What to Look for in a New Security System
IS IT PROFESSIONALLY MONITORED?
Professional monitoring is the gold standard of home security. If there’s a break-in or fire at home, a professionally monitored security system sends an emergency signal to a 24-7 monitoring station, where a trained security professional is on hand to alert your local law enforcement or fire department.
WILL IT WITHSTAND A BURGLAR’S TOOLKIT? Not all security products are engineered equally. To ensure you don’t entrust your safety to a security system that can be disabled with a hand tool, make sure it has:
Crash and Smash protection - A common burglary tactic is to smash a home’s security panel to prevent it from sending an emergency signal to the monitoring station. We can install technology that can recognize a crash and smash attack, and signal your monitoring company regardless.
Dedicated cellular connection - This type of signaling technology doesn’t piggyback on your home’s broadband or phone line, and so cannot be physically cut by an intruder. Select a security system with panels have a dedicated cellular connection with battery backup for power outages.
HOW MANY SENSORS DOES IT COME WITH?
Contact sensors are home security essentials; small devices that detect the opening and closing of doors, windows, drawers and more. Some security systems come with as little as two contact sensors, which is a problem. Burglars don’t just use the front and back door. An alarm company will work with you to determine how many contact sensors your home needs, and provide them as part of the package.
WHAT ELSE WILL THIS SYSTEM PROTECT YOU FROM?
New technology means that the best security systems can protect your home from far more than a burglar. A professionally installed alarm system can detect and respond to dangers like fire, carbon monoxide and water leaks. They can also save you time and money, tackling problems like energy waste, lost keys and package deliveries. They can even alert you when there’s unexpected activity around your house, such as your kids getting into forbidden areas.
SHOULD THE SYSTEM BE ENCRYPTED?
Not all wireless sensors are created equal. The most common wireless sensors are broadcast on easily identifiable frequencies and can be hacked after some quick internet research. Alarm systems with encrypted wireless technology may cost a little more but are much less likely to be hacked and will do a better job of securing your home.
IS IT A PROPRIETARY SYSTEM?
Some companies try to install proprietary burglar alarm systems that only they can service. This means that you are stuck with one company, even after your monitoring agreement expires. Do the research upfront and make sure you are purchasing a system that can be serviced by other companies. Don’t let an alarm company have a monopoly on your protection.
With the ability to respond to more dangers and challenges, even when disarmed, a home alarm system gives you more value in the long run. At Independent Alarm we can help you with these questions and more to tailor a system that best fits your needs and budget. Give one of our experts a call today for a free, no pressure estimate.
Providing Peace of Mind since 1978