These days, homeowners can’t do enough to keep their homes and their families safe. This includes installing a home security system, using the services of a third-party monitoring company and making common sense decisions that will make your house safer. One proactive measure that many people are choosing to implement is the hiring of a residential security guard. This might seem like they are going a bit overboard, but really there is no such thing as overboard if you truly want the make your house as safe as it can be.
If you think you could use a security guard as part of an overall home security system, you should carefully research the prospect of hiring one before you make the leap. Here are several tips to help you make the right choice when hiring a guard for your home.
• Security guards are expensive. Carefully weigh the cost of hiring one with your current budget. You might find that you simply cannot afford one.
• A guard will need to know every aspect of your routine and your home, which means your privacy will be lessened quite a bit.
• You will need to notify anyone who visits that you have a security guard and you will have to make sure your security guard knows everyone who is allowed access to your house. Otherwise, some uncomfortable situations could arise.
• Having a guard could make you less vigilant because you will be relying on him for your security. If you are ever in a situation where he’s not there and you are in danger, you could end up hurt or worse.
• When the time comes for you to part ways with the security guard, he could become a security threat to your family because he knows the vulnerabilities of your home.
• When choosing a guard, make sure you use a reputable agency and not just any old name out of the phone book. Your local home security system company can direct you to companies that are known for their professionalism.
• Personally interview your guard prospects.
• Request your potential security guard’s work history, experience and certifications before you hire him.
• Be sure to lay out exactly what you expect of your security guard before you agree to terms. He needs to know what his job entails and what he is responsible for and you need to make it clear what you are paying him to do.
A home security guard can be a nice addition to any comprehensive home security plan; however, you need to make sure you fully understand what is involved with hiring him before you begin your interviews. You might just decide you can do without one.