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What is Monitored Security?

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If you lived in a million-dollar mansion, you would need to take extra measures to protect your property. Many wealthy individuals choose to enlist the services of a Security Guard Agency, which may provide 24/7 monitoring of a house and surrounding property. Having a security guard can give you peace-of-mind, in knowing that there is always someone looking out for your home’s security.

However, for those of us who don’t live in mansions, hiring a security guard is simply not practical. A monitored home security system is a more budget-friendly and cost-effective way to protect the security of your home. With a monitored home security system, your home will be watched 24/7 for potential burglars, all with the power of electronic security devices.

How Does it Work?

When a monitored security system is installed in a home, it is connected to a landline phone, cellular or internet line. The control panel (which is the ‘brain’ of the system) is able to interpret signals from the various security devices placed around the home. This may include glass-break sensors, motion detectors, door sensors and other monitoring devices. If the system detects an intrusion, it will notify the ‘call center’ associated with the system’s monitoring service. For example, if you receive home security monitoring from ADT, a break-in at your home will be immediately forwarded to their call center. Once the intrusion is detected by the monitoring center, they will usually alert you by telephone. If the call center is unable to contact the homeowner (or if the ‘Panic Button’ on the system has been pressed), they will also immediately notify law enforcement authorities.

Safety Monitoring

Today, monitored home security systems are able to protect your home from more than just burglars. Many systems also include carbon monoxide sensors, smoke detectors, flood detectors and other devices. If any of these sensors are triggered, the alarm monitoring call center (and the homeowner) will be notified.

Monitored Video Surveillance

Some monitored home security systems also include video surveillance. The surveillance may either be motion-activated (meaning the cameras only capture footage when there is movement), or capture footage 24/7. With many systems, a homeowner can access this footage from their home, office or even while on vacation by using their internet browser. Some video surveillance systems are even designed to send an email alert or SMS text message to a homeowner when they detect movement.

Is Monitored Security Worth the Cost?

Given that a home burglary takes place every 12 seconds, monitored home security is definitely a good way to protect your home. For example, basic home security monitoring costs around $40 per month, which is $480 per year. On average, a home burglary will cost a homeowner over $2,000. For homes without a monitored security system, statistics have proven that they are from 2.7 – 3.5 times more likely to be burglarized.

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Category: Home Security