If you own a business, you know the importance of keeping it secure and the best way to ensure this is done on a regular, 24/7 basis is by using alarm monitoring companies‘ systems. Effective monitoring of your alarm can prevent property damage, theft of goods or information, and provide safety for your customers as well as your employees.
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Monitoring works in conjunction with having an alarm system set up at your home or place of business. An alarm is first installed, whether it works with DVR, CCTV, or simple closed-circuit technology, or it is wired or wireless. A motion detector is usually added, as well. The system of alarm and motion detector is then hooked up to a control box. It is the controller which receives a signal to sound an alarm, either audible or visual. With the use of an auto-dialer, this alarm can also send an automatic message to an alarm monitoring company and/or the police station for immediate action if a security code is not promptly entered into the control panel keypad. Auto-dialers work with any standard telephone system.
Selecting the Right Monitoring Company and System
These days, there are many companies which seem to spring up overnight which claim to offer the same quality products and services as more established businesses at a much lower initial and monthly price. Unfortunately, many of these companies, referred to as “trunk slammers” in the industry, sell cheap equipment and provide unreliable service at best. At worst, they just close up shop one day without notification, leaving you with worthless products, an unprotected home or business location and out of a good sum of money. Either way, trunk slammers usually have no experience and cannot correctly perform installation of an alarm system.
Selecting the best alarm monitoring companies’ systems requires you to do some research. The first thing to do is contact the business directly. Is the company locally owned? Do they offer to send a representative to your location and provide a consultation regarding your specific needs and what products will work best? The process of ordering an alarm and monitoring service should be convenient for you.
After you’ve met with the company’s representative and you feel satisfied with the quality and caliber of the operation, be sure to check that the alarm monitoring business is appropriately licensed per the regulations in your state. In the state of Florida, this means having a certified electrical contractor license. Another thing to check is if the company is bonded and insured. The employees of companies who monitor your alarm system will have access to key information about your security equipment. If they are bonded and insured, you can rest assured that their actions are backed by a an appropriate authority.
You may also want to check with current customers using the alarm monitoring companies’ systems. Any reliable business will provide contact information for its satisfied customers; if they do not, then this is a warning sign and you should probably go no further towards signing a contract.
One last thing to check into is the warranties provided by the company. Will they stand behind their products, installation and monitoring services? Of course, even with a great warranty, it does not good if the company up and closes overnight. Be sure to look into the track record of the monitoring company you choose.
There are many places to find alarm monitoring companies systems and many of them will advertise they can offer the lowest pricing. Just remember that you get what you pay for, and if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.