But the realities are that clients die, get divorces, sell their homes, lose their jobs, or move away. Or they become disgruntled when they are unable to use their alarm because it intimidates them, or it keeps causing false alarms and they get warnings and fines from the police. They simply stop paying their bill, and if enough of a dealer’s clients stop paying, the dealer cannot afford to spend his life litigating them, and donate his bank account to his attorney. This is account attrition, which is said to have caused a crisis in some segments of the security industry.
Alarm Installation: Good for Locksmiths
The alarm installation business is good for locksmiths, and here is why.
The public is finally beginning to understand that they need both physical security (good locks) and electronic security (an alarm system) to achieve a rational and adequate level of security. As a consequence of changes in the alarm industry we just described, free alarm systems are less common, because the customers who can pass the rigorous credit check now required to qualify for credit are sophisticated enough to know they can get a better deal and a better system from an independent dealer who works for a living and is not an investment banker.
In addition, if the alarm installer is a locksmith, it is a given that he is a skilled craftsman, has credibility and is trustworthy enough to install locks and copy keys.
The locksmith has an additional business advantage by being diversified; probably offering other services and products; and perhaps a storefront to attract some retail. His eggs are not in one basket.
It certainly isn’t all rosy for old school locksmithing, and alarm installation may help fill the void many locksmiths are feeling from new competition like on-line marketers, home centers and lost automotive work.
The new Napco Freedom is of special interest to locksmiths because of its unique adaptation of the deadbolt into the system’s operation and security. And the product is distributed with the independent security dealer and the locksmith in mind.
Ease of operation and false alarm reduction measures are integral features of Freedom and will encourage sales and discourage complaints and fines for unnecessary police dispatches.
Freedom can be configured for homes with multiple deadbolts.
Freedom can be configured to monitor a garage door equipped with an opener. Many homeowners use their garage door as their primary means of entering and leaving their homes, and Freedom has technology to accommodate them.
Freedom incorporates a motion detector into the alarm keypad. This figures into the Freedom design, philosophy, and also simplifies installations.
Freedom supports up to eight zones and uses many of the same GEM family of wireless sensors and transmitters as other NAPCO security systems.
Freedom deadbolt and garage door security keypads can be interfaced with a larger conventional NAPCO Gemini panel as subzones, ideal for applications such as strip malls, multiple dwellings, storage units, etc.
Besides simple code-free (no keypad) arming and disarming, Freedom is supplied with digital keys (fobs) which may be used to further control the Freedom panel
The NAPCO Freedom F-TP Touchpad Automatic Deadbolt Security System combines intuitive interactive arming with a passive disarming scheme, providing a system that is simple to use and extremely false alarm-resistant during the arming and disarming sequences (which is where 80 percent of false alarms occur).
The system is armed with a simple push of a button followed by the locking of the home’s deadbolt. Disarming is by unlocking the deadbolt. The microprocessor controlled F- TP touchpad uses information provided by its F-TAB deadbolt sensor and the PIR built into the Freedom ‘keypad’ to ensure foolproof operation. The touchpad’s integral wide-angle PIR motion sensor acts as an occupancy sensor that provides the microprocessor with activity information which prevents the user from making errors during the critical exit and entry periods. For example, if the user presses the AWAY button, opens and closes the door and locks the deadbolt but does not leave, the PIR will sense the user’s presence in the home and automatically default to STAY mode arming, preventing a false alarm.
If the system is armed in the AWAY mode, the F-TP touchpad PIR will prevent an intruder from approaching the deadbolt from inside the premises. If an intruder is detected by the built-in PIR, the system must be disarmed using the digital key fob.
Sticking to a single manufacturer offers several advantages.
NAPCO FREEDOM is of special interest to locksmiths because of its unique adaptation of the deadbolt into the system’s operation and security.