Professional Monitoring vs. Self-Monitoring for Home Security

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We’ve talked on our blog before about the importance of monitoring your home security system. Doing so helps to keep your home safe even when no one’s home. It ensures that the right actions are taken if your alarm is triggered or if your cameras identify an intruder. Professional security monitoring is an effective way to maximize your security, but is it your only option? In this blog, we’ll compare professional monitoring with self-monitoring to help you choose which is right for your home and family.

What is self-monitoring?

Now that home security systems and other technologies have become smarter, you’re able to do a lot more yourself from wherever you are. Through your smartphone, tablet, or computer, you can check in on certain things if you have smart home security systems. As an example, you can be alerted when your doorbell rings and check your security cameras to make sure it is not a threat. Or be alerted when your alarm sounds so that you can call the authorities or return home if necessary.

Is it right for you?

Self-monitoring is a more affordable option than professional monitoring. After you’ve paid for your security system and installation, you won’t have any ongoing fees since you’re monitoring the system yourself. Some people also prefer self-monitoring as it puts them in control.

However, it does have its limitations. Firstly, smart technology requires a connection in order to work, usually through wi-fi. If you’re somewhere without signal, then you probably won’t be able to access your monitoring system. Plus, you might not always be checking your phone so won’t be alerted to the threat if you’re busy at work or enjoying yourself on vacation, for example.

Self-monitoring also isn’t the best choice if a threat occurs while you are in the house. If there is a fire in your home or an intruder, then you may be trapped in an area of the house without access to a phone or computer. In a situation like this, you may not be able to alert the authorities.

What are the advantages of professional security monitoring?

Although professional security monitoring comes with a regular fee, it gives you the peace of mind that your home security is always in good hands even when you’re unavailable. Whatever the security threat is, your monitoring company can alert the police, fire services, or ambulance to respond as needed. This keeps you, your family, and your home as safe as possible.

Do you need professional security monitoring or an upgrade to your home security system? Contact Carolina Alarm for all your home and commercial security needs around Winston Salem, High Point, Greensboro, and Mooresville.