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It’s that time of year when many of us start to prepare for our long-awaited summer vacation. Whether you are staying local or flying international, any time you leave your home for an extended period of time there are certain precautions you should take to ensure your home’s security. According to the US Dept. of Justice “Seasonal patterns existed in household larceny and burglary victimization rates. Rates of these household crimes tended to be higher in the summer than during other seasons of the year.” Below are some simple home security tips to consider before you head out on your next trip:

  1. Lock windows & doors before you leave
    This seems logical however an astonishing number of people can forget to lock ALL their doors and windows. Did you remember to check the back door? What about the bulkhead?
  2. Ask your neighbor or local police to check in, or have a neighbor park in your driveway while you’re away
    Your local police department would much rather prevent a burglary then deal with the aftermath. If you let them know you are leaving town for an extended period of time they will likely try to keep an extra eye on your residence. Another strong prevention method is to ask your neighbor to park in your driveway, giving the impression that someone is home; an obvious deterrent to most criminals.
  3. Turn off your mail service or have a neighbor pick up your mail
    Your post office is happy to hold your mail for you while you are gone. There is nothing like a stack of papers in the driveway or a mailbox overflowing with mail to let the bad guys know that your house is vacant.
  4. Find a house sitter/pet sitter
    Home security begins with prevention and having someone stay in your residence to house sit/pet sit keeps the house lived in. That means cars in the driveway, lights on at night, mail out of the mailbox, etc.
  5. Install a home security system
    What better time to consider a new home security alarm system then when you have a long vacation coming up. Although a DIY security camera system is cheap there are many drawbacks compared to a full-service security company such as Tasco Security. There is no substitute for a system installed, monitored and services by a team of certified professionals.
  6. Install Smart home devices
    Security technology has had many recent advancements, including some devices that are not directly meant for home security but do add some additional benefits. Smart home devices such as smart lighting and smart speakers give you remote access to your home while you are on vacation, allowing you to turn on and off devices to give the appearance of the home being occupied.
  7. Landscaping
    Have you ever driven past an acquaintance's house when they are on vacation and noticed that the lawn is getting quite long? That is basically a “we’re outta town!” lawn sign. Don’t plant a sign on your lawn when you are going on vacation, make sure to mow your lawn when you leave or have someone take care of it while you are gone.
  8. Watch your Social Media Activity/Don’t Post about it until you are home
    It’s exciting to go on vacation, and social media is the perfect outlet to ask for recommendations or post updates from your awesome trip. However, social media is easily shared outside your circle of followers; even a simple “Does anyone have recommendations for restaurants in Miami for next week” is an easy way to alert a would-be burglar of an empty house. Likewise, a picture of you and the kids on the roller coaster on day one of your trip gives out the same alert. Wait until you are home to share all that fun vacation excitement.
  9. Get a cab to the airport: If you can, leave your vehicles in the driveway
    Much like asking your neighbor to park in your driveway, leaving your car(s) at home is an easy deterrent. Grab that taxi/Uber or bus, you’ll save on parking too.
  10. Check your mobile security apps
    If you work with a professional security company, like Tasco Security, you will have access to some pretty powerful mobile apps that let you monitor your home security system from anywhere.

No one wants their vacation ruined by a break-in. We hope these simple 10 tips can help you enjoy your trip and give you peace-of-mind. If you want to discuss security options, please contact us and we would-be happy to find a solution that fits your needs. 

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The Internet of things (IoT) is the extension of Internet connectivity into physical devices and everyday objects. Embedded with electronics, these devices can communicate and interact with others over the Internet, and they can be remotely monitored and controlled. 

This new hyper-connectivity is rapidly evolving in the home and business security industry. From Wi-Fi enabled security apps to wireless doorbell cameras, the users’ ability to access their security devices and information is easier than ever before. Combine this with the advent of the “smart home”, where you can remotely connect and monitor things such as appliances and lights, we now have more access to our personal technology devices than ever before. However, the concern is who else may be able to access these devices and our personal data. 

