How to Choose a Home Security System

By Crystal Newton on Jul 1st, 2014 09:21 AM

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Your home is most likely the biggest investment you will make in your lifetime. It is the place your children will take their first steps and learn to ride their bike. Your home is your safe place to be yourself and relax and invite family and friends to entertain. You pay for insurance, for utilities, the mortgage. So why get a home security system?

The better question is this: why shouldn’t you get a home security system.

But which provider and which system should you choose? There are so many options.  National or local?  Wireless or hardwired?  Home phone?  Glass breaks or motions?

According to Home Security System Reviews of the Consumers Advocate, a top priority to consider of a home security company is the monitoring center and their response times. During an emergency, how fast the monitoring center reacts determines whether they are able to prevent a crime or limit your losses. Consumers Advocaterecommends that you look for monitoring centers that are:

  • Locally operated and owned
  • Staffed professionally
  • Have a cellular connection
  • Have two-way communication

Choosing a security company whose professional consultants will design a security system on site rather than on the phone is a big plus. Telemarketers and national companies who quote equipment and service prices over the phone are not taking the environment into account. Security should not be sold as a "package” with two doors, motion and a keypad. Each home is different, each home environment is different and each home security system should be designed in person to meet the needs of the home.  The professional can discuss the options with you and also train you on how to use the system until you are comfortable.

When researching security companies, it’s wise to look for a local company who understands the crime in the different areas of town, do their research and have a good relationship with the local police department. Would you trust your plumber to paint the house? Then why have the cable company or other sub-contractors install your security system? There are professionals in your town that offer similar pricing for home security systems.

Local companies often drug test their employees and some even perform background checks prior to employment. Wouldn’t you feel safer if you knew the person entering your home to design or install a professional security system was drug-free and felony free? Always ask for credentials before letting a service worker into your home.

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