It's surprisingly easy to choose a bad security company. You may not know all the questions to ask, and not everyone claiming to provide “security” is fully prepared to give you the best protection or service. When you first start looking at a security company, look at their social media and online reviews. These are places where you can see what kind of service a security monitoring company delivers. Are people happy with their service? Or are they constantly complaining?

Beyond this, there are a number of important questions to ask the company directly. Below are the most crucial questions - and the reasons why it’s so crucial to ask them:

Alarms typically cover doors, but these aren't the only points of entry to your home. Someone intent on breaking in will frequently look to the windows first. The locks on windows are often easier to break, and windows are not as likely to be alarmed. What's the best way to secure these weak points in your home security then?

‘Tis the season… to make sure your home and family are safe and fully protected. While the holidays are a time of good cheer, you also face a heightened risk for break-ins, theft, and winter-related issues like fire and carbon monoxide exposure. Don’t put a damper on your celebrations; with some preparation, you can make sure that you enjoy happy — and safe — holidays.

Peace of mind. This is one of the biggest benefits that a home security system can deliver. But rest assured, there are plenty more! From safeguarding your family and valuables from intruders and lowering homeowners insurance rates to protecting against fire and carbon monoxide (as monitored systems can do), you will reap the rewards.

Are you thinking about installing a system or upgrading your current solution? Knowing the basic components can help you make the best choice for your needs, your home, and your family.