What do alarm systems and automobile tires have in common? This may sound like a strange question to the untrained ear but lend me yours and I will make sense of it. The reason I mention car tires is that they are a necessity that most all of us have some experience purchasing, at least occasionally.

Even though we need good tires to keep our cars firmly on the road, when they are wearing out we often put the purchase of new ones off for a few weeks. If we are patient, a Saturday will eventually come along that we have no plans for, and we will force ourselves to go to our local tire store. Maybe it’s the shop with the big giant marshmallow looking thing on the roof, or the one down the road that seems to be giving away free hotdogs and has a racing car crew serving them, that gets us to stop.

If you are reading between the lines and see that I’m correlating putting off the purchase of a necessity such as car tires with a necessity such as an alarm system, you would be different than most and only partially correct. The first reason you would be different is because most people don’t see an alarm as a necessity, but as a luxury. Only after they have been burglarized, do they see the inevitable addition of an alarm system as something they need instead of just considering.

Do you know why they realize after the fact that they need one? Not just because they are upset that someone took all the electronics, not just because of the gun that they considered the only alarm system they would ever need is missing (and god only knows whose hands it will end up in), not even because they are freaked out knowing that some stranger was rifling through their underwear drawer. It is because this is the first time that most people will start to think about how this unfortunate event could have affected the lives of their loved ones and themselves, if they had been home or walked in on a burglary in progress.

What if my wife came home for lunch and walked in on them?  What if I came home from work and had my own gun pointed at me when I came in?  What if we were asleep while they entered, and how would that traumatize the family?

Only after asking ourselves these types of questions, does an alarm system becomes a necessity. Assuming you do know that you need and want an alarm system as part of your preventative security plan, and you do have researching how to choose one on your to do list, let’s consider how else an alarm system might have something in common with automobile tires.

When we go to buy our tires, we often tell the salesman what size tire we need or what make and model our car is. They go to the computer screen and tell you “we have the Big Brand XTC’s in your size for $115.00 each plus mounting and balancing” or “the Road Grippers are really made by the same company and they are $5.00 less each” (Sound familiar?)

How often does the salesperson, take the time to explain things that are so important to your decision such as Load Range, Tread Wear, Rubber Composites, Tread Patterns and the Elements, Sidewall Strength, Speed Ratings, etc.  If they did, you would not only know much more than you already do about tires, but you would most likely justify your choices and the expense with life safety (As you should). You will also most likely buy your tires from that store now, and the next time you need them, no matter what they are giving away down the street.

Would you believe that alarm systems are often sold the same way tires are?” We have this one or that one, which do you prefer?” When making an important decision such as how a security system will fit into your lifestyle, please take the time to understand all your options. The available differences in function and quality of all the devices and the installation company you are considering, is astounding. Your ability to know the difference will determine how happy you are with your system for years to come. If you can’t find someone to expertly explain all these things to you when being consulted for your potential new alarm system, then you have not found that proverbial “perfect tire store!”

We look forward to sharing with you all the information you need to make a proper decission and to becoming your provider of choice. Absolute Security Alarms only sells systems that we would buy ourselves. We are “Local and Loved!”