Your home or business has just been invaded; for this, we are sorry. This article will help you understand the next steps to take regarding professional security for your property. Whether you have a security system in place or are considering having a system installed, we are here to answer your questions.
Alarm systems detect instances of a break-in by design and initiate an appropriate response with authorities. With the right equipment in place, would-be thieves might never have the opportunity to steal anything. That would be the ideal outcome. The second would be to minimize the loss. With audible sirens onsite and the knowledge that responding authorities have been alerted, intruders might depart quickly.
In the case where items where theft and damage to property have occurred, it is first crucial to look a the security equipment in place to make that it accomplished all it was intended to do. The second step is to ensure the system still functions correctly and was not damaged or permanently disabled in the event. In this post, we look at three security equipment scenarios and review necessary actions for each one.
I Have a Monitored Security System Installed
If you already have a monitored, professional security system installed, you have taken the first step towards your properties protection. After a break-in, it is important to have your alarm system checked by professionals. Intruders often attempt to damage your security equipment in hopes that an alarm activation does not meet your monitoring station. With technology advances, panels such as the Lyric Controller feature Advanced Protection Logic technology, otherwise known as APL. When enabled, this technology allows your signal to reach a central monitoring station, even if the alarm panel is compromised.
During a professional system check, a trained technician will test all of your alarm devices to ensure they are not damaged. If any damage was done, the technician will take note of this and go over options to have the system repaired with you. During this visit, you will also be able to discuss any areas you would like to add protection.
I Have a Local or Self-Monitored Security System Installed
If you have an alarm in place, but it is not monitored, this may be the time to reach out to monitoring professionals. Having a professionally monitored alarm means that upon alarm activation, trained operators receive an alert and take action based on your preferences. These preferences could include making a phone call to you to verify everything is okay on-site or immediately dispatching local authorities.
Schedule an appointment to meet with a security consultant to go over your monitoring options. Many individuals believe their system can’t be monitored because they do not have a land-line. With technology advances, many existing alarms can be monitored wirelessly via AES radio or over the Internet. Even if your panel requires an upgrade, the existing sensors can still be used in many cases.
My Home or Business Does Not Have a Security System
You may be considering having an alarm system installed if you do not have one in place. There are a few things you should look for when selecting an alarm company.
- All technicians are industry-certified and have undergone required state background checks.
- Live phone operators. No confusing answering services.
- Local 24/7 professional monitoring, with a station that has a relationship with local authorities.
- Same day/next day repair service.
- A fleet of over 100 local service vehicles.
We recommend meeting with a security consultant at your home or business. During your meeting, show your consultant the areas you are worried about. They may even be able to point out vulnerable areas to you that you did not consider. This step is crucial. Each security system should be designed to fit your property’s needs. Motion detectors, window/door sensors, and glass breaks are just some of the devices that your consultant will discuss with you.
Cameras are a great addition to any security system. Enjoy peace of mind knowing you can check in on your property at anytime from anywhere, using your mobile device. Your security consultant will let you know the appropriate amount of cameras to consider and where to have them installed. Be sure to invest in the right amount, again, each system should be fit to your needs.
With an integrated system, monitoring professionals are able to get a live look at exactly what caused your alarm to activate. This allow dispatchers the ability advise authorities how many intruders there are and how they entered the property. Operators can also let authorities know if these intruders are still on-site when they arrive to the scene.
The professionals at Alarm Detection Systems, Inc. are ready to discuss your concerns. Give us a call at 630.844.6322 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.
About Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Alarm Detection Systems is one of the largest alarm firms in the country. Family-owned since 1968, we provide business alarms, fire alarms, card access, security cameras, and home security systems. Proudly servicing Chicagoland, Northern Illinois, Northwest Indiana, and Southern Wisconsin in the Midwest. Call us at 630.844.6300 for more information.