Police forces cannot endorse specific companies for fitting your home security system - that wouldn't be fair.
However, what they can do is recommend things to look for that ensure your security installer is competent. So, they do encourage you to:
'Talk to your local Crime Reduction Officer, insurance company and specialists about which sort of alarm is best for you. Companies registered with the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) or Security Systems and Alarm Inspection Board (SSAIB) will be able to help you.'
The Police recommend NSI & SSAIB approved companies for home alarm installations as well as business alarm systems because the accreditation guarantees certain benefits and service levels from your alarm installer.
These help to reduce false alarm rates where poorly installed or unmaintained systems are often the cause.
In fact, you can't get Police response for your monitored alarm system unless your installer has NSI or SSAIB accreditation.
The alarm must also be maintained by an accredited company so that it continues to offer reliable protection and reduced false alarms.
The Police work on a 3 strikes and you're out system. So, if you experience a false alarm three times within 12 months, you are downgraded and the Police will not treat your alarm going off as a priority.
The Police advise against dealing with cold callers, telesales enquiries, door-step or telephone salesmen. Though they say many are fine, some are not and can be extremely persuasive.
To avoid being locked into long, unclear contracts with overpriced security systems, refuse to speak to cold-callers. Be particularly wary of pressure selling techniques like exaggerated stories of crime in the local area.
As an NSI Gold accredited company, we can proudly display this logo on our website.
Confirming your chosen security has genuine NSI accreditation is easy, here's an explanation of how to find out. Don't forget to put your post code in, otherwise the map might not show you the most relevant listings.
Finding an SSAIB accredited installer is just as easy - use this page on their website to do a simple search.
Again, because we are an SSAIB certified installer, we are allowed to display our badge of approval!
It's Blake's NSI Gold and SSAIB accreditations that allow us to pass our expertise on to homeowners like you.
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