There are many options when it comes to selecting a home security system but choosing the right one depends on your home protection needs. Are you a fan of DIY installation and confident you can watch your own home? Or do you want to know your system was installed by an expert and is monitored by professionals? All Brinks Home™ systems come with 24/7/365 monitoring – even our self-installed packages. As you decide which option may make more sense for you, take a look at some of the differences between professional and self-monitored home security systems.
Self-monitoring is a good option for anyone looking for a cost-efficient, hands-on approach to home security. These systems often come with easy to install, peel-and-stick devices, such as window and door sensors and motion detectors, all supervised by a control panel. Additionally, they offer you the convenience of monitoring everything from your mobile phone or smart tablet. However, because they’re self-monitored, this means that the brunt of protection falls on you. For example, in an emergency, such as a break-in or accident, it is your responsibility to alert the appropriate emergency services, which could be difficult to manage if you’re at work or running errands and not monitoring your app. While self-monitored systems are easy to come by and offer you a birds-eye view of your home, they don’t offer the all-encompassing protection, nor the peace of mind guaranteed by a professionally-monitored system.
In terms of round-the-clock protection, professionally monitored systems are unparalleled. While you will likely have to register your system and obtain a permit from your city, these systems are good options for those with a “set it and forget it” approach towards home security. After registering your system, you receive 24/7/365 protection from professionally trained emergency dispatch operators. Like self-monitored systems, you retain the ability to tap into your security streams through your mobile phone or smart devices’ apps. However, should one of your alarms get triggered, your alarm system will notify your monitoring center, who can immediately dispatch emergency personnel to address the situation. Professional monitoring systems are also a great route for anyone who doesn’t consider themselves tech-savvy and would prefer that professionals install and monitor their smart home security system.
While a professionally monitored system may be slightly more expensive than a self-monitored solution, it is also a partnership between you and a team of specialists dedicated to keeping you safe. You can also look at this service as an investment, secure in the knowledge that your home, and what matters most to you, are protected.
Lauren Slade is a Dallas-based writer and editor.
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