Why Choose a Monitored Alarm System Service?

Posted by Omega Security on October 8, 2013

A common choice homeowners face when acquiring residential security is between a monitored and non-monitored system. Non-monitored equipment can be attractive because it’s seemingly inexpensive and the homeowner can handle the install himself or herself. There are, however, many benefits to choosing a monitored alarm system service that often isn’t obvious to the uninitiated.

Alarms Trigger at a Central Station

The biggest issue with non-monitored alarms is that the audible alarm is the only notification. The residents have to hear the alarm and be in a position to react; however, they might be unable to respond for a number of reasons, including being asleep, incapacitated by CO2 or smoke inhalation, or in the presence of home invaders.

Alarms Handled by Experts

With a monitored alarm system service, all alarms, alerts and notifications also register at a central monitoring station where a highly trained and experienced agent immediately handles them. Alarm events are usually intense experiences, and there’s no guarantee that those who hear the alarm will respond to it appropriately. The leading home security companies, however, have proven track records of dispatching the appropriate services quickly, which is important when every second could mean the difference between life and death.

Vacant Home Security

Another problem with non-monitored security is that it’s useless when nobody is home. The great benefit to home security companies that provide monitored service is that they watch the home 24-7, 365 days a year. The security service even monitors the home while the family is on vacation, and the homeowner can even leave special instructions in order to make that protection more effective.

Inexpensive Professional Installation

Professional installation is better for obvious reasons, but many homeowners choose to do it themselves because they fear high costs. Nevertheless, installation is not nearly as expensive as most first-time customers believe. In fact, home security companies make their greatest profit on the ongoing service fees and thus are likely to subsidize the upfront costs.

Panic Buttons

Non-monitored alarms are limited in that the homeowner cannot easily activate them. This is problematic during a situation that wouldn’t otherwise activate the alarm. Panic buttons are a particularly important security feature to have during a home invasion, so as not to alert an intruder that you’ve called for help.

Leasing is an Option

With basic security equipment, the homeowner must pay the full retail price, and if an upgrade or replacement is necessary, they must pay the full retail price for that as well. With a monitored system, the homeowner can lease the equipment, which is usually much cheaper because the customer gets a lower price than retail and doesn’t have to foot the bill for upgrades and replacements.

Insurance Discounts

Most insurance companies will provide a discount on a homeowner insurance policy if the client has a security system that is monitored around the clock by an alarm system service. The discount is often significant and will usually offset any cost difference between choosing monitored over non-monitored.

Serves as a Deterrent

A monitored system serves as a deterrent, and the differences in the crime statistics between monitored and non-monitored residences are significant. Not only is monitored security effective at making a resident a less likely target for crime, it also improves the likelihood of a positive outcome for the victims in the event that a crime does occur.