Recently, someone breached security at the Brooklyn Bridge, took down the American flags and replaced them with white flags of surrender. How is that possible on one of the best-guarded icons in the United States? Someone was not paying attention. Security only works if it is monitored.
Two million home burglaries are reported in this country every year, and many of those are committed by amateurs who may panic when confronted. Many homeowners have installed home security systems to protect themselves. Some have installed do-it-yourself systems to save money, but they probably don’t realize the bulk of home security cost lies in monthly monitoring charges. This cost is worth it for peace of mind. However, homeowners may be wasting hundreds of dollars a year on home security monitoring by assuming the companies that install security systems have to be the ones who provide the monitoring service.
The businesses that sell the systems can make them affordable, even cheap, because they often charge a high rate each month to monitor them. There is an alternative. Companies, such as Alarm Relay, offer only the alarm system monitoring service. They don’t have to charge a high monthly fee to supplement the profits from the sale of the systems, so they can offer reliable service at a lower price. Some companies offer plans at half the price of companies that sell the alarms. Somewhere, someone needs to be paying attention to the signals that these systems send out. When they receive an alert, they have to contact the police, the fire department or both. The procedure is the same no matter the cost. In this economy, people shouldn’t pay more than they need to for the same product. It is important to research the companies and the costs to find the right one.
Break-ins occur at businesses as well, but many are residential. People can make a thief’s job harder by locking doors and windows and using good lighting, but home security systems are a proven deterrent to home intrusions. Peace of mind doesn’t have to cost a fortune; make sure to check all options before deciding on a company for your alarm monitoring.