Wondering if your home alarm system should be monitored? Home security is important not just for protecting your possessions, but in the sense of feeling safe in your property. We understand that many homeowners want to do all they can to protect their households and the ones they love, which is why we’ve put together all you need to know on home alarm monitoring so that you can make a qualified decision on if it’s the right decision for you.
What does it mean to have your home alarm system monitored?
To have your home alarm system monitored means a professional third-party security company is remotely monitoring your home alarm system for any activations. If an activation is triggered, implying a break-in has occurred, the alarm monitoring company are automatically notified and will quickly look into the issue. They will identify and confirm whether or not it is a false alarm and then will take the most appropriate action for the incident, such as initiating a police response.
When you have your home alarm system monitored, it means that the third-party monitoring company are responsible for all alarm activations, giving you peace of mind that your home is always protected, as well as not having to make quick decisions and make police calls during a potentially very emotional and stressful situation.
What are the benefits of home alarm monitoring?
There are many benefits to home alarm monitoring, with the majority of them surrounding improved safety and security, as well as convenience. With over 266,000 burglaries in the UK within the last year, that’s an average of 728 per day, there are many reasons to consider home alarm monitoring for your home.
Remote monitoring of your home alarm system allows for an immediate response if any incident or alarm activation takes place. No matter the time or day, they will provide a quick and efficient response. You can therefore get a much faster response time from the emergency services than if you were to handle the situation yourself.
No Need to Rely on Neighbours
Many homeowners without alarm monitoring in place have to rely on passers-by or neighbours to inform them if their alarm system has been triggered. This is especially difficult if you live in a secluded area or when you are on holiday or away from home. It could be several hours until you realise your home has been a target of burglary. However, with monitoring in place, you no longer have to rely on others as the monitoring company is continuously monitoring your property 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
No Missed Alarms
With home alarm monitoring in place, no alarm will ever be missed as it will be instantly picked up by the monitoring company, thus improving the security of your home.
Reduced Insurance Premiums
Many insurance companies consider homes with monitoring contracts in place to be lower risk and therefore households can benefit from reduced insurance premiums. We recommend checking with your home insurance provider to see how much you could save.
Home alarm monitoring operates 24/7, meaning at no point is your home not protected. Therefore, even when you’re not at home you can have full confidence that your household is safe and sound.
Reduced False Alarms
A monitoring company will always verify an activated alarm, when possible, to ensure that it is not a false alarm. False alarms can be frustrating and also waste the emergency service’s precious time, as well as annoy your neighbours! Verifying if the triggered alarm is false or not, means that a false alarm can quickly be turned off and the system reset with minimal disruption to you or your neighbours.
Peace of Mind
Peace of mind shouldn’t be overlooked. Knowing that your home is in safe hands whilst you are away will eliminate any worry or stress you have surrounding your home security. If an alarm is activated, have peace of mind knowing that it will be dealt with.
Improved Safety & Security
Overall, the safety and security of your home will be greatly improved as all alarm activations will be looked into efficiently with a fast response time.
Who carries out the alarm monitoring?
A team of monitoring operatives will carry out the remote monitoring of your home alarm system. At Homewatch, we hand-pick our monitoring operatives based on their extensive experience and skill set. All monitoring operatives will be highly trained in effectively responding to incidents and activated alarms, especially within tense situations. All our operatives are also trained to the highest level of customer service, providing you with a friendly, honest and professional line of communication when you need it most.
How much does it cost to have a home alarm monitored?
The price of home alarm monitoring can vary depending on the size of your property as well as the scale of your home alarm system and the number of assets it includes. However, at Homewatch our monitoring package starts at just £9.99 per month. We recommend speaking to the team today for an accurate quote.
Is home alarm monitoring essential?
The short answer is no, home alarm monitoring isn’t essential and it is not a legal requirement. However, it can significantly improve the security of your home and provide some financial advantages such as reduced insurance premiums. You will also not have to worry about your property being broken into when you’re away and the incident not being picked up or not being able to quickly sort the issue yourself.
It can therefore be argued that although there are additional costs in having home alarm monitoring in place, the benefits of improved security and peace of mind make it a worthwhile investment for your home and to protect your loved ones.
Home alarm monitoring with Homewatch
At Homewatch, we provide an effective home alarm monitoring and maintenance package that ensures your system doesn’t let you down when you need it most. From just £9.99 per month, protect your home with Homewatch.
To get started, get in touch with the team today via our online form, or call us on 0330 094 7404.