If you’re considering the addition of an intrusion alarm system at your facility or you are already actively searching for a security service company, ensuring you know the right questions to ask can help you make an informed purchase decision.
Here are four important questions for you to consider when deciding on an intrusion alarm system for your building.
1. Are the staff members of the security company accredited?
Before you have any security service company provide you with a quotation for an intrusion alarm system, be sure that their staff have the proper accreditations to perform the service that you require. There are many companies who claim to be accredited however, they should be able to produce documented proof to support their claims. Industry specific accreditations include:
- Canadian Security Association – Alarm Technicians Course (CANASA-ATC)
- The Monitoring Association
- Canadian Fire Alarm Association (CFAA)
- Various Manufacturer’s Training Certificates
2. What equipment functionality do you want?
There are many different devices that can be used in collaboration with your intrusion alarm system such as motion sensors, door and window contacts, glass break detectors, and automation applications. You will need to determine what functionality you would like, which will help a company sales representative determine the best devices for you. Be sure that you share this information with any service provider that is providing a quote for service to ensure they are preparing an accurate proposal.
3. Who will be monitoring your intrusion alarm system?
When you are considering an intrusion alarm system for your facility, you will need to decide whether you wish to have the system professionally or self-monitored. A professionally monitored system will provide around the clock protection for your facility, which will alleviate the pressure of a staff member having to diagnose alerts and determine the responding actions. If you decide that this is the right service for you, ensure you ask about the monitoring company’s qualifications. Ideally, you will want a monitoring company with a Five Diamond Monitoring Center Designation from The Monitoring Association.
4. What is the cost?
One of the most important things you will consider is the cost of adding the intrusion alarm system to your building. It is a common misconception that all intrusion alarms are expensive, however it is important to understand that they are all scalable, and a system can be built using different budget levels. When evaluating prices, be sure to plan for monthly costs, as well as equipment, monitoring, and installation fees. Most importantly, keep in mind that savings may come at the cost of service. Be sure you know exactly what you’re getting for your money.
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