Home security monitoring services operate through home security systems, which might include any combination of protective devices like smoke and heat sensors that protect against fire, carbon monoxide detectors, entry and motion sensors to protect against break-ins, flood protection sensors and others. Monitoring services provide 24/7 alarm surveillance every day of the year. This means that somebody is always watching your home’s security system, prepared to dispatch police, fire, or other emergency services within minutes at any sign of danger to your family, home or property. Whether or not you and your family are home, home security monitoring secures your home, and with it, your peace of mind.

How Does Home Security Monitoring System Work?

Here is an example that illustrates of how a monitored home security system works:

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In this example, the home monitoring devices are connected to a monitoring station. In the event that the monitoring system detects a security breach, it can alert the owner by cell phone, email, SMG text or via the system’s web interface. The other benefit of the monitoring station is its ability to contact police, fire and medical professionals during an emergency.

Monitored Home Security Options

If your home is currently equipped with a security camera system, many companies offer monitoring through existing devices for a monthly fee. If your home does not have a system in place, you can install your choice of protective devices yourself or have it done professionally. A monitoring connection is then set up, usually through a telephone landline, cell phone, or broadband internet. All connections should have a backup power source, such as a generator, to ensure uninterrupted service in case of a power outage.

Established Delay Time for Alarms: What is It?

The established delay time—the time between the alarm going off and when the signal is sent to the monitoring service—is typically 30 seconds, enough time to enter the home and disarm the system. If the system is not disarmed within the delay time, a signal is sent and the monitoring technician on duty calls your list of contact numbers, or, for some systems, communicates via two-way intercom system. If there’s no answer, or if someone answers but gives the wrong security password, emergency services are immediately sent.

Operating the System

The security devices are coordinated through a control panel, a keypad where the system is armed and disarmed. The control panel also indicates which devices are set off and allows you to call emergency services from the keypad. The most modern systems allow you to track activities in your home, such as when a family member arrives, as well as locking doors and turning on lights—all from a cell phone or the internet.

What We Like about Home Security Monitoring

  • All home security devices can be connected to a monitoring station and service.
  • Easy access to your home security system.
  • Instant notification and immediate dispatch of emergency services.
  • Secured home even when you’re not there.

How to Choose the Right Monitored Home Security System

  • Compare several companies’ histories, certifications, customer support, and account options.
  • Determine your needs and choose the plan that meets only those needs. You can always upgrade later.
  • Expect to pay about $10-$30 a month.
  • Consult with your homeowner’s insurance carrier for discount eligibility.

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