According to a study, approximately 58 percent of all break-ins involve forcible entry. This study also discovered that most robberies take place by forcing entry through a doorway; this is why it is so valuable to have high-security doors installed in your home. Also of benefit is to have a home security system installed. Some people, though, think that home security is very frustrating. Take for example Chad Laurans who says,
“After my friend’s home was broken into, I got to see first-hand just how frustrating traditional home security could be—from high-pressure scare tactics to long-term contracts with shockingly high monthly fees.”
Fortunately, home security doesn’t have to be stressful, especially when you opt for an ADT security system. For now, let’s take a quick look at ADT home security systems and how they work.
Understanding How ADT Home Security Works
ADT home security systems are pretty simple to understand. When an ADT alarm sounds, the monitoring station to which it is connected is alerted and will immediately contact the owner of the home and ask for a password; there are usually phone numbers connected to the account that the ADT monitoring system will contact. If the owner of the home does not answer, the authorities are immediately contacted. If someone does answer the phone but fails to give the correct password, the authorities are contacted.
The Monitoring Side of ADT Systems
The monitoring side of ADT systems is a bit more complex to understand. The monitoring takes place over a plain old telephone service landline, also commonly referred to as POTS. In some cases, the monitoring will be conducted over a cellular network. It is important to note that monitoring takes place over either of these options — voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) is not available for monitoring because it does not provide a stable enough form of communication. Because many people no longer have regular landline phones in their home, ADT monitoring using a cellular network is becoming much more popular.
ADT Alarms: What Happens When They Go Off?
When an alarm is triggered in a home with an ADT home security system, the ADT monitoring center will be alerted within 30 seconds. This 30-second lapse in time often occurs because it gives homeowners the change to type in their passcode in the event that a false alarm has taken place. A 30-second delay is an option that can be set in the alarm panel. If you don’t want the 30-second delay to take place, you can simply have the setting turned off. It is important that you check with your local authorities to see if they require some type of alarm permit. If a permit is required, you need to get one to make sure the authorities respond in the event that the ADT monitoring service contacts them.
Understanding False Alarms
When a false alarm takes place, this means the alarm is triggered, the police are dispatched to your house yet nothing is wrong. This will, of course, waste valuable city funds as well as the officers’ time who responded to the alarm. Some cities’ police departments will charge you a fine for false alarms. There are even some that will not respond to an alarm unless the alert is confirmed by a third-party, such as ADT or the homeowner him or herself.
Understanding ADT Monitoring Cameras
There are different types of monitoring cameras offered by ADT, some of which offer remote access. With cameras that allow remote access, this means you can gain access to video feed of your home from your smartphone or computer. The video feed signal will be sent over a WiFi connection or through a DSL line. Another notable feature of ADT monitoring cameras is that they can be synced with motion detectors; this means they only start recording if the motion sensor is triggered. ADT monitoring cameras can also be used to verify people, such as repair persons, when the homeowner is away from the home.
Additional Features Offered By ADT
Other services offered by ADT include:
- Fire alarm systems
- Carbon monoxide monitoring
- Lock and lighting control automation
One major downside to ADT however is their costly installation fees. If you are interested in a professionally monitored home security company with 25 years of experience and no installation fees, contact Protect America today.