A professionally monitored system can stay up to date with less effort than a self-maintained system. Security systems come in a lot of different varieties. If you install and monitor the system yourself, you might only have an alarm set up for the front and back doors, or you might also include sensors on windows. With security monitoring, you get a lot more for your money.
The value of a security system isn’t just in what it costs to install and maintain. Its real value is in how it performs. And in most cases, professional monitoring performs better. Here are 5 reasons why:
When you have a monitored security system, it’s always on duty. Whether you’re on vacation, at work, or asleep, monitoring means someone else is watching over your property every day and night. With an unmonitored or self-monitored system, you’re the only one in charge of protecting your property. If your system is self-monitored and you miss an alert, there might be no one available to notify authorities to help if there’s a problem. And if your system isn’t monitored at all, you might never know there was a problem until someone gets back on site.
A professionally monitored system will dispatch the appropriate help when an alarm is triggered.
If there’s a fire, break-in, or any other problem, you’ll know that help comes whether you’re available or not. With a self-monitored or unmonitored system, you’re responsible for making a call for help. But if you are unable or unaware, there’s no one else to back you up.
Monitoring means that regardless of whether you’re reachable by phone or email, help will come when a problem is detected by your system. Monitoring services try to confirm any alert triggers with you. But help arriving doesn’t depend on you having access to your cell or email. With a self-monitored system, text and email alerts that the system sends might fall on deaf ears if you’re in an area with no cell service, can’t hear your phone ring, or can’t check your email. If you don’t get the alert, you won’t know that there’s a problem. And unmonitored systems have no alerts at all.
Sooner or later, everything digital or mechanical will need service. With a professionally monitored systems, service is most likely included in your contract. You won’t have to worry about expensive repairs and extended down time for broken equipment. With a self-monitored or unmonitored system, you are your own repair team. Or you could hire a third party to make repairs when needed and pay those costs out of pocket.
Professionally monitored security systems come with professional installation. And with a service contract, those costs are often significantly lower than you’d pay if you bought the equipment and installed everything on your own. If you do the installation work, all costs are paid up front. And there’s also the risk of an improper installation, which could compromise your security system.
There are plenty of arguments for having an unmonitored security system or one that you monitor yourself. One of the biggest is no contract for service. but no contract equals no contact. And that means you’re on your own.