Security Alarm Buyers Guide
The buying process when choosing a security alarm system can be confusing, so our buyers guide should help you to decide which is the best option for your home. Whether you decide to go for a straightforward Bells-only system, or for a full monitoring service with Police response, there are certain steps you should take to make sure you get the best deal possible.
How To Choose A Security Alarm Company
Many companies will cold call homeowners in order to gain sales but this is generally not a recommended route to go down to find a reliable company. Accredited firms will be members of the National Security Inspectorate, and the Security Systems Alarm and Inspection Board, and it a sensible option to choose an approved firm to ensure that the level of service and quality of product is good. Ask for recommendations from friends and family who have their own security alarm systems and get their experiences, both good and bad.
How To Buy A Security Alarm
Be wary of companies that give you a quote over the phone – it is essential that your home is visited and assessed to get an accurate quote. On the day of the visit, the installer should ask if you have a safe and where it is located, and also where any high-value items are kept around the home. Many alarm companies tend to exaggerate local crime figures in order to sell more alarms, so be wary if this sales tactic is used. Your local crime figures can be found online from the Police.
When a quote is given, check whether all equipment and installation costs are included and always get the quote in writing. Find out whether maintenance or annual checks are included in the price, and how repairs are handled. Other elements to check are how long the contract runs for, whether you own or are leasing the equipment, how long the warranty is for and what is included. You should always get three quotes from a selection of independent alarm installers and national chains to compare quotes.