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Landline vs Cellular Monitoring: A Chicago Tech Explains the Difference

Posted on December 4th, 2019 by Alert Protective

When installing alarm monitoring services for your home, you have 2 options for how your system connects to the monitoring provider: Landline: A hardwired system that physically connects to the phone line. Cellular: A wireless system that connects via cellular signal. Not sure which one will be best for your home? At Alert Protective, we […]


DIY Security vs. Professionally-Installed Security: Which Is Best for Chicago Homeowners?

Posted on October 23rd, 2019 by Alert Protective

Homeowners in Chicago have two options when it comes to residential security: They can install the system themselves, or… They can have a local professional install a security system for them The question on many homeowner’s minds today is whether a clear winner has presented itself. Has one installation option outpaced the other in safety, […]


What Is Access Control? A Chicago Security Expert Explains

Posted on October 23rd, 2019 by Alert Protective

Access control is a commercial security measure whereby a company manages employee and visitor access to a property through credentials and internal protocols.  The most basic form of access control is a key that opens a lock. However, today’s access control systems are immensely more powerful, combining game-changing technologies like remote access, facial recognition and […]


A Chicago Security Pro Explains: What Is Home Automation?

Posted on September 30th, 2019 by Alert Protective

Our security technicians in Chicago get asked this question a lot: What exactly is home automation? And what does it have to do with smart homes?  Here’s the answer: home automation is a feature of the modern smart home whereby residents can automate specific tasks around the home.  Some examples of home automation include: A […]


How Much Does It Cost to Install & Monitor a Home Security System in Chicago?

Posted on September 24th, 2019 by Alert Protective

Let’s say a homeowner wants to purchase a brand new home security system and have it professionally monitored. What’s that system going to cost them if they buy it in Chicago? When it comes to pricing, you need to make sure you know what you’re getting for your money. Realistically, the price will vary from […]


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