-renew is given. So I'm just supposed to remember a contract expiration date 3 years later and know to cancel 60 days prior?
I'm seeing a theme here... A security company tasked with keeping my family safe, and happy to take our money to do so, hides behind shots customer service and operational practices with a dismissive attitude of "you should have read the fine print"?
At this point I'm ready to call my lawyer:
1.) They've been taking my money for a service that can't fully offer because of requirement they haven't made me aware of even though they very well could have and had every opportunity to
2.) They won't acknowledge that my families life has literally been in danger due to their negligence and is attempting to fraudulently hold me to a service past its contract term because that term 'auto-renews' without warning...
Be WARNED. Do NOT do business with this company if you value the life and safety of your family and you also value integrity of the company you pay your hard earned money to for their services. This company will fail you in both areas.
I want out of this contract and I REFUSE to pay for an additional year of service that I did not ask for, do not want, and was fraudulently opted into. Ackerman failed at their service and took my money any way. Every time they called about an alarm and looked at our account they could have told me that our alarm wasn't registered and we weren't safe but they chose not to or neglected to. In essence they've been taking my money without fully providing the service that they promised and they are making me pay to cut ties with such a filthy company.
DO NOT GET ACKERMAN. I REPEAT DO NOT GET ACKERMAN.
I got Ackerman a little over a year ago I signed a three-year contract because the equipment cost was so expensive. I pay for almost $40 every month for monitoring. On December 7 I came home from work and realized somebody had broken into my house my alarm was going off not once did they call me no police were sent to my house. NOTHING. WHAT AM I PAYING FOR!!!! When I called to cancel they didn't ask me why they didn't even seem to care they just said that I owed $875 and asked would I be paying with credit or debit. On December 22 I waited all day for someone to come install a garage door alerts so if my garage door is left open I get a notification so nobody can walk into my house. My appointment was for 11 AM it is now 4 PM and I've yet to hear from anybody. When I call I get placed on hold and transferred to somebody else who puts me on hold and then transfer me to somebody else they have no idea what they are doing and I will cancel effective immediately
WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE AND WORST SERVICE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you want to be stuck in a three year contract without any way of getting out of the contract even if you are moving into a home that already has a system in place, please sign up for this service. Otherwise save yourself hundreds of dollars and use a different service that doesn't dupe you into a contract longer than you need.
I was forced to give this one star just to write a review. The bottom feeders that are employed through this so called company are ill mannered, heavy handed crooks that give the old school and modern day mob a bad name! At least with them, then and now, you knew and know what you were getting involved with! NO BS!
I have a system already in my apartment. However, I got Ackermans flyer in the mail, so I called for a bit of information. What I got was a hard sales pitch directly! I mean this guy was coming at me so hard and fast, you would of thought he was getting paid by the word and NOT by the appointments he set up. Frankly, I should of just said NO THANKS. That nagging curiosity won over and I scheduled an appointment for a Saturday morning 10am with a Trent Vernon.
It was explained to me that this technician Vernon was to "phone me the night before to confirm our 6/3 appointment". DID NOT OCCUR! 8:58am on 6/3, my phone rings, unrecognized #, don't answer. Voicemail from tech Vernon, "sitting in your parking lot, can I come up?" I didn't respond. 9:50am phone call from tech Vernon, "he is downstairs in my building (I live in a security bldg), do we still have an appointment"? Yes. I instruct him to use the callbox so I can buzz him in & under NO CIRCUMSTANCES ENTER THE BUILDING ON YOUR OWN! For whatever reason, the callbox wasn't functioning, by the time I got to the lobby to allow him in, he was already in the building, gone to the toliet & was on my floor! My 6'9" neighbor & I confronted tech Vernon coming off the elevator as to why he illegally entered our building? After stuttering and stamering for a few seconds and staring at his phone, he says "I think this scheduled appointment should be cancelled". You think?
Ackermans word is crap! So are their contracts, whether it's monthly, yearly, bi-yearly, or tri-yearly. They are in the PROFESSIONAL SCARE TACTICS BUSINESS! They violate you in your most accessible venue, your home, with your most precious assets, your family! It gets no more personal than this!
