What Renters Should Know about Home Security System Companies
Published: 09/30/2009 by Home Alarm Directory
Although most renters don't have a choice of home security system companies, they should nonetheless be aware of the features offered by the security company chosen by their landlord. All home security system companies offer a variety of features and packages based on the risks posed in the local area and the needs of the building residents, as well as the landlord's budget.
As a renter, you should learn the contact information or whichever one of the home security system companies operates the system for your apartment building. You may need to contact your company in case the alarm system malfunctions or if a child or pet accidentally sets off a false alarm. Be sure to save the alarm codes, directions and the alarm company contact information in a safe and secure location in case you need to access them quickly.
Be sure to learn how your alarm system functions. Many home security system companies communicate with the alarm system using the telephone service that is already connected to your home. In addition, the system may monitor your home with motion detectors, smoke or heat detectors and window and door sensors. Often, residents of an alarm protected building accidentally activate their alarm because they do not understand how the system monitors the property. It is important for renters to inform overnight guests and children about the possibility of setting off the system if they enter certain areas of the house at night. In addition, renters need to understand how to deactivate the system in the event of an accidental activation -- such as one caused by burned food -- so that the alarm company does not take the expensive step of contacting emergency services.
Some home security system companies provide protection for an entire apartment building, while others protect each individual apartment separately. Renters need to identify how their protection works and whether they or their landlord is responsible for any maintenance on the system or for troubleshooting issues.
In addition, renters need to ensure that they are clear on whether they or their landlord is responsible for paying any monthly fees for monitoring service. Most home security system companies charge a fee each month for the cost of monitoring the system and providing a rapid response in the event of a fire or medical event or a potential robbery or break-in.
While all home security system companies provide an added layer of security with the services they provide, the most important layer of security begins with the renter. An alarm system does not replace locking the doors, closing the windows and keeping the apartment well-lit at night.
Renters are advised to consider using timers on lamps to provide the appearance of occupancy when the apartment will be empty for long periods of time. Most importantly, renters must be sure to secure rental insurance for the belongings in their apartment. Although a landlord may provide alarm coverage to secure the building, the renter alone is responsible for any items that are stolen or damaged if this protection fails. Renters should inform their insurer that they have protection from one of the many home security system companies that provide security for renters.
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