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Home Security Companies: The Secret To Choosing The Right One.

Jan 17, 2008
With many home security systems you are not only buying equipment, but contracting with a company who will monitor it and respond when alarms are triggered. Choosing a home security system and company requires some research. You want a company that is a good combination of old-fashioned virtues and state-of-the-art facilities.

The choosing of a home security system with a company to monitor it does require some research from you. What you want is a company with a history of quality service in the area where you live. You also want a company that uses the latest technology in their facilities and offers the latest technology for your home.

You should look at purchasing a home security system like any other important purchase in your life. If you can get recommendations from friends, neighbors and relatives, that can be helpful. But don't take their word alone. It is worth it in the end to do your own interviews with each company you are considering. Yes, you'll be talking with salespeople, and they'll be giving you the hard sell. To make it past all the fluff, make sure you ask for a copy of the different monitoring plans they offer, including the equipment. Meet with at least three companies, maybe more. Get your information together and start comparing the companies. Write down your questions as you go.

Then you need to call the companies you are interested in and talk with a manager. Ask your questions. Then you'll be able to make your decision. This process may take a few hours, stretched over a few weeks. Another good resource to check is a consumer magazine for reviews of each company's performance.

The contemporary aspect of home security is the adoption of the latest technology for your needs. The use of thermal imaging, motion detectors, wireless devices that can be easily added to an existing system and other aspects will give you clues about their forward-looking viewpoint, or lack of it.

Asking questions about the company personnel that will install the security system will also alert you to each companies approach. You want them to have licensed, full-time employees that perform this task. If the company uses sub-contractors to set up the system, they should at least do this on a full time basis, not part-timers doing this as a side job. Ask for proof that the installers have the proper qualifications to work on the security system installation for your home.

The last segment you will learn about will be what kind of staff the company has that will actually monitor your alarm. You will not be able to help getting a feel for each company's quality just by talking to a couple of different people at each one. To determine the quality of the staff ask the manager of the business. What kind of training and background does their staff have? Asking what type of on the job experience they have will help you determine quality as well. Do they use armed guards or unarmed? Do they have firearms training? Use a short list of questions and then compare the answers of each company.

Your home security company is providing a valuable function for which they get paid good money. Apply high standards that go well beyond selecting the lowest bidder. The alternative is not pretty.
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