Alarm monitoring companies give businesses the extra edge in protection. Do you currently have burglar and fire alarms installed in your business? Are you thinking about buying a new security system? An alarm and security system that’s not properly monitored is little more than a deterrent to casual thieves or vandals – but the right security company gives you the protection you need.
If you run a small business, you should know that America experiences approximately $40 billion in fraud every year. And homeowners should realize that property crime rises as a direct result of a recession. Monitoring can protect both business and personal assets, and protect the safety of employees and loved ones.
With the rise in crime, major security companies are offering a variety of monitoring services. You need to choose a company with a good reputation and experience in the industry. How can you know if the monitoring companies you are looking at are offering quality service? One way is to determine how successful a company has been at serving its market niche by looking at its sales volume. One recent study suggested that if you totaled the number of security providers in your local area, from do-it-yourself alarm kits to professional systems, you’d likely find more than 100 choices in your local area. This might be a surprising number since most people only are familiar with a few of the top companies.
There is a reason you know those big names: about 80% of home and business security systems are run by the biggest players in the industry. It may be a bit overwhelming trying to choose between the large numbers of companies. To make the best choice for your home or business, start by carefully evaluating your needs:
Armed with these answers, you can evaluate what the various companies have to offer and how well they can meet those needs.
When you choose a company that offers round-the-clock monitoring, it’s like having a full-time remote security guard. Whenever an emergency occurs, the professionals at the control center will respond quickly to your needs.
If an alarm is triggered, the system waits around 30 to 45 seconds to allow you to deactivate it. If it’s not deactivated, the system will send an immediate signal to the control center, where trained professionals jump into action.
First, they call the home or business to determine if there is a true emergency. If no one answers the phone or the person answering reports an emergency, the control center agent will report the event to the police and fire departments in the area. The control center can also alert other emergency numbers you provide them. This normally includes cell phones and phone numbers of family members or neighbors.
Any worthwhile monitoring company will protect you twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. But as you might guess, not all companies are alike. This applies to the equipment and technology they use and also to how they do business. When you are choosing a service, trust and reliability are important. You must look for services that are licensed and insured. The most reputable alarm companies will stand behind the products they install and offer warranties.
Security companies should also pride themselves on their employees. Look for providers that run criminal background checks on agents and all employees. The most highly qualified monitoring services are certified. Certifications can come from several different organizations, but one of the best known is the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association. This immediately lets you know that the company meets national standards and stays on top of the latest trends. You may also want to use a service that handles video surveillance. 83% of businesses installing commercial alarms also install video cameras for even greater protection of company assets. And since the development of HD video, equipment once used only in businesses is now available for your home. Currently, around 37% of people installing home security monitoring choose to add video.
Once you find a security service that provides the options you need, set up an appointment to meet with an agent. Specifics like where to place sensors, what types of surveillance are necessary, how much it will cost and more can be discussed with the security pro before you make any final decisions.
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