Petty crime is seemingly always on the rise, and you need to make sure that your home is protected. An alarm system is one of the more conventional security systems out there, but it is also one of the most effective when you are looking to take “surprise” out of the element of surprise.
Criminals have the upper hand when carrying out their activities. This is because while you are unaware of their plans, they know exactly what they are about to do. But security systems are meant to be more than a deterrent, they are meant to scare the criminals off when they take a chance. And nothing much is more surprising than a really loud alarm, and perhaps a massive dog.
The statistics show that most home break-ins happen at night. Criminals wait until the dead of night when they know the occupants are in a deep sleep, before forcing a door open, squeezing through burglar bars or even smashing a window. While you might be asleep, your alarm system won’t be, and there is no way for criminals to turn off your alarm once it starts.
South Africans have the option of using a wide variety of alarm systems, some of which are expensive and can make you rethink your decision. You can feel overwhelmed when making your decision, but these tips will help you get it right:
You can save money
It’s undeniable that in these tough financial times we often put price ahead of quality. When looking at an alarm system, there are various ways that you can save money without compromising on the security. Start by getting quotes from all of the security companies in your area and find out exactly what it is that they can offer you. Bigger security companies can often give you a better-priced quote.
Sometimes the most popular company is the best
When you opt to go with the services of the most popular security company in the area, you can be sure that you will be getting value for money. If there is already a security company doing regular patrols of the area then you can be sure that you will enjoy very fast reaction should you need them in a hurry.
Read the contract
Hidden costs are something to be well aware of, so read any contract closely before you put your signature on it. Signing a long-term contract only to find that there are certain aspects of the agreement that you don’t agree with, can be both costly and difficult to get out of. One thing to double check is any costs relating to false alarms. These can quickly add up to one big monthly bill that you probably wouldn’t be expecting.
Maintenance and Checks
Have a look at any costs relating to maintenance and testing. Once every few months your system will need to be checked to ensure that it is still operating as it should. Find out if you will be billed for such checks.