Alarm Systems for Maryland Businesses

August 27, 2011 by  
Filed under Maryland Security Technology

Listed are some of the most common security system mistakes Maryland Businesses are making when it comes to protecting their property, people and assets. Listed below is the Top 10 mistakes to avoid whether you have an existing system, looking to upgrade or purchase new.
  1. Don’t get stuck in a long term monitoring contract because any reputable company will provide an annual monitoring contract.
  2. Customize how your alarm signals are handled by the monitoring station or how it reports in so false alarm fines can be avoided.
  3. Make sure all alarm signals are being monitored by a U.L. Listed Monitoring Station.
  4. All points of protection i.e., Motion Sensors, Door Sensors, Panic Buttons, Glass Break Sensors should be tied to an individual zone so alarm points so it can be easily identified.
  5. Have the system programmed to notify you if the backup battery gets low or power loss so you are never without a system.
  6. Always get an Easy to read English Text Keypad so points of protection are displayed instead of a keypad with a little zone lights that can make it difficult to know what point of protection is faulted.
  7. All devices should have zone number labels on them.
  8. Ask if the installing company has a afterhours service.
  9. Check to see if the U.L. Listed Monitoring Station located in Maryland or at least in the Mid-Atlantic region.
  10. Never purchase alarm equipment that is proprietary to the installing company because then you’re married to that company unless you rip out the entire system.

 

  • Brooke Fraser

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