We had Ackerman update a security system on a rental house we were moving into. THe agreement was for 3 years, we had a concern about that because we were only on a 2 year lease. We were assured by our sales person, Cecilia Angula-Cuzzi, that if we moved out of the Ackerman Security area that we would not be obligated for the full three years.
The 2 year lease is up - and Ackerman is telling me that even though they do not service the area of a home we purchased, we still have to pay the remaining $500 + dollars.
I despise being lied to. Stay away from this company.
DISHONEST COMPANY. I was a loyal customer of Ackerman for almost five years. It turns out every single time you move, they "re-start" a three-year contract without telling you. I recently got a job offer out of state -- outside the Ackerman Security zone -- and I went to cancel and they tried to charge me $900 (!) for not fulfilling the ever latest three-year commitment that they started when I had moved into a new rental a year ago. (Even though I had been with the company, same account number, continuously for almost five years.) I threw a fit and they discounted that $900 to $500, but I still feel robbed given that I had fulfilled a three-year commitment to the company and had no choice but to disconnect my service given my required move for employment. (And the fact they don't offer services in Colorado, where I'm moving.) Their sales reps do NOT disclose you are getting into a three-year commitment and whatever they say about not being on the hook if you move out of state and Ackerman isn't available is a lie. There are many security system companies out there. I think Ackerman is the worst.
I've also filed complaints with the attorney general and the Better Business Bureau.
**Beware** Do not sign up for an Ackerman Security System!!! My system has been broken since they installed it two years ago and they would not fix it unless I pay an additional $125 for new equipment and sign an additional three year lease (Ackerman must think I'm crazy). My system has been disconnected and unplugged, I've been paying my monthly bill to be in compliance with the contract (which they are not honoring), and they keep sending me alerts even though my system is not powered (great monitoring ). I have tried multiple times to get out of the contract and they would not release me unless I pay the full mount due.
If you are choosing Ackerman, you have been warned!!
I'm very disappointed. I have been a customer for a little over two years and didn't have any problems until I attempted to add services to my account. Payments never late because it's auto-deducted from my account.
Sales rep came out to my house October 2nd or 3rd and told me I could add about $1500 worth of equipment to my account and it will cost me an additional $5-6 dollars. All I have to pay is a $99 fee and the first month of the increased rate. It came to about $146. The equipment included 2 indoor cameras, 2 outdoor cameras, a remote thermostat, and 2 window sensors. I was very pleased. The day of the install (Oct 7th) - the installer could not get the cameras to produce a live feed and after 3 HOURS of fiddling around he then tells me I need to have a faster internet speed in order to have the strength I need to produce a live feed. Makes sense, but of course the sales rep didn't tell me this nor did he inquire if I had what I needed to have a successful installation.
I was definitely not willing to increase my internet speed so I asked him to cancel the install since I don't have the proper connection for the camera and cancel the thermostat thingy because I really have no need for that feature anyway. I did, however, tell him I would keep the 2 window sensors.
A week and a half goes by and I see no refund nor partial refund in my account. I call Ackerman and tell them what happened and they say they just need the technician to turn in his paperwork to confirm what equipment was/wasn't installed and they will refund my money. It is now the end of October - almost a month since the initial scheduled install!! I HAVE CALLED THEM AT LEAST 5-6 TIMES and I'm continuously given the run around. They have to call the technician, supervisor, the manager, the director, the doctor, lawyer, and damn indian chief to get the green light to give me my money back! AND to top it off they treat you like YOU did something wrong! What the ?!?!?!?
I'm am so disappointed in them and now after reading some of the other reviews on here I wish I had just left it alone and I'm definitely going to read my contract when I get home from the office so that I can cancel my service before they "auto-renew"!
I just got off the phone with them again and AGAIN they promised a resolution in 24 hours. This is unacceptable. It's fine when you're paying your money religiously to them but when it comes to customer care and handling customer service issues - BEWARE!
