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You may have already contacted several home security companies. Now, you're wondering if a local company offers better protection for your property and loved ones. Of course, it's comforting to know a home security company has a physical presence in your city. However, does it make a difference in the effectiveness and performance of the system you choose?

The Alarm Company’s Location Isn’t an Important Factor

Many other considerations matter more than choosing a local company. Today's home alarm systems come with advanced technology that offers you the same level of protection regardless of where the company is based.  

What Happens When a Local Company Installs Your Security System?

For example, if you live in the Toronto area, you want the best home alarm system available. So, let's say you decide to go with a local company. Chances are that a technician will come to your home and make a recommendation for the type of system, number of cameras, and types of sensors that would improve your home security. Then, they'll do the installation the same day or schedule a time to come back and put in the equipment. Once the equipment is set up, you have a monitored alarm system to defend your home from intruders.

Now we'll do the same scenario with a company that's not local. You're in Montreal and want your home protected. You call a DIY alarm company. Over the phone, they ask you multiple questions about your home. They assess your security needs. The company then sends your equipment to you. You call the alarm company up and they do the installation over the phone. You test the equipment with them. The alarm is now active and you're protected with a monitored alarm system.

The Alarm Company’s Location Isn’t an Important Factor

Many other considerations matter more than choosing a local company. Today's home alarm systems come with advanced technology that offers you the same level of protection regardless of where the company is based.  

What Happens When a Local Company Installs Your Security System?

For example, if you live in the Toronto area, you want the best home alarm system available. So, let's say you decide to go with a local company. Chances are that a technician will come to your home and make a recommendation for the type of system, number of cameras, and types of sensors that would improve your home security. Then, they'll do the installation the same day or schedule a time to come back and put in the equipment. Once the equipment is set up, you have a monitored alarm system to defend your home from intruders.

What Happens with an Online or Remote Alarm Company?

In this scenario, you decide to go with a DIY alarm company not based in Toronto. How does this impact the security and safety of your home? Over the phone, you answer a series of questions so that the security pro can recommend the right system for you. Once you confirm the equipment package, the out-of-town company ships you the equipment.

What about the installation? With a DIY home security system, you can install the equipment when it’s convenient for you. So, there’s no waiting for a technician to show up. Now, you may wonder what happens if you get stuck? Simply call the remote home alarm company for advice and instructions on installing your system.

Many homeowners install their systems within 30 minutes. Then, after testing the equipment, you have a monitored alarm system and a high value-for-money package that gives you peace of mind.

So, Which Way Works Best?

Ultimately, the choice is yours. Choose the system that works best for your home. However, both scenarios end with an active security system with monitored alerts.

Choosing the DIY option does have several advantages. You don't have to wait for a technician or pay for their time. Plus, when you call for installation assistance, you don't have to worry about a technician trying to upsell you on equipment you don't want.

What About Response Speed?

Some homeowners mistakenly believe that going with a local company means a faster response. Unfortunately, that's simply not true. Whether you install the system yourself or pay a local home security company to do it, it's still the local authorities that respond in case of an emergency. The only difference is that a non-local home alarm company takes the call from further away. There's no measurable advantage to sending the call to a local central station versus one-half a continent away with information flying across the internet instantaneously.

Choose a Canadian Company

Here are a few reasons to go with a Canadian home alarm company:

  1. Canadian companies, such as thinkpro, understand the conditions faced by security systems in very hot or cold temperatures.
  2. US home security companies focus on violence and firearms. This often results in pressure to purchase components you don’t need.
  3. Supporting Canadian companies helps the country thrive and provides jobs to other Canadians.

Choose thinkpro — conveniently found at the corner of simple and smart. Call a home alarm system representative at 1-855-76-THINK or 1-855-76-84465 to get started or contact us for a free quote.

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