Top Five Things To Look For When Hiring A Security Integrator

Author: Pro Video Security | | Categories: CCTV , home security , Security Cameras , Surveillance Cameras , Video Surveillance


With break-ins and burglary becoming a regular news feature, you can’t afford to keep your home or business unprotected. When you choose to install a smart security system, you will guarantee that your loved ones, valuables, and assets are safe even while you’re away. However, designing and installing an efficient system to secure your premises requires in-depth knowledge and expertise of a security integrator.

A security integrator assesses your premises for points of possible intrusion and maps out a security plan that is specific to your needs. They also ensure that the equipment is set up correctly and walks you through the system so that you can monitor your home at any time and from any location.

If you’re planning on installing a new security system or upgrading your current system, it’s imperative to hire an experienced and skilled professional. Unfortunately, with numerous professionals out there, picking a trustworthy professional can be challenging. To simplify your search, we’ve compiled a list of top five things to look for when hiring a security integrator.  

1. Physical address.

Make sure the security company has a physical location. Many people hire companies that work out of a garage or basement. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, there have been a growing number of instances where after the customer made a deposit, the installer becomes unresponsive and fails to complete the job. In such circumstances, the warranty that you thought you had becomes useless. They can promise a ten-year warranty, but is it worth it if the installer can’t be found or does not answer your calls?

2. Liability insurance.

Insurance will protect against claims from damage to you or your property. Although we haven’t actually needed it, heaven forbid if someone destroys a roof, wall or starts a fire because of the security installation. Therefore, checking to see if a security integrator has insurance is mandatory, and it’s within your rights to ask for it.

3. Experience.

Be sure to ask the security integrator about their experience before you hire. Take a look at their portfolio or check their past projects to see if they can meet your expectations. You can also ask them for references from reputed companies so you can be confident in their services.

4. Strong background.

Perform the background check either on your own or contact a private investigator if you are unsure. Check various rating websites, Google the owner, and the company name. Do they have a State license? A valid license is a must in our industry as it is State regulated. If you want to verify the company’s legitimacy, it’s easy to confirm that the company has a license to do this work. You can go to the website that licenses the industry such as IDFPR in Illinois. For more information, click here.

5. Get a quote.

It may be time-consuming, but it will be worth it. Ask each professional for the same job, how they would go about it, and how much it will cost you. This step will make the difference between professionals apparent, and you will be better informed to decide about the security of your premises.

If you’re looking for a top security integrator in Chicago, Illinois, reach out to Pro Video Security. We offer professional video security, alarm systems, access control installation, repair and configuration services to clients across Chicago, Skokie, Elk Grove Village, Evanston, Wheeling, and Morton Grove, Illinois. To learn more about the services we offer, please click here. To get in touch with us, please click here