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Are Self-Monitored Home Security Systems Really Safe? Here are the Pros and Cons

Written by Posted On Sunday, 24 November 2019 22:55



Currently, only about 17% of homes in the United States have a home security system. This is an incredibly small number, given how prevalent burglaries are in the country.

The vast majority of burglaries take place in homes that have no security system installed, which is why more homeowners are increasingly turning to self monitored home security systems to protect themselves and their property. Few burglars are brave enough to target homes with security systems that could thwart their plans.

What is a Self-monitored Security System?

Self-monitored home security systems are security systems that you monitor yourself. There’s a wide variety of them, including silent alarms, motion sensors, sirens, security cameras, and door sensors. These security systems support push notifications, call your mobile phone, or send text messages when set off.

Most self-monitored security systems connect to smartphone apps that let you monitor them remotely. These apps also give you access to emergency contacts. Once you receive a notification that there’s suspicious activity in your home, you can alert security officials.

In this article, we examine the pros and cons of self-monitored security systems. Read on to learn more.

The Benefits of Self Monitored Home Security Systems

Self-monitored home security systems come with numerous advantages. Here are five of them.

  1. You Don’t Need To Worry About Monthly Fees

Home security systems can be quite expensive to install and maintain. One of the best things about a self-monitoring alarm system is that since you’re monitoring the system yourself, you never have to worry about paying someone else to do it for you. In other words, you don’t need to worry about paying monitoring fees to a security agency.

  1. There’s No Middleman

When a professionally monitored security system sounds an alarm, the monitoring center is the first to receive an alert. The center then calls you to ask whether you need help or you’re able to resolve the alarm yourself. That can take some time. 

With a self-monitored alarm, however, you get alerts directly, cutting out the middleman altogether. This way, you can handle any issues immediately without the hassle of having to deal with the personnel of an alarm company center. 

  1. There are No False Alarm Penalties

What happens when police or fire crew from a call center arrives at your home only to discover it was a false alarm? In some cases, you can be hit with a penalty. 

With a self-monitored alarm system, however, you are the one who notifies first responders to show up at your home. Therefore, the risk of false alarms is significantly lower.

  1. The Security Systems are Easily Portable

Since you’re responsible for installing your self-monitoring alarm system, you can easily uninstall it and take it with you when you wish to move to a new home. You never have to worry about calling an alarm company to do it for you or change your billing address.

  1. The Configuration Is Highly Flexible 

With time, your circumstances could change, and you find that your current security system is no longer working for you. When that happens, it's easy to change the security system altogether or upgrade it.

The Cons of Self-Monitored Security Systems

Self-monitored security systems have their drawbacks, as well. Here are some of them.

  1. They Don’t Have a Fail-Safe Option

Typically, a professionally monitored security system features a special fail-safe code. The code lets you turn off the siren of your alarm while still sending a distress signal to the monitoring agency for assistance. 

The distress signal, also known as a duress signal, is essential in case an intruder forces you to disarm the security system. A self-alarm system usually doesn’t come with this feature. 

  1. There’s No Instant Connection to Police Support

One of the top disadvantages of most self-monitored security systems is that you do not have immediate police support. These systems can leave you and your family at risk in case you don’t spot an intruder in time. Moreover, self-monitoring alarm systems that don’t have police support make you ineligible for attractive home insurance discounts.

  1. There's No False Alarm Protection

The vast majority of professionally monitored security systems are well-equipped to rule out false alarms in a manner that self-monitored alarm systems can’t. In case your pet sets off the motion sensor, a smart alarm security system will not know that it’s not an intruder. You may find that you keep getting false alarms and checking the app all day.    

  1. There are Compatibility Concerns

Most homeowners who decide to invest in self-monitored security systems do so based on the technology they’re committed to at the moment. For instance, if you have a particular model of a smartphone, you may feel attracted to a self-monitored security system that supports that ecosystem of technology.

But what if you decide to change phone providers or performing an upgrade on your personal technology and find that the changes interfere with your home security system? As you purchase a smart security system, it's best to avoid a system that works exclusively with a particular operating system. 

  1. It’s Reliant on Internet Connection

At its core, a smart security system relies upon an internet connection to work. As a homeowner, you also need the internet to receive notifications when there's an intrusion in your home. When the internet is not working properly, you could find yourself in a dead zone.

Without a stable internet connection, the effectiveness of your self-monitoring system becomes greatly diminished. 

Is a Self-Monitoring Security System Right for You

Ultimately, the best home security system to invest in is one that you can depend on to keep you, your family, and your possessions safe. A self monitored home security system can provide an added layer of convenience and safety to your home, but it isn’t without its weaknesses. Once you evaluate both the pros and cons of this security system, you’ll be able to tell whether it’s the best security solution for your home.

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