The term “hacked” generally brings to mind identity fraud or someone stealing our credit card number. These new Wi-Fi connected devices are allowing for hacks of a different kind, one that may not seem as dire on face value but none-the-less presents a serious security risk.  

For example, when you install a wireless device in your home, the hardware can be hacked remotely and/or contain pieces of spyware from the company that made the device. Recently a wirelessly connected doorbell was found to be sending packets of information to China. 

“The doorbell, made by Los Angeles-based startup Ring, is supposed to send user video and audio data to Amazon Web Services servers. But, unknown to even the company, tiny packets of audio data were also being routed to a server in China run by Chinese internet giant Baidu at seemingly random intervals.” (Forbes)

The issue was quickly fixed by the company but this highlights some problems with the new wireless technology that is available. Many times these devices are rushed to market with little oversight, leading to issues such as the one above. 

Beyond the risk of being hacked, there is the legality of some of these recording devices as well. For example in the state of New Hampshire did you know it’s illegal to record audio without all-party consent? If your device is recording conversations, you may actually be committing a crime depending on your state laws. 

Another downside to installing Wi-Fi enabled devices is the level of IT experience that it involves. Are you familiar with port forwarding, firewalls and IP addresses? If not, then you may not truly understand how to install and monitor your devices. Without some level of IT experience, it’s difficult to be sure your network is secure. 

Wi-Fi enabled devices such as smart speakers, doorbells and refrigerators have many benefits, and we are not trying to scare you off. But the “set it and forget it” mentality is not how you want to go about utilizing Wi-Fi enabled security devices. In fact, your new DIY security device may actually be making your environment lesssecure. 

At Tasco Security, we provide many wi-fi related services. We also provide many alternatives as well which may be a better fit for your needs. We understand there is no one-size-fits-all solution to home and business security. If your curious about Wi-Fi enabled security devices or have any other security solution questions, please give us a call today. 

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Today’s digitally connected world seems more over-scheduled than ever before. Full time job, never ending house projects, replying to work emails 24/7, shuttling family members from place to place, running errands...the list goes on and on. With our minds being overstimulated our ability to remember tasks is more taxed than ever before. This increasing demand for our time and attention has us scrambling through most days, unfortunately resulting in some simple but immensely important tasks getting pushed aside or at worst completely forgotten.

Ask yourself if over the past 6 months you have thought about any of the following tasks but put it off until another day: changing your car oil, getting your septic tank pumped, fixing a leaky faucet, fixing a broken fence/railing, getting your HVAC system serviced, scheduling a dentist appointment… We all mean to take care of these things ASAP but it’s increasingly becoming more difficult than ever before.

At the top of the list of items that should be taken care of regularly is checking and servicing your alarm system. This is important not only for your residential life safety systems but for your business security systems as well. The days of annually “checking the battery in your smoke detector” have changed to checking your smoke alarm, your security cameras, your moisture detection sensors, your connections to your monitoring station and more.

If you are investing in a robust, professional security and/or life safety solution at your home or business then keeping up on the maintenance should be a priority. This is why at Tasco Security we offer Full-Service Policy Plans that takes one task off your list and gives you the confidence of knowing your system is operating optimally.   

This all-inclusive plan covers:
  • Battery Replacements
  • Annual Equipment and Systems Check
  • Equipment Replacement due to manufacturer malfunctions and updates

*The plan also includes otherwise costly repairs or replacements of the components of the system, including the labor.

At Tasco Security, we not only care about solving your unique commercial and home security needs but we are your security solutions partner, giving you peace of mind that your system is in good hands. Contact us today to learn more about our full-service policy plans!

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When talking about security and/or life-safety solutions most people have the misconception that you must still rely on a landline. However, by utilizing today’s technology there are many other methods of communication that your alarm system can use to transmit an emergency without the needed expense of a landline.

The Basics

As consumers have moved more towards  cell phones and away from traditional landlines, the alarm industry has embraced new ways to ensure that alarm signals are received. Today security systems can send alarm signals via the Internet, cellular, or proprietary radio systems. This gives you peace of mind that your system is being monitored 24/7.

