December 7, 2020
If you’ve ever considered purchasing a silent alarm system for your home, you may have wondered whether it has benefits over one with a loud alert feature. Like any technology, there are several advantages and disadvantages when opting for a silent alarm system.
If you have small children or pets, a silent alarm system may be a better option for your situation. Children and pets are likely to become upset if a shrill alarm is present. This also holds for those with heart conditions or elderly inhabitants. Neighbors may even take it upon themselves to try and stop a theft in progress, putting them in harm’s way.
Alternately, if you do not have people living in your home that would become panicked, an alarm with a sounding device will alert you of a problem without worrying about scaring others in the process.
If you have a home alarm system, the chance of false alarms is a possibility that needs to be dealt with head-on to minimize their occurrences.
A silent alarm system will alert authorities about a breach of security, but you may not be aware of the alarm if you are asleep or away from your home. If false alarms happen multiple times, police may not be as quick to come to your home in the future. Depending on where you live, you could also face a fine for too many false alarm calls.
Take inventory of your home to find any potential false alarm culprits. This includes doors that do not remain shut, inadequate locking systems, or improper placement of an alarm control panel (accessible by children or pets).
If you are concerned about making sure a thief gets justice for their crime, consider opting for a silent alarm system.
These alarms will alert authorities that there is a break-in happening without warning the thief themselves. If you would rather have the thief leave the premises quickly because children or others live in the home that would be at risk, then a sounding alarm system is a better option.
Check out Brinks Home™ to find out more about the monitored security systems we provide homeowners.
Jason Stevens is a senior writer for Brinks Home. He is a "tech guy" who enjoys sharing home security and automation tips with others.
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