Why you need alarm monitoring
Everyone in Ireland has a story about house alarms ringing and apparently being ignored. When an alarm goes off, it may persuade an intruder to leave more speedily. Other than that, if no one responds in any way it just becomes a noise nuisance.
But a monitored and response alarm service ensures that appropriate action is taken immediately. When the alarm is triggered, the control centre will quickly contact the householder or other named contact to verify that the alert is real. When it is, or if the alarm is remotely verified by two or more different sensors, the Gardaí will be notified instantly. If it is a false alarm, a simple pre-agreed cancellation code word cancels the alert and the house system can be re-set by whoever is at home.
Guidelines from An Gárda Síochána mean that its policy now is not to attend an unmonitored alarm unless there is first hand evidence of crime. But an alert from a professional monitoring control centre always qualifies for a Gárda response as a verified alarm.
What it achieves
The first purpose of an alarm system is to deter potential burglars, who will look for another unguarded house. The second is to scare intruders out of your home quickly and at the same time to alert you or your family, neighbours and the Gardaí. What happens after the alarm goes off will of course depend on the particular situation—neighbours and passers-by may just ignore the alarm. What monitoring ensures is that action is always taken. You are contacted immediately and if the alarm is verified the Gárdaí are notified immediately. From the alarm being triggered to Gárda notification can take less than a minute.
If the alarm system has been triggered accidentally it will usually mean that there is a family member at home, who can confirm that there is no problem. The alarm can then be re-set. Whatever the situation, the householder can return home or ask a trusted keyholder to check or to meet the Gárdaí and allow them access.
You will not be the neighbour from hell whose alarm goes off at random intervals and remains ringing all night, sometimes even days, before any action is taken.
All household insurance companies offer significant discounts on the annual premium where the home is covered by a monitored alarm service, usually at least 10% and up to 20%.
If you are thinking about purchasing an alarm monitoring system in your home or place of business, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we are going to look at the three main benefits of alarm monitoring. First, we are going to start at the beginning and look at what an alarm monitoring system does. Second, we are going to be talking about the peace of mind having an alarm monitoring system gives you. Finally, we will look at the financial benefits having an alarm monitoring system offers. After reading this article, you will be a better-informed consumer, ready to protect your belongings, your family and your peace of mind.
What is Alarm Monitoring?
First of all, it is important to know exactly what alarm monitoring is. It is a little bit different than just having an audio-only door and window alarm installed that makes a loud noise when it detects movement or a broken window. An alarm monitoring system is an alarm system that is monitored 24 hours a day by your monitoring company; the system is capable of contacting the monitoring company in a matter of seconds should anything trigger an alarm or alert.
Benefits of Alarm Monitoring
A monitored system does something that an audio-only alarm does not: it notifies you and it notifies the proper authorities. This type of alarm monitoring service offers an extra layer of protection and therefore peace of mind, because it calls for help to arrive at the scene of the intrusion or other emergency.
This peace of mind is one of the primary benefits of having an alarm monitoring system, and our second topic of discussion. The reason you are even considering the purchase of an alarm monitoring system is because you want to protect one of three things: your family, your possessions and your property. In fact, chances are you are considering an it to protect all three at once.
Audible-only alarms are just the beginning. To better protect your property and all that reside in it, today’s home alarm monitoring systems are able to detect and notify authorities about a number of household and business emergencies, such as fire, carbon monoxide leaks, even monitored medical alerts worn by the elderly and activated in case of an emergency. With the addition of panic buttons and other safety precautions, the proper authorities, in a matter of seconds, can respond to virtually any emergency that may arise.
In addition to the peace of mind and security alarm system monitoring offers, there are other benefits as well. The final benefit is the often-overlooked perk that homeowners will usually qualify for from their homeowner’s insurance company. Most homeowners are not aware that they might be able to save around 20% on their homeowner’s insurance policy by installing and maintaining an alarm monitoring system. This is a sensible perk for the insurance company to offer because they know the likelihood of having to pay out for a burglary, fire, or some other claim will be much less due to the added protection you have in your home. It’s an everybody-wins situation for you and your insurance company.
Protect your family & property with alarm monitoring
In conclusion, an alarm monitoring system brings peace of mind to its owner that’s hard to peg a value on. Not only will you sleep better at night, but your family will as well. And while you’re sleeping better, you could be saving money on your homeowner’s insurance, too. When you think about how having an alarm monitoring system could pay for itself with just one incident, and it could save the lives of your loved ones, it becomes an easy decision to make.
What Alarm Monitoring prevents
Even the most hardened criminals will target houses with no alarm or one that is not monitored. They know that a monitored alarm ensures Gárdaí will be notified immediately and a patrol car in the vicinity could mean Garda arrival in minutes. So there is a reasonable chance that you will lose fewer valuables. It is certainly a disincentive to carrying away slightly bulkier and incriminating items like laptop computers or televisions.
Monitoring also ensures that your alarm is switched off as soon as the situation is under control and does not become a nuisance, alienating your neighbours