Unfortunately, there is no area that is entirely insusceptible to criminal activity. In some cases, houses in the rural parts of Buncombe and Henderson counties are actually more susceptible than those in town.
What can you do to make your home safer? One of the most important steps you can take is installing a security system. The very presence of a security system makes your house 60% less likely to be burglarized. With the rise of self-monitored security systems, many have wondered if they are a good alternative to professionally monitored systems. In this article and the next, we will be discussing the pros and cons of self-monitored systems and how it affects your family.
Defining Self-Monitored Systems
Before we get into the pros and cons, let’s define the term self-monitored. Conventional security systems are professionally monitored by a command center. When the sensors are triggered, the control center will communicate with dispatchers to send emergency personnel to your home. On the other hand, self-monitored security systems either simply alert homeowners on their smartphones or record activity for future investigation. If you have the units that alert your smartphone
5 Self-Monitored Security Pros
1) They are often affordable.
Self-monitored systems are typically less expensive than monitored systems. Some may require monthly fees, but those will be lower than professionally monitored units. Additionally, self-monitored systems are typically installed by homeowners. On the contrary, monitored systems will require installation and monthly fees.
2) They give you total control.
You have control of your system. That means your system will alert your phone and you can determine whether to contact emergency personnel. If your potential intruder turns out to be a family member or a neighborhood puppy, you can choose not to act.
3) They can reduce false alarms.
False alarms can be an issue for monitored systems. If the alarm is triggered and the homeowner does not have an opportunity to contact the control center, first responders may be sent to your location even if the cause was an accident or operator error. Many towns and municipalities in the Asheville area charge a false alarm fee after a few responses. Being in complete control can help you prevent false alarm responses.
4) They provide at least some security.
While professionally monitored systems provide a heightened level of protection, self-monitored systems are better than nothing. Having some kind of protection will significantly reduce the chances of your home being burglarized.
5) They are relatively easy to move.
If you are renting or anticipating a potential move in the near future, you may not want to invest in a full, professionally monitored system. Self-monitored security is typically more portable and easier to move.
Alltek Systems Design has been helping protect Asheville area homes for many years. We know this area and have experience helping homeowners and business owners determine what they need to protect their families and property. If you have questions about what kind of security system is best for your home and neighborhood, we can help you find the right solution that works for you. Contact Alltek for more information about security systems. We can help you determine whether you and your family need a self-monitored or professionally monitored system.