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Picking the Right Security System

Dec 9, 2013 9:34:00 AM

security systemChoosing a home security system can be a daunting task. It’s a purchase many make only once or twice in a lifetime, so it’s not uncommon for you to be unfamiliar with the process. You know you want to protect your family and home but just exactly what you need to do that might be a mystery. Don’t let the unknown scare you, here are some quick tips to help you get the right security system for your home. 

Picking the Right Company

When selecting a home security company it is important to pick one with a history of delivering quality products and reliable service to its customers. To check dependability:

  • Make sure the alarm manufacture is listed with Canadian Standards Association (CSA).
  • Request a reference list of current clients you can contact.
  • Contact the Better Business Bureau or your local police department to see if they have any knowledge of complaints against a specific provider.
  • Ask about the companies hiring process for employees and if they use a screening process.

Add Fire Protection

When many people think home security, they think burglar alarm. However, a fire alarm system is just as important. A fire that starts while you’re away from home can result in losses that far surpass those of a break-in. Having a fire alarm built into your home security system will ensure a quick response in the event of a fire, whether you’re home or not.

Monitoring Services

Even the most expensive system is near worthless if no one is watching it. The service that monitors your home is one of the most vital parts of your security system. While 24-hour monitoring should top your list of must-haves there are several other features that will vary from company to company that you may want to consider.

  • System backup – Traditionally, home systems are monitored through your telephone line. This can become a problem if a resourceful criminal cuts your telephone connection before attempting to enter your property. A less sinister scenario could involve a storm knocking out your telephone service. Whatever the case, cellular or radio backups can keep your system online even if all physical lines to your house are down.
  • System tests – Obviously the success of a system hinges on its ability to function properly. Many providers have the ability to test systems remotely to ensure continued functionality. Ask potential providers what types of tests they use and how often they are conducted as well as what is done if an error is discovered.
  • Maintenance – Even if a provider can test remotely, your system should be inspected and tested on-site at least once a year. Look for companies that offer annual maintenance as part of your normal cost of service.

Though a home security system may seem like an expensive investment, it could help pay for itself, considering that you may get a discount on your Homeowners Insurance premium for having a system in place. Check with your broker to see if you qualify for a discount.

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Rob Stevenson

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