What to Look For in Camera Installation Companies
Published October 15, 2017     |     Written by Robert Harrington
Congratulations. You’ve made the decision to have security cameras professionally installed in your business. Now you’re faced with the daunting task of sifting through the various camera installation companies near you.
There’s more than meets the eye when choosing a contractor for the job. Before you select the first business that pops up in your Google search, consider the following.
Why Are You Installing Cameras in Your Business?
Before you can find the best company to install cameras in your business, you need to get clear on why you’ve chosen this route to securing your office(s). Perhaps you’ve had a problem with ongoing theft. Or perhaps you’ve heard more reports about break-ins in the area. Maybe you’re simply trying to cut back on your insurance costs and cameras will offer you the discount you need.
Understanding your primary motivation behind the project will work as your beacon to finding the best system for your business. That reason, in turn, will also help you find the right contractor for the job. Let’s take a closer look at why.
What’s the Right System for Your Unique Needs?
Sure, you could research the many, many security networks available for your business but you’ll quickly find yourself overwhelmed with options. There’s a lot out there to choose from. Even though you know your motivation behind getting the cameras installed, sifting through the products and features is a job in and of itself.
Enter: Your contractor.
Many business owners lean on the expertise of camera installation companies, like Harrington Technologies, to narrow their choices and understand their options. Why? Because camera installers have seen what’s available. We’re the ones immersed in the industry. It’s faster for us to make recommendations for solutions based on the latest innovations, our experience with other installations, and more.
As a business, you don’t have time to spend sifting through all of the options available. That’s why we regularly meet with clients in Tucson to walk around their property, learn about their unique needs, and recommend the best solutions for the job. Any camera installation company you choose should offer you the same level of service. That way, you can be confident that you’re getting the solution that’ll meet your needs for years to come.
But be warned. Companies that only offer one solution don’t give you the full picture. Talk to contractors that can present you several different options from a variety of providers, so you can be sure you’re getting an unbiased look at the best solutions out there.
What’s Your Timeline?
As you start reaching out to contractors to offer their recommendations and submit a bid for your project, you’ll want to ask about timelines. Your timeline is dependent on the reason you need a security cameras installed.
If you have an immediate concern, you’ll want to work with a business that is available to get started sooner rather than later. If your concerns are more inherent in the fact that you simply want better protection for your business, you might be a little more flexible with your start date.
Clarify this up front with the companies you consider, so you can be sure the business you choose will be able to start and finish the job within your timeframe. Clarifying this before you get the bid will save you time down the road.
Who Do Your Connections Recommend?
Like with any major project in your business, it’s a good idea to talk to others in your network of professionals. Do you know of another business owner who recently had cameras installed? Reach out and see who they used. Or, ask the question on social media.
This is a project that requires care and proper setup. You need it to go smoothly. Talking to others will help shed light on the type of experience you can expect before, during, and after the install.
What Are the Ongoing Costs?
How long should you store the footage gathered from your security cameras? Do you need around-the-clock access to security footage? Do you need a company to monitor your feeds for any malicious behavior?
There are many layers to a well run security camera system. The installation of the camera system is just the first step.
Talk to your contractor to pinpoint the right one for your needs and then ask them about the ongoing costs. Do this before making the final decision on which system to use, so you can be sure the solution you install will fit in your ongoing monthly budget.
We’re here to offer our expertise and experience on the type of security camera systems you need. And of course, we’d love to be one of the camera installation companies you request a bid from for the job. But most importantly, we want to help you find the right solution to meet your needs.
Reach out to the Harrington Technologies team to start the conversation. We’ll sit down with you to discuss your unique needs and give you the type of non-bias information you’re looking for to make the best decision for your business needs.