When your alarm is professionally monitored, police and fire departments respond instantly to your emergency when an alarm is triggered.
Alarm New England has a security solution for everyone. Switch the existing alarm system in your home or business over to our security monitoring service for minimal cost.
Complete perimeter protection with door, window, and glass break sensors.
Detect smoke, fire, carbon monoxide, flood, & temperature.
View motion-activated security camera recordings and store clips in the cloud.
Intruders sometimes cut the phone line of a home before entering as a way to disable the security system. This is why it's essential that your security system be able to use Wi-Fi as well as a cellular backup. This is known as cellular alarm monitoring or a cellular security system.
These alternative communication paths mean that your security system continues to protect your home should a burglar somehow manage to disable your phone line. Additionally, if you no longer need the landline, you can cancel it altogether, saving you money.
The main advantage of a monitored system is that the burden of protection isn’t up to you. Professional alarm monitoring guarantees 24/7 protection of your home and family.
Monitoring enables us to immediately dispatch police, firefighters, and ambulances in an emergency. Plus, you can save up to 15% on your homeowners insurance.
We called all of the largest national security companies and asked their salespeople about their standard pricing.
Here’s how the prices compare:
As you can see, there is some variation in prices among companies, but they’re all in the same ballpark. The exception is one price that’s much lower than the others: SimpliSafe.
SimpliSafe undercuts its competitors’ monthly monitoring fees by selling outdated equipment in order to price its competitors out of the market. You can read more about SimpliSafe in our thorough review of its services.
Plus, with a local company like Alarm New England, you can actually save a significant amount on the upfront cost through a number of our deals. If you already own a system, we can often reprogram it to communicate with our alarm monitoring service at little or no cost to you.
Quality matters when it comes to securing your home and protecting your family. That’s why it is important to get the right system for your home—because when it comes to alarm monitoring services and security equipment, you get what you pay for.
Cheap monitoring often requires you to pay for a landline you may not need. But cellular alarm monitoring—which may be more costly upfront—is safer, as intruders cannot simply cut the communication path or smash your panel and disable your alarm like they can with cheaper equipment.
Cheaper monitoring often isn’t as digitally integrated with your phone andhome automation systems. Some companies don’t offer a smartphone app to control your system remotely. If you can't control your security system with your phone, it's probably outdated.
Home automation is a great feature to have, and are a great way to bring an old Boston brownstone or suburban townhouse into the 21st century. You benefit by being able to control keyless deadbolts, lights, andthermostats from your smart device.
Other security companies commonly employ tactics like upping the price of alarm monitoring on you year after year. Your entry-level price may rise dramatically in years two and three of the contract, and there is nothing you can do about it but cancel as soon as the contract ends. ADT and Comcast customers commonly cite this as the top reason they leave, along with poor service.
Cheap alarm monitoring companies promise more than they deliver, leaving you stuck with waiting weeks for service, long hold times, and an inability to get the same person on the phone twice.
Compare that to the quality customer service that more valuable alarm monitoring companies provide: local people who care about protecting their community and actually monitor your home and property to keep you safe.
The right security system and alarm monitoring can save you time, money, and frustration. Security systems and monitoring are an investment that lead to savings and less hassle down the line.
By investing in a good home security system and alarm monitoring from a trusted company near you, you can knock off about 10 to 15 percent of your home insurance costs, according to the New York Times. You will get a maximum insurance discount because your system is monitored by a UL-listed central monitoring station (which means the station meets high safety standards and emergency protocols).
A premium security company responds quickly, offers high-level support and monitoring, and checks to make sure your system is functioning properly.
Sure, you may save a few bucks by not paying that subscription fee to an alarm monitoring company. And self-monitored systems usually do not require high-end hardware or a subscription fee for monitoring, so they’re a good low-budget option.
But what hidden costs are you really paying when you opt for self-monitoring?
1. Your personal safety
It’s important to think about the circumstances that will trigger your security system. There are two scenarios:
You are inside your home or business during the break-in.
You are not home when the break-in occurs.
If you're at home, you want the police to arrive as quickly as possible. If you are in an emergency situation, it may not be possible to call 911 from your home. An intruder is not going to wait for you to open your security app and signal the police.
In the second scenario, you're not home. Do you have a good connection to Wi-Fi or data? Are you on vacation? What if the break-in occurs while you're scuba diving in Cancun? Are you going to be tied to your mobile device 24/7 during work, vacation, meetings, while you’re at the movies, during your commute?
Even if you do get the security alert and are in a position to respond, you certainly do not want to return to your business or home to confront the intruders and put yourself in danger.
Break-ins aside, what about your smoke and heat detectors? What if there is an emergency, and you are not able to monitor the system closely?
In both of these situations, you will be safer if your alarm system is monitored by a monitoring center that can contact emergency services for you. Self-monitored systems will alert you of an emergency, but they’ll leave it up to you to contact the police. That puts your safety at risk.
But with a UL-approved central monitoring station, you ensure that you, your family, and your property are protected 24/7, 365 days a year.
2. Delayed response time
A security system is only as good as the response it generates. Let’s say you are out of town and receive an alert from your self-monitored security system. Do you have the correct number to call?
If you call 911, you will not get your town’s local dispatch. You'll have to be transferred to the right person, and those precious seconds can feel like an eternity.
In the case of an active intrusion, every single second counts. If your thief is savvy, they can often break in and smash your control panel before you get the notification and call the police. Crash and smash technology paired with a professional monitoring station will prevent this common occurrence.
The delayed response time you get with a self-monitored alarm system might make a difference in how much damage intruders do to your property and whether they get away with your valuables.
With a monitoring plan, though, you’ll get quicker response times, keeping your family and property secured.
3. No customer service and tech support
Have you ever bought new technology that stops working at some point?
Consider how you’ll handle tech problems when you buy your own security equipment: If your system has false alarms, how will you figure out what’s wrong so you don’t get fined by the police? Who are you going to call for help when you want to upgrade your system, add new devices, or move your system from one property to another?
The lack of customer service and tech support is a major hidden cost of self-monitored alarm systems. Although it might cost a little more per month to work with an alarm monitoring company, the support and service will pay off in the long term.
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