Things to Consider When Selecting a Security System

August 5th, 2022

Technology has evolved in many ways over the years. Nowadays, we are faced with complicated technological advancements and products. In many ways, these advancements offer benefits. For one, manufacturing technologies have made some products and systems more affordable now than they were a decade ago. This is especially true when it comes to security systems.

Back in the day, only businesses were commonly equipped with security systems. Now, homeowners can also take advantage of these systems’ benefits.

However, because of the availability of so many products, each of which offering unique features and perks, how do you choose which one is best for you?

To help you select the right security system for your Chico, CA home or business, consider the following points.

Wired or Wireless?

This is basically the first thing you need to consider when scouting for the best security system for your home or business. Both wired and wireless systems offer various advantages.

Wired systems, for instance, do not require network connectivity to work. They are also generally more affordable. Meanwhile, wireless systems are often compatible with remote access controls. Because there are no wires, installation is a breeze.

Wired systems are best for homes or businesses that are currently under construction, as the wires can already be incorporated with the building. If you want hassle-free installation and wireless connectivity, then go for a wireless system.

DIY or Hire a Pro?

You might be wondering whether you can install security systems yourself. After all, there are alarm and security video systems being sold in electronics stores. However, hiring a professional Chico, CA security company will help ensure that you install the right equipment at the right place, and that you get the right devices in the first place.

Furthermore, working with a professional security company will give you access to resources that only they have access to as certified service and product providers. You will also get ample support, should there be anything that you don’t understand about your new security systems.

Security companies also often provide warranties for their products and workmanship. Indeed, hiring a pro means enjoying peace of mind.

Monitored System or Not?

Most security companies offer monitoring services. This service is often offered on a monthly subscription basis.

Under this service, the security company will monitor your security alarm systems. When unusual or suspicious activity is detected, or if an alarm is triggered, the security agency will take action. Depending on the situation, they may alert authorities right away or call you first to verify your status and the validity of the alarm.

Which Systems to Add to Your Home or Business?

Ultimately, you’ll need to decide which systems you’ll install. Would you have alarm sensors on doors and windows? Are you adding sprinklers? Do you want IP security cameras? Would you like to fully automate your home or business by connecting every smart device and appliance to a central access console?

If you need help deciding which systems to install in your home or business, you can count on us to provide you with extensive and professional advice. Call us now and let us take care of your security needs in Chico, CA!

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John M.

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"I have known Tim for over 10 years. To date, Time with Crime Free Living has installed two separate surveillance systems for my company. With each system, Tim has listened to my needs and custom dsigned surveillance systems for my specific needs and within my budget. The equipment used is always state of the art, the workmanship is top notch, and Tim is the example of trustworthy. I would recommend him for any job."

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With 16 years of experience in law enforcement, Tim Truby, CEO, is fully certified in video surveillance and training.

  • Certified Advanced Crime Prevention Specialist
  • Academy Instructor Certification
  • California POST Certification in Specialized Surveillance Equipment
  • California POST Certification in Basic Crime Prevention
    • Advanced Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
    • Certified Alibi Security Dealer
    • Enhanced Risk and Threat Assessment (FEMA)
    • Incident Command System (100 & 200)
    • Certified Cognitech Video Forensic Investigator
    • Neighborhood Watch Toolkit Trainer
    • Computer Crimes/Investigations
    • Domestic Crisis for Crisis Negotiators