Is the safety of your family, your home, your business, and your employees important to you? Have you invested in an alarm system, or are you looking to make that investment to protect lives and secure valuables? From my own childhood experience of being a latch key kid and being the one to discover that our home had been burglarized – an alarm system is not really a complete security solution unless it is equipped with professional alarm monitoring.
Professional alarm monitoring provides you with peace of mind and the reality of knowing that trained security professionals are ready to dispatch help, be it police, fire, or paramedics when you or your loved ones need it 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
What is alarm monitoring?
A monitored alarm system communicates alarm signals to a monitoring or central station whenever it detects trouble. Trouble could be that your alarm has heard the sound of breaking glass from a window being broken, detected a door being opened, or perhaps a smoke detector has sensed the smell of smoke from a fire. Once the monitoring station receives those alarm signals, trained security specialists determine the type of alarm and dispatch the appropriate authorities to respond to the emergency at your home or business. Whether it’s a burglary, fire, or medical, day or night, help will be on the way.
Why is alarm monitoring so vital to your security?
Alarm monitoring provides four vital benefits for your security, safety, and peace of mind:
Help is on the way 24/7
In the event of an emergency, seconds matter when it comes to life safety. Suppose a fire were to break out at your home. In that case, alarm monitoring allows you to focus on getting you and your loved ones to safety while the security professionals at your alarm company’s monitoring station are summoning help. If you’re home alone during a break-in and unable to call for help, a monitored alarm system will ensure the authorities are still dispatched to your home; help is on the way!
Reduce your property loss
In the event of a burglary at your home or business while you’re away, a monitored alarm can get the police dispatched immediately, potentially reducing your property loss. Without alarm monitoring, if your home or business is burglarized, you may be left to discover the scene of the crime on your own or, even worse, walk in when the burglary is still occurring. Not only can this experience be traumatic, but also dangerous.
Peace of mind while you’re away
If you have an unmonitored or self-monitored alarm system, and there’s an emergency within your home or business while you’re away or unavailable, you may not find out until it’s too late. Perhaps the trouble is a water leak, or maybe an employee left the front door unsecured. A monitored alarm means you’ll have a team of trained security professionals ready to respond day or night, so you can rest easy knowing someone’s keeping watch while you’re away.
It could save you money
Most insurance companies offer home and business owners discounts for having a monitored alarm system. Having an alarm system reduces your chances of being burglarized and submitting an insurance claim. Research done by The National Council for Home Safety and Security reports that 83 percent of burglars specifically look to see if a home has an alarm system; 60 percent will change their mind about breaking in if there is one.
An unmonitored alarm system does provide some benefits. If you’re home, the alarm will sound and make noise letting you know that there’s potentially so you to take necessary action. The sound of the ringing alarm may frighten off some intruders, which helps, but most will ignore it and attempt to damage your alarm system to disable it as soon as possible.
You can also self-monitor your alarm system. You can receive a notification via your cellphone through a security app such as the Total Connect App from Resideo. These notifications will let you know that an emergency has occurred before returning to your home or your business. It may also allow you to call the police or fire dept to help. However, if you miss the notification on your smartphone because you were away from your phone, busy, or even asleep, self-monitoring provides no immediate help when you need it.
Professional alarm monitoring means you, your loved ones, or your business has a 24/7 safety net ready to summon help when it is needed. Professional alarm monitoring means you can focus on the things that are important, while the trained security professionals focus on getting you the help you need at that moment, be it police, fire, or medical professionals on the scene as soon as possible.
24/7 professional monitoring is an essential feature for a complete security solution.