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Koorsen® Fire & Security is a custom home and business security company that protects customers from fire and burglaries. They are extremely full service and have some larger clients -- like college campuses, which compete against their attention to the home security market. Overall, if you want a full service solution and are willing to fork over the money for it, then Koorsen could be what's right for you.
LiveWatch Home Security (now Brinks Home Security) is a subsidiary of Moni, home security systems and offers competitively priced home security and monitoring systems. They have a shorter 12-month contract than most others in the industry and support the newest smart home technologies like Z-Wave and Alarm.com. They have a few negatives from customers -- such as issues getting helpful customer service and issues around scalability, but that said, customers like what they are doing overall.
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Very professional inspector. Any question's we had he answered. Great experience with this company. They were prompt about getting us scheduled when we called. Actually they scheduled us the same day we called for inspections.View More Reviews
Nice and friendly people couldn't ask for anyone better
Security comes in different forms and being able to trust the security company is even more important than being able to trust the security system.
My mum's house had an ADT system in place. It needed to be repaired and the wonderful people at ADT said that they'd fix the system, if mum subscribed to monitoring. She said that she would not, and they said that they couldn't help her. Isn't that extortion?
Enter Koorsen. They were helpful on the phone and both extremely helpful at fixing problems with the system (replacing the keypad/system board, etc.) and extremely friendly. Plus, they did the work at a reasonable price, which is difficult to believe after my own experience with a security company in Florida.
I'd certainly call them without hesitation.
The pricing is a little higher, but so far, we've had a great experience, and that means a lot.
Very simple but affective security system!!! Great price as well
Koorsen has always provided us with exceptional service. I would recommend them to other properties.
Always professional completed.
The technicians were on time, were very cordial, and completed the work efficiently and well.
Everyone who has been out to service our equipment has been first rate.
Company was very responsive and took care of us.
The technician was on time and was very knowledgeable. He explained everything that that he was going to do; and later explained what he has done. Good customer service is hard to find in today's time, but your employees are great.
Always good to work with. Fire extinguishers and sprinkler system.
The experience was easy. My only objection is I received the written report very soon after the inspection. It only contained one portion of the building. I will make the call for the rest of it. As I did explain to our (tech of 10 plus years) we need it "all" in written form.
Very reliable company. Technicians take the time to educate management staff and always willing to answer questions.
Super easy to schedule routine maintenance and repairs.
They are so easy to work with, and are always on top of when our annual inspections are due, great company...
I have recommended Koorsen for some of our clients. I am in the insurance business and I encourage fire protection.
Very professional and friendly!
they do their job
Our tech is very reliable and arrives timely every month for our inspections.
The gentlemen were nice, explained everything to us and were very thorough.
I have worked with central fire protection/ koorsen fire and safety for years; at different locations. Where ever i am and where ever i go, i will always have them take care of my fire equipment. Best service around!
Great company great people very helpful as a local company. More personalized than the major companys
We have been utiziling services from Koorsen Fire for several years now and have never been let down. They are always courteous and provide excellent care and attentiveness. We have been impressed by them so much, we switched from Tyco Security to Koorsen Security for our alarm system.
Koorsen is usually on the spot quickly when I call. I understand the busy schedules from each customer they have and also know every job don't happen as quick as everyone wants it done which is now or yesterday.
They are always ready to answer any questions I have and ready to solve most issues. Good people to deal with.
they do a good job, when and how they say.
Early in the transition phase from Central Fire to Koorsen. Have had some bumps in the road so far hopefully getting ironed out..
Need better communication between departments . Tried to set up to do the sprinkler , back flow , fire and extinguishers all in same day was fiasco !
Called and evidently new work order system scheduled time not techs ??
Then the next time the guys came out to do everything and I ask ok where the extinguisher guy ?? Had to wait on him . Then had 2 back flows over looked that were in a pit ..No pit equipment to repair .. Yet another appointment and then no one said system was going to need on stand by until they walked in an hour early and it ended up setting off alarm ..
I have 2 properties this is second time I have had issues with the back flows and them not being equipped to go in pit . The other was a repair at Hendricks Pointe they got their and said no one told them it was in a pit .. Communication needs to be better ..
did not appreciate tech performing annual inspection and then making summary recommendations with copy to Fire Department without discussing with me. As a result, IF any of the work recommended is performed, you can be sure Koorsen will not be doing the work.
