Increasingly, more and more people are turning to professionally installed alarm systems for their homes and businesses, to give them peace of mind in 2013.
The Better Business Bureau advises consumers to investigate the purchase of a security system with the same care as they would any major purchase. Remember that the best home security system will accommodate your lifestyle and the specific valuables you want protected, and you should carefully consider your security requirements and budget.
To find out what kind of system is best for you, it is wise to call a professional installer, or you may also get recommendation from the insurance company that covers your home or business.
"We process a million signals a year in our station," said Leo Knight, COO of Paladin Security Group Ltd. "Of those, 50,000 require some operator action. Of those 50,000, 500 will be real break-ins."
So how do you confirm that your home or business is being broken into?
Advances in remote video monitoring via Internet and high-resolution cameras have made it more affordable for ordinary homeowners and small businesses to monitor their properties in real time. They can even use their smartphones and tablets to get alerts and see what's going on in their premises.
"That person can now see whether it's your cat wandering by a motion detector or whether there's somebody in your house," Knight said. "The ability to tie in the two types of technology greatly enhances your security because the operator knows whether it's a real event or not."
These important checklists allow you to quickly and easily assess your home and / or business security system, to ensure proper use and response.
One of the most important things to remember is that YOU are a vital part of the alarm function. Therefore, you must completely understand how the system works, what it does and does not do, and what you must do to keep it in proper operating condition.
You must ensure that all users of your system are provided adequate and thorough instruction on using and testing the system, so ask your alarm company to provide you with written instructions as well as a physical demonstration.
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