Don't Do It!
Ackerman sucks you in with a low rate if you sign up for three years, but then provides absolutely horrible service. Battery needs replacing in the keypad and they won't send a battery out or let you replace it yourself. Sends a technician out with questionable English skills that pops the battery in, pushes a few buttons and then charges you $100 for the service call. Call Center phones once a week saying they are receiving a "Tamper Alert" on one of your sensors. What does that mean? I don't know and they don't either. The alarm doesn't go off, but they think someone is tampering with the sensor / system. I'm not an idiot, I've changed the batteries in all my wireless senors. Tech comes out, pushes a few buttons, can't / won't tell me what is wrong and charges another $100 service call fee. Very pushy about getting their service contract, but as we all know, these contracts benefit Ackerman, not you. They claim a technician must come out as it is a liability issue, but ADP use to walk me through the steps and then test the system to ensure it works.
Go to Amazon and order Smart Things door / window sensors, motion detectors, siren and fire / carbon monoxide detectors. Did the whole house for $300 and now monitor myself and control the system from my smart phone. The minute one of the sensors detects intrusion, you get a text message and the stupid loud siren goes off. I decide whether I need to call the Police which I can do with one less step than Ackerman.
Bad customer service.
Ackerman sent out a salesman on May 28th. He looked at my current system and stated we needed to add a cell receiver and a indoor camera. We scheduled the install on Tuesday the 31st. The installer showed up without the camera that was agreed to in the contract. Frustrating but not the end of the world. He continued downstairs to look at the security system box and within 30 seconds he determined that I needed a different type of box that either would be free if I signed a 3 year contract or $299 if I only wanted a 1 year contract.
I told him no thanks to either option and they could refund my money. He called later that night and stated his manager approved the new box for free. The installer and I set up a date (June 10th 12-3pm) to come back, with the camera this time, to install everything. I took a day off work again and planned my day around the installers time period. Needless to say he never showed up. I had his cell number and attempted to get a hold of him. He never contacted me.
Fed up, I called the main line and explained the issue to the poor lady who answers the phone but has no power to do anything. After being placed on hold for a few minutes, a manager (Malcom) came on the phone and I reexplained the entire story to him. He told me this was a regional issue and placed me on hold while he contacted the regional dispatcher. I explained my situation...again and she tried to schedule my service again. I asked her why I should use Ackerman Security to protect my home when they can't even get a system installed in a timely manner and show up when they are supposed to. She placed me on hold awhile and said she was transferring me to her manager. After being on hold AGAIN I got the managers voicemail. I asked the person to call me back today however I apparently am not important enough to do so.
Go with ADT!
They're billing is a mess and I've just discovered they are monitoring the wrong property address. Not exactly the highest attention to detail.
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We recently purchased our first home, and decided to go with ADT for security. Our technician, Donald K, did an excellent job installing our system, explaining everything, and ensuring we had the best system for our home. I felt as though he genuinely suggested the best options for us, based on what he would do if it were his own home. And to cap it off, he was super friendly.
Ask for Donald K!!!
***Other commenters mentioned a 3 yr contract, this is FALSE as the state of CA mandates that contracts max out at 2 yrs. The misconception is due to ADT's standard forms since the other 49 states don't have this state-imposed limitation, so the form states 3yrs. Donald crossed out the 3yrs on our form and had us initial by it. No big deal.
I would like to start by saying LUAY H. initial contact, follow-up, and customer services were impeccable. I was so impressed with the professional, quick, and easy set up that happened in my home on the follow-up visit. He was skilled, and neat in installing the cameras, ring doorbell, and updating my alarm system. Luay made me feel so comfortable with updating my system and adding the ring doorbell. The hard part should have been teaching me how to use the updated equipment, and he was so patient with helping me add the apps to my cell phone and how to work the additional equipment, which is no easy feat! I can only say that Luay who works for ADT made me feel safe, comfortable, educated, and confident with how to work my system. I recommend and hope other customers can get the same experience that I had with him because he made me a believer in ADT. Last but not least, I cannot stress how important customer services is to me and how imperative this job was to my family; to get my ADT system updated and working. I was on the edge with going with another company and because he was so REINSURING, HUMBLE, AND EXPLAIN how the different parts of ADT work he kept me wanting to continue being an ADT customer. Thank You LUAY... #yougotthejobdone!
