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Choosing An Alarm System, Hardware AND People

Few things are as important to most homeowners as the security of his or her home. Fortunately, today there are more options than ever. Here are some tips on how to select one with confidence...

Home security systems aren't just hardware, though that's important. A key component of the overall package is the company and people that support the system.

Find out about hiring practices. Most security professionals are dedicated, trained personnel. But, unfortunately, it's often difficult to know whether you are dealing with an experienced individual or a newcomer.

Some are low paid and becoming a guard can sometimes be accomplished with very little training. Be cautious about those wanna-be police officers. Individuals who repeatedly fail the entrance requirements are sometimes resentful and bitter. Weed out companies that hire them.

This is one time it doesn't pay to give the benefit of the doubt. Be courteous, but rigorous when asking questions of any prospective alarm system provider. Check with the local police department and the Better Business Bureau and other local organizations.

You'll also want to find out about their procedures when the alarm is triggered. Everyone hopes it's a false alarm. Ask how they distinguish those accidental alarms from the real thing. Find out about response times, password procedure