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#45380 - 11/24/04 11:28 PM Burglar Alarm work?  
Redsy  Offline
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Joined: Mar 2001
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Bucks County PA
I was asked to install a burglar alarm in a small (600 sq. ft.) building used for office work.
2 rooms with occupancy detectors, phone interface, and a key pad.
Anyone do much of this? Is it worth getting into?

Thanks.


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#45381 - 11/24/04 11:38 PM Re: Burglar Alarm work?  
hbiss  Offline
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Hawthorne, NY USA
I have never considered it profitable unless you do these on a regular basis. Consider also that some states require a separate license for security work and you will need to hook up with a central monitoring company to monitor the systems you install. I doubt any will want to talk to you for one or two systems a year.

-Hal


#45382 - 11/27/04 07:02 PM Re: Burglar Alarm work?  
Joey D  Offline
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Arlington MA U.S.
You also need additional issurance coverage. I have it and the lic. and it is not expensive


#45383 - 11/28/04 12:08 AM Re: Burglar Alarm work?  
BigB  Offline
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Tucson, AZ USA
My insurer does not cover me for any alarm work, it was specifically noted and I had to initial it.
I intend on calling them to ask how much more alarm coverage would be, mostly for smokes. I figured it would be high.


#45384 - 11/29/04 07:42 AM Re: Burglar Alarm work?  
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On my full time job as an electrician for a county school board I am the "alarm guy". I spend most of my day tracking down and repairing BA and FA probs. What I can't solve we have alarm contractors we call. HOWEVER; I also do side work. I am licensed and insured. Here's the killer ... my policy specifically forbids BA and FA work unless I buy a rider to cover it. That policy costs as much as my $1M general liability policy (there are no other limitations on my policy). I called Safeco (the business insurance carrier) to ask why. Apparently BA & FA work fall under the "everybody sues everybody for everything" & "everybody looks for somebody to blame" practices even more so than normal work.



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