Top 7 Factors in Handling Home Security
By Sean Hattaway
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Getting your own home security system won’t go as smoothly as you might think. Like every other purchases you’ll make, you’re bound to discover that in having a home security system there are also a few thing to consider and check upon.
- Choosing your security company
It’s all business when you deal with security companies. Business is what they do, after all. Their first priority will always be to uplift the company and make it some profit. So an unreliable security company may seem like the number one provider as they make a sale out of you.
This could mean a big risk to your safety. A security company who won’t live up to its obligations might become negligent to the potential risk you could be in.
You should go for a security company that has established trust among many and have proven that its products are reliable and effective. Make sure to communicate well with the security company, too. There may be some issues in the contract or some rules and regulations you need to follow and which might cause a problem if ignored.
- Installing your home security system
Home security systems won’t work well when installed incorrectly. It would be wise to consult with an installation expert, or better yet have the installation expert handle the installation. If installed the wrong way, your security system might not work and this’ll become a big problem when you will need help in the future.
Another frustration when a home security system is installed incorrectly is false alarms. It has been determined that one of the causes of false alarms is the wrong installation of home security systems.
Always make sure to check your home security system if it works properly when you get it installed.
- Monitoring services
There are companies that allot their monitoring tasks to third parties. This would imply that not only do you have to check the background of your security company, you’d also have to check with the monitoring company it employs. Separate entities, separate levels of trust and reliability. Make sure to check with your monitoring company’s response time at least every month.
- Compatibility with the phone line
For those using VoIP, you might want to check if your home security system is working compatibly with your phone line. There has recently been an issue that there are some security systems that do not work well with VoIP.
There is also what we call the “phone line seizure”. This means that your phone line is connected first to the control panel, and the control panel will direct the phone to the rest of the house. If you hear a sound like a phone number being dialed when you’re on the phone, this would mean that your phone line wasn’t connected properly to execute the phone line seizure.
- The batteries
We all know the problem with batteries. They are not permanent. As they get older, they lose the ability to charge properly. Home security systems will give you a warning when the batteries are low, but it might still not be able to perform to its fullest because it’s not charged enough anymore. Worse case scenario will be if the power goes out and that’s only when you’ll know that your battery has insufficient charge to supply. You should always check your batteries, and call your monitoring company when a problem arises.
- Proper location for your home security devices
You should always select the best possible places for your security devices. A motion sensor, for example, detects motion on an open area that it covers. If it is blocked, then the motion sensor would be useless. Smoke detectors will be able to detect smoke better when they’re placed in the center of the room (in the ceiling).
- The kind of security devices you have
When it comes to home security, quality rises far ahead over quantity. No matter how many locks you install, if they’re all faulty and break easily, your investment might as well have gone down the drain.
It would also be better that you get the most durable and most effective if you can afford it. This applies to every device and equipment in your home, even if it’s just your back door lock. There is a lock picking called lock bumping that can open locked doors in a matter of seconds so easily, and these locks are so common across the nation.
Sean Hattaway has been an advocate of Home Security for years. He provides vital Home Security tips and information online; teaching families how to protect their family and home. Learn from him at http://www.myhomesecuritypro.com
Article Submitted On: February 23, 2007