An alarm system offers a way to protect your business from vandalism and theft, but there are a few things you'll need to know before putting your alarm system into place. Here are some important things to consider as you prepare to have an alarm system installed in your business.
Types Of Sensors
Alarm systems typically come with sensors that detect issues with the perimeter of your building. These sensors can be installed on windows and doors, and some alarm companies will also offer sensors that can be used on your rooftop. All three sensors can trigger an alarm in the event of a potential break-in, and rooftop sensors can also alert you in the event of a roof collapse. Inspect your building for potential entry points to determine how many areas require sensors for your alarm system.
Look for an alarm system that is backed up by an alarm monitoring company. With a monitoring company, you can receive phone calls when potential problems arise so you can determine a course of action. The alarm monitoring facility may also dispatch police or other first responders as needed, depending on the terms of your agreement. A company that offers 24/7 monitoring can provide you with added peace of mind that your business is protected every hour of the day. Be sure to create a list of people the monitoring company can contact in the event of an emergency, and put the names in order of importance. This will ensure that you or your most senior employees are contacted first.
Fire And Flood Monitoring
In some cases, commercial business alarm systems come with additional features, such as fire and flood monitoring. This can help you to save your business from a disaster or to have the appropriate rescue personnel dispatched to your business. You'll need to have special sensors put in place to detect smoke, carbon monoxide, and flood waters, so be sure to ask your alarm company about adding this option when your alarm system is set up.
Some alarm systems come with mobile apps that let you monitor your business's sensors as well. This is particularly handy if you will be installing security cameras as well as sensors, as it can let you watch your business through the cameras at any time of day or night. Work with the alarm company to set up your system to work with your mobile device, and arrange to have cameras installed wherever you have an alarm sensor for an added sense of security.
Look for an alarm company that offers these features, and ask about any other products you can purchase to help defend your business against theft and damage.