The Benefits of Professionally Installed Business Alarms vs DIY
Times are hard, and if the latest forecasts are to be believed, they’re not going to be getting better any time soon. Energy, petrol and diesel, food – everything’s costing more, and for businesses still trying to recover after COVID, it’s a nightmare trying to stay on top of expenses without having to double their prices for their customers.
It’s understandable, then, that some are going to try and save money where they can. We all know that a good security system is vital for any business to protect against potential theft, vandalism, trespass and other costly crimes – but do you really need one that’s been supplied and installed by a specialist company?
Most businesses are likely to have at least one handyman within their ranks who’ll have the confidence and many of the skills needed to do the job, so it could easily look like a tempting solution to what might be perceived as an expensive, if necessary, dilemma.
But it could well be a false economy. Here are a few reasons why a professionally installed alarm system will always be a better way to go than doing it yourself.
You’ll have access to a wider choice of systems
Specialist security companies understand that different businesses with different premises are likely to have different requirements when it comes to which of the many different systems is the best one for them. At Scutum London, we’re part of one of Europe’s biggest security specialists, which gives us access to the very best in modern alarm systems that use the latest technology to protect business premises. We’ll also be able to identify the best system for your business and your budget – that’s got to be better than picking one off the shelf at your local DIY store!
You can be confident it will be properly installed
If your alarm system is installed by an enthusiastic amateur, how confident can you be that it’s been done properly? One of the great benefits of an alarm system is that it’s supposed to give you peace of mind, safe in the knowledge that your business is being protected against unwanted intruders. Unfortunately, the first time you’re likely to discover it’s not been fitted properly is after you’ve been broken into and it hasn’t raised an alarm. A professionally-installed system is likely to come with warranties and guarantees that mean you can be sure the job will be done correctly.
They’ll be more experienced in placing detectors effectively
Experienced alarm system installers will know exactly where to place detectors to ensure the best chance of picking up the presence of intruders. In fact, professional security companies can design and install bespoke systems that are specifically put together to provide the best protection for your premises and your premises only. No matter how skilled at general DIY you or your employee is, there’s no substitute for that kind of knowledge, experience and expertise.
Your security can be monitored 24/7
If you get your alarm system fitted by a reputable company, you don’t just get the confidence of an effective system fitted well. You can also take advantage of 24/7 monitoring, which means that someone will be aware of a problem almost as soon as an alarm is triggered – and police do respond quickly when advised by monitoring services such as that operated by the team at Scutum London. If a self-fitted alarm system goes off, the police are almost certainly not going to be able to respond quickly enough to make a difference.
You can save money on business insurance
When it comes to negotiating next year’s buildings and contents insurance premiums, you’ll have a much stronger hand if you can point to a professionally fitted system complete with warranties and guarantees. Show them a receipt for an alarm bought from B&Q and they might not be quite so impressed.
You can get ongoing maintenance
Professional security companies don’t just design and install alarm systems, they also provide regular checks and maintenance to make sure they stay in the best condition to do their job properly. That means your system is not only likely to last a lot longer, but any developing issues will probably be spotted before they become a significant problem. Otherwise, as with the problem of whether it’s been fitted properly in the first place, you might only be aware that there is a problem when it’s too late.
Don’t take chances with the security of your business or the safety of your staff and assets. Scutum London offers businesses in and around London and Surrey a comprehensive range of security solutions that includes CCTV and surveillance cameras, intruder alarm and detection systems and 24/7 security system monitoring.
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About Scutum London
Scutum London is a leading expert in fire safety and security solutions for businesses and organisations located across South East England, including London and Surrey.
From fire alarms, fire extinguishers and fire risk assessments to access control, CCTV and intruder alarm systems – and a lot more besides – we offer a comprehensive range of products and services designed to keep you, your business and your staff and visitors safe.
With decades of industry experience to call on, we’re proud to hold accreditations from leading trade associations and bodies such as British Approvals for Fire Equipment (BAFE), the British Fire Consortium, the Fire Industry Association (FIA) and Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB).
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