How To Negotiate With Business Security Companies

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Security can be an issue for many companies.   As a business owner you want your employees to feel safe and know you are protecting your building as well.   Some companies have stock rooms full of valuable things.   Security systems for businesses are a great way to help you and your employees feel safe.   It can be intimidating at first, but with the right steps you can figure out what security needs fit your company best, and how to negotiate the right price with business security companies.

It doesn’t matter if you are looking into alarm systems, access control systems, or video surveillance systems, there is something out there perfect for your company.   The key to getting all the information is to ask questions and to beware of hidden fees.   Make sure there are no hidden activation charges or installation fees for your system.   A lot of times security companies like to tack on charges at the end of a transaction.

Because there are so many different types of business security systems out there you need to decide on what type of security company is best for you.   Take into consideration the size of the business security company.   Mid-size firms are nice because they are big enough to provide great customer support and small enough to be responsive to your needs.

Get references from the company.   Ask these references some questions such as:

  • How quickly did the company install the system, and was it in the timeframe they guaranteed?
  • Were they accessible to questions if you had any problems?
  • Did they provide sufficient training for all the equipment to you and your employees?
  • Were the contracts clear and straightforward?
  • If you ever experienced an intrusion, did the central monitoring station quickly alert authorities?

Sometimes going directly to a previous customer is the best way to negotiate.   If you can find out how much they were charged, then you can figure out if they are pushing up their prices or not.   Also get multiple quotes and see if you can leverage lower prices.

Shannon Suetos is a writer based in San Diego, California. She writes extensively for Resource Nation, an online resource that provides expert advice on purchasing and outsourcing decisions for small business owners and entrepreneurs.