Types of Wireless Technology

POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service)

You read that right, the most reliable residential or commercial security connections are still through the old telephone line that most locations still have. Just because the line is no longer being used for a phone doesn’t mean it can’t be utilized to connect a home or business to the central security station. This proven and trusted system is not affected by power outages or poor internet connections; many times an old telephone line still provides the best option for your security needs.

Cellular radio

Similar to a cell phone, this technology uses wireless digital transmission to communicate alarm signals to the central station, relying on the same cell tower network that cell phones use. Because of this, the system still functions without power. Additionally, an intruder cannot disable your system simply by disabling your internet connection or cutting a phone line. You must consider, however, that as cell technology changes so must your system (3G vs 4G vs 5G etc.) and also if your location has spotty cell coverage or your bandwidth gets bogged down your service could suffer.

The Internet

By utilizing DSL, cable or wireless internet connections you can connect an alarm to the monitoring station. An internet connection is cheap and most everyone already has an internet service up and running. This system has many features, giving you access to many smart home devices from your web browser or smartphone device. However, this type of connection is not always reliable so we suggest having two or more paths of connectivity (Satellite internet specifically performs questionably at best). If the power is out, then a residential or commercial security/life safety system will not be able to send out an alarm signal via an internet modem.

Wireless mesh-radio technology

Wireless mesh radio is a communications network that consists of radio nodes that are organized in a mesh topology.

“....In areas where mesh-radio is available, the system can be as reliable as traditional phone lines. Also, since the network is owned and operated by the alarm company, there is no additional equipment or services to purchase from telecommunication providers.” (Alarm.org)

These systems are easy to scale and offer a robust platform with redundancy if one node goes down the whole system will not go down.

Here at Tasco Security, we utilize AES-IntelliNet® the industry’s premier wireless mesh radio solution.

Conclusion

As with anything when talking about security and life safety there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution. Each business or residence has its own unique challenges and everything must be taken into account when setting up a new security solution. The good news is that modern life safety and security systems are proven, reliable and effective regardless of the technology you choose. At Tasco Security, our professional staff will work with you to discuss your options and develop a plan to meet all your security and life safety needs. Give us a call today if you want to learn more about alternative methods of alarm communication.

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Cold weather is here and it often causes many headaches for homeowners. From plowing and shoveling to frozen pipes and down tree limbs, there is a lot of upkeep to ensure your home is running smoothly when the temperature drops below freezing. However, many people don’t realize that there is a way to proactively monitor your home whether you are there or not. Your local security company, Tasco Security, offers services which will help alert you when your home drops below a certain temperature, helping you avoid frozen pipes. Additionally, they can also alert you when water is discovered in your home, from such things as a burst pipe. Environmental alarms can be stand-alone or can easily be integrated with most current security alarm systems.

According to The Travelers Companies, Inc, frozen pipe damage is a top five danger to your home:

“Frozen water pipes are considered a potential source for catastrophic property damage, and make the list of Travelers’ five costliest sources of homeowner claims. While a sub-item of weather-related water loss, it is so significant, it deserves special mention.”

In fact, the average claim between 2012 and 2016 for water damage was $9,633.00. This is no small amount when you take into account that burst pipes are often not covered on your homeowner’s insurance policy. “If the insurance company believes that pipes broke because they were neglected — if the heat was off, or the pipes were not drained, for example — you may be denied coverage.” (Zillow) Considering an environmental alarm system from Tasco Security starts under $400 for install, the finances make a lot of sense.

Environmental alarms have quite a few features including:
  • High / Low-Temperature Sensors: These environmental sensors will detect when the ambient room temperature rises above or falls below a specified level.
  • Water Sensors: Water sensors provide detection of standing water and are often used in basements and around appliances such as water heaters and washing machines.
Homeowners Losses Ranked By Claims Severity

(Average Claim), 2012-2016

At Tasco Security, we also offer Burner-lockout sensors which detect when the heating system goes into a lockout mode, due to lack of fuel or a malfunction of the boiler. These devices combined with low / high-temperature sensors provide comprehensive coverage and can help keep your home or business safe during the colder weather months.

