06 Jun Monitored Home Security
The police strongly recommend against confronting a home intruder yourself. Since many burglaries are drug-related, the intruder you’re dealing with is not necessarily a stable or predictable individual. Even if you’re armed and have no children at home, a situation like that could quickly escalate, placing you and your home in serious danger.
Your monitored alarm system is there to protect you, your family and your home – both when you’re at home and when you’re not. The team is trained for rapid response. Based on the specific alert your system sends, monitors can determine the type of emergency – fire, intrusion or medical – and react accordingly.
If you have an advanced, comprehensive home monitoring system, it can even alert you to an environmental issue, such as water leaks or carbon monoxide. You’ll receive a message relayed automatically through the monitoring center, via text or email. Then you can take immediate action.
Obviously your home monitoring team can only help you if they know there’s trouble at your house. The communication link between your alarm system and the monitoring center is crucial. When buying a system, pay close attention to how that communication works. It will be in one of three ways:
- Through your home phone line
- Through your home internet cable
- Through a built-in cellular signaling device
You want Option 3 – cellular alarm signaling. Neither the phone line nor the internet connection is dependable. In other words, those hard-wired alarm systems are not safe. Burglars have learned to disable home security systems by cutting the phone or internet line before they break in. Phones and modems also rely on electricity these days, which means they’re vulnerable in a power outage. In fact, sometimes it seems an internet connection is vulnerable every time the wind blows…
Few people feel comfortable placing their safety in the hands of their internet connection, so internet-based alarm systems often offer a cellular connection as backup. Doesn’t it make more sense to get cellular in the first place? Cellular monitoring is simply a safer solution. The built-in cellular device sends alarms to the monitoring center over secure, reliable cellular networks. There are no wires to cut and no dependence on any other system within your house.
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