Guidelines for Purchasing an Alarm

Questions to Answer Before You Buy an Alarm

  • Check with your local Consumer Affairs Office to see if there have been any problems with the company.
  • Does the company offer 24/7 service in the case of a false alarm?
  • Does the system include a battery backup in the event of power failure?
  • Does your insurance company offer reduced rates for the type of alarm system the company is offering?
  • If it will be a hardwire system, will the wires be installed in such a fashion as to be protected from attack?
  • Is the company a local business?
  • Is the company a member of any local business organizations?
  • Is there a warranty or service contract offered with the system?
  • Once activated, will it automatically reset if attacked again?
  • What are the qualifications of the company's installation staff?
  • Will the audible sounding device be loud enough to be heard by your neighbors?
  • Will the system automatically shut off after 15 minutes?
  • Will the system have a delay feature for entering and leaving?