When choosing a security system for your home, car or office, there are a few questions to ask the residential security company. Find out how long the company has been in business and what other customers think of their reliability, surveillance and protection. Ask about licensing, such as an alarm contractor license if it is required by your state. You also want a security company that is bonded and insured with employees that are background checked for adequate protection and support.
Find out whether the security company rents or sells their systems outright and what is included in the total cost. Basic components like monitors, a central control unit, motion detectors for doors and windows and alarms should be standard features, while surveillance video cameras, fire alarms and garage alarms may cost extra. If you are going to use a security monitoring service, that will also come with a monthly fee. Wireless security systems are popular, but they also tend to be more expensive.
If you purchase a system that is connected to residential phone lines, keep in mind that lines that are easy to access can be cut directly before the burglar enters the home. Secured underground phone lines can be a better deterrent for intruders and burglars. Security systems should also include strong locks for the windows, doors and garage to act as additional deterrents against burglars. If you choose to go with a security system that is not monitored, it will be up to your neighbors to alert police with the alarms and lights go off. The video cameras inside the home will also pick up images of the burglar. The cost of these systems varies, but all provide protection and peace of mind that make them a good value.