First of all, I did not like the idea of signing the technicians phone after the initial contact without seeing what I was signing for. Second, the technician was not totally clear on the procedure of taking my extinguishers to be tested etc. and then returning them later. I had gotten the impression, he was leaving old extinguishers for my newer ones. After repeated calls, the technician at last brought them back after more than two weeks. The technician was polite in his dealings with me. The office personnel were also polite. One person even offered to deliver the extinguishers herself. Your company took over the local company that I had some experience with in which this activity never occurred before. Hope this was helpful.
Koorsen came out 2 years ago to service our 20 Fire Extinguishers, which we had previously paid approx. $ 200 per year to local firefighter organization. They did not tell us how much it would be, and we ended up being billed over $ 1300. When we refused to pay they threatened us and offer a compromise of $ 2000 for a 5 year contract. Note, this is for only 20 10 lb. fire extinguishers. But to meet our insurance obligations we complied.
This year, as we did last year, we pulled all the units, had them ready at the door for the technician, All he had to do was service. He asked. "is there anything he could do for us, and I said would you put this one new hanger up for us and guess what, it came with a hefty $ 12 bill later for one screw and 10 seconds of work. We will continue to honor our contract, but Koorsen has a license to steal, I hope future small businesses will not get taken, like us, to the cleaners.
The overall install of our dry sprinkler system looks good. However, the pipe that was used keeps having tiny holes appear which has resulted in the replacement of the air compressor twice as it couldn't keep up with the loss of air though the thin walled pipe Koorsen installed for the dry system. If it had been quality pipe, thicker walled, I suppose we would have had few issues. (We use the stainless steel patches when there's a leak.) But, just last week, the main water supply that enters the building developed a pin hole leak in the same, albeit much larger, black pipe. That's going to require a plumber. A few years ago there was a power outage due to a storm. I called Koorsen asking how long our system would hold air and they said probably about three days at the most, at least two. It didn't last a day. Water was allowed to enter the lines and it traveled to one of the pin-holes and we had water damage. Too bad for us. Over time, with all the air loss and the common phone calls from Koorse's Monitoring System, it became apparent that the system needed a low air pressure monitor attached to tell us and them when it was low air causing a signal to be sent to them and then having them call me in the early morning hours. It wasn't an expensive part and should have been installed when the system was originally installed. I did ask one of their guys why that wasn't done that way. He said it was all a part of the bidding process, keeping costs low. If I had known then the many times I'd be gotten out of bed I would have paid for one myself. We also had a small boy activate the alarm one day using one of the pulls. That resulted in all of them having to be replaced. Seems there was an issue with them as well. Then, there was the time there was a leak in a line at a joint that caused damage to a ceiling tile. (Such tiles are great for letting it be known there's a leak.) Anyway; that leak showed up because the angle of the pipe line allowed for water to settle there. That made it rust and caused the leak, apparently. I called Koorsen and they sent out a guy to fix it at our expense even though it was obvious there was an installation problem. I called and asked about that. The guy I spoke to, and I didn't write down his name, said that Koorsen didn't do installation. I knew then there was a real disconnect between the various parts of the company at that very moment. I could go on about this company but that should be enough to give you pause to be sure to ask for a bid from another company if you ever need a full system installed or need someone to maintain and service your system. This company, in my opinion, is not an A+ company.
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We love our Brinks security system. We have not had any problems with them or the alarm. I feel comfortable knowing they are watching our home. We will continue to use Brinks Security. Would recommend them.View More Reviews
After doing research on the net and reading reviews I decided to contact LiveWatch to get a security system for our second home. I found them to be really knowledgeable and very friendly. They shipped me a system that arrived two days later and set up a time for an activation call. The activation call is not only to activate your system but for them to help you with any issues you had installing the system.
The system was simple to set up and only took about 30 minutes to install everything ( putting sensors on windows,doors, motion,etc). Their equipment is very modern with touch screen and can be accessed via smartphone if you desire. After installing the system in our second home I was so impressed with LiveWatch customer support that I decided to replace our aging system in our primary house.
Their contract is month to month so not expensive lock in .
The customer service is first rate and I highly recommend these folks.
It hurts when you have to cancel service with a business you have zero complaints about. After researching a number of home security systems last year, I chose LiveWatch Security b/c of their pricing and service options. I haven't been disappointed at all. Their customer service is great (knowledgeable, prompt, professional and friendly) and I had zero problems with the security system - and cancellation happened without any hassle. The only reason I'm canceling my service is because I'm moving to a new home that won't require another layer of home security. But, as I told the customer service guy today - if I require the service in the future, LiveWatch will be the first company I contact.
