Considerations When Looking For A Security Installation Contractor For Your Commercial Building

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When expanding your business, building a new office, or renovating an existing commercial building, security installation and planning must be a major focus.

It’s overwhelming to find a qualified and reliable contractor that can help you to plan, install, and implement such a security system. Additionally, every commercial building has different needs and locating the contractor that fits your commercial building’s specific needs might seem impossible.

What should you consider when deciding which contractor to hire to help you get the job done? These four foundations are essential to keep in mind throughout the entire process.

#1: Make Sure They Are Reputable

The number one most important thing to do is to ensure that you choose a reputable and trustworthy contractor. Companies that provide the best service to their clients will have great reviews, engaging client feedback, and great information to share with your planning team.

Take time to search the name of any contractors you are considering online. Ask around to see what other building owners think about particular contractors. Along the way, ensure that you are getting information from trustworthy sources.

Security installation contractor reputation goes beyond just what previous clients say about them. You also want to ensure that they have the necessary licenses to work in your region legally. If they cannot show this type of documentation, they are likely cutting corners or working illegally. You will want to avoid companies taking part in illegal or under-the-table activity.

#2: Find Out About Their Resources

Once you’re confident that you have found a reputable option, you’ll want to look into what type of security solutions, ideas, and plans are offered by the planning contractor. This includes asking about technology limitations, how updates would be handled, and much more.

This is just a shortlist of things that you may want to ask about before moving forward with any particular security installer:

  • Automation systems

  • Video security capability 

  • Gear and outfits for security personnel

  • Communication options

  • Remote control and access options

  • Physical protections

  • Emergency alert systems

Don’t forget to ensure that the contractor offers the latest technology that commercial occupants will expect, such as modern key card door lock solutions. Old school locking systems are not as safe and secure as their updated counterparts, so ask about this during your preliminary screening as well. 

Contractors that can innovate to include the latest and greatest access control technology are likely to be your best choice.

#3: Review Their Planning (And Request a Quote)

Always ask for a quote on what you expect to need. Your exact specifications may change down the line, but a quote will give you an idea of a contractor’s cost structure.

Additionally, ask if you can view a sample plan or a plan they did for a previous client. By reviewing what the security installation plan looks like, you’ll be able to imagine what the process might look like for your building.

Pay attention to if their plans consider the following essential details:

  • Placement of security devices, teams, and other equipment

  • Maintenance plans

  • Quoted cost

  • Connectivity and remote access options

  • Installation timeline and procedure

A smooth office renovation requires planning. Ensure any contractor you work with is capable of providing that.

#4: Discuss Your Needs

For the most effective security system, your business will need a robust strategy.

There are many different types of security systems for commercial buildings and businesses. You may want to include all of these types or just a few of them, but it’s essential to discuss which is going to be the best fit along the way:

  1. Burglar and theft security systems: These systems use mechanical tools to detect unauthorized entrance, ward off intruders, and contact emergency assistance.

  2. Video camera systems: These systems help you supervise your buildings, ensure restricted areas are not illegally accessed, and monitor the premises.

  3. Access control systems: These control who comes in and out of the building through various doors and keep a log of movement throughout the building.

  4. Fire alarm and environmental systems: These systems watch for fires, temperature changes, gas leaks, and other serious problems, alerting necessary individuals if any changes are detected.

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Final Thoughts

In most cases, businesses will benefit most from an integrated security system that takes necessary aspects of each type of security and combines it for the highest quality protection. When working with the right planning contractor and security team, you’ll be able to confidently decide what fits the needs of our building and get it into place.

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