Military personnel face unique home security challenges. Their families tend to move frequently, and when they are deployed, they often must leave their home and families behind.
Your home security system should be a source of comfort and safety. Choose a vendor that meets yours and your family’s security needs. To get started, evaluate companies on the following three criteria.
1. Helps Keep Moving Stress-Free
Military families move an average of once every three years. That’s a lot of packing, unpacking and making arrangements. Don’t let your security system bring added stress. Choose a vendor with a clear moving policy. When comparing options, ask about:
- Associated fees.
- Installation requirements.
- Areas of service. (You can only move your system if the vendor serves your new destination.)
- How far in advance you must notify the vendor of your move.
Perform due diligence; provider policies vary. For example, when you move with Vector Security, you receive a free home automation package and percentage discount off additional devices. We also request to be notified at least eight weeks prior to your move if possible—this allows ample time to coordinate logistics.
2. Has Straightforward Cancellation Policies
Security provider cancellation policies can get tricky. Be sure you fully understand the policy, including associated fees and contract stipulations, before signing.
Though many vendors require that you sign on for a multi-year policy with cancellation fees and provisions, best ones will have a special policy for military customers. For example, here at Vector Security, we will waive all cancellation fees upon submitting written proof of the sale of your home and a copy of your recent PCS orders that require your relocation. See our full policy here.
3. Keeps Your Family Safe While You’re Away
Deployment can last from months to years. A security system can help you achieve peace of mind, knowing that the loved ones you’ve left behind are safe and secure.
Take advantage of available home security solutions, like video surveillance and access control, to ramp up your protection and keep you informed. Look for remote management features so that you can check in from afar, if you have access to an Internet connection.
What are some of the struggles your military family faces with home security? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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