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Choosing a Security Systems Company: Points to Consider

Choosing the right security company is an important part of protecting your business or home from intrusion, fire, and other threatening situations. The company you choose will be responsible for installing security cameras, alarms, safety mirrors, and other things you may need. But with the great number of options to choose from, how can you tell you’ve found the right provider? Here are a few points to consider when selecting a security systems company.

Ask for recommendations

Getting a personal referral is probably the easiest way to find a good provider. It’s quite likely that some of your friends, neighbors or business associates already have a security system in place. Ask them about the experience they had with their provider. Would they recommend the company to you? It would be nice to get at least two recommendations so you have the chance to compare different providers. If you feel more information about a company is needed, just do a quick online search. Take time going through consumer reviews to get a sense of what other people feel about them.

Are the employees certified?

Ask the potential companies you’re speaking to if their employees have been trained by the NTS (Nationall Training School). Security professionals certified by the NTS have undergone comprehensive training on electronic security. You can expect higher quality work from a professional who has completed training than from one who hasn’t.

Proof of licensing

For many states, security systems professionals are required to be licensed. A licensed professional must be trained and certified by a recognized organization. So a certified and licensed professional should be able to deliver quality work because they have expert knowledge. When speaking to a potential provider, find out if they’re required to be licensed by the state. If they are, ask them to show you proof of licensing.

Assess work history

Checking the work history of a company is one of the best ways to evaluate them. Knowing about the projects they’ve worked on in the past is an easy way to assess whether they’d be a good fit for your project. There are several places you can unearth this work history information, such as the crime prevention department, the state licensing authority, as well as the Better Business Bureau. Checking out customer reviews is highly recommended as well, since customers will often talk about the kind of work handled by the company under review.

After service support

Does the prospective company have a 24/7, 365 technical assistance line? Can you reach out to the provider’s engineers to come repair your system whenever it fails? Do they also offer maintenance services at different levels? Choose wisely, because great customer support could prove the difference between a dependable security company and a disappointing one.
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