November 20, 2014
Choosing a Security Company
Choosing a Security Company: Our Checklist
Do you know what to look for when you’re choosing a security company? Reading reviews and getting advice from friends and family are both great options, but we thought you might find a checklist handy too.
Always get more than one quote. Don’t just look at the price; check the small print for on-going costs, such as call outs for faults or emergencies.
Use Recommended Companies
A great way to find a recommended company is to look on Trading Standards’ website. All companies who sign up to the Buy with Confidence scheme are required to ask all customers to send written feedback to Trading Standards, and the feedback can be viewed on their site.
It’s always a good idea to ask your friends and family if they’ve been happy with a security company they’ve used too, as they will give you their honest opinions based on their experiences.
Does the company offer a free survey? If so, how will you access the information? If not, find out how much a survey would cost and factor that into your budget.
ID Cards and DBS Checks
Before you let anyone into your home, you need to know that they are a registered security company engineer and have a current DBS check certificate. Always ask if the engineer visiting your property has been DBS checked and if they will be carrying a photo ID card.
Does the Company Cold Call?
It’s worth looking into whether a company you’re considering cold calls or not. Security companies will always tell you not to answer the door to someone you’re not expecting, so if they don’t practice what they preach, we’d advise you to remove them from your list.
Installing an Alarm?
There are a few different points to consider if you’re having an alarm system installed:
Are they accredited to any official bodies? The police approve two inspection boards: the NSI (National Security Inspectorate) and the SSAIB (Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board.) If you’d like police response added to your system at any point, you must choose a security company that is accredited with either of these.
Your local police website holds plenty of information to help you work out what type of security measures to opt for. Don’t be afraid to ask your local police officers for advice.
Sometimes insurance companies will specify certain standards in the small print, so before you install an alarm, check with your insurance company. If you install products that don’t meet their standards, you’re likely to invalidate your insurance.
Whatever security measures you’re thinking about, we can advise you on the best course of action. We offer free security health checks and are happy to talk you through options for your home or business. Please feel free to contact us online or call us on 01908 483233 or 01205 449399.
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