I called ADT over a technical issue and was not in a very good mood. A very nice lady whose name was Sherry helped me and she was so kind even through my grumpiness. I wish all employees could be as nice as her and as patient. I would like to thank her, Sherry, for putting up with me and I apologize for venting my frustrations on her. After I hung up I realized how hard it is to be in customer service and to be able to maintain grace and dignity. Sherry was an excellent customer service employee and provided exemplary technical support.
They do good work. If you hate ADT it's because you purchased from an authorized dealer. Do not do that. Buy directly from a corporate representative. You pay a little more but the quality is so much greater.
Wow best customer service and user friendly security system ever! Thank you so much Luis Fajardo for going above and beyond, and giving me peace of mind! Thanks to you I will be referring friends and family to ADT. Thank you again your outstanding customer service and hard work....it does not go unnoticed!
Francisco did a great job. We have had ADT install systems in multiple homes and this was the most complete and professional install yet. Highly recommended
Okay, so, I just purchased my first home, and wanted an alarm to make myself and my wife feel safer. I was on my Bank of America credit card online account, and noticed that had a cash back deal for ADT, so I thought, great! Of course, it wasn't through ADT directly, it was through Protect Your Home, which is an authorized ADT retailer. I called the 1800 number and set up the appointment and was charged the $100 installation fee immediately (it's ok, I'm getting $100 cash back through BofA anyway). During the phone call, they upgrade my package to include 2 keypads, 2 keychains, and $700 in extras. I thought great! Fast forward to the day of the install, the guy showed up early (which was great, except we were having Fios and a new water heater installed at the same time, so him being early made it even more crazy!) Off the bat, I had kind of a negative reaction to him, because I told him Fios was here and they are installing a phone line for you to connect to. His response was, oh, we don't need that, everything is done wirelessly now! My first thought was great, but I'm also not an idiot. So, I said to him, great, as long as its the $27.99 that we agreed to. He told me it wasn't but we can talk about that, which I then replied that as long as its $27.99 that we agreed to, then we can talk. At that point, he drills a hole where the main keypad would go, took him a while (not his fault), and then installed the keypad. We then went over all of the windows and doors, and everything fancy thing they sell. They then quote you an absurd price if you install every gadget they sell, it came out to almost $6K! Of course, no one buys every gadget, so he then takes some of it out, and quotes me around $2500 for the installation. At this point, I was really upset, because I'm not paying that kind of money, that's absurd. So, little by little, you can reduce the pricing by getting the regular window/door senors instead of the better ones, get one keychain instead of 2, one motion sensor, etc. After spending 20 minutes trying to get the price down, it got down to a more reasonable $250. Again, I'm not stupid, I know they upsell, I kind of expected it, but do it in a ethical way! They also try to upsell hard on the Pulse $52.99 package, but as long as you keep saying no, they have to give you the basic $27.99 package. So, after he installed everything and tested it, he had me sign the contracts, sign here, initial here, etc. Everything was fine, except the next day, I was charged another $96 on top of the $250 charge that was for the additional sensors/keypads/etc, which I did not authorize! It turns out, in the contract (which they do not tell you), you are agreeing to pay a prorated amount of your current month + next month's amount, but not for the monthly rate you agreed to, but for the $52.99+tax, regardless of the monthly price you signed up for. It is actually written into the contract, and they conveniently skip over it. At this point, I've had enough and contact ADT customer service directly. They have been great, they refunded me the overcharge amount, and have guaranteed I will be billed $27.99 per month starting next month. So far, I am happy with ADT, but buyer beware, if you use protectyourhome, this is what will happen! This is how they make their money, they don't do it ethically, they overcharge and upsell and hope you don't notice. But if that happens to you, contact ADT directly, they will fix whatever you were overcharged.
