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Home Security Monitoring Companies: Pros and Cons

Whether you've installed your security system yourself or had it installed professionally, you may be considering what to do about monitoring the system. When choosing how to monitor your security system, you have more choices to make: self-monitoring or a professional monitoring company. Both self-monitoring and hiring a professional monitoring company offer advantages and disadvantages. This article reviews the advantages and disadvantages of hiring a professional monitoring company.

Advantages of hiring a professional monitoring company:

  • Reliability. With a professional monitoring company, your home security system is monitored 24/7. They will contact the police if they believe a break-in is in progress. Similarly, if the system detects smoke or heat, the security monitoring company will contact the fire department.
  • Customer service. The professional monitoring company will handle, address and troubleshoot any problems with the security system. They can resolve issues and repair systems.
  • Added features. Professional monitoring companies can offer an integrated security system that includes integrated alarms, surveillance cameras and other components.
  • Free equipment. Many professional monitoring companies will offer free equipment for signing a monitoring contract.
  • Signage. Professional monitoring companies will provide clients with yard signs and decals indicating that company is monitoring the house. Some research indicates that signage alone can deter crime.
  • Installation. When you purchase an alarm system and the monitoring service, the security system will install your alarm system. This ensures that a professional installs the system correctly.
  • Maintenance. By signing a contract for security system monitoring, you will also receive regular maintenance and updates to your system to ensure that itís working correctly.

Disadvantages of hiring a professional monitoring company:

  • Cost. A professionally monitored system can be costly. The cost begins with installation fees. Plus, the monthly fee of a professional monitoring company can vary depending on the company and the features of the security system. However, whether itís ten dollars a month or twenty dollars a month, those monthly fees add up at the end of each year to quite a bit of money.
  • Control. With a self-monitored system, the homeowner is responsible for making the decision on whether or not to call for professional help such as police. This can save money in fines or other costs incurred when a monitoring service sends the police or fire department when itís a false alarm.
  • More choices. There are many do-it yourself alarm systems that allow for self-monitoring available at a number of price points. Go online to find the system that suits your needs.

A security system can protect you, your family and your property. Be sure to compare security systems and security monitoring systems online before making a decision. Compare equipment, features and prices. A little research can help you find the security system, monitoring company and price that suits your family's needs and budget.

DIY Home Security Systems for Safety & Peace of Mind

The FBI estimates that a home break-in occurs every 14.5 seconds, which results in more than $15 billion in loss and damages each year. It's no wonder that home security is becoming more and more important and utilized. Of course, there are any number of ...

Published:  Fri, 24 Nov 2017 05:52:00 GMT



Giveaway: Win a ReoLink RLC-410 outdoor home security camera

We have teamed up ReoLink to give away one of the RLC-410 home security cameras. Click through to see the details and rules. One winner will be selected at random when the contest ends on 11/27/17 at midnight. You'll receive 3 emails a week with latest ...

Published:  Fri, 24 Nov 2017 07:06:00 GMT



Are Your Home Security Cameras Protected from Unwanted Eyes

Sure, home security cameras give added peace of mind, but the reality is, an unsecured camera puts you at risk. Apolonio Garcia, CEO of Cincinnati, Ohio-based HealthGuard IT Security, states that home security cameras that you watch on your smartphone are ...

Published:  Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:57:00 GMT



Point Smart Home Security System

The developers at Minut have designed and created a new smart home security system which requires no invasive cameras or complex setups and comes complete with its own companion application allowing you to monitor your home from wherever you may be.

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Published:  Wed, 22 Nov 2017 03:42:00 GMT



ADT Disclaimer:

$99 Customer Installation Charge. 36-Month Monitoring Agreement required at $36.99 per month ($1,331.64), 24-Month Monitoring Agreement required at $36.99 ($887.76) for California, including Quality Service Plan (QSP). Form of payment must be by credit card or electronic charge to your checking or savings account. Offer applies to homeowners only. Local permit fees may be required. Satisfactory credit history required. Certain restrictions may apply. Offer valid for new ADT Authorized Premier Provider customers only and not on purchases from ADT LLC. Other rate plans available. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Licenses: AL-15-1104, AK-35221, AZ-ROC217517, AR-2008-0014, CA-ACO6320, CT-ELC.0193944-L5, DE-07-212, FL-EC13003427, DC-602513000006, GA-LVA205395, HI-CT30946, ID-ELE-SC-39312, IL-127.001042, IN-City of Indianapolis: LAC-000156, IA-AC-0036, KY-City of Louisville: 483, LA-F1082, LA-F1914, LA-F1915, ME-LM50017382, MD-107-1626, MA-1355C, MI-3601205773, MN-TS01807, MS-15007958, MO-City of St. Louis: CC354, St. Louis County: 89767, MT-247, NE-14451, NV-68518, City of Las Vegas: 3000002944, NJ-34BF00021800, NM-353366, NY-Licensed by the N.Y.S. Dept. of State UID#12000286189, #12000286451, NC-1622-CSA, OH-53891446, City of Cincinnati: AC86, OK-1048, OR-170997, Pennsylvania Home Improvement Contractor Registration Number: PA22999, RI-3582, SC-BAC5630, SD-1025-7001-ET, TN-C1520, TX-B13734, ACR-3492, UT-6422596-6501, VT-ES-2382, VA-115120, WA-602588694/PROTEYH934RS, WV-042433, WI-City of Milwaukee: PAS-0002640, WY-LV-G-21499. 3750 Priority Way South Dr. Suite 200 Indianapolis, IN 46240 ©2014 Defender Security

 

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Activation Fee and 42-Month Monitoring Agreement at a minimum of $49.99/mo., home ownership, and satisfactory credit history required. Local permit fees and/or sales tax may apply. Services not available in all areas.

 

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