5 Tips For Choosing The Best Alarm Monitoring Service
Choosing the right security alarm monitoring service for your home or business can at first look a bit daunting. However, as with most things, if you break all the parts down individually, do a little bit of research, ask all the right questions, they should all flow together rather nicely. A security alarm monitoring service actually does more than just project you from burglary, theft and other crimes. Often it also will double as a fire alarm, smoke alarm, panic alarm, and sometimes an alarm for an elderly person that has fallen. Because of the extreme importance of monitoring all these different potential problems, it is quite important to ask all the right questions to get just the right monitoring company that you need. Let’s get started.
1 There are quite a few different alarm monitoring options, and you need to choose which of them you’re going to need, like fire, medical assistance, smoke detection, motion detection, camera monitoring, door and window breakage, shed or garage protection, and any other particular, unique protection that you want covered. Most different monitoring companies can cover any or all of these options, but you will want to have complete list of what you want, in order to get exact prices for each level of protection. You may find that monitoring cameras are too expensive for the value that you get, and end up dropping that from your list, so it’s important to be somewhat flexible in your search.
2 Whether you are protecting a home or business, you’ll definitely want to go with a reputable alarm monitoring company that you can trust to always do the job that they are being paid for. Check with other homeowners, business owners or friends to see if they are happy with the security monitoring services that they have, especially if they’ve actually had to use the service, and what their experiences were in that instance. It’s entirely possible to have a service for a couple years and hopefully, never need to use it, but the one time you need it, it has to be there at the ready. Be sure and insist on a company that does complete background checks on all of their employees, the last thing you need is for your own security company to be directing a band of thieves that are breaking into people’s homes and businesses.
3 When interviewing the different home security monitoring companies, check to make sure that they meet all of the local regulations for their type of business, are fully insured, have a security bond, and a complete satisfaction guarantee covering their service. It would also be a wise move, to give a call to the local police station and ask a few questions as to which companies they’ve had problems with, and those that have been above and beyond reproach. This may only work in small cities, but it’s definitely worth a try.
4 Make sure that the company that you want to hire offers the monitoring service for all the hours that you’re going to need it. While many homeowners assume that break-ins and robberies happen mostly at night, the actual truth is, day time thefts far outnumber night-time. This is because thieves would rather break into your home while you’re away at work. Having your security system monitored 24/7 is important all year round and especially if you plan on taking any vacations.
5 Finally, ask for list of other customers that use their service in the local area, then do your footwork and go knock on a few doors. This may sound a little off the wall, however it may actually be the best indicator for picking the right company for you or your business and shouldn’t be overlooked.
There you have five detailed tips, that if you follow them, you should be able to narrow your selection of a security system monitoring service down to just one or two quality companies.
A couple of alarm monitoring companies you might want to look at are ADT which is a huge international company or if you prefer a New Zealand owned and operated company, you could look at Global Security. They are an Auckland alarm monitoring service and have a tremendous reputation. They also have their own mobile security guards who can quickly come out to a property if an alarm is raised in their monitoring centre. So not only do you have an alarm monitoring service but you get the physical presence of security patrol officers too.