I've been so pleased with our security system! It started with our sales security expert named Tim H. He was wonderful and answered my million questions. He was very patient and helpful. Then when we activated the guy who helped us was fabulous. We had a few issues and he took all the time we needed to feel comfortable with the system. We have had the system over a month and love it. Easy to use and makes us feel secure and comfortable. Thank you Livewatch!
We've had this security unit for 12 years, but Brinks just took over last month. I first got the unit because it was cheaper at the time. And it still is. I had to get them lowered a couple of years ago. The security equipment has been excellent. There was a time I accidentally opened the door and was not able to get the alarm turned off in time. The response time was good. I would recommend Brinks because I've had good service out of it.
This is the worst customer service I have ever seen. They made me signed the contract by showing some free junk and one of it is SkyBell doorbell. It stopped working in 3 months and their support team went over and over again several times before they send technician. Finally the technician discovered it as defective unit and send report to Brinks for replacement.
We had an alarm installed (incorrectly) from Moni in September of 2017. We had to have sensors moved and replaced several times. We purchased new windows, and 2 weeks prior to the installation tried to schedule a Moni tech to remove sensors, and reset when windows were done. They refused. Told me to just take them off, and put them back on with double-sided tape. Sensors were damaged in removal, and I have been trying to get someone from Moni (now Brinks), since February. No luck. Impossible to get anyone on the phone that has any understanding or authority to help me. Why pay the monthly bill?
I renewed my contract with Moni and then they transferred over to Brinks. During the process, I had gotten an email on the 26th saying they were going to Brinks. I asked what that meant and they said that Brinks is taking ‘em over and that they’re selling out to Brinks. I asked if it was still gonna be the same service and I was told yes. However, it wasn’t. Some of the costs have gone up from what they originally stated to me. Before, when I called and the guard the came out, it cost 20 bucks. They sent out a guard about a month ago and I sent a check to them, but they said they haven’t received it. It was for $40 and now they’re trying to charge me $45. I thought it was quite expensive to send a guard out.
I purchased a contract through Moni Security, which was just bought over by Brinks Security. I was stupid enough to get sucked into a 5 year contract for a lower payment. From the first couple of weeks and thereafter, I have had no end of grief. I was quoted a price of 53.00 with a video bell, the bell worked for a short time, then stopped working. After months of calling, they wanted me to pay to fix the doorbell which was an issue from the beginning. After many phone calls, they sent a technician who said the doorbell was defective and replaced it without another video doorbell which also worked for a short time and went out.
I originally signed up with Point Security which was taken over by Monitronics, then taken over by Brinks. I did not want to go with Brinks security because I had them before and was not pleased with them then. That is why I got a smaller company, so I wouldn't have to worry about dealing with a big company that could care less about their customers. Now, I have been told that Brinks has taken over the company and the only way out of the contract is to pay it off completely! I waited on the phone one day for 30 minutes to get transferred around and then hung up on.
We signed up with Monitronics Security about 6 years ago. We have had the system turned off during that time more than it has been on. Problems with batteries going low and continuous "beeping noises". I continued with the system until March 1 of this year. March 1, I contacted Monitronics to cancel the system. I was offered several options to continue the service. I said "no" to every one, letting the person know I don't want the system. If I changed my mind, I would contact them.
I called Brinks when I noticed my bill had doubled. They said they would lower my bill back to where it was before Brinks bought out Moni who was my old security company. Today I get a letter from Brinks stating I had agreed to extend my contract another 38 months. I MOST CERTAINLY DID NOT!!! I never was told anything about having agreed to another contract. I told them I had sold my house and would be closing on September 17th, 2018. We would be moving. I called them to cancel my service and they said they would lower my bill. This letter I received is the first I'm hearing about a new contract. Now you best believe I'm going to cancel my service. I hope that call was recorded. Because the word contract was never discussed. How can they do this without my consent?
Just wanted to set up an online account, so can pay our bills on time, but as we tried to set up, it says you already have one, which we don't, it is brand new account. Started in June. Called the person who signed the contract with us, and set this account up, said she can not help, and we can not find anybody to help, so the bills were late last month, and will be late this month, because they are not mailing it by post, sending it by email, but there is no way we can pay. Lazy people! So frustrated!
