If you are considering buying a home security alarm system you may think that the process should be fairly easy and straight forward. This however is a common misconception. There are many types of systems and one size does not fit all. Before making a final decision you must consider several things so you get exactly what you need without too many complicated bells and whistles. But what are the basics that you should follow? Keep reading to find out!
No Home Visit, No Sale
Even in this age of major technology, telemarketing is still alive and well. One of the top telemarketing calls you will get come from sales agents trying to get you to purchase home security systems. They may offer fantastic prices and seemingly great equipment, but unless they come to see your home they cannot offer you exactly what you need. So, if you get one of these common sales calls and the company asks you to make a commitment before they come to your home, or without intending to come assess your home, just say no. Companies like this may or may not be scam artists, because the bottom line is that each home has different security needs. Without a full home assessment, no one can give you a exact quote because they do not know what you really need.
Central Monitoring Stations
Many people simply assume that their home security alarm system is hooked into a central monitoring system. This means that if or when your alarm goes off, the authorities are alerted immediately. Do not take for granted that this is the case with all systems. Some companies offer only the alarm system that goes off in order for YOU to contact the authorities. This may cost you less but is it really worth the savings? I say no, and the reason is that when there is an emergency you may not have time or be in the right state of mind to call the police. Also, if you are not home when the alarm goes off then the police may never be called. Once you are sure that there is a central monitoring station involved in your package, there are still questions to be asked. The most important question is about how initial contact is made when the system goes off. Does the company call your home first or do they go straight to contacting the authorities? You should also ask what happens if there is a false alarm.
Getting a Detailed Quote
Even though your alarm system may seem complicated at first, you will get the hang of it. To start learning you should have a full inventory documented of each piece of equipment installed, where it is located and what it does. When you are choosing all of your equipment, find out if you are actually paying for it or if you are leasing or renting it. Find out everything you need to know about the warranty information and what exactly it covers if you are buying it. Ask for the maximum amount of instructions and details. Most alarm systems should come with a lengthy handbook or manual to keep you in the know. And finally, find out who you should contact if your system needs to be upgraded or repaired.
In addition to choosing the right home security alarm system for you, consider the fact that fires can also present security issues (not being able to get out of the home, not knowing where the fire is or started, etc.). Consider getting a fire alarm system in addition to your home security alarm. This is the best way to be proactive in protecting your home, yourself and your loved ones.
Machines are not infallible and neither are human beings. When you have a home security alarm system there is always a chance of a false alarm occurring. Maybe the system malfunctioned, maybe you did not set it properly or maybe you set it off by accident yourself. No matter what the cause, there are ways to prevent false alarms from occurring.
Many service providers will be able to connect to you through your cell phone. If your provider offers this option you should take it. Personally, this is my favorite perk/feature of my alarm system as I sometimes mess up and set the alarm off myself! Since I always have my phone on my side, I chose to have my provider call me first if the alarm goes off instead of contacting the police right away. This way I can tell them if I set it off myself or there was a malfunction. If they call and I do not pick up they will go to the next step which if phoning the authorities. Another good tip is to have your provider’s number set in your cell phone so you can call them right away if there is a false alarm. This will stop them from sending out help and taking up unnecessary resources. Finally, make sure that anyone who regularly enters you home knows how to disable the alarm and reset it. I learned this the hard way when my housekeeper set off the alarm and I came home to a yard full of cop cars! Be proactive in all areas and your alarm system will work for you!
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