When you purchase a home security system, alarm companies will often offer home alarm monitoring. Home alarm monitoring means that when an intrusion or other emergency trips your alarm not only will the sound go off in your home it will trigger an alarm with the central monitoring station. The station will then notify you of the emergency as well as alert the proper authorities who will be dispatched to your home. You don’t have to purchase home alarm monitoring, but they offer a few extra benefits that an alarm system can’t on its own.
Fast Response Time
This is perhaps the number one benefit of home alarm monitoring. When someone attempts to break into your home or there is some other emergency such as a fire, having a fast response time can minimize damage and loss. Some people will opt out of home alarm monitoring because they assume that if people hear an alarm going off they will alert the police. This is most often not the case because many people have learned to tune out the sound of alarms. Every minute that police are not notified of an emergency means that your home is in danger. Home alarm monitoring prevents this from happening by alerting you and the police in case of an incident.
Protects Your Family
Beyond alerting the police quickly, home alarm monitoring can protect your family from dangerous situations. Many alarm companies will have you set up a contact list and when your alarm is triggered they will send out a notification to everyone on your list. This means that if there is a break-in going on in your home while you’re away and you or a family member is about to walk into the house, the notification from the monitoring system can keep you away. It also helps when you’re away from your house for an extended period of time because you can have people on your contact list that are in the area and can make sure everything is alright.
Easier To Fix Problems
Along with monitoring your system for intrusions and emergencies, home alarm monitoring systems can check your system for technical problems. You never want your security system to fail, but occasionally problems arise. If you have problems with your system and you don’t have monitoring, you need to have a technician to come out to your house. They then have to run tests and diagnose the issue and then if they can’t fix the problem right away they have to come back later. This is valuable time that your system might be out of service. With home alarm monitoring, technicians can run tests and diagnose problems without having to come to your house. They can fix security system problems faster and easier.
You purchased your home security system to make sure that your home is safe. A monitoring system has the added benefit of a fast response time and makes it easier to address and fix any problems that might happen to your alarm system. Home alarm monitoring can add even more security to your system and keep you and your family as safe as possible.