DISHONEST - BEWARE! I agreed to a 1 year contract, cheated into 3 year contract without my knowledge! Brinks won't budge! 2 years ago, Monitronics came to my door sold me an amazing deal on an alarm system, the rep walked away leaving a flyer and he wrote no contract, monthly 19.99. I get mail a few days later saying I need to sign a 3 year contract and it's $75/mo. I said no. So we negotiated, I shopped around, we settled on 1 year contract, at $50/mo, no upfront costs, alarm system was complimentary. I felt that was fair.
I have been with Moni now Brinks for the last 3 years, and haven’t had to much trouble with them but renewed my contract this year due to the increase. I wish I hadn’t because ever since, I’ve had more false alarms in the middle of the night and now this fire alarm went off at least 5 times this morning and my screaming granddaughter was terrified. When a customer service person called my phone, he didn’t help. He just put me on hold and another person would answer and I’d have to repeat the same thing while the piercing noise continued.
I've had Moni (now Brinks) for almost 2 years. I signed a 3 year contract with them that guaranteed a specific rate for those 3 years. I assumed they would stick to the rate, so I wasn't really paying attention to how much they were auto debiting each month. Today while checking my bills I noticed that the rate seemed off, so I compared it to what my contract had and sure enough they are overcharging me. Within the first 6 months of the contract they began to charge me beyond the rate I agreed to. I was never notified of any price increase. It even says in the fine print that if the price changes then I am allowed to exit the contract.
I have had the absolute worst experience with this company. I initially joined up with Monitronics back in 2016, because there was a system set up at my house. I had a couple door locks added and paid on time every month like a good customer. I had so many issues with the service from the alarm not turning on, to failing door locks, to rude customer service, to the equipment shorting out my electricity by tripping my breaker box. When my contract expired in 2018, I called in to cancel my service after my two year term and they said it would be shut down. Then I got a bill. I called them to see what it was about and they said they sent me a cancellation email but it went to the wrong address and they said they apologized and would send another.
One year ago my family had a home alarm system by Monitronics installed. The services were good for a while and later off and on the system started having signal failure issues. We contacted the customer support number listed on our mobile app, and this has been the worst nightmare EVER! For starters the customer support is unprofessional, when you ask to speak to a manager you are denied the request. My family is so unhappy with this service now Brinks Home Security and want out of this contract. We are told you have to pay the full amount upfront before you can cancel. This was not told to us 2 days ago after spending 2 hours on the phone, cold transferred to the wrong dept, and back again to square 1. I hate the day Moni (Brinks) came into our LIVES!!!
The customer service was absolutely terrible. I ordered Brinks Home Security monitoring service with a nest secure system. When the system was delivered 2 days late I plugged it in as instructed but was unable to activate the account. After being on the phone with customer service and technical support for nearly 5 hours I finally discovered that the nest secure system wouldn't work because we do not have T-Mobile cell service coverage in our area. No one during the ordering process confirmed that the service would work.
I would give this company zero Stars if I could. When I first joined in the salesman came to my home. He informed me that I would be signing a 12-month contract for my home security. It is very unfortunate for me that I failed to read the fine print because I unknowingly signed a five-year contract rather than a 12-month contract. When I called a year ago to get my rate reduced since I was paying almost $50 a month for a service that I really wasn't even using because I never actually armed my stupid security system in the first place they never informed me that I was still under contract and offered to meet the price of the company I had threatened to switch to if I continued with a 12 month contract.
We signed up with Monitronics home security 3 years ago. We recently had a baby and are having to cut down on our expenses. We decided to get rid of our home security system especially due to the rate increase. My husband called to cancel since we were told when we signed up we could cancel without penalty. It turns out we signed a 5 year contract and the only way to get out of it is to pay it off. So now we are stuck with an alarm system we can't afford for 2 more years! I never would have signed a 5 year contract under these conditions. I feel like the salesman who sold us the system was dishonest so now we are stuck with a new company for 2 more years. I would pay an early termination fee but paying off our contract to cancel service is ridiculous. I will not be recommending this company to anyone. I am very dissatisfied and feel like we were lied to.
I told the representative that I would not sign a 36 month contract and to cancel everything we had spoken about. After three or so phone calls the first day I was assured that if he couldn’t give me a month-to-month that everything would be canceled. I returned from vacation to find that I had been charged for something I did not want and spent the next three days trying to find someone to actually pick up a phone and help me. I will never be back as a customer. I loved LiveWatch but it’s not even close to the same now.
