For many homeowners, making sure that their home and family are safe and secure is essential. People do everything from putting in fences and exterior lighting to deter burglars and other criminal from creeping onto their property. However, the best way to prevent a burglary is with the aid of a home security system. To achieve this, there are different types of security systems that provide different levels of protection. The most important decision in choosing a home security system is whether or not to opt for a professionally monitored system. In this post we’ll discuss the difference between monitored and unmonitored security systems.

Types of Monitoring

There are a few types of monitoring for home security:

  • Professionally monitored systems
  • Self-monitored systems
  • Unmonitored Systems

Professionally Monitored Systems

Professional monitoring is when your alarm system is connected to a central monitoring station via landline, cellular or broadband connection. This is by far the most secure type of monitoring for your home and family. When someone breaks in, the system will automatically dial the police.

A professionally monitored system generally has a monthly cost. This is the main reason why people opt for alternatives. A lot of companies, such as ADT and Vivint, charge very high monitoring fees for their services. However, if you can find the right company, monitoring can cost less than a dollar a day. Monitored systems save precious time dispatching help at the exact moment of intrusion. Monitoring doors and windows with glass break sensors and additional equipment can give you the advantage of knowing and acting before someone steps foot in your home.

Self-Monitored Systems

There are also self-monitored systems. Self-monitored systems do not contact a central monitoring station when someone attempts to break into your home. Instead, they are generally linked to a mobile app that will notify you if a sensor goes off. It is then your responsibility to call for help. Many professionally monitored systems also have mobile apps to let you know when the security of your home has been breached. Except, if you’re busy and can’t get to your phone… a professionally monitored system will call for help regardless. A self-monitored system will not.

Unmonitored Systems

There is another type of security called unmonitored systems. Sometimes self-monitored systems are called unmonitored systems. However, an unmonitored system will not contact you, or anyone, if someone breaks into your home. An unmonitored system generally sounds an alarm when a sensor is set off by an intruder. The alarm is usually enough to scare away a timid burglar. However, seasoned burglars can tell the difference between the different types of security systems. If you currently have an unmonitored home security system, then adding a monitoring service is very easy. Protect America can take over monitoring on most existing systems. Consider calling us today!

The Best Protection for the Best Price

It’s up to you to decide if an monitored system is right for you. Protect America’s security system provides flexible equipment packages so that you can customize a security system that meets your specific needs. To help detect burglars and intruders, wireless sensors that are part of any security system package, are placed on the doors and windows as well as wireless motion detectors that are used inside the home. Monitoring costs as low as $19.99 a month!

Additionally, only monitored systems receive a discount on homeowner’s insurancemaking the overall cost much more affordable. Protect America provides free equipment and installation. For many, the monthly cost of a Protect America security system would be less than $16 per month once a home insurance discount is applied. For 50 cents a day, you can have the peace of mind knowing that your family and home will have the extra protection you want. Protect your home and your wallet with Protect America!