Today we all understand the importance of protecting our home and families with a quality home security alarm system. Before buying a system, however, a Manhattan Beach homeowner, along with all homeowners, should talk to several good alarm companies as ask about the different types available. There are wired systems as well as wireless systems.
The initial costs will vary depending on the type you choose. Some systems will have cameras, for example. Some systems run on the home electric grid and some operate on batteries. Some can be turned on and off remotely. All of the systems must have monitoring capability so when something happens, the alarm is sent to a center, then they contact the homeowner, and/or the police department. There may be some false alarms also. You need to find out how many false alarms are allowed by the alarm company before they charge you an additional fee, as well as the fees charged by the city for any false alarms. If there are too many false alarms, the police department may actually no longer respond and that makes the whole thing useless.
The costs involved are the initial installation, and ongoing monthly monitoring fees, and false alarm fees.
Its best to get referrals and then contact current customers on how they rate their alarm company; the costs, and the service. Contact local police for their input on the different alarm companies being used in the area. Take your time to do the research and in the end, this will pay off in better service and lower overall costs.