Due Diligence: Choosing a Licensed Home Security Provider
When it comes to choosing an outside company to install monitored burglar and fire alarm systems, knowing who you’re working with is very important.
The same as one would with any project that requires a skilled installer, it is highly advisable to do a bit of basic research in order to ensure that you’re working with an accredited and duly licensed company.
After all, this company – and the people who work here – are accepting a key role in the responsibility for you and your family’s safety and security. That’s why licensing is so important. Although each state regulates the industry differently, in New Jersey the state Division of Consumer Affairs handles the licensing and practice of fire and burglar alarm installers.
So what does that mean to the homeowner looking at different security system options?
Supreme Security Systems’ Burglar Alarm (1) and Fire Alarm (2) Business License # is BF00010300. Any sales personnel from any security company (or any category of home contractor, for that matter) should proactively confirm that they’re licensed, verbally state that the license is current, and be able to furnish a license number, if asked.
To verify a NJ company’s licensing, go to the Division of Consumer Affairs website at:
Is the installation “consultant” from the big-box store that sells “smart home” devices licensed? What about the home improvement handyman who claims with great confidence that nothing in the home security category is beyond his skill set? Consider what it means to be licensed; it describes an individual who resolves and is willing to be fully accountable through a professional commitment reflected in licensure.
In short, it means that the licensed employee of the licensed security firm who comes to your home to set up a fire and/or burglar alarm system has been trained, his or her industry knowledge and technical skills have been tested and verified, and they’ve undergone (and passed) a criminal history background check. These licenses must be renewed every 3 years, along with ongoing continuing education credits that are required for renewal.
- “Burglar Alarm” is defined as a “security system comprised of an interconnected series of alarm devices or components, including systems interconnected with radio frequency signals, which emits an audible, visual or electronic signal indicating an alarm condition and providing a warning of intrusion, which is designed to discourage crime.
- “Fire Alarm” means a security system comprised of an interconnected series of alarm devices or components, including systems interconnected with radio frequency signals, which emits an audible, visual or electronic signal indicating an alarm condition and which provides a warning of the presence of smoke or fire.