How to Choose the Right Alarm Monitoring for a Home Security


Adding an alarm monitoring company to your home security system in your house or your business premises will provide extra protection that you need. The services provided by the company help you detect any disturbance or intrusion and your home security company will take immediate steps in contacting you as well as notifying the local authorities. In order to choose the right alarm monitoring company for your home security system, you need to have extra knowledge on the different types of services that these companies offer.

To choose the right alarm monitoring for a home security, you need to:

  1. Look for services that cover for 24 hours every day
  2. Company that offers value for money price or discount
  3. Check on several companies not only one company
  4. Refer with friends, neighbors or relatives who uses monitoring company
  5. Check whether they provides in-depth training
  6. Check their backup facilities

How to Choose the Right Alarm Monitoring for a Home Security

  • First thing that you need to make sure about a monitoring agency is whether they would be able to monitor your security system for 24 hours every day.
  • Try to look for a company that offers you with free or discounted installation services because the services that they provide will be their ongoing monthly revenue. They should be able to give this kind of offers.
  • Always check on several monitoring companies through references, reputation, their good services, and value for money plus it should also meet the requirements that you need. Make an effort to talk to friends, neighbors or relatives who have been using services from home security monitoring services. From here you would be able to know the name of monitoring company and also whether they are able to provide good services or not. You could also seek information from the local authorities whether they can recommend any company that they think provide good services.
  • Make sure that the company provides in-depth training to its users through their representative or sales representative when they come to your house for installation. The training should teach you on how to set the alarm, disabling the alarm, how to enter pass code, as well as other things that the system requires in maintaining it. Other than that, you should also know what kind of information to provide whenever the monitoring company contacts you or even your family members.
  • Apart from that, you should also ask question relating to the company’s infrastructure or their capability to do monitoring services
    • In case there is any power breakdown and backup facility in times of emergency.
  • Check whether the company has certification from local authority
    • For instance, certified by the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA) or the local police department.
  • You should also be able to review the company’s employees whether they are well trained in handling emergencies or false alarm situations. Some of the security monitoring companies always use a standard password and a coercion password to indicate any threat or other situations and they will normally provide training to customers through their employees so that the customers are well versed in handling standard or coercion password situations.
  • Finally, you should also ensure that you have enough in your budget in order to have the services from the monitoring home security company. Some of the basic charges that you might face would be for example,
    • Their installation fees ranging from $0 up to $200
    • Monthly fees that may cost you from $8 to $35
    • Initial purchase costs of its components and systems that may cost between $500 and $1500. The prices will differ depending on the features that come with the security system.

Image Credit:
Flickr CC