As the temperature drops, it is time to take stock and evaluate your home and think about how to proactively avoid any potential cold weather disasters. Every year homeowners have to deal with burst pipes, leading to thousands of dollars in water damage and potential mold issues. Don’t be that homeowner; contact Tasco Security today and let’s discuss what options would work best for your home to help monitor and avoid any potential disasters this winter.

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Having a residential or commercial security system can be a smart, affordable and reassuring investment. However, investing in an alarm system has many variables (some of which we talked about here) that must be considered.

With so many new technologies available there are many options when installing or upgrading your security system. If you choose the DIY route then you must rely on your own research to make sure you are acquiring the alarm options that will best fit your needs. If you choose to partner with a professional security company (such as Tasco Security) you will have a trusted source of knowledge that will help steer you to those technologies that will most benefit your security needs.

One of Tasco Security's newer technologies available is an app called AlarmAccount that allows you to interface with your alarm system. This technology, available on the App Store, enables users to take the following actions with your alarm system:

  • Cancel an alarm
  • Place accounts on and off test
  • View alarm event history
  • Update contact information

All of these features can be extremely valuable to users for a variety of reasons. Users can cancel an alarm remotely from their device, which allows them to avoid municipal charges for false alarms. Users can also put their system on a disregard status if they want to change their batteries or test their alarm without fear of accidentally dispatching authorities.

Another useful scenario is the ability to update unique passwords for vendors/service providers, such as a painter or housekeeper, without having to contact your alarm company or central station.

Users of AlarmAccount can check their history to see data about things such as if their service provider/employee etc. was in-or-out as planned. Additionally, users have access to system reports and event logs which can be helpful to small business owners and residential customers alike.

These are just a few of the features that new security related technology provides. If you are interested in learning more about AlarmAccount please contact us today and we would be happy to discuss if this product is a good option for your security needs.

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September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). This is a good reminder that natural and man-made disasters can affect anyone, anywhere at any time. It's important that you have a planned response when you're at work, on vacation or on the road and that this plan is shared with your family.

Whether it’s a house fire or a natural disaster, having a plan that everyone is aware of can drastically change the outcome of your emergency. In 2016 one home structure fire was reported every 90 seconds. While in 2017, 59,985 weather-related events resulted in 592 deaths and 4,270 injuries.  

For the best disaster preparation make sure you have the following:

Your family communication plan should be able to answer these 3 questions:

  1. How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  2. What is my shelter plan?
  3. What is my evacuation route?

Because a disaster can strike during school or work hours, you need to make sure your family understands what to do if disaster happens when you are not at home. Discuss these plans with your children so they know who may pick them up in an emergency. Make sure all of your family’s phones are signed up for alerts and warnings from schools, workplaces, and/or local government. You should also identify someone from outside of your state who can act as a central point of contact to help your family reconnect if you become separated in the event  of an emergency.

EMERGENCY MEETING PLACES

Decide on safe, familiar places where your family can go for protection or to reunite.

Indoor: If you live in an area where tornadoes, hurricanes, or other high-wind storms can happen, make sure everyone knows where to go for protection. This could be a small, interior, windowless room, on the lowest level of a sturdy building, or a tornado safe room or storm shelter.

Around your home: This is a place where your household members will meet if there is a fire or other emergency and you need to leave your home. The meeting place could be a big tree, a mailbox at the end of the driveway, or a neighbor’s house.

Your community: This should be a place your family can meet if a disaster happens when you’re not at home and you can’t get back to your home. Things such as a school, community center or a family friend’s home.

Outside of your town or city: Having an out-of-town meeting place can help you reunite if a disaster happens and you are instructed to evacuate the area. This meeting place could be the home of a relative or family friend. Make sure everyone knows the address of the meeting place and discuss ways you would get there.

OTHER IMPORTANT NUMBERS AND INFORMATION

You should also write down phone numbers for:

  • Emergency services
  • Utilities
  • Service providers
  • Medical providers
  • Veterinarians
  • Insurance companies

Save all family contact numbers and emergency contact information into everyone’s mobile phones. Store at least one emergency contact under the name “In Case of Emergency” or “ICE” for all mobile phones and devices. This will help someone identify your emergency contact if needed.

