SAVANNAH EVENING PRESS HOMES
Area mortgage rates
SUNDAY, June 12, 1994
ESTATE SECTION G
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Feeling a Sense of
pricing and the
By BOB MATHEWS
There was a time in America
need for more When electronic burglar and fire
Real Estate alarm systems, could be found
home security only in businesses and the homes
of the extraordinarily wealthy.
have resulted It was a time when crime was
confined to ^bad" neighbor-
in more hoods. And the costs of owning a
security system were out of
reach for most homeowners.
'The Real homeowners It's a new day.
Toney Liakakis, general man-
Estate Game deciding to ager of United Alarm Systems,
said that, "now, crime is going
have alarm on every day. There's not any
Columnist says neighborhood any more that is
tegal remedies for systems immune to crime."
And he and Bill Rauers, presi-
home buyers and installed. dent of Security Systems of Sa-
vannah, say competitive pricing and the need for more home secu-
home sellers can rity have resulted in more homeowners deciding to have security
prevent trouble. and fire alarm systems installed.
Rauers said the latest information he has suggests that eight to
3Q. 12 percent of the homes in America now have alarm systems. He
said declining costs for alarm systems have helped to increase the
number pf homes using them.
Another motivating factor is that in
many households today, both husband
and wife work, leaving the houses va-
cant and vulnerable during the day, he
A "starter" security system can FEELJNG SAFE: Toney Liakakis shows off security equip-
range from $450 to $900, Liakakis said, ment
adding that choosing a security system
is "like buying an automobile or any* have they been completely satisfied?"
thing else, you can add features and add Another tip Rauers offered is, "If you invite someone out to
protection." He said the average securi- your house, if you can ask them some pretty specific questions
ty system costs $1,200 to $1,600 for the about equipment and what it does, try to get a feel for whether the
equipment and fees for around-the-clock guy's just a real salesman or whether he has some input into how
monitoring can range from $18 to $90 a the systems operate Does he have any hands-on experience?"
month. He said customers should calculate what the total cost of their
Gate Fer Liakakis said the less expensive
"starter" systems are "hooked into the monitoring stations Just
security system will be, taking into consideration the initial instal-
lation cost and the monthly monitoring fees over the length of the
exactly like a $3,000 system. We try to treat our customers the contract.
same, whether they have a $500 system or a $3,000 system, and to "Basically, tike the old saying goes, if it sounds U» good to be
give them the same kind of service." true, it probably is," Rauers said.
Service is important, Liakakis and Rauers said. Liakakis said his employees "look at trying to put in security
"You want to find a company that can give you 24-hour-a-day systems for our residential customers. Anybody can sell you a
service, from both your technicians as well as the main people on burglar alarm. But we try to give our customers the option of a
duty. You want to be abte to reach someone at any time if you good security system, something that's going to give them peace
have a question or a concern/' Liakakis said of mind "
Rauers said, "f think the first thing, if I were telling someone Wireless systems and systems using wires are available.
how to shop for a security system, is to ask people they know who
have an alarm system what their experience has been tike and • See "•SECURITY,• Page 2Q „ . .
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