These days, when we discuss security strategies, it is typically related to cybersecurity issues. Digital security is certainly important as we are facing more threats than ever before. Hackers are finding new ways to circumvent firewalls and are easily able to steal digital assets, such as financial information and identification data.
However, security for physical properties should not be overlooked. Although burglaries and break-ins have been steadily decreasing over the past few decades, the threat of property crime is still significant.
Installing a security alarm system for a home or office space is an obvious solution, as these can deter thieves. But there are lots of options and systems out there – how can you choose the right one?
1. Make a List of Security Priorities
First and foremost, you’ll need to clarify your security priorities and necessities. You need to consider factors like:
- Property layout
- Entry point locations (doors, windows)
- Number of people requiring access
- 24/7 monitoring vs scheduled security (i.e. at night or outside of business hours)
The priorities will be also different for a security alarm system for a home compared to one for an office space.
- Features to Consider for Office Spaces
When choosing a security alarm system for office or business spaces, you will need to find a solution that can cover multiple entry points. You will likely need a system which can be customized so protocols can be adjusted depending on the location or even time of day.
For instance, during normal business hours, the front door shouldn’t need to be alarmed. However, after closing, it may need to be disarmed with an employee code. Additional security features like real-time tracking or limited access capabilities may also be required.
- Features to Consider for a Home
Your security priorities are likely different when it comes to your home. Rather than constant alarms, may want automatic systems to turn on at night with motion sensors and intruder alarms. Homes also have different entry points which need monitoring, like garage doors and lower level windows.
- Smart Tech Features
IoT has changed the game for security alarm systems. These smart features can be quite beneficial for both residential and commercial properties. Consider additional features that you’d like to have such as push notifications to your phone, remote access, biometric locks, and video surveillance.
2. Opt for Customized Systems Designed for Your Property
There are many DIY options available promising quick and easy setups at a fraction of the cost. However, these out of the box systems with a few cameras and door alarms are not going to provide as much protection as a fully customized security alarm system.
Unfortunately, generic systems can leave your property vulnerable due to their limitations. One major issue is that most of these systems operate on Wi-Fi – and unless you have a VPN installed, your security devices can get hacked.
There are so many more benefits to a customized system, so you’ll get more bang for your buck and better security. Custom systems can be encrypted, so all of your security devices are protected from hackers. Security providers also offer added features, like open and close reports, arm/disarm scheduling, and even remote monitoring.
3. Always Go with a Professional Installation
There are lots of DIY security systems on the market, but these have major downsides. If you don’t know how to install the system correctly, it won’t work as well. Further, you may not know where to place cameras for full surveillance so you can unwittingly create surveillance loopholes.
Instead, make sure you hire a team to handle security alarm system installation for you. This ensures that everything is installed correctly and securely. These professionals will install all of the necessary pieces, from door alarms to video surveillance, and ensure that things are all operating as designed.
Whether you are purchasing a security alarm system for an office or your home, be sure that you have a trustworthy and reliable provider. Most security alarm systems come with a warranty, but make sure that your provider is the one who will take care of system maintenance and repairs/replacements.
Finally, be sure to review your service contract before signing on the dotted line. It is best to avoid getting locked into long-term contracts, especially if you plan on moving any time soon. Be sure to ask the provider about add-on services like virtual security and remote system monitoring. These may be worth the investment.
The security of your home and business should always come as a top priority. Having a reliable security alarm system in place for your home or office is essential– but it’s essential to choose the best system for your property.
The best way to narrow down your options is by clarifying your security priorities, designing a customized system, and partnering with a reliable provider. This can offer you peace of mind knowing that your property is protected around the clock from both physical and digital threats.
Author Bio: Brian Kozlosky, President/Founder of 2 Krew Security and Surveillance - headquartered in Kittanning, PA. With a Bachelor of Science from Slippery Rock University, I have 15+ years of experience operating a successful security and surveillance company. You can get in touch with me on LinkedIn.
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