• Report: #502187
Complaint Review:

APX Alarm

  • Submitted: Wed, September 30, 2009
  • Updated: Wed, February 27, 2013

  • Reported By: alrmtech — Utah USA
APX Alarm
apxalarm.com Internet United States of America

APX Alarm REVIEW: APX Alarm commitment to total customer satisfaction. APX Alarm's past and current approach to business is about protecting families and providing the best customer experience from the beginning to the end of the customer's time with the company. Provo Utah
*UPDATE: APX Alarm pledges their commitment to Ripoff Report Corporate Advocacy, Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction Program. A program that benefits the consumer, assures them of complete satisfaction and confidence when doing business with a member business. APX Alarm recognized by Ripoff Report Verified as a safe business service.

*Author of original report: 99% might be a little high

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: False information!

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EDitors UPDATE: Positive rating and recognition has been given to APX Alarm for its commitment to excellence in customer service.

Ripoff Reports discussions with the company have uncovered an ongoing commitment to total customer satisfaction. You can expect to have any questions or concerns that you have with them to be answered and resolved in a timely manner. They have shown us their customer service process, and it reflects a desire to serve customers, as well as fix problems.

The company's management specifically told us about how their job is to simplify lives and help people to live intelligently. The management really wants every person who buys a system to feel valued. The concern for each customer's experience starts at the top, and is reflected in the action of every employee they hire.

The company also works to monitor their sales and customer support calls to see how they can be improved. They use these calls as examples for employees in training. Currently, Vivint is working to make changes to their contracts to make things easier for their customers as they have found that many of their complaints stem from feeling misled or customers paid fees they did not feel they authorized.
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"We are committed to making homes safe for families. With advanced early detection systems, many home fires are preventable and can be stopped in the beginning stages, saving lives. We have a plan for every family and every budget, and whether you choose our most basic or expanded services, you can be sure of our top quality technology and expert customer support.


We have simplified our customer service process to decrease the amount of time that a customer has to wait before speaking with a representative. Our customer service will look at your contract, listen to recorded phone calls, and make sure to get to the bottom of your issue to resolve things THE RIGHT WAY. We want customer's to have a positive experience, and we understand that sometimes customer's fall on hard times. We're willing to work with all of our customers. Their experience and safety are our primary concerns.

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APX Alarm  A must read if you are considering having an APX Alarm security system installed.  Written by a former employee. Internet

First of all I would like to say that I worked for APX Alarm for one summer installing alarms.  There are some tips I have for people who are approached by any APX sales representatives. 

First of all, do not sign anything without reading over it more than once.  There are many reps out there that will tell you that you can cancel at any time.  This is true but you ONLY HAVE 3 DAYS FROM THE TIME OF INSTALLATION TO CANCEL WITHOUT ANY PENALTIES.  After the 3 days if you try to cancel you will be held liable for paying off the remainder of your 5 year contract.  This is written out in the contract and no matter what the rep tells you, you ONLY HAVE 3 DAYS TO CANCEL WITHOUT PENALTY.

Next, if you agree to have this free system installed, the rep is going to try to give you the very minimum amount of equipment that he can and still make the sale.  Most likely they are going to tell you that puttting sensors on your doors and maybe a motion sensor or glassbreak sensor will cover your whole house.  Do not go for this.   The less equipment he gives you the more he is going to make on the sale.  For an average sized home I would recommend covering all your doors with sensors, at LEAST one motion sensor, and also covering all your windows with either multiple glassbreak sensors throughout the house or with door/window sensors on every window, also demand that you recieve key remotes and a smoke detector. 

Also if you have a home phone line they are going to tell you how great the 2 way voice is and its like having ONSTAR.  Yes the 2 way voice is a great feature but beware.  First of all 99% of APX Technician do not do full line seizure.  This means if you are on the telephone while someone tries breaking in, the line is already in use and it is not going to notify anyone.  It also allows for a burglar to break into your home and if he gets to a telephone quickly he can end the call and the alarm again notifies no one. So if you are having the alarm hooked up to your telephone line make sure that the technician does full line seizure. Full line seizure gives your alarm system priority over the rest of the phone lines in your house so if you are on the telephone while someone breaks in your phone call will be terminated and the alarm system will dial out a signal to the monitoring company.

Also if you are going to allow an alarm be installed in your home tell the representative that you would like a cell unit.  If you do not have a home phone the cell unit is your only choice but even if you do have a home phone demand a cell unit.  This is vital because if your alarm is only hooked to your telephone all a burglar has to do is take a pair of scissors, wirecutters, etc and go to the side of your house and find the telephone demarcation box.  Once he snips your phone lines (which is incredibly simple to do) your alarm will not notify anyone, all it will do is make noise.  With the cellular backup system, once the phone lines are cut the cell unit takes over the signal sending process and your alarm will still work. 

If you play your cards right you can get a very good alarm system from APX Alarm for a very good deal.  Also do not pay a penny over 44.99/month.  Anything you are paying over that much is just putting more money in the sales reps pocket.  If you are not recieving a cell unit (phone line only) do not pay over 39.99/month again that is just more money in his pocket.  One last thing, the rep is going to tell you that you have to sign a 60 month "agreement" which is a 5 year contract.  This is not true, APX also offers 36 month contracts but the rep is unlikely to tell you about this option because he loses at least 40% of his commission off of the sale. 


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#1 Author of original report

99% might be a little high

AUTHOR: alrmtech - (USA)

Ok 99% might be a little bit of an exaggerating a little bit but I would say more than 50% don't do it.  The office that I worked in did over 2500 accounts and I bet that it is fair to say that maybe 1% of the installs had full line seizure.  I have also worked for a company that required full line seizure and we did multiple APX Alarm takeovers.  We were working in a city that had been APX's number one producing office a few years back.  Out of all the APX takeovers I did, only 2 out of about 40 had full line seizure.  Oh yeah and I am not a disgruntled employee, I actually had an overall good experience.  I only left the company because I was offered more money to work for someone else.
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False information!

AUTHOR: eeeeek - (United States of America)

It is a little bold to say that 99% of APX techs do not perform full line seizure. I have worked in multiple offices for multiple managers and any technicians caught not doing full line seizure were fired. It is bitter former employees that give the company a bad name. APX nolonger offers 60 month contracts, in fact, over the 2009 summer season all they offered were 39 month contracts.
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