4 Mistakes To Avoid Before Choosing A Home Alarm

Hi. My name is Steve Corless and I have personally installed over 5000 security systems in Melbourne since 1981.

And not just for homeowners.

I’ve installed alarms in prisons, jewellery shops, police stations and banks, for VIPs and “celebrities”, in government offices and in schools and universities.

I even appeared on the Channel 9 program “The Block” in 2011 installing security systems in those 4 homes in Cameron Street Richmond.

I’ve made home security my specialty since 2001. Together my small team and I install more Bosch alarm systems in Melbourne each week than any other alarm company.

It probably won’t surprise you to learn that I receive a steady flow of requests from family, neighbors, friends and friends-of-friends wanting advice on the kind of alarm they need.

If you don’t know anything about alarm systems, it really can be confusing. There is so much misleading advertising and false information out there that some people just don’t know where to begin.

In an effort to make my life easier by not answering the same questions people ask me over and over, I decided to just put as much useful information as I could about on my website.

Have a look around – I hope you find the articles helpful.

And if you have any questions about the security needs for your home, you’re invited to call me on (03) 9005 0174.


MISTAKE 1: Choosing an Alarm Company Based on a verbal quotation

I would advise against making the purchase of a home security system based solely on a verbal quotation. Insist on a written, detailed quote. for a specific written quotation.  Then you’ll know exactly what the company recommends and how much it will cost. Get on the internet and research the equipment they’ve specified and look for favourable reviews. Also check that the company you’re dealing with is licensed by the Victoria Police – any one offering you security advice must be licensed. All installers and service technicians must also be licensed. You are entitled to ask to see their security license or ask for their license


MISTAKE 2: Choosing an Alarm Company That Doesn’t Offer a Money Back Guarantee

Every alarm company should be fully accountable for its work.   If you’re not completely satisfied with the job in every way, you shouldn’t have to pay for it. Make sure that any guarantees offered are given to you in writing.

MISTAKE 3: Choosing an Alarm Company Without Getting Comments from Their Other Clients

Any security company can say anything about their past jobs, and sadly, some of what they say may not be true.  Make sure you ask for references or read comments from current customers so you can depend on the installers and their work.

MISTAKE 4: Choosing an Alarm Company Based Only on the Equipment They Use

The alarm company you choose needs first-rate equipment. The most popular and reliable brands currently in use are Bosch, Ness, Das (Hills Industries) and Honeywell. It’s important to also make sure the company uses installers who are skilled at installing the equipment and setting it up correctly. Modern security systems have many hundreds of options that can be programmed during the commissioning process. These options set how your system will perform, things like entry delays, siren times as well as more complex functions such as night-time arming. Untrained installers will sometimes leave the system with just the very basic settings that were programmed at the factory. A skilled and trained installer will know how to customise the system to suit your own requirements. Look for installers that have at least 5 years experience, have done an electrical trade and have a security license.