If you have decid­ed to get an alarm sys­tem for your home, then you have already made a very big and very impor­tant step towards bet­ter secu­ri­ty and peace of mind. When it comes to safe­ty, noth­ing com­pares to a mon­i­tored alarm sys­tem for pro­vid­ing round-the-clock pro­tec­tion.

But you still have one more big deci­sion in front of you: which alarm com­pa­ny do you choose? Most cities and towns will have mul­ti­ple home alarm com­pa­nies avail­able, so it is up to you to choose the best one for your secu­ri­ty needs.

Here are a few impor­tant ser­vices and fea­tures to keep in mind when you are choos­ing your secu­ri­ty provider:

    • Mon­i­tor­ing – Make sure that they are not just installing a stand­alone alarm sys­tem. 24/7 mon­i­tor­ing is the key to an effec­tive home secu­ri­ty sys­tem. A mon­i­tor­ing ser­vice means that the appro­pri­ate emer­gency per­son­nel will be con­tact­ed, even if nobody is home when the alarm is trig­gered.
    • Back­up com­mu­ni­ca­tion – Most alarm mon­i­tor­ing uses a land­line phone con­nec­tion to alert the cen­tral sta­tion of an alarm. How­ev­er, phone lines can be cut or go out of ser­vice when the weath­er is poor.

Make sure that the com­pa­ny you choose also offers mon­i­tor­ing over cel­lu­lar GSM net­works or the inter­net. With these fea­tures, you can avoid the risk of a missed alarm due to a dis­con­nect­ed phone line.

  • Fire, car­bon monox­ide, and oth­er detec­tion – An alarm sys­tem doesn’t have to only detect break-ins. Fire, car­bon monox­ide, low tem­per­a­ture, and flood detec­tion are all extreme­ly use­ful to incor­po­rate into your alarm sys­tem. These fea­tures could be life­sav­ing when you or your pets are home. And when you are not home, they can pre­vent seri­ous and cost­ly prop­er­ty dam­age by noti­fy­ing the emer­gency mon­i­tor­ing cen­tre before the dam­age gets out of con­trol.
  • Qual­i­ty hard­ware – Make sure that the hard­ware for the alarm sys­tem is from a trust­ed and rep­utable man­u­fac­tur­er. For exam­ple, Hon­ey­well pro­duces state-of-the-art alarm sys­tems.
  • Proven his­to­ry – Choose a com­pa­ny with exten­sive expe­ri­ence a proven track record of cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion. Ask your friends and check online reviews to find a com­pa­ny is rec­om­mend­ed by its cus­tomers. Bet­ter Busi­ness Bureau accred­i­ta­tion and Cana­di­an Secu­ri­ty Asso­ci­a­tion (CANASA) mem­ber­ship are oth­er impor­tant safe­guards to make sure that the com­pa­ny is respon­si­ble and rep­utable and meets high indus­try stan­dards.
  • Cus­tomiz­able options – Your alarm com­pa­ny should be able to pro­vide exact­ly the tech­nol­o­gy and ser­vices your par­tic­u­lar sit­u­a­tion requires. A few exam­ples of options you might find valu­able are remote access over your smart­phone, video sur­veil­lance, and lock­smith ser­vice.

PROTECTION PLUS ® is the elite choice for any home secu­ri­ty and mon­i­tor­ing needs. Con­tact us today and find out how we can help your home!

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Allan Baum
Security Industry veteran with over 30+ years in the industry. Founded family owned and operated Protection Plus in 1994 with his wife and has overseen its growth since. In addition to working with his wife and son, Allan has assigned the role of Chief Canine Officer to his trusted dog Waub, who joins him at the office every day.