The Benefits of a Monitored Alarm System
station receives signals from your alarm system, checks the signal's authenticity, and notifies appropriate authorities) as something unnecessary, with the thinking that "The sound of the alarm's siren will scare off any intruders". And "The police can take anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour to get to my home or business, and by then, the intruder will be long gone anyway". Those who have installed their own alarm system are most likely to have this view. So this begs the question(s): Why bother having my home security system monitored?
What are the benefits?
Many people see the "P" "A" and "F" buttons on their keypad and are not even sure what they are for. These are instant panic buttons. Pressing and holding one of these buttons will send an instant panic signal to your monitoring station, which will dispatch either the police, fire or ambulance for you. Without monitoring, these buttons and the benefits they could potentially bring are unavailable to you. The Time Between The Break-in, And When You Arrive Home: Many break-ins occur during the day when you and most of your neighbors are at work. If you are broken into, (especially if someone kicks one of your doors in), the burglar obviously isn't going to take the time to make sure the window or door he broke into is secure after he leaves! So now you have an open window or kicked in door, and an alarm that has already been tripped (Depending on the settings, most alarm sirens will stop after 5-15 minutes). This leaves you with an extremely vulnerable business or residence, and no alarm protection whatsoever! And what if you live in an isolated area and have gone on vacation and it happens in the middle of the winter? Your monitoring station will not only contact the authorities, but you and/or friends and neighbors you have on your call list. This way, the home can be secured much quicker.
Many alarm owners are opting to have fire and heat detection devices added to their system. If any of these devices go into alarm, your monitoring center will know this and dispatch the fire department for you. We all know that seconds count as far as how quickly a fire can spread, and the sooner the authorities get to your residence, the better. Think of everything you own, not only items of monetary value, but personal items that you have collected over the years.
Other Benefits Of Home Security Monitoring:
You can add many devices to your alarm system that can be monitored. Items such as carbon monoxide, flood water sensors, and temp sensors are enhanced greatly with central station monitoring. For more about all of the amazing things alarms can do, check out "My Alarm Can Do What?" on this site.
Hopefully, we have convinced you that an investment of about $20 per month for alarm monitoring is worth it to protect your home or business.
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