This is one of the most important parts of having a security system in your home. You want to make sure that a break-in situation is handled quickly and safely to minimize damage and loss. What happens if your house is broken into will depend largely on what type of system you have in your home.
If you have just a simple burglar alarm, when one of the sensors is tripped or detects an intrusion it will sound an alarm that just notifies you. This is a self-monitoring system and means that you are entirely responsible for notifying authorities when an incident occurs. A lot of systems today are wireless and interactive and will send notifications of intrusions or other incidents to your phone if you are away from the home. Again, if you have only a self-monitoring system you will be the only one to be notified.
Home security systems often offer monitoring services and if your house is broken into the alarm will not only notify you but the home alarm company as well. The alarm company will then notify the authorities who will be dispatched to your home. This offers the fastest response to an incident, especially if you are not at home or away from your home for a long period of time.
Do I Need Monitoring Services?
You don’t necessarily need to have a monitoring service in your home because it can cost anywhere from $20 to $50 a month and that might not be a cost you want to pay. If there is an incident the alarm will still go off to notify you, but there will not be a notification sent to the alarm company. It is all up to you and what makes you feel safest in your home and what works best for your budget.
Do you usually have someone in your house? Do you live in a neighborhood where the neighbors will call the police if they hear an alarm going off? If so, then you might not need monitoring services. If you do want to have central monitoring, make sure to ask your home alarm company where their central monitoring station is located. You want the station to be located in your home state for the fastest and most reliable response times.
What Is Included In The Contract?
Finally, you want to make sure that your contract with the alarm company is airtight and offers you the highest amount of protection and security. The first thing to look for is a warranty. Make sure that somewhere in your contract the company offers a warranty on your security system. If something goes wrong with any part of your system, sensors or notifications, the company should fix it as long as it is still under warranty. If it is not in the contract talk with the company and see that it gets incorporated. If not then you should look at different home alarm companies.
You also want to see how long you are locked into your contract and if there is an early termination fee. Some companies offer no cancellation fees so if that is important to you look for that. Check to see if you will be able to move your system from one house to another. If you won’t be moving for a long time then this might not be a big deal. If you do move you might have to pay all over again to have the system installed in your new home. Read through the whole contract a few times and have someone you trust read it as well. If you see any problems or something is missing, address it with the company before you sign.
You want to protect your home in the best way possible and there is a home alarm company out there that will meet all of your needs. Use these questions to start your search for companies that will make you feel secure in your home.