Inform your emergency contact of any medical issues or other requirements you may have.

Keep charged batteries, a car phone charger, and a solar charger available for backup power for your mobile phone.

Use the Internet to communicate by email, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media networks. These communication channels allow you to analyze information quickly from a specific audience and to help locate your friends and family who may also be affected by the emergency.

Once you have completed your Family Emergency Communication Plan, make copies for all the members of your household, discuss it and practice it regularly!

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Introduction

David’s House, a home for families of those who are being treated at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHAD), was interested in adding some safety and security measures to their facilities. However, there were some unique challenges that had to be considered before they could move forward.

Tasco Security was asked to consult on the project and implement the new security solution. This partnership enabled David’s House to see the potential that Tasco offered above and beyond the David’s House original goals:

  • The project was completed faster than the estimated time frame
  • There was little to no disruption to the house, despite the facility being operations 24/7
  • Project manager and technicians delivered top notch customer service, not only handling the installation but also communicating informative and valuable training to the David’s House staff
About David’s House

David's House is the dream of a little boy named David Cyr who passed away in 1984 after a long struggle with acute lymphocytic leukemia. During David's frequent visits to the children's hospital, his father met many parents who were unable to afford any length of stay at nearby hotels. Because they were unwilling to leave their child's side, they ended up sleeping in chairs in their child's room or in their cars. Each time David was discharged, he begged his parents to take the other kids in the pediatric departments with them to their safe, comfortable home in nearby Vermont. His parents always told him that someday they would. Within a week of David's passing, the Cyrs and their friends began raising money to make David's wish come true. The seed money from which David's House was grown was David's own $300.78. On January 20, 1986, the promise to David became a reality as David’s House opened the doors to its first guests. Since David's House opened, they have served over 14,500 families. They are a safe, peaceful, no-cost home environment filled with compassionate staff and volunteers.

Challenges

David’s House provides their guests with a sense of love, community and caring. Their house functions around the clock and has many people coming and going. There are constantly a high number of guests, visitors and employees who frequent the building and it can be a challenging environment to monitor. Like any thoughtful organization, David’s House had come to realize that the time had come to add some security to the building which would provide an increased level of safety to their guests.

Being a non-profit, budget is always a concern and the staff of David’s house was also very mindful of the aesthetics of installing a security system with cameras. It was of the utmost importance to them not to upset the environment of the house, as it is a 24/7 operation that prides itself on being a home-away-from-home. David’s House reached out to longtime supporter, Tasco Security and President Tim Surprenant, who gave them invaluable advice on how to achieve both goals of safety and security while not upsetting the social environment of the home.

“Our main concern with this project was balancing the need for enhanced security while not upsetting the aesthetics of David’s House. We are very mindful of the environment here and know that this is “home” to many of our guests. We knew when we began discussing this project that Tasco Security would be a valuable resource and partner to help us achieve our goals utilizing technology in a way that didn’t compromise our guest program in any way.”

Jaye Olmstead, Executive Director, David’s House

The Tasco Security Solution

The focus of this project was to provide enhanced security and safety without being intrusive, not only during installation but afterward as well. Tasco wanted to ensure people felt comfortable and at home throughout the project. The project technicians primary focus was security hardware installation but they also had to consider how to minimize the disruption to the staff and guests daily lives. Tasco was able to efficiently install a state of the art, high-resolution megapixel IP based camera system.

This system provides three types of safety:
  1. Deterrence
  2. Ability to monitor facility live or remotely
  3. Audit trail for evidentiary use
Services provided:
  • Consulting: Met with David's House to learn about their needs, goals and expectations. Also helped analyze budget and timeline for project. 
  • Project Manager: Made sure Tasco was prepared and punctual when project commenced, ensuring tasks were done quickly and efficiently with minimal intrusion
  • Technicians: Understood not only the goals and scope of the project but also David’s House day-to-day operations and their unique needs
  • Training: Educated staff on the system and its uses, while also showing them how to best optimize the technology in their facility.