This company is a scam. Plane and simple. ADT actually canceled my service because when ATT canceled its 2G network they could no longer get cellular service in my area. Now "Protect Your Home" attempting to extort $569 from me. Collection calls twice a day and hangs up when I answer. They only leave messages when I don't answer.
I've been shopping around for a Security system. These people call me Saturday morning, she asks my address and asks me to verify the last 4 of my SSN. I was like why do you need my SSN I just want to get information on packages and know what prices will be monthly. She said that they are offering $800 in free equipment and to go any farther they need the last 4 of my ssn to see what packages I'll qualify for. So I give it to her. Next thing out of her mouth is install dates. I say I'm not trying to install I wanna know what you offer and what the price is. She says again they give $800 free equipment. Mind you that include siren door sensors. So nothing extra literally make you get everything separate. So again i say that's not what I'm interested in. I want a quote for standard security 2 doors with a door keypad and a camera. She puts me on hold and her manager gets on the phone. He was SOOOOOOOO RUDE! mind you this whole time I'm just trying to get information. I ask him about the camera and he says yea we have everything if you dream it adt can do it. Then I say AGAIN I'm just looking for quotes. He tells me they don't do quotes I have to have an install and the tech goes over prices and packages! Wtf I'm not signing up for nothing without information. This guy wouldn't even tell me how much a camera was, or the service fee. SCAM! So then I say well I'll have to think about it I'm not trying to sign up for something I can't even get information on. Then he says well we already ran your credit.. WHAT THE ! Today (Sunday) credit karma alerts me of a hard credit check. These people are THE WORST!!! Beware go somewhere else do not even answer the phone. I'll be calling headquarters! When I say this guy was rude I mean it! He made me feel so dumb. I used to work customer service so it takes a lot for someone to make me feel stupid this guy was awful. Before he hung up on me he says you'll have to pay for all your equipment then. WTF!? Who are these people. STAY AWAY
Saw an offer through my bank (PNC) that would reimburse you for installation fee so thought to myself, "Why not!" When I initially spoke to the ADT rep, I told her my specific reason for an alarm was to have alarms on my door to notify me when open since I have little ones and an in ground pool in the backyard. She said, "Not a problem" and even threw in an extra door sensor to the "free" package. Fast forward to day of the technician coming out. We went over what I was getting (the basic package) and why I was getting it...door sensors for kiddos. He went around and installed the keypad, sensors, smoke detector, etc. He then spent the next THREE hours showing me every piece of equipment he had, why it was important I focus on security vs. just the door notifications, and tried to get me to sign an agreement over $10,000 for all the bells and whistles. Whenever I tried to stop him, he told me he was going to go over it anyways. He even had the balls to tell me that he "cared more about my family than I did" since I wasn't focused on security. WTF?! The next day, I noticed an $82 charge on my card that was explained to me was going to be the prorated for this month and next month's services. The contract amount was for $27.99/month so obviously $82 is way above contracted price + prorated amount. Needless to say, I called the company and CANCELLED everything and had them remove their sh*t from my house. I even forewarned them that the technician coming out better not try to waste my time convincing me otherwise. Of course, that in itself was a fiasco. Tech showed up 2 hours early when no one was home. I had to call the company and have them sent back at the appropriate time. They left my outlet covers off, drywall everywhere, and just ripped wires out of the wall. I would rather buy a SimpliSafe system with no monthly service fee than use ADT. It comes out way cheaper in the long run.
Please whatever you do, don't use this company or their services. Thankfully I had read the other peoples' comments on yelp before I committed to these folks. The reviews are really accurate, what other folks detailed below is exactly what happened to me. They promise to throw in a free this and a free that and charge you $90 or a $100 or something like that just to even make an appointment to come to your home. Then it's SO hard to get that money back, even when you cancel that appointment and go with a different more reliable company. I've used ADT previously, so it's not ADT that's a problem, it's just this "Protect Your Home" folks that are a problem. The manager actually yelled at me over the phone because I was trying to cancel the house visit appointment!
