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The following article is a continuation from our free download which is offered on our homepage.  It details the 10 most common business security mistakes and how to prevent them.

This is mistake number seven of ten.  If you'd like all ten at once, please visit our homepage, or you can click here to fill out a brief form.

7.  GOING WITH THE WRONG TYPE OF SECURITY PROVIDER

There are many reputable security companies and many different types--it's not always a matter of right or wrong.  Your situation may call for one type of company, while the business next door may need another.  But here are some questions to ask and things to keep in mind:

  • Make sure to know how long your monitoring contract will be.
  • Will you own the equipment after the contract is up, or will you lease and be subject to giving it back?
  • Will your equipment allow for other security companies to take over monitoring and servicing without installing new, costly equipment.  Or are you stuck with "proprietary" equipment?
  • Find out how much per month it will cost for monitoring.  $10 or $20 a month savings over the long haul certainly adds up.
  • Find out how long your security company has been in business, what associations they belong to, how many employees they have, what their central location is like (some don't even have offices--they may operate out of the trunk of their car).
  • Will the consultants and office staff you deal with going forward know you as an individual and know your security needs?  Will they be there for you when it counts?
  • Are they someone you can use for all aspects of security so you can grow with them: burglar and fire alarm, monitoring, video surveillance (CCTV), access control, environmental monitoring like carbon monoxide, water leak and temperature control monitoring--even locksmith services?
  • Do they use sub-contractors for their installations and service?  Or do they provide their own, highly-trained technicians who know that particular equipment?  Think about it.  Do you want to be serviced by someone who was hired because he or she was the lowest bidder?

Final note: Do you want to buy your equipment over the internet just because it's a little cheaper, or do you want to receive expert advice and customer/technical support after the sale from local experts you know, excellent refund policies, an office you can walk into with your concerns, etc?

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