In some relationships compromise is the order of the day. They are about give and take and finding the middle ground and the happy medium. But there are other relationships where this simply doesn’t apply and where it is important to recognize that, no matter what, it is your way or not at all. One such place where compromise is not an option is when it comes to the safety and security of you and your family. With this in mind, here are a few important elements of your security strategy that you should never compromise on or settle for second best.
Having an alarm system of some sort is the cornerstone of most security set ups, but an alarm in isolation is not much good. First up your alarm needs to connect to a response company and secondly, and most importantly that company needs to have the ability to respond. When looking to partner with an armed response company, make sure that their ratio of cars to houses is appropriate and that they can guarantee that their security guards will be able to be at your property with a response time of maximum ten minutes or less. If they can’t do this, find somebody else.
When looking for security solutions make sure that price is not your primary concern. We all know that if you pay peanuts you get monkeys, so think twice before opting for the cheap solution. By all means, if it is the best, go for it. But make sure your decision is based on quality of service and reputation and not the size of the monthly debit order. There are so many places where you can find cheap options – think policies and insurance and such like, but security is life and death and should never be trifled with.
Keep it fresh
Make sure that alarm codes and safe words are changed and updated on a regular basis. These are things that are used on a fairly regular basis which means that people who respond to your calls or false alarms know them. You don’t want a situation where a former employee, of yours or the security company, knows the codes and looks to use them for nefarious purposes.
Separation of powers
While security companies will often look to offer complete solutions, ones that factor in installation of security systems and the guarding, rather look to keep these separate. It is better to have your alarm system installed by independent contractors to ensure that all the information and intelligence on your property is not in the hands of one company. It is the same way properly functional democracies have an independent judiciary, a legislative arm and an administrative component. It is effective separation of powers to ensure that there is no scope for abuse of power. Keep it that way with your home security people, you can’t have it all in the hands of one company or set of people.