It is well known that burglars tend to avoid homes with security systems. If you’re in the market for a home security system, you may be surprised at the number of options you have when it comes to providers of residential alarm systems. One such provider is Interface Security Systems, a company that has been around for over 20 years.

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Unlike many home security companies that focus primarily on alarm systems for residential properties, Interface Security System is more of a “jack of all trades” and is perhaps better known for some of its other security ventures–such as secure managed broadband and business intelligence services–than it is residential home security. But is this broader base of security a help or hindrance to the average homeowner looking to purchase a system? Here are some pros and cons of choosing Interface Security Systems as the company heads into 2019:

First the Good News

Let’s start this “pros and cons” exercise by looking at a few of the positive aspects of Interface Security Systems as a residential security system provider.

  1. Interface Security Systems offers professional alarm monitoring of its residential home security systems. There are a growing number of DIY home security systems hitting the market that are limited to remotely monitored alarms, meaning responsibility for realizing there is an emergency and summoning authorities falls to the homeowner and the reliability of his or her smart phone or tablet. But unlike these services, Interface Security is in the category of companies like ProtectAmerica that offer professionally trained staff who are able to monitor alarms and contact the appropriate response agency.
  2. Interface enables homeowners to monitor whole home system status from anywhere, at any time. Customers can manage status of all systems related to the residence and not just home security. Look for this technology to continue to advance and expand in the year ahead.
  3. Because it is involved in providing security systems across many business sectors, Interface can put that experience and expertise to work for residential customers. With over two decades in the security business and a number of technology-laden security services, Interface is likely to be at the top of its game when it comes to the technology it uses in designing home security systems.

Things to Consider

While it may be able to deliver some of the most cutting-edge technology to home owners, there are a few drawbacks to selecting Interface Security Systems for home security compared to other companies, including the following:

  1. While you could make the argument that Interface’s various other business lines help to keep it up-to-date on emerging technologies, there is also the chance that the company’s focus may be primarily on endeavors other than residential security. There are advantages to going with a “specialist” rather than a company with a lot of irons in the fire.
  2. Specific information about pricing and terms, as well as products and systems, is not readily available from Interface online, raising questions as to how the company stacks up to its competitors. While it promises an “affordable” system, details are lacking. It’s important to understand the details of your agreement with any home security service provider. According to the Electronic Security Association:

After selecting a security company, read through your contract. Discuss the terms and address any questions you have with a company representative. Never feel pressured to sign anything and be cautious of companies that are too persistent.

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Making Your Decision

There are a lot of considerations to take into account when shopping for a home security system. Some companies boast the latest in technologies, others focus on value. The goal is to find a company that delivers on both.  A professionally monitored security system offers peace of mind and eliminates the personal burden of watching for alerts by automatically alerting authorities in case of an emergency. Companies like Protect America keep families secure by monitoring homes 24/7 and immediately alerting authorities to emergencies.

Protect America offers value as well. It provides its customers with locked-in rates starting at only $30 per month and up to $1,400 worth of equipment at no cost, while letting you avoid the installation fees you would have with a DIY remotely monitored system. Wondering if a professionally monitored home security is the choice for you? Get a free quote from Protect America today.