Not so long ago, only the wealthy could afford to have a home monitoring system installed where they live. However, with the advances in mobile technology, these systems are more affordable for today’s homeowners than ever before.
Many homeowners feel they do not own any items worth stealing and therefore have no need to install such a system. Unfortunately, in many cases this is not true. Burglars focus on easy jobs that will garner big payouts by searching for items such as tools, jewelry, smartphones, laptops, cameras or small appliances. Items such as these are found in homes everywhere, not just in wealthy neighborhoods. No matter what one’s status or location is, any home is at risk from possible invasion.
Almost anyone can install do-it-yourself safety measures in their home, including cameras, sensors, alarms and other hardware. Some criminals may avoid breaking into a home with a visible alarm system; however, this type of DIY alarm system only works if someone is in the home to hear the alarm. If no one is home, the system is useless.
For this reason, it is important that the homeowner includes 24/7 monitored protection as part of their home system. With a monitored system, they know that no matter where they are, the system is protecting their home from intruders. If an alarm goes off, the monitoring company will immediately contact the police. In addition, many of these systems are programmed to contact the fire department in case of fire or carbon monoxide in the home. Some systems also include a panic button that silently alerts the company to contact the police.
Studies show that a burglary takes place in the United States about every 18 seconds. The following statistics illustrate the risks everyone takes if they do not make use of a monitored system:
1. Burglars are more apt to avoid homes that have security systems.
A study conducted by the University of North Carolina states that 60 percent of convicted burglars admit that the presence of such a system at a home often led to them choosing another home to rob. Most burglars gain access to a home through a window or door. If they see evidence of security equipment in these areas, they are apt to leave that home.
2. Studies show that a majority of burglaries occur between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 pm.
Many burglaries take place during the day while homeowners are at work or at school. This reduces the chances that anyone will notice the burglar. Many monitored systems include cameras that can film the intruder in action.
3. Career criminals can rob a home in less than ten minutes.
Burglars search for homes that are easy targets. They know how to quickly break into a house, take what they want and leave before anyone notices that something is wrong. Again, this is where the use of the cameras becomes important.
4. Home systems with 24/7 monitoring have faster response times than those without it.
If a homeowner cannot respond to an alert, they are confident that the monitoring company will immediately respond as soon as they receive it.
5. Monitored systems cover more than just burglaries.
Although homeowners use these systems primarily to thwart burglaries, a high-quality system also connects to and alerts the local fire department and/or police department. If there is a fire emergency or a high level of carbon monoxide in the home, the fire department will be notified immediately. Depending on the system in use, the fire department will also respond if the homeowner needs help due to falls or other types of medical emergencies.
Most homeowners are already aware of the problems that may arise, including burglaries, home invasions, fires and medical emergencies. No one should wait until a tragedy occurs to safeguard themselves and their family. The wise homeowner will make it a priority to have a 24/7 monitored security system installed before any tragedy can take place.
No home is ever truly safe from break-ins, theft or fire. While certain devices are designed with the express purpose of inhibiting or combating these threats, home security is more than just about preventing crime and the loss of or damage to property. Should a fire break out in your home, for instance, you must promptly alert the authorities to ensure a timely emergency response.
You definitely need to keep an eye out for anything and everything that can endanger your life, limb and property. Luckily, sophisticated home security devices allow you to track the number of times a door has been opened or closed. In theory, many electronic security devices in a home or business establishment can be remotely monitored. In line with modern needs, ABN Security can assist you with these.
Round-the-clock monitoring is an important component of any home fire alarm system. After all, you’ll want to alert the local fire department the moment the alarm goes off. Additionally, some devices can also be modified to keep track of carbon monoxide levels inside a home or commercial establishment. Most can even be operated using a smartphone or a tablet.
ABN Security’s alarm monitoring can also keep track of how many times each door has been opened and closed. This is a great feature in keeping a remote eye out for potential issues and business owners can also find different applications for it. For instance, by recording the number of entries, shop managers can count how many customers the business receives daily.
An alarm monitoring company is relevant to any home or business owner who insists on keeping an eye on his property. While crime prevention is still their primary purpose, security systems can also be useful business tools. There may be no such thing as a 100 percent-secured home or establishment, but alarm monitoring services can provide the next best thing.
I already monitor my alarm system via landline – why should I bother subscribing to cellular monitoring? Without a doubt, landlines are the most popular form of communication amongst our alarm monitoring customers. It’s what most people have been doing for years. Recently, however, cellular phones have risen as a viable contender to the traditional landline. In fact, ACA International reports that one in four American homes have given up their landline in favor of cellular phones. Furthermore, nearly 16% of Americans with home phone lines report receiving all or most of their phone calls on their cell phone, even though they have a working landline.
We still stand 100% by our UL listed security system monitoring services through a landline. But we understand that landline alarm monitoring shouldn’t be the only option our customers have when choosing a monitoring service. Whether you’re thinking about giving up your landline or you just want another level of security, here are three great reasons why cellular monitoring on your alarm system is a good idea.
1. Your Security System Monitoring Won’t be Interrupted if Your Phone Line Goes Down Someone hit a telephone poll and your landline is down. Without cellular backup, our central station will not know that your connection to us has been severed. However, if you have cellular monitoring enabled on your home alarm system we can continue our monitoring services without interruption.
2. Your Landline can be Cut If an intruder knows you have an alarm system installed on your property, he or she can cut your phone line and continue on with a robbery. Cellular units, on the other hand, can never be cut: they operate wirelessly over a cellular network, which means your home is still protected even if an intruder disables your phone line.
3. You can Continue to be Monitored if You Get Rid of Your Land Line If you don’t use your landline often and are thinking about ditching it, your alarm monitoring service can continue uninterrupted with cellular monitoring.
If you’d prefer to have backup monitoring communication besides your cellular connection, ABN Security also offers monitoring via your Internet connection. Not sure if your module is supported by Alarm Relay? We support the following cellular modules:
Want to find out more about cellular monitoring or getting rid of your land line? Give us a call and talk to one of our customer service representatives to learn more. (770) 429-8092
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