Some of the positives regarding self-monitored systems we discussed include:
- They are often affordable
- They give you total control
- They can reduce false alarms
- They provide at least some security
- They are relatively easy to move
In this article, we will be critiquing these units in contrast to professionally monitored security systems. Here are 6 key drawbacks of self-monitored systems:
6 Self-Monitored Security System Cons
1) They may not result in homeowners insurance discounts.
As we discussed in our previous article, security systems make your home 60% less likely to be burglarized. Insurance companies recognize it when your house is less vulnerable to break-ins and offer discounts as high as 15-20% on homeowners insurance premiums. However, these discounts are often only available for professionally monitored systems. It is important to take this into account when calculating the costs of your security system.
2) They may affect emergency response time.
Although you have the benefit of full control for your system with a self-monitored unit, when there is an emergency, your response time may be slower than a professional control center. If you miss a notification or cannot contact authorities immediately, you may slow down the response of emergency personnel at a moment when every second is vital.
3) They can add to anxiety in an emergency.
If an emergency occurs, having someone in your corner is incredibly calming. With self-monitored systems, your control of the situation may add anxiety to the event.
4) They are only effective in alerting you if your cellular coverage is good.
One of the key downsides of self-monitored systems is that you are at the whim of your cellular coverage. If your coverage is bad, you may miss a vital notification and be unable to send responders to your home in a timely manner.
5) They do not provide the ever-important fail-safe code.
One of the most important elements of a professionally monitored security system is the fail-safe code. In the incredibly unfortunate event, you experience a home invasion, you may be forced to shut off the alarm and tell the voice on the intercom that everything is okay. However, a fail-safe code allows you to turn off the siren while still alerting the control center to your distress. Emergency officials will be on the way to provide support. Self-monitored systems do not have this all-important feature.
6) They often do not have the same level of support.
When you choose a professionally monitored security system, you know you have the support of a team of experienced experts. With self-monitored systems, it is up to you and your family to learn how to best utilize it. If something goes wrong, you may be able to communicate with customer support and diagnose issues, but that is nothing compared to being able to call a professional team like Alltek Systems Design.
While self-monitored systems are better than having no protection at all, the capabilities of professionally monitored security systems provide significant additional benefit for Asheville homeowners. With 24/7 monitoring, you can trust that there is always someone watching out for your property and family. There is always a team waiting if you need them. The costs of these systems are negligible compared to what they could save you in the long run in insurance costs and preventing property loss. However, there is no way to tally the price of the peace of mind they provide.
If you are ready to talk about your professionally monitored security system options in the Asheville area, Alltek is here to help. Contact us today to let us help you protect your property and family.