How to Choose a Home Security Monitoring Company

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When you have made the decision to install a security alarm, how do you find the right home security monitoring company? There are several steps you can take to make sure you find a reliable, inexpensive monitoring company.

First, you'll want to ask friends and co-workers who they use for their home security monitoring. Ask them if they're satisfied with them and are reasonably priced. Also ask if the company has 24-hour monitoring.

Another step you can take is to call your local police department (crime prevention department). Ask for recommendations of monitoring companies. Your local consumer protection agency and Better Business Bureau can also provide information on local monitoring companies.

Once you have several company names, contact each one and arrange to have a representative come out to your home. When the representative is at your home, make sure they do an inspection of your home so that they'll know exactly what kind of home security system you need. The inspection would consist of checking out your doors and windows and any other vulnerable security areas.

You'll also want to ask if they have a backup monitoring center in case there is a power failure or any other problems. Make sure that the security system you might be buying has a back up battery in case you have a power failure at your home.

Ask for the cost of their services. Make sure the cost includes installation, equipment and monthly monitoring. If you want extra services, ask how much more that will cost. Get a quote from each monitoring company in writing.

Ask for references so you can contact some of their customers. When you contact them, ask them if they're satisfied with the company. Also ask if the installation was a smooth process and that the work was done in a professional manner. You want to make sure that the person installing your system has been properly trained.

When dealing with a home security monitoring company, don't be afraid to ask as many questions as you can. If you don't understand something, ask the representative for a better explanation. When you get a detailed, easy to understand explanation of how your system will work, that means you're dealing with a knowledgeable and well trained rep.

Don't make a decision the same day. Gather all the information you came up with, go over it and then make your decision.

Look for Deals

Another thing you can do is to go on the internet and look for special internet offers from well known monitoring companies like ADT and Broadview. Sometimes these companies will give you a free basic security system when you sign up for monitoring services. There might be an installation fee and you will probably have to sign a two or three-year contract for monthly monitoring which is pretty much the norm now.

Once Your System is Installed

When your alarm is triggered, the monitoring company will automatically receive notification that there is some type of an emergency in your home. A trained professional at the company will call your house to make sure everything is alright.

If they don't receive an answer or if whoever picks up the phone doesn't provide the necessary information needed, the company will notify local law enforcement to go by your home and make sure everything is alright.

You can also provide the company with an emergency contact phone number if you're not home when the alarm is triggered. They will call you to let you know what has happened and that they notified the local authorities.

One last tip. You might be able to save money on your home insurance. Some insurance companies will give you a discount if you let them know that you have a monitored security system installed in your home.