I had been with MONI for more than 10 years and was considering canceling when I moved. I called MONI to tell them I was moving and they offered to install equipment at my new home for $199 and continue the rate I had been paying with a new five-year contract. I agreed and it has been nothing but grief since! They have tried to bill me $600 for install repeatedly and on top of that my monthly monitoring rate increased. I didn't know at the time I had called that they had recently increased my rate. I had assumed the rate they quoted me was including tax. After numerous phone calls, I think I have the install price straightened out but am stuck with the increased rate for a 5 year contract. Plan on telling them where to go once my contract is up.
Originally contracted with Monitronics years ago. Was never notified that Brinks took over the company. Have been trying to cancel my services for several weeks. Every time I call the representative says they're sending an email that I should receive within a "week." Really? An email should arrive in seconds, not days. Needless to say, Brinks has not sent any email with instructions for terminating my account, despite repeat calls and verification of my email address.
When I think of home security, smoke and fire protection is essential. Seems the dirty little secret these days is that the new systems that are digitally based as opposed to the older analog systems cannot handle the signals from smoke and fire alarms, and thus are not included in the popular promotional packages.
We signed up when the company was Monitronics, the sensors are literally stuck on to the windows with cheap adhesive. I’ve had police officers tell me, "In the event of an actual emergency please just call us 'cause this takes too long," but still kept it until recently when it came to light that even after calling them to update with new bank account information they continued attempting to debit the old account while still pulling the payment from the new account. This resulted in bank fees to the tune of 700 dollars on an account that should have never been debited... When I spoke with their customer service rep all she would say was "well we refunded a 25 dollar fee." But then you guys continued to try to use the same account I told you was no longer valid 30 more times. Awful customer service, awful billing practices. Never again will I use Brinks and I'll make sure every military family I know, knows not to use them as well.
Total imbeciles. They installed another Security Camera. No issue, except Bozo put the WiFi signal connection near the garage door opener. Oh what fun... The garage door opens at all times day and night...and the camera can’t connect because the WiFi is communicating with the garage door. I paid the Garage Door Company thinking maybe there was an issue, yet nope it’s Stinky Brinks and they want to charge me to repair their issue. I never had an issue with Moni...nor ADT before. Brinks stinks! The cust Service Person, "You’re bothering me because you aren’t happy". Well Kim, I’m not but you shouldn’t have a job. Value... It doesn’t work. It malfunctions. It sucks, Installation... Lousy... Monitronics knew what they were doing. These bozos were lousy. Nice but didn’t know a thing.
My unit went out and I called on a Friday, they scheduled a contract company to come on the following Thursday. The contractor stated my unit is on backorder until sometime in September hopefully. I am by myself all night and husband works midnights, I informed brinks that I needed a system within a week preferably. They stated my sensors only go with my existing unit so they can’t do that. Stated I will have to wait. I am disturbed that the company’s sole purpose is to provide security, yet they are with letting me go a minimum of 3 weeks without a security system. I am very disappointed on how this was handled. I started with NorthStar then Moni bought them, then Brinks now own them. Sad to see these small companies that go above and beyond being bought out by huge companies that see its customers as a number and not a priority.
Warning to all considering LiveWatch
A year ago I thought LiveWatch would be a good system for a home I was having construction work done on. The no contract seemed appealing- or so I thought. Things happened with my job to keep me away from being there to set it up. I repeatedly got called with appointments being scheduled for me, and I repeatedly told them no... I'm not there, I don't know when I will be. I'm away from my home state sometimes months at a time. The calls and emails kept coming until I blew up and demanded they cease calling. I was told I "had" to have an appointment and they'd just push it out a couple of months. No that's not ok. Don't call me , I'll call you. Finally they did listen to me... that is- for a while.
Fast forward one year and boom back to the barrage of numerous calls and emails with appointments being set for me- guess what - NO I'm still not in the same state so there will be no set up. Because of the harassment of numerous emails and calls I want NOTHING to do with this company. I blocked their number and they still manage to get through.
I am at the point of having a lawyer send them a letter to cease and desist.
Nobody likes being badgered like that.
This company's tactics are horrible.
I was originally excited to get this system. From all fronts everything looked and sounded great! No contract so that made it even better. However, the equipment stop functioning properly after 1 week. Two calls to customer service, having to wait for a response via email, and still no fix. I ended up going with Blink, a much easier system to install with zero issues. Advice for the company: improve your customer service response time and please try to get it right thr first time for your future customers.
this is a disguisting company. they call me 100 times per day in spite of asking them not to call. stay away from this desperate for business, unprofessional company
I was sent incorrect equipment and they missed 2 activation calls to me. I am returning system. They promise you everything but outside of the sales line it is impossible to get hold of anyone.