Home Security Systems - Monitored or Non-Monitored?

Pros & Cons of Non-Monitored vs. Monitored Alarm Systems

If you’re like the large majority of the American population, you have a growing concern for the safety of your home and family as well as a growing concern of your budget!

Many people have considered the options of having a monitored alarm system or just having a local alarm that isn’t connected to a monitoring station. Let me provide you with a few pros & cons of both.

Let’s start with Non-Monitored Alarm Systems:

PROS:

  • There is an audible alarm if the system is tripped.
  • There are no monthly fees involved.

  • Many systems have DIY options.

CONS:

  • The decibel of the alarm itself will vary widely based on what type of equipment you have. Neighbors may not hear it, it may only be an indoor siren, and it may not even be enough to scare off a burglar. 
  • When the system is tripped, no one is notified! It’s up to you to either race home, call a neighbor, call the police or do nothing if you’re not aware it’s going off.

  • You will pay full retail cost on equipment which can very easily reach over $1,000 even with the average 2/2 or 3/2 Florida home.

  • You will not receive any of the insurance benefits.

  • This option will provide a false sense of security.

Now, let’s talk about the Monitored Alarm Systems:

PROS:

  • This is absolutely the best option when considering life safety. Whether you need police, fire or medical response – a monitored alarm system is the fastest way to dispatch the authorities.
  • The system will be installed by a professional. You’ll have absolutely no worries about equipment working correctly.

  • The monthly fees involved are very often lower than expected.

  • You will receive a discount of up to 20% on homeowners insurance.

  • Up-front fees are drastically lower than that of a non-monitored system.

  • The peace of mind that comes with knowing that authorities will be immediately dispatched in the event of an emergency is priceless.

  • Monitored systems aren’t only there to prevent burglaries. They can also greatly reduce risk and damage in the event of flood or fire by monitoring water levels and smoke detectors.

  • With a monitored system, you will receive signs and window decals that have been proven to be a STRONG deterrent to thieves looking for their next victims.

CONS:

  • Some people are wary of written agreements.
  • If you are a renter or move on a very regular basis, it can become a hassle to move the system with you each time.

  • Local authorities can sometimes begin to charge fees if they have to respond to multiple false alarms. (This varies by the responding authorities in your area.)

As you can see the answer is quite clear, the benefits of having a monitored security system HIGHLY out way those of having a non-monitored or non-existent system.

When it comes to the safety of you and your family, why choose anything else?

Written By: Miranda Wilkerson

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