Picking the right home security system can be confusing.
Consider all the questions. Which brand is better? Should I use a professional installer? Are all home security apps the same? What’s the best security company? There’s a lot to discover.
To save you time, and to help you get the most protection, ease of use and everyday value, we’ve narrowed things down to seven essential things to know. Ask these questions as you assess your options to make the smartest choice.
1: Is it professionally monitored?
Professional monitoring is the gold standard of home security. If there’s a break-in or fire at home, a professionally monitored security systemsends an emergency signal to a 24-7 monitoring station, where a trained security professional is on hand to alert your local law enforcement or fire department.
All Alarm.com-powered security systems are professionally monitored, because there is no effective substitute for this service. You can’t see every smartphone alertthat a security system sends you, and if you’re home in an emergency, your priority is to get everyone to safety.
2: Will it withstand a burglar’s toolkit?
Not all security products are engineered equally. To ensure you don’t entrust your safety to a security system that can be disabled with a hand tool, make sure it has:
Crash and Smash protection. A common burglary tactic is to smash a home’s security panel to prevent it sending an emergency signal to the monitoring station. Alarm.com’s technology can recognize a crash and smash attack, and signal your monitoring station regardless.
Contact sensors are home security essentials; small devices that detect the opening and closing of doors, windows, drawers and more. Some security systems come with as little as two contact sensors, which is a problem. Burglars don’t just use the front and back door.
With the ability to respond to more dangers and challenges, even when disarmed, an Alarm.com-powered system gives you more value in the long run.
5: What happens if something stops working?
The most important thing about a security system is that it has to work when you need it. When you go it alone on a security or smart home setup, what happens when a device or component of the system needs professional attention?
With an Alarm.com service provider, however, help is always at hand. With advanced training, and online diagnostic tools, they can quickly troubleshoot your system. Many issues can be fixed remotely; other fixes can be carried out by a visiting technician.