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Toronto has no shortage of security companies. One security company located in Toronto is Avante Security. Who is Avante Security and what do they offer?

Avante Security is a high-end security company that was founded in 1996. Avante focuses on securing homes in the central area of Toronto. Their core business is providing security solutions to higher value homes and focuses their marketing towards certain areas of Toronto. Avante is a publicly traded company on the TSX.V under the symbol XX.

Avante also provides other services like personal protection (bodyguards) and video analytics. The video analytics is done in house while the alarm monitoring is done by a 3rd party.

Avante provides both the security solution, installation and in some cases the alarm response. This means that Avante has full time cars on the road, where if one of their alarms are triggered a car is then sent to the home to verify the alarm situation. Having cars on the road full time is not cheap. Cars are labour are both expensive. The cost of both ends up being forwarded to the customer.

The alarm system technology Avante usesis non-propitiatory. This means their systems are similar to that installed by other alarm companies. No better, no worse. Yet, you will be paying a premium for the technology and for the installer - Avante sends installers to the home to set up the system. They also send a salesperson to your home on the initial sales consultation. The entire upfront cost is significant.

Because of the expensive nature of service, Avante Security focuses primarily on providing security to homes located in high end areas of Toronto. These areas include Forest Hill, York Mills, Summerhill and Lawrence Park. While they will secure homes outside these areas, they won't offer their alarm response beyond a certain geographical boundary. To do this would require more cars on the road. Maybe in the future they will offer this elsewhere. We will update this blog accordingly if things change.

Avante Security provides 24-7 professional alarm monitoring and have smart home capabilities, similar to most traditional and DIY alarm companies. The one service that differs is their rapid response to an alarm situation. This is the actual in person response after the alarm situation has been vetted.

The monthly fee for Avante is extremely expensive. This is when you compare with alarm services available by other companies. The technology is the same. They both detect an intruder inside the home when the alarm system is armed. Because of this one has to consider if Avante Security's services best fit their needs and their budget. Are homes secured by Avante less likely to have a break-in than those secured by other alarm companies? The answer is no. So then why pay more for an Avante alarm system?

Faster alarm response is great, but at what cost? Do you have an endless budget for your alarm system? Or do you want a great system at a low price? When choosing a monitored alarm system, do your research. Figure out which alarm company best suits your needs. It's important to understand the contractual terms with the alarm company and the long term costs. Avante Security does require a multi-year contract. And understand that this is a long term investment. People typically stay with an alarm for over 8 years. High prices add up fast. And over time it may be literally thousands of dollars more.

What are you truly paying for? Does the increased cost with Avante Security equal extra protection, or are you just paying more for the sake of paying more? Does having an Avante Security lawn sign lead to a safer home? Or can you get a lower priced alarm system and get a similar value? Understand your options and make the best security decision for you and your family.

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