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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.

Home security paramount to avoid becoming a victim

Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window) Share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) (Photo: WKRN) NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - A violent home invasion has ...

Published:  Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:04:00 GMT



North America to Dominate the Home Security Products and Solutions Market During the Assessment Period of 2017-2025

Home security products and solutions market is forecasted to be valued at more than US$ 12 Bn by the end of the year 2025 and this market is set to expand 2.8X during the assessment period 2017 to 2025. The home security products and solutions market is ...

Published:  Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:08:00 GMT



Digital Guardian Commissioned 451 Research Report Calls for a Data-Centric Approach to Endpoint Security

WALTHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Digital Guardian today announced the availability of a new 451 Research paper titled, "A Data-Centric Approach to Endpoint Security." The paper includes deeper analysis on key findings from 451 Research's Voice of the ...

Published:  Tue, 19 Sep 2017 06:13:00 GMT



More security on London Tube as British police raid home

There is heightened security on the London Underground Saturday as British police raid a home near London just hours after making their first arrest in the investigation into the bombing of an underground train a day earlier.

Published:  Sat, 16 Sep 2017 04:25:01 GMT



Reolink Launches C1 Pro 4MP WiFi PT Smart Home Camera for All-Around Indoor Security

HONG KONG, Sept. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Reolink, a global innovator in home security products, today launched C1 Pro 4MP WiFi PT smart home camera, which is available on official online store with FREE shipping. Reolink C1 Pro, the upgrade version of C1 ...

Published:  Sat, 16 Sep 2017 11:07:00 GMT



US consumers want emergency, security smart home features

Mobile operators keen on Internet of Things (IoT) opportunities would do best to offer emergency and security services to their customers, a new report from Strategy Analytics indicates. According to the firm, fire alert and emergency notifications (with ...

Published:  Sun, 17 Sep 2017 17:00:00 GMT



The One Mistake I Made as a Stay-at-Home Mom That I Hope Others Can Learn From

I learned the hard way that every day someone stays home with the kids, they are supporting their spouse's future financial security, while ruining their own. I know what many of you are already rolling your eyes and shouting, "That's not true ...

Published:  Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:05:00 GMT



Caught on Camera: Home Security Camera Captures Mobile Burglary

MOBILE, Alabama (WKRG) - Longtime residents of Laborde Drive in Mobile are noticing an uptick in crime in their neighborhood. The Knight family invested in a home surveillance system after their home and cars were broken into. Early Friday morning ...

Published:  Sun, 17 Sep 2017 13:11:00 GMT



Extraordinary event repeal changes security at Panthers home opener

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- As thousands gathered for the Panthers first season home opener Sunday, some security changes came into play. Back in June, Charlotte City Council repealed the "Extraordinary Event" ordinance, which gave officers more leeway to stop ...

Published:  Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:31:00 GMT



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$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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