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Things to consider when you shop for a Security Alarm System in Toronto – Part 2

When looking for security alarm systems in Toronto, you need to look beyond the equipment and figure out what type of service you expect. As with the equipment, service levels can be tailored to your business, family needs, and insurer requirements. Here are some of the things you should consider when looking into service levels.

Monitored Service

As discussed in part one, one of the first things you need to keep in mind is whether or not you want to pay the monthly fee for a monitoring service. With this option, your alarm system will notify the monitoring company when a breach is detected or other events occur. You will also need to decide how you want to communicate with your monitoring station.

Three options include: landline telephone, cellular network, and internet service. Connecting your security system to your standard telephone line allows your system to contact the monitoring center, but requires analog phone service. Using either the cellular network or internet for alerts is another alternative, but tends to cost a bit more in monthly fees.

With a monitoring service, the police may also be contacted in the event of an alarm. Check with your local police to learn about their alarm response policy, any fees associated with false alarms, and what – if any- time frame they adhere to between alarm call and dispatch.

Insurer Requirements

Security alarm systems in Toronto may need to meet insurer requirements; this is particularly true in regards to businesses. A few common requirements include:

  • U.L.C. Installation
  • Backup communication means
  • Fire detection

If your insurer has specific requirements, installation experts – such as those at Lynden Security Systems Inc. – can help you tailor your system to meet those needs as well as your budget.

Contracts

If you opt for monitoring service, you will need to understand the terms of your contract because it will outline many key points, such as:

  • If you are buying your equipment, renting it, or under a lease to own clause. This will determine your installation and monthly costs.
  • The length of time you are under contract with the company. Renting or lease to own options tend to come with longer contract lengths, between three to five years. Buying the equipment outright can lead to shorter contract lengths and smaller monthly payments.
  • Whether or not your equipment and/or service can move with you if you relocate and any new fees you may accrue from doing so?
  • Under what terms can you cancel your service and what, if any, penalties will be charged for cancellation?
  • What is included in the setup and monthly fees?

The options are nearly endless when it comes to security alarm systems in Toronto. When you are ready to have one installed in your home or business, you want to make sure you are working with a reputable company like Lynden Security Systems Inc., which has clearly outlined alarm response procedures, highly trained staff, liability coverage, and around the clock communication.

For more information on the types of services available to you in the Toronto area, please visit Lynden Security Systems Inc. at www.lyndensecuritysystems.com/.