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Security Systems of America

Similar to: ADT Security

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1.1
User Score
6.4

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1/5

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5

This Review is maintained by Chase Sagum

Review Last Updated: January 14, 2017

Security Systems of America (SSA) has been privately owned since 1972 and provides custom security solutions for residential and commercial properties.

Security System Overview

Security Systems of America focuses on cellular-based systems and provides a basic package that uses GE Concord equipment.  The initial costs depend on the home for installation and activation and then a varied pricing structure for a specific term length which includes 24/hr monitoring.  With this package customers receive the following equipment:

  • 1 Simon interactive touch-screen system
  • 1 main panel
  • 1 Key fob
  • 1 motion sensor
  • 8 door/window sensors
  • 1 Siren

Customers should be aware that SSA has an online special that requires upfront costs.  This deal can only be achieved if you order a system through the website.

The Good

SSA has been in business since 1976 and since that time has established themselves as one of the leaders in home security.  They were ranked as one of the top 100 security companies in the nation by SDM magazine.  One of their biggest selling points is the amount of equipment they offer new customers.  Most companies’ starting packages come with two or three door/window sensors.  SSA’s comes with eight, meaning that even some of the small, less-likely points of entry can be covered.  They also include email and smart phone monitoring which allows the customer to control their system remotely.  Another positive is their cancelation policy.  Typically home security companies require repayment on the full remaining balance at the time of cancelation.  However, SSA only asks for 75% on the balance, which is one of the better policies in the industry.

The Bad

For the new customer there are not many issues with SSA.  The only foreseeable problem could be that since they are a smaller company (about 50 employees) they might lack some of the amenities that a larger company might offer.  For example, no middle-of-the-night technicians, no free battery replacements, and you might not be able to move your system to a new house if it is out of their primary service area.

The Bottom Line

If you own a home and are in need of home security SSA is a good place to start.  Their initial package matches, and in some instances exceeds, the quality and costs of many of the nation-wide security providers.  Plus, with a private central monitoring system you can be sure that the safety of your home and family is their number one concern.

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8.5
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$34.99
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6.6
$34.95-49.95
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    February 17th, 2017 Silver Spring, MD
    0 people found this review helpful!
    Buyer beware! We moved into a house that had SSA installed already, and it looked like a good system. The technician who came to set us up and test the existing equipment was friendly and on time. Just 3 weeks later the smoke detector part of the system malfunctioned; we were told it was a 10-year old system that would probably malfunction again (according to the fireman who came for the false alarm and the second technician who replaced the system); and we had to pay $150 for a new detector and labor. SSA would not budge on the $150 charge, not even the labor. When I asked about the cancellation policy they said sorry, 3 year contract, if you cancel you still have to pay for all 3 years. Staff in the Johnstown office are friendly and responsive, and the system has good features, but now we are no longer confident in the system (what else is going to fail?) and feel ripped off to be charged for a part the original technician should have replaced on day one. We never had this issue in the 12 years we had ADT.
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  2. User Score
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    September 21st, 2016 Pittsburgh, PA
    2 people found this review helpful!
    If you use SSA Security you need to know about this. I have been with them for 6 years. They called me last night with a false alarm. That was OK but the problem was they didn’t know my address or my password. If they would have had to send help it would have gone to our old address. We moved 3 years ago and we had SSA come to our new shop and do the install. So for the last 3 years we had NO protection. I should also mention that I never did give them what they though was the right password but they never sent the police. Needless to say I’ll be looking for a new service today.
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  3. User Score
    10
    June 24th, 2016 Morgantown, WV
    1 people found this review helpful!
    I am very satisfied with my security system. We were robbed approximately 2 months ago and now I am again not afraid to leave the house. Glad we had it installed.
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  4. User Score
    10
    December 16th, 2015 Pittsburgh, PA
    3 people found this review helpful!
    I switched from guardian to SSA and the response time is unbelievable, I was cleaning around a motion detector once and set the alarm off because I took it down, didn’t know it would go off, SSA Monitoring called me in less then a minute!!! I set the alarm off on accident when I had Guardian and I’m still waiting for them to call! I have peace of mind with SSA
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  5. User Score
    10
    December 16th, 2015 Greensburg, PA
    3 people found this review helpful!
    I have been a long time customer with SSA. I have never had a problem with their system or their service team. They are always there to help. From their Monitoring Station to their office staff everyone is friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend them to anyone I know.
    Thank you SSA for giving me the comfort in knowing you are there when I am not.
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Our Score
1.1
User Score
6.4
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Ratings Breakdown

Price

Cellular monthly price
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Up-Front Costs

Activation, Install & Equipment
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Technology & Equip.

5/5 = BEST
1/5

Contract Length

Total # of months
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Cancellation Policy

Can you cancel contract?
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Moving Policy

Can you move with system?
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Number of Reviews

User reviews here on BHSC
5
Our Score
9.0
User Score
8.5
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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

Index

Quality Index (Below 413 is good)
77

Number of Reviews

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1,852