You have made the decision to install a residential security system. The next step isn’t as easy as walking into a store and picking one off the shelf. Here are some tips that will steer you in the right direction and eliminate the guesswork of planning this important purchase.
Do your homework. When choosing a company to install your residential security system, be sure to select one that is Better Business Bureau accredited, insured and caries excellent references. Get referrals from friends and relatives who have had good experiences with local companies. The Internet makes it much easier to research companies and check out resources such as the BBB, Google reviews and even the company's website. Be wary of door-to-door salespeople who may actually turn out to be potential thieves. Always ask door-to-door salespeople to leave their information on your porch and only open the door after you have verified their identity by checking their ID through a peephole or window.
Ask about permits and fines. Find out the requirements for registration and make sure you comply. Fayette County, Kentucky require annual permits to ensure use of registered security and monitoring companies as well as have current contact information on file. Failure to do so can result in penalties imposed over and above false alarm fines. Some local companies actually take care of this matter for you.
Consider all the needs of your household. Do you have children who will need to understand how to arm and disarm the system? Do you have sleepwalking children? Do you have pets that go in and out all the time? Determining all contingencies ahead of time can prevent false alarms and endless tweaking down the road.
Opt for a cellular connection. In the past residential security systems were monitored over a landline. The new cellular technology is faster and more reliable, eliminating the possibility of intruders disabling the phone lines. If you decide to eliminate your landline in the future, you won’t need to make any costly adjustments. A cellular connection also gives you the ability to arm/disarm your security system and its features remotely and allows for the security comany to dial directly into your panel, should you need help troubleshooting. This eliminates costly service calls.
Your home goes beyond its four walls. It includes the garage, driveway and front and back yards. Consider those areas when planning your residential security system. An alarm triggered outside can give early warning and keep a break-in from going further. Consider camera systems for your front and back entry doors or an intercom system to know who's at the door before you say hello.
Test your system regularly. Like all electro-mechanical devices, residential security systems should be tested regularly to check that it’s operating correctly. If your alarm company does not already do so, set up a monthly schedule with your vendor so you won’t need to remember. If your system is wireless, make sure it self-monitors and will let you know when the battery is running low.
A residential security system is an investment that is priceless in terms of peace of mind. Use these ideas when consulting with your alarm company to build a system that's uniquely tailored to the needs of you and your family. At Bates Security, we design each system custom to meet the needs of your home.