Question. Do I really need a security alarm system?
Installing an intruder alarm where it can be seen easily will deter intruders from trying to break in, and that by itself will give you comfort. It will also mean that people will be alerted if someone does try to break in. The alarm going off will also probably make the intruder leave rather than carry out the crime.
Question. How much should I spend on a new security alarm system?
It depends on the value of what you are protecting. You can put a value on property but the value of personal security is subjective.
Question. What is the difference between a high-quality security alarm system and a cheap one?
Basically a cheap system costs less and does less. It is less reliable, harder to use and will need to be replaced in a couple of years when it stops working. In the long run a cheap system costs more than a high quality system which is serviced and maintained.
Question. What are the benefits of a CCTV system?
The purpose of CCTV is to be able to witness an incident either through live viewing or recording hence allowing us to identify the source of incident. Though it is not an essential part of a Security Alarm System, it does complement the Security Alarm System as CCTV would also act as a deterrent from burglars. In addition, advancement in current technology has allowed the CCTV system to also act as alarm triggers.
Question. What questions should I ask the company which is going to install my new security alarm system?
Lots. Start by asking how long their staff have been with them and how many staff they turn over in a year. Ask who their other customers are - if they tell you then you know they haven't even got the basic principles of security sorted out. If they need plans of your house to draw a schematic for the system, ask them what they will do with that schematic after they are finished installing the system, and ask if they plan to give the schematic to sub-contractors. Ask what kind of servicing and maintenance the system will need, if they say none they are probably going to install a system which you will have to replace in a few years.
Question. But don't security companies have to work to some kind of standards?
No. Interestingly there are international standards for lots of things like fire, electrical appliances and hygiene, the list is very long. But there are no international standards governing how security companies operate. You have to go by security company's reputation and length of time in operation, as well as the qualifications and experience of the staff.