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American Security Systems

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2.4
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Price

Cellular monthly price
$30

Up-Front Costs

Activation, Install & Equipment
Undisclosed

Technology & Equip.

5/5 = BEST
5/5

Contract Length

Total # of months
Undisclosed

Cancellation Policy

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Undisclosed

Moving Policy

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Undisclosed

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This Review is maintained by Chase Sagum

Review Last Updated: January 14, 2017

Company Awards / Certifications

  • UL Listed
  • NYCFD Approved

Larry Dolin founded American Security Systems in 1980. At that time, he was working as an executive in advertising for General Foods and Procter & Gamble. During a new business presentation to one of the nation’s largest alarm companies, he decided there was a need and opportunity for a new kind of alarm / security company that combined the highest quality products with the best customer service possible.

Security System Overview

Customers who choose to go with American Security Systems, Inc. (ASS) are required to purchase all of the equipment upfront. Typically, they install basic Honeywell wireless systems that include one panel, one keypad, a siren, one door sensor, and one motion sensor. Once the system is installed and activated the monitoring fees are about $30/month. If new customers want more points of protection on other doors and windows than the initial costs could be much higher.

The Good

Founded in 1980, American Security Systems has become one of New York’s largest independent security providers in the area. Currently, it is the 65th largest alarm company in the nation, with over 8,000 customers. They have a locally owned and operated UL certified and NYCFD approved central monitoring station. ASS also has many notable commercial and residential clients, such as AOL Time Warner, the office of the New York State Attorney General’s Office, politicians, UN dignitaries, and international film stars.

The Bad

One of the biggest issues with purchasing a new ASS system is that they require new customers to pay full price for the all the equipment upfront and then typically lock them into a multi-year contract. Most companies in the industry typically provide some flexibility on the contract if the customer buys the system outright ASS does not.

The Bottom Line

If you have the funds, ASS can build a top-of-the-line system that will match the best in the industry. However, if you are looking for a deal on the upfront costs then ASS is not for you. Ultimately, it depends on what you are looking for in a security system. If it is name brand and local systems then consider ASS, if it is cost savings, then we suggest you look elsewhere. View more companies

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Our Score
2.4
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Rank this Company

Ratings Breakdown

Price

Cellular monthly price
$30

Up-Front Costs

Activation, Install & Equipment
Undisclosed

Technology & Equip.

5/5 = BEST
5/5

Contract Length

Total # of months
Undisclosed

Cancellation Policy

Can you cancel contract?
Undisclosed

Moving Policy

Can you move with system?
Undisclosed

Number of Reviews

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0
Our Score
9.0
User Score
8.2
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Ratings Breakdown

Price

Monthly Price Range
$19.99-$42.99

Up-Front Costs

Activation, Install & Equipment
$0

Technology & Equip.

5/5 = BEST
5/5

Contract Length

Total # of months
36

Cancellation Policy

Can you cancel contract?
Pay Balance

Moving Policy

Can you move with system?
Free

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Quality Index (Below 413 is good)
77

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