THIS COMPANY IS ATTEMPTING TO SCAM ME. I have never signed up for their services. They are attempting to collect money from me, including calls up to twice a day from multiple numbers. Please avoid this company at all costs!!!!
If I could I would give it a lower star. everything said in previous comments related to scam is true. I wish I had looked at Yelp comments before buying the package with Protect Your Home to get ADT system. Promises of free installation and $100 gift cards did not happen. At installation I was given an estimate of over 5K for equipment (off course they tell you this after installing the monitor on the wall). When rejected they brought it to over $150. so disappointed.
If there are any negative star, I would happy to do so. It is a big scam. They will put holes in your house and then ask for get more stuff for paying a high amount. If you don't take those stuff then they need to take system out and it will leave patches in your house. The other thing is it is not 27.99 per month. You will end up paying 52.99 per month with them.
I strongly urge to avoid this company.
Garbage service. NEVER use them.
They do nothing, charge a premium for service and are slow to call you back about any issues ... yet quick to install and leave you with a trashy system.
Do not use this company. There was to be no installation fee. It was suppose to $27.99 month.I had charges placed on my credit card without my knowledge. I was suppose to get a $100 gift card. Did not happen. I don't know how they get positive feed back, because there is nothing positive about this company. I can't stress it enough do not use this company or you will be burned.
I did not sign up with them as they force you to pay $99-first to schedule the first appointment. I asked if it's refundable and if so, where can I see that refund policy in writing. They said they don't have it. That was the deal breaker for me. I understand the people on the phone don't control that. Normally, I'd give 3 stars if that were it. But 2 things from the experience I had on the phone with them made this a 1 star review.
To be clear, Protect Your Home is a 3rd party company separate from ADT. They also send out 3rd party technicians - not ADT technicians. So your relationship and payments are handled with Protect Your Home. NOT ADT. This is a common business operation, but from reading other reviews this seems to be a big part of the problem.
My experience - The first person I spoke with was nice, but before answering my question on if there was a refund policy in writing on the $99-first appointment booking fee she sneakily ran my credit without being clear she was about to do that and without my permission.
After telling her that me not being able to see the refund policy in writing was a deal breaker, she put me on with a manager to try and help. He initially jumped on, was nice, asked me why I was calling in, and then offered me a better deal on the service. He never acknowledged my only, primary concern. So I told him what my concern was and I explained I had a "rip off" experience in a similar type of deal with another big company before. He continued replying only by basically just verbally promising that won't happen and that there was no way to get that refund policy in writing to me. Which I accept from him, no worries there. But he continued to try and "save the deal" even though it was dead for the reason I clearly explained to him. The call wrapped up by him continuing to try and speak over me. As well as spoke to me condescendingly towards the end. Which confirmed what other reviews said about how they are only focused on closing for the appointment regardless of the customer's concerns.
Things that they say to be aware of when they try to overcome your objections:
- "By saying how ADT is a huge, great company. And how THEY would never do that." But THEY (Protect Your Home) aren't ADT
- "We have been in business for a long time, we wouldn't be in business if we lied." This doesn't make sense as you can be in business and still lie - just look at Time Warner Cable. Also, for them it's stupid to say because of all the bad reviews they have on Yelp and other websites.
- "We will send you that language after we run your card." This doesn't make sense and is what the last rip off experience company I had said.
I'm going to try and work with ADT directly. I would recommend that for others too. Hope this helps.
For the short answer: DO NOT USE THIS COMPANY FOR YOUR SECURITY SYSTEM!
