Amherst Alarm Review

From basic home security systems to video surveillance, from simple landline-based systems to wireless equipment, from burglar alarms to total home automation, Amherst Alarm has it all. Since its creation in 1975, the New York company has earned a reputation for being one of the best security providers in the state. The advanced monitoring systems offered by Amherst provide homeowners with peace of mind, and at a price they’ll love. If you want a good security company in the east of New York State, Amhurst is a great choice.


Amherst Alarm uses only the best equipment Honeywell can offer. Honeywell is known for manufacturing reliable, affordable equipment, particularly the Silent Knight control panel. The digital keypad has a simple interface, which allows you to punch in your security code and access all of the alarms and monitors connected to the system. It’s very user-friendly, but best of all, it’s nowhere near as expensive as the GE or DMP systems offered by many other companies.

Homeowners looking for a customized home security system will find that Amhurst Alarm can provide everything they need. The control panel connects easily with the motion sensors, glass break detectors, CO2 sensors, smoke alarms, heat detectors, and temperature sensors, and a special keychain is provided to activate or deactivate the system without having to enter and punch in the security code. Customizing your own security system will help you get exactly the right number of sensors and monitors for your windows, doors, and entrances.

Monitoring and Services

Amherst Alarm has an A+ rating with the BBB, indicating that they offer excellent customer service.  No complaints regarding their service have been filed, and the company has been in operation for nearly 30 years. When it comes to home security providers, it’s an option worth considering. Not only do you get comprehensive security systems from Amherst, but you can customize the systems as much as you want. Add any sensors, alarms, and features you need, and rely on the company’s excellent monitoring station–which has an above-average response time.

Amherst Alarm stands out above the competition thanks to their ANET monitoring network. The wireless connection ensures that your home security system is always in tough with the monitoring station. Even if the landline is cut, the ANET network will send the alert to the monitoring station, and emergency services are alerted. The monitoring station itself has a generator for emergency power, meaning it will always be online even in case of a power outage or shortage.

Amherst provides not only high quality monitoring, but also an app that allows customers to connect to their home security systems remotely. Should any alarms be triggered, the homeowner will be alerted via the app installed on tablets, computers, and smartphones.


Homeowners pay a hefty installation fee of $495, but they are able to customize the security system with all of the sensors and alarms that they want. The monitoring fee of $29.99/month is very reasonable compared to the fees charged by other New York companies. The contract only lasts 12 months, during which time the equipment is fully insured.

The Good…

Above average response time and backup generators at the central station equals a reliable service

Amherst offers flexible, customizable systems at a very reasonable monthly fee

The Bad…

The company is only local to New York State

And The Ugly

Very little information is available on the company website, so homeowners have to call to find out details

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  • Motion Sensors
  • Fire/CO2/Smoke/Heat Detectors
  • Video Security Systems
  • Glass Break Detectors
  • Computer and Smartphone Access/Control
  • 24-Hour Monitoring

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