According to Neighborhood Scout, residents in Kansas City have a 1 in 25 chance of becoming a victim of a property crime. A rash of car burglaries in the city in September 2022 left Kansas City police reminding residents of the importance of locking doors, whether cars or homes.
While these occurrences can be a little unsettling, the good news is that homes with a security system are 300% less likely to be broken into and burglarized than those without one.
Today’s smart security systems have come a long way in the last decade. They offer artificial intelligence, including cameras that recognize faces and license plates and tell the difference between regularly occurring events and those out of the ordinary. They provide immediate alerts, whether someone crosses a digital tripwire or a family member forgets to lock the door. One of their most essential features, however, is alarm monitoring.
Let’s explore what this service means to homeowners and how it provides peace of mind.
Your property is under 24-hour, watchful care when you have alarm monitoring. As soon as an alarm or emergency is triggered, your security system sends a signal to you and the central monitoring station. There, trained professionals determine if the situation warrants notifying the police, fire department, or emergency medical services. If so, the appropriate authorities are contacted and sent to your residence.
Events may be triggered by motion detectors and video surveillance, door and window sensors, and environmental detectors, such as smoke, flood, and carbon monoxide.
Some homeowners hesitate to include monitoring with their security system. The reasons include concern for false alarms and police showing up at their house unannounced. In actuality, the opposite is more accurate. Because your home is under the watchful eye of people in the industry, they have the experience to know when an event requires an emergency response. Additionally, you’ll also be notified.
Self-monitoring requires you to make the critical decision when a sensor is triggered. The challenge is when you receive an alert during a meeting at work, you're traveling, or you’re otherwise engaged. Unlike professional teams that monitor your home 24/7, life gets busy, and it can be challenging to check in on the situation at any given moment and, in essence, be on call 24 hours a day.
You and your family are on vacation, and you receive an alert notifying you that the burglar alarm went off. You check your live security camera feed and see someone you don’t know by the side gate. The monitoring service contacts you, and you report that you don't recognize the person. Then they contact local law enforcement with all the details.
This type of monitoring offers total peace of mind. You know that your family and home are being protected 24/7.
At Atronic, we’ve provided customized home security and automation for over 40 years. To learn more about the process of alarm monitoring or to schedule a complimentary consultation, contact Atronic today.