When it comes to selecting the right security system for your home, it pays to be smart.
Whatever it is that you decide in the end, make sure that you purchase the system and have it installed by a well respected and licensed dealer of home security systems.
So, you have finally decided to take the step and have a security system installed in your home…now what? Well, the first thing that you should do is put yourself in the shoes of a potential burglar. Take a walk around the inside and outside of your home and look for weak points. Look for points where, if you were a burglar, you would break in then put together a floor plan to sit on with the security expert.
Next, you should shop around. Don’t go with the first security company that you find online or in the Yellow Pages. Call a number of different companies and ask questions. Ask them about the different systems that they offer as well as installation prices and service costs. Your questions should be straightforward as should their answers. You want to get the impression that they are truly interested in the protection of your family as opposed to just selling you a product. If you feel that a company is being evasive with their answers or suspicious in any way then you should pass on them.
When it comes to home security systems, I highly recommend that you consider a wireless system. They are not only far more effective than hard-wired systems, they are generally easier to install as well. Irrespective of which system you go with in the end, it is critically important that it is installed properly. All of the sensors (whether they are passive infrared sensors, window break detectors or door contacts) must be installed so as to detect a break in at all possible points of access to your home. In addition, it is important to have overlap. In other words, the system should be set up so that no one sensor can be accessed and disarmed without triggering another sensor.
Make sure that once you have a system installed that you advertise the fact. A solid security system will not only prevent burglars from entering your home, but the mere fact that you have one installed represents a deterrent to potential burglars. Make sure that you have stickers put on windows an even a sign on your lawn.
Finally, home security systems should prevent burglars from breaking in while allowing life to go on in the house as usual. A home security system is of no use if the alarm is set off with every second step that you take.
If you are in Toronto or the GTA then give us a call. We have a number of different systems available from the most respected manufacturers in the industry. We can have an expert over to your home today and have you up and running in no time.