“Tasco was excited to participate on this project. Being able to contribute to a safe environment and offer a peace of mind when people have so much else to focus on in their lives is rewarding. We are a small local company and we choose the organizations we partner with carefully. Davids House has always been an easy partner as they leave such a lasting effect on people’s lives.”

Tim Surprenant, Tasco Security President

The Partnership

The relationship between Tasco Security and David’s House began over a decade ago; Tasco Security, being a small Upper Valley-based business, wanted to partner with a local non-profit that they felt had a great positive impact on the overall area. David’s House was a natural fit as it provides a vital service to people from all walks of life when they need it most.

David’s House is the beneficiary of many regional events and other forms of giving, but they actively put on only three fundraisers per year, one of which is their annual golf tournament. Tasco Security has been a proud and faithful sponsor of this event for over a decade.

This year David’s House is revving up for the 20th anniversary of its golf tournament. Held at the picturesque Eastman Golf Links, this is a tournament you don’t want to miss. On September 17, 2018, teams of four will hit the course with their mulligans and strings to support David’s House. Click here for more information.

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Every spring and summer like clockwork, alarm companies hire traveling sales agents to go door-to-door to sell their services. These unsolicited “cold-calls” can be at best an annoyance and at worst criminal. Their high-pressure pitch can be convincing and deceptive, resulting in customers buying or changing to an expensive and/or inferior system.

Take for example this legal case in Texas (which resulted in the agent receiving one year in jail):

“On the day of the offense, appellant rang the complainant’s doorbell. When the complainant answered, appellant pointed to the sign in the yard and said, “I'm here to update your security.” He said that he would put a light on her sign and make it more visible from the street. He did not say what company he worked for. He was not wearing a uniform, name tag, or anything to identify what company he worked for.

Believing that appellant worked for Central, the complainant invited appellant into her home.  Appellant told her that installation of new features, such as wireless monitoring, would be “free.” Ultimately, the complainant signed a five-year alarm monitoring agreement with Capital at a higher monthly cost than her previous service with Central.”

Before allowing anyone inside your home make sure they have the proper identification and a photo ID. They should state the name of their business and the services they are trying to sell before asking you any questions.

Warning Signs of a Security System Scam

Sales Agents will use a few unethical strategies when trying to get you to buy or switch to a new alarm company.  

Below are a few tactics that are commonly used:

  • Telling you about a rash of burglaries or violent crimes in your area. Relying on scare tactics is not a sign of a professional home security company.
  • Offering “free” or “limited-time” packages. The old saying “if it’s too good to be true, it probably is” applies to these agents. Many of the claims of free products come with strings attached like expensive service contracts.
  • Some agents will make vague references to your current security provider, implying they represent your alarm company. They may claim that they are there to upgrade or analyze your current system. (They may even have a lanyard with a logo from your provider!) However, once they present you with the paperwork you will notice they are in fact from another company. This is clearly an unethical and shady practice. If you feel the agent has been intentionally deceptive at any time you should ask them to leave.
  • If at any time a door-to-door home security sales agent claims your current provider has gone out of business, sold their business or hired a new company to represent them this should be a red flag. Ask them to wait outside and contact your current alarm system provider to confirm. Usually, any professional company would send their customers a notice by mail/email/telephone about any changes to your account.

If you are approached by one of these door-to-door sales reps they should be able to easily give you the following information (which you should verify with your current company, either with a bill, online or a call to their customer service center): 

  • Business name of the security company they represent
  • Street address (not P.O. Box)
  • Company telephone number
  • Contractor's license number
  • State that issued the license
  • Name under which the license is filed

If at any time you are suspicious of the tactics or offers you are being presented you should contact your state Attorney General, local consumer protection agency, Better Business Bureau, and/or state licensing officials.

According to the FTC, when you are purchasing a new alarm system or changing companies your contract should include:

  • Installation price
  • Monthly or quarterly monitoring fee
  • Contract period
  • Applicable discounts
  • A written warranty
  • The owner's manual
  • An explanation of your right to cancel the deal
  • Cancellation forms

The contract also must be dated, and show the name and address of the seller.

