If you’re like most people, you probably have a great deal of money invested in either your house or your place of business, possibly both. That’s not taking into consideration the personal danger that could come from a criminal. You need business and home security to protect your belongings and your family from those who would do you harm. But not all systems are created equally. Here are some things to keep in mind as you shop for a system.
There are plenty of business and home security companies out there ready to take your money and provide you with a shoddy product in return. Do some basic research before you commit to buying from anyone. With the prevalence of online shopping, many people make the mistake of going with the lowest prices. This is nearly always a mistake.
There is always someone out there willing to undercut the competition, but at what cost? Make sure the company you’re dealing with has been in business for some time and has a reputation to stand behind what they are selling.
Speaking of reputations, a business and home security system is only as good as the installation. If installed improperly, you will have a nice setup of expensive equipment that isn’t worth a decent dog posted at the entrance. Make sure the company you’ve hired to put your system in knows what they’re doing and isn’t taking every short cut in the book to get the job over with. Bad wiring could lead to a slew of false alarms. These will not only cost you fines from the police department, but eventually the “boy who cried wolf” syndrome will kick in and the authorities won’t take your system seriously when something bad does happen.
How can you tell a good business and home security company from a bad one? There are plenty of easy ways to know at a glance. See what affiliations the company has. A good company will have ties to the community and major clients. You might consider asking the local police department who they recommend. If the company has a presence worth noting, the police will know about them.
Check with the Better Business Bureau to see if they are rated or have any complaints against them. Finally, check some online forums and see what other homeowners and business owners are saying. If you’re going to spend money protecting your valuable investments, you want to know that you’re putting your trust in the right hands.