AUSTIN, Minn. – The days of leaving your front door unlocked are pretty much over. Many turn to home security systems for added peace of mind.
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) wants to make sure you are getting the right one. They say there are some questions to ask before making a decision.
Find out where the monitoring facility is located, and if the company you are buying from does it on their own, or if they turn it over to a third party.
Also, look to see if you get charged for a false alarm.
It is generally not a good idea to buy from a door-to-door salesperson. If you encounter one, ask for identification and even call the company directly to ensure that you are actually dealing with an employee. The BBB says a reputable salesperson should not have issues with any of that.
Law enforcement says they can be a helpful tool.
“Letting us know when there is an issue with the home ahead of time rather than eight, ten hours later when our chances of maybe catching somebody in the area are slim to none, so they do assist us,” said Mower County Sheriff Terese Amazi.
They are tools, she said they would like to see used more often.
“Over the years we see different homes, other homes letting theirs lapse, those kinds of things, but overall increases, not so much, we’d like to see them more in businesses certainly,” Amazi said.
She said rural areas are always a good place to have an alarm system, because they tend to be targeted more often.
She also said if you are ever in doubt about what alarm company to go with, contact the BBB.