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What to Consider When Selecting a Home Alarm Monitoring System

There are many companies out there that sell home alarm monitoring services. Many sound the same and many people choose services based solely on the price of the service, which may be a mistake in the long run. There can be a significant difference in services from home alarm monitoring services and it is important to understand […]

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What to Consider When Selecting a Home Alarm Monitoring System

Home-Security-SystemsThere are many companies out there that sell home alarm monitoring services. Many sound the same and many people choose services based solely on the price of the service, which may be a mistake in the long run. There can be a significant difference in services from home alarm monitoring services and it is important to understand how the industry operates in order to make a more effective selection when choosing between them.

Alarm monitoring services operate under a relatively basic business model. They obtain either residential or commercial clients and charge an monthly monitoring fee. In addition, they will also sometimes charge alarm fees for any alarms that are triggered.

In exchange for these fees an alarm monitoring service will provide monitoring of your home or business from a central monitoring station. The central monitoring station has specialists on locationwho track any alarms that triggered and are able to respond to any calls for distress. If any situations arise that need their assistance they will contact the local police who will then handle the matter and provide assistance to your home or business.

Not all alarm monitoring companies have a central station that monitors alarms. Many of them subcontract out this work to other companies that do have central stations. This is because central stations are expensive to build as well as to staff and maintain and many of the smaller alarm companies simply cannot afford to. Further, central monitoring stations operate under basic economies of scale. In other words, they can handle a significant amount of business with only marginal increases in cost.

When choosing an alarm monitoring system you should preferably choose a company that has their own monitoring station for several reasons. For one, they staff the monitoring station with their own staff and are accountable for their own services more than a company that subcontracts out the monitoring work to a third party. Secondly, they have a greater ability to negotiate prices and generally offer more preferable rates to customers as a result. In many cases they are even willing towaive alarm fees when alarms are triggered which can save you money. Finally, companies with their own central station are typically larger and better organized and easier to work with than smaller operators are.

As such, the primary thing you should check when looking for an alarm monitoring system for you home should not be price but rather whether the alarm company has its own central station to monitor your alerts. Even if the price is marginally higher you will be less susceptible to price increases and better posed to negotiate a lower rate or waived fees, if you need to. In addition, you will receive a higher quality service with a company responsible for their own customers.