Security Monitoring: You shouldn’t have to worry
As I talk to multitudes of people about security, I occasionally run into those who’ll say that a monitored security system won’t prevent an intrusion. Actually the last person to say that was a close friend. I think that statement is wonderful, in that it shows that he was trying to think like a criminal in order to protect himself.
First of all, I guess I would have to agree with my friend, since the yard sign and the window decals are really the only portion of the system that is designed to deter the intrusion. The siren is the next line of defense in that it may discourage entry in the case of a glass break detector, or at least prompt a rapid departure once the intruder determines that the police are being dispatched. There are a multitude of other critical benefits that security system monitoring provides though.
Probably the easiest way to describe the value of monitoring is with some of the questions that a monitored security system would answer. I will include some questions that would also be answered when email alerting is added to a modern security system. Adding video surveillance would answer even more questions, but will be saved for a later discussion.
- If a fire starts in your home while your are away, how long will it take before your neighbors see it and call the fire department?
- If a fire started in your home while you are away, who will rescue your pets?
- If your basement starts flooding while you are away, or even asleep, will someone contact you?
- When you come home, is there a chance that you will be walking in on a burglar that had kicked in your back door?
- Is everything OK at your vacation home when you are away for the winter?
- What time did your child come home from school and disarm the security system?
- Did you remember to close the garage door when you left?
- Did you remember to arm the security system when you left on your trip?
- Are your senior parents able to summon help when they need it?
- If a relative with Alzheimer’s was to wander off, do you have a way to locate them?
- If your mother wasn’t moving around her home as she normally would, could you tell?
- If carbon monoxide levels rose in a home where the inhabitants couldn’t hear the siren or couldn’t get out of the house alone, how would help be summoned?
The technology exists today to monitor all of these conditions and allow you to not worry about them. The benefit of monitoring is two fold, first it gets help summoned sooner, and second, you don’t have to wonder if everything is OK.
It is only natural to worry about our families, homes, and businesses when we can’t be there, but electronic monitoring can go along way to reduce the worry.
The Challenge: I believe that almost anthing can be electronically monitored. Try to stump me with your toughest monitoring challenge. I’ll post your question and my attempt to solve. We’ll let a jury of your peers determine whether I’ve solved the challenge, come close, or crashed and burned.