Top Five Things To Look For When Hiring A Licensed Alarm Contractor

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With a rise in the number of robberies and crimes across the US, everyone longs to feel safe and secure their properties against threats. So when security alarm salespersons approach you, it’s easy to get sucked into their sales pitch and hire a contractor without vetting their services and products.

While consulting an alarm contractor is essential to leveraging technology to protect your home and business, before you choose an alarm contractor, you need to consider their expertise and other factors. Unfortunately, with multiple alarm contractors in the market, finding one that you can trust with your safety and security can be difficult. 

To simplify the process and help you select the right professional, here’s a list of the top five things to look for when hiring a licensed alarm contractor.

1. Licensing!
Make sure the contracting company is licensed to do the work you are hiring them for. The company should have a license to install alarm systems, cameras, intercoms, and access controls. If they don’t, they may not be capable of doing the job correctly and could end up compromising your security.

2. Liability and Worker’s Compensation Insurance!
You may be on the hook financially if a non-insured company damages something or injures someone during or after installation. Fires, damage to property, damage to people, or accidental injuries are usually covered with Liability and Worker’s Compensation Insurance.

3. Physical location!
Is the company you’re hiring working out of a garage, a dropbox street address, or a real location? Check and see for yourself in case you need to deliver notices for any reason. At Pro Video Security, we hear so many stories about shoddy work that never gets fixed by vendors that disappear into the night, never to be found.

4. Reputation!
Make sure to get references or a good referral for the alarm installation company you’re hiring. At Pro Video Security, most of our business comes from client referrals, which is always a good thing for the client and us.

5. Price!
When choosing a security system installation company, remember that you do get what you pay for. At the same time, be cautious of companies trying to take advantage of you with hidden add-ons and up charges or monthly fees. Compare prices by getting more than one quote when considering a system. Ask questions when the equipment suggested is different from the previous company’s suggestions. Show the bidding companies the quotes minus the pricing of each other. This helps narrow the actual product choice and makes sense of the quote. A five-megapixel camera that is HD over coax will cost less than a five-megapixel IP camera. Ask why the IP camera may be recommended. There are good reasons for using IP cameras, but some companies don’t consider the option of a coaxial camera.

If you’re looking for reliable experts in security system installation and maintenance in Chicago, Morton Grove, IL, reach out to Pro Video Security. We have over twenty years of experience in security alarm installations and maintenance and are renowned for our services. We are an A+ rated Better Business Bureau company, and we are licensed alarm contractors in the state of Illinois. We help our clients by understanding their needs and arranging custom solutions for those requirements. Moreover, our services are budget-friendly, so you do not need to worry about breaking the bank for your security needs.

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