So you've heard about monitored alarm systems as an option for your home and now you want to know more...
This post presents Blake's top 6 benefits of a monitored system with Police response and will help you to decide whether it is right for you!
You must have heard the fable about the boy who cried wolf...
Similar to that story, if you often experience false alarms, your neighbours won't bat an eye when they hear it ringing for real!
They'll assume it's another false alarm and might even put in a noise complaint! Meanwhile, there could be a stranger ransacking your personal belongings!
A monitored alarm system means you don't have to rely on the kindness of good Samaritans - your alarm will never be ignored. Whether it's a false activation or a real emergency, the monitoring station will be alerted. They can ascertain the situation and arrange an instant Police despatch if needed.
High-quality monitored systems that are compliant with police requirements are eligible for immediate Police response.
The time that is saved with this direct connection via the monitoring centre may mean the difference between catching the criminal and arriving too late.
Police response does not come with systems installed by locksmiths, handymen or non-approved security companies. You are required by the Police to use an NSI Gold or SSAIB-approved company to receive this privilege.
When you do, you are registered and obtain a Unique Reference Number (URN), that is only issued to approved companies that supply reliable systems. The Police response is only guaranteed when alarm activations come from a system producing a URN.
Burglars like easy targets. Homes with monitored systems are not worth the risk of getting caught. As soon as the alarm is tripped, the monitoring station will be alerted.
Using an intercom system they are able to listen in on what's going on in your home and even speak through an integrated audio device. So there's no chance of the burglar going un-noticed.
If your alarm doesn't have a 20-minute cut-out, once police have taken reasonable steps to contact the key holder, noise regulations state that Police may use a magistrates warrant to enter your home to silence the alarm.
Customers with a monitored alarm system don't have to worry about noise complaints. Instead, the system alerts the receiving centre operator, allowing him or her to quickly assess the situation and deactivate the alarm without the need to enter the home - win, win!
Home security is much more than concern about burglary. If incorporated into the design, a monitored system can also send alerts about fires or other emergencies in the home.
Although not standard, security systems can be upgraded to include fire protection and immediately alert and dispatch the Fire Brigade.
In many instances, the amount spent on a monitored alarm system can be offset by a reduction in your insurance premium - it is certainly worth contacting your insurance provider. But when thinking about the additional cost of a monitored system over one without monitoring, consider the true cost of peace of mind.
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