1. We were told it would be only 27.99 per month for service
2. Was only suppose to have a installer come out to see if previous alarm system in home was able to be "taken over"
3. Installer who came our said out previous system was being ran through a telephone line and not cellularly (we were under impression that previous system was cellular)
4. Installer said it would be 47.99 for cellular system
5. We told installer would have to think about it since we were told differently prior
6. installer became angered and irate and said "this is how i make my paycheck" and it would only take an hour
7. Finally we just went ahead and decided to get the system installed that day.
8. After a 3 HOUR installation the installer tells me its going to be 52.99 for the service with taxes (which doesn't add up in my area)
9. We were suppose to get $1,800 in free equipment, after installation the installer told me he had used up all the credit but could not explain how it added up to $1,800 with what he installed that was not able to be "taken over"
10. He went over the contracts and everything and said i had 3 days to cancel with no questions asked. Also 2 hours after leaving the system did not work and had to call to troubleshoot.
11. The next day I called to cancel the old security system, in the middle of canceling i asked the agent to double check what type of system we had through them and she said cellular.
12. At this point i realized the installed was a misleading liar who came into my house lied to my face and said we had a different system to get us to pay more per month.
13. That same day i called to defenders and told them to cancel the contract - the representative said i will get a call from their loyalty department to get everything taken care of.
14. The system continued to not work for the duration of the time we had it and i was told a technician would come out to troubleshoot but nobody ever did
15. on the 5th day after installation i finally got a call from loyalty department and the lady had the nerve to tell me she could not cancel since it was beyond 3 days when i had called in the day after install to cancel
16. After 2 WEEKS for talking to multiple departments and getting the run around, a person with common sense at this company decided to cancel the contract since i called day after but was not helped properly.
17. Its now been 3 weeks since cancelling and I still have not received my refund for installation. every time i call they say should be done in 3-5 business days
Well see how long this goes, but hopefully this draws attention and the people who have appointments for defenders to come do a installation this otherwise now. Really shocked that ADT partners with a company like this, we have since went back to out old security system through MONI
Worst company and service in my lifetime. They mislead you into a contract. Sell you unnessary equipment and do not account them correctly. Even if you return the equipment they do not document and do not pay you back. They do not provide you copy of your updated agreement. Would not give you any confirmation on the equipment they take back. Later on you are batteling between them and ADT. ADT another horrible company doesn't keep the contracts updated and ask you to follow up with them and they keep charging you unfairly. Please say no to these kind of business does. Horrible people and company.
It's not a surprise to see 1 star reviews here. I was researching ADT authorized dealers and I responded to one of their flyers and gave them a call. For a start, they only offer a handful of wireless sensors and the rest are wired. Even worse, before signing anything I was asked for credit card details prior to someone coming out for an appraisal. I did this and then 15 minutes changed my mind and went with American Home Alarms (5-star reviews). After calling to cancel and get a refund of the installation fee I was told it would take 15-30 days. Err, for no services rendered I have to stand out of my $100 so you can hold onto it? Unacceptable business practice. I then called my credit card company, filed a false charge, got a refund and then blocked them from ever charging anything again. Bye bye.
False advertising. You will never get the monthly rate promised, you will not get all equipment promised. Don't do it. The only saving grace is that you have 3 days to cancel which I am doing.
DO NOT USE THIS COMPANY!!!
When I decided to install an ADT system for a house I was selling (yes selling!) I hired this company unbeknownst to me that they were a 3rd party alarm install company. I clearly told them I was selling house (they saw sign out front) & I asked them if I can transfer contract over to new owner without getting charged penalties; early termination fees, etc. & they said YES (of course I didn't read their multi page terms & conditions lol). Fast forward a year later... house is sold, I successfully transferred ADT account & guess who calls me? A Protect Your Home rep barking I now owe $720 because I cancelled my contract!!
I called ADT & they said since I hired that company they have no control over what fees PYH charges.
People just install a DYI alarm system like SimpliSafe & call it a day... $15 a month & no contract!!!!!
this is the worst company I've ever had to deal with.. I canceled after the first day. This company is so unprofessional. Its been more then a month since they received back their equipment and they still won't refund me the money.
the said their employee forgot to tell them that he took the equipment back, they said they would fix it .. i called again today ( a week later) and they still haven't had fixed the issue with their employee. They owe me $400.00 and they want me to wait ANOTHER two weeks to see a refund...
this company wants to take your money and they want to con you....
please stay away from this horrible company and their awful customer service!