Above all else trust your instincts and don’t sign anything without consulting someone you trust. Here at Tasco Security, we operate with the utmost ethical standards and only sell our customers those products and services that we truly believe fit their needs. If you are interested in discussing home security we would be happy to talk and walk you through your options.

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When evaluating today’s security system options there is one major decision to make that will affect many aspects of the overall security of your home or business: would you rather go with a professional security service company or a DIY home security product? Both have their pros and cons – we will discuss each option below to help you decide which home protection system fits your needs.

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Home Security Products Pros:
  • Installation: When installing a DIY home security system, the process is usually very simple. Most DIY systems are wireless and come with a simple adhesive backing for attaching to your wall. You will not need any tools or expertise, just simply follow the instructions to set up your sensors and control panel and you will be operational.
  • Scheduling and Fees: Since you do not need a tech to install the home security kit there is no wait time and no need to be home waiting on a tech. Additionally, there is no installation fee since you are putting the security system in yourself.
Cons
  • Installation: There will be no one on site to ensure your system is set up properly and functioning correctly. Home security experts have the experience of knowing how best to set up a security system for optimal performance. If you have questions or need assistance you will have to rely on calling a customer service number. You will also have to worry about setting off false alarms which can sometimes incur municipal fines and fees from your local police and/or fire dept. Many times municipalities require you to register the alarm system, with a professional security installer they take care of this for you.
  • Customer Service: A DIY Security system relies on you, the owner, for troubleshooting. There are support numbers to call but in general, you are the point person for making sure your home security is functioning properly. When thinking about home protection you must be comfortable with your ability to work with the latest security technology if you are going to choose to go the DIY route.
  • Hardware: Security systems have benefits in regards to homeowners insurance as well, many times lower rates are available to those properties that have security systems installed. However, with a DIY kit your deduction or claim may be rejected if you cannot prove your system was installed correctly. If your home suffers a break-in or a fire, and the security company claims the system was installed incorrectly, you could find yourself in a tough bind with insurance claims. Having a home security expert handle the install ensures you are covered.

Professional Security Service Company Pros:
  • Expertise: When using a professional home security installation company, you get years of experience, trust and training. You know your alarm system will be installed to the highest industry standards and set up for optimal performance. Security techs are often some of the friendliest and most understanding service people you will meet.
  • Warranties: Home Security companies usually guarantee that insurance companies will sign off on their work. This gives you the confidence and peace of mind that if something bad does happen you will not have your insurance company dispute your installation.
  • Scaling: With a security company you can easily scale your system to add new technologies or more robust features as needed; your existing relationship ensures that the process will happen quickly and efficiently. With a DIY alarm system it is on you alone to decide what security technology you need to add and how to make that happen.
  • Hardware: Most home security companies ensure state-of-the-art hardware and make sure all software is updated as necessary. Your home security provider will keep you apprised of all changes/updates and ensure your system is always performing flawlessly. With a DIY kit, if a software update is missed or something crashes with your wireless, there is limited proactive notification to alert you to the issue.
  • Discounts: Often times professional systems will qualify for discounts on homeowners insurance.
  • Diagnostic Software: Most professional installation companies also offer monitoring services, where their diagnostic software will proactively monitor your alarm system. The will ensure the system is functioning properly and resolve any issues that can be taken care of proactively.
Cons
  • Installation Fees: There is often a one-time fee associated with the installation of your professional security system.
  • Schedule: You will have to schedule a time for a tech to come to your home and be there for the meeting.

As you can see, there are advantages and disadvantages to each option when it comes to your home security. Depending on your needs, your confidence in your ability to install a security system and whether or not you prefer to have a company you can rely on a phone call away, either option could work for you.

At Tasco Security, we have a wide variety of products to meet our customers' needs. We offer hard-wired as well as wireless home security options. When you choose Tasco Security, you are choosing a company that will work with you to determine the best security system options for your budget and your lifestyle. We tailor each system we install to the individual customer. Our experienced team has all the training necessary to determine which products and system installment are best for the layout of your home or business. We are happy to assist not only with the installation process but also during your entire experience as our customer. Contact us today to discuss your home security or commercial security needs.

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