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FAQs

Do you provide free estimates?
Yes. Our security specialist will come to your home or business and discuss and evaluate your needs. We provide custom designed systems.
What is an on-site survey?
An on-site survey is when our security specialist visits your home or business to get facts about occupants, pets, floor plan, type of construction, and lifestyle. This important information is used in the custom design of your system.
What is included in an inspection?
During an inspection, we check all devices, clean all motion detectors and smoke detectors, test all batteries, and send signals to the Alarm Center. Many insurance companies are requiring periodic inspections.
How do I get yard signs & stickers and what is that cost?
Contact our office and we will send or deliver signs & stickers to your home/business. There is no cost for the signs & stickers. You have to be a current customer to get signs & stickers.
What is the difference between the passcode and the user code?
The user code is the numerical code that is entered into the keypad to arm and disarm the system. It can also send a cancel signal to the Alarm Center to cancel false alarms. The passcode is usually a word that is set up with the Alarm Center. With this passcode you can cancel a false alarm via telephone, put the system on test, and make changes to the account such as call list telephone numbers.
What is the difference between the duress signal and the code under stress?
The duress signal is the code that you enter into the keypad if someone forces you to disarm your system when entering your home or business. Entering the duress code will disarm the system, signal the Alarm Center, and authorities will be notified. The code under stress is the code that you give to the monitoring center over the phone if it is an actual alarm.
How do I test my alarm?
Let your system sound for at least 15 seconds before disarming the system. Then follow the Accidental Alarm procedure. You do not have to notify anyone prior to testing your system. As long as they call you, there is nothing to worry about. If no one contacts you, call our office and speak to the Service Department.
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Call dispatch at 1-844-572-6995. Inform them you would like to put your system in Test Mode. You will be asked for your name and password before they will activate the test mode. Once the system is placed in “Test”, activate the alarm and let it sound for at least 15 seconds before you disarm the system. Call dispatch again to verify the signal. If all is OK, inform dispatcher that you would like system taken out of test. If a signal wasn’t received, notify our office and speak to the Service Department.
How often should I test my alarm?
We recommend testing your alarm once a month.
When the system goes off, how long will the siren sound?
The siren will go off for 5-10 minutes after a device has gone into alarm. After that time your system will reset and the keypad will continue to emit a beep until a code has been entered. You will need to enter your code twice to disarm the system and silence the beep.
My alarm has accidentally gone off, what do I do?
If you set the alarm off accidentally disarm the system using your keypad or wireless remote. DO NOT call our office to tell us of the false alarm. This ties up the phone line and does not allow dispatch to get through to you to verify your alarm. When a signal is received, the premise number on file will be called to verify the alarm. The dispatcher will identify themselves and ask if all is OK. Inform them of the accidental alarm and tell them to disregard. You will be asked for your password. If the correct password is given the alarm will be cancelled. If an incorrect password is given, the dispatcher will say Thank You and hang up. At that time 911 will be notified as well as your contacts on your member sheet.
What can cause my smoke detector to false alarm?
Smoke detectors are monitoring particulate matter in an air chamber. They can false alarm if there is a lot of dust in the air or if someone uses an aerosol can near the device. In the spring, insects & spiders come out of dormant stages and can enter the chamber of smoke detectors causing unwanted alarms. Cleaning your detectors in the spring can help prevent these unwanted alarms. Also damage from heavy snow on roof can cause leaks during spring snow melt and this water can get into detectors causing false alarms. Always look for moisture when investigating an unwanted fire alarm.
What can cause my motion detector to false alarm?
Motion detectors can false alarm if an insect crawls into or onto the device; if there is anything in the line of sight that moves with the air current, such as balloons, signs, cobwebs and curtains; and if there is a sudden power surge ex: car hitting power pole down the street from your home or business.
Do I need a landline to get a system?
No, you do not need a landline. We can set up a wireless system in your home.
Will Internet, cable, or alternative phone services (VoIP) affect my security system?
Yes. Any type of non-traditional land line phone services can negatively impact the effectiveness of your security system. In a number of cases, our customers who have changed from a traditional telephone line have had their signal to the Alarm Center fail. If you choose to have a non-traditional telephone line we do have modules that have the ability to forward alarm signals to the Alarm Center without the use of a phone line. Please contact our office for more details.
I just had DSL installed and now there is a noise on my phone line. Could my security system cause it?
Yes. Your DSL service provider will install either a whole system filter or individual filters. If they choose individual filters, you will need to purchase a special alarm DSL filter from us. The telephone jack for your security system is different than your house telephones.
To verify that the security system is causing the noise problem, unplug the telephone line to the security system. If the buzzing stops, it was the security system; if it doesn’t stop buzzing, you will need to contact your DSL service provider.
What do I do if I need help after office hours?
Call our monitoring center at 1-844-572-6995 and have a technician dispatched to call you. A technician is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
What is the number to the monitoring center?
The number is 1-844-572-6995
I want to cancel my monitoring, what do I do?
You must give us a 30 day notice and we must have a written request before canceling any monitored system (no exceptions). You can email, fax or mail a cancellation letter to us.
One the request is received, we will begin the disconnection process. Since Silent Guard will continue receiving signals from your panel until the process is completed, we will continue to bill you for services. Also, please note that your monitoring period automatically extends for one-year increments. If you cancel before your contracts ends, you will be responsible for the amount remaining on your contract.