Busted! Don’t Believe These Security Services Myths!

Author: Simon Security Systems | | Categories: Access Control Systems , Security System Installation Company , Security Systems

Blog by Simon Security Systems

Security services are the most crucial element of any property as they ensure that you live and work freely without inhibitions. With their expertise, you can be stress-free and focus on your everyday activities. 

When selecting a security service provider, you must rely on someone trustable. Several myths revolve around security services, leaving one confused about their decision on whether to opt for these services or not.

To help you steer clear of these misconceptions, Simon Security Systems has debunked some of the most widely believed myths about security and access control system installation companies.

Myth 1: Do-it-yourself (DIY) camera systems are as good as professionally installed systems

DIY systems are fairly inexpensive and easy to acquire as they are marketed everywhere. The fact is that while some of these cameras do work to some extent, they do not provide the quality and longevity that professionally installed systems do. Wireless doorbell cameras or other so-called "wireless" devices aren't necessarily wireless as these often require an external power source that will require you to run a wire. The battery-operated options say that the battery will last you several months without a charge. Still, in reality, they never last as long as advertised, requiring you to take down the cameras to recharge and or replace the battery. Most of the big-name DIY systems require a monthly paid subscription service that allows you to store a certain amount of small video clips on their servers. If you don't pay, your system use is very limited, sometimes only allowing you to view the cameras live. However, professionally installed systems, on the other hand, are constructed with better lenses and sensors. They are meant to withstand the harshest environments and are built to last. They have better functionality and clarity and, if installed by a reputable company, will have local support if something goes wrong. At Simon, we have been installing security systems for over 15 years and have seen it all. We are often called in to replace camera systems that are only a couple of years old and that are not working or have inferior video quality. Not only did the customer waste his money but also his time installing a sub-par system. Not to mention the incidents that may have occurred that were not captured on camera because the system failed.

Myth 2: Security systems don't stop crimes

Nothing you do can prevent a thief from attempting to commit a crime in your home or workspace. However, statistics show that a home or business without a security system (alarms, cameras, or both) is three times more likely to be burglarized than a home with some security in place. Thieves are always looking for signs of security before they strike, so obvious signs of cameras and alarm systems often cause them to move on to a different location. In our 15 years of business, we have never been told by one of our hundreds of alarm customers that their business or home was burglarized, even though a burglary is committed in the U.S. every 30 secs.

Myth 3: Why waste money if one may obtain security services for less?

Often, some customers will look to different security system companies for competitive bids for their installation. Some will go with the least expensive bid to save some money. This is often a mistake and could lead to costly repairs or changes in the future. Cheaper often means lower quality. Something is usually sacrificed in the lower bid, whether the cost savings is in the inferior quality equipment or in the less experienced, non-professional labor. Often customers will find lower-cost alternatives from companies or individuals that purport to be legitimate security contractors. Often they come from the Bronx or Brooklyn and offer you a good price that may be tempting. The problem is that some of these cheaper fly-by-night companies will quickly put together a system for you in a typical "plug and play" fashion without taking the extra time to configure the system properly for your specific location. They often do not take the extra time to train you on how to use your system and usually want to get out of your home or business before you realize that the quality of the installation was poor. Then when you have a problem after they left, you will have a hard time getting them back because they are too far, and they didn't turn a substantial profit to be bothered with a callback. To avoid such costly mistakes, customers should exercise due diligence when hiring any contractor. Hiring a local licensed contractor with a good reputation is usually a good idea, even if it costs a little more upfront. Reputable contractors are more concerned about their reputation than nickel and diming their customers. They will be more inclined to do the job right the first time or return free of charge to ensure the job is done right. 

If you're looking to steer clear of these myths, reach out to Simon Security Systems as the leading security system/ access control system installer in New York. For a complete list of our services, please click here. If you have any questions about Simon Security Systems, we'd love to hear from you, please contact us here.