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The Importance of Monitored Home Security Systems



Many people are interested in the prospect of securing their homes, and it's no wonder when there are so many benefits to be gained by doing so. For starters, adding deadbolts, locking gates, or an alarm system, just for example, can help to keep your home and family safe from intruders. And although you will have to pay for this service, most homeowners insurance policies come with a discount should you install an alarm or other home security system. But you might also want to consider the benefits of a monitored home security system, which is to say, one that is tracked by a professional service and perhaps even one that offers you the option to check surveillance cameras and/or receive alerts remotely via your mobile devices. Here are a few reasons why installing such a system in your home could be to your advantage.

The most important reason to use a monitored home security system, as opposed to one that you install on your own, for example, is that there is always someone watching it. Whether you're home or not, if your alarm goes off, the company monitoring your system will respond expediently to ensure the safety of your home and family. This generally starts with a call to your home number to confirm that everything is okay (in case of a false alarm). You simply deliver a code or answer a security question in order to call off the alarm. If you fail to do so, the proper authorities will be called in to render assistance, nabbing any intruders that might be ransacking your home while you're away or threatening your family if you're there.

What you might not know is that monitored systems include not only security alarms, but they can also be set up to monitor for any number of hazards, such as smoke and/or fire, carbon monoxide, flooding, HVAC failure, and even medical alert systems or panic buttons. This means that if your family is threatened by an unseen gas (CO), your alarm company can alert you to the threat. Or if the pilot light in your furnace goes out while you're away on a winter holiday, the company will note the drop in temperature in your house and let you know so that you can call in the proper service providers to correct the issue before your pipes freeze, potentially saving you thousands of dollars in damages.

Of course, many alarm companies now offer you the ability to monitor and interact remotely with your own home security systems, as well. With the right app on your smartphone or tablet you can use your mobile devices to get alerts and turn systems on and off. Forgot to arm your alarm when you left the house? You can do it with a tap to your smartphone. Want the home to be warm when you return from work? Set the thermostat to heat your home gradually when you leave the office. And when you're on vacation you can randomly turn lights and electronics on and off rather than setting a timer, so that it appears as though you're home. As you can see, having a monitored home security system comes with a lot of benefits. But while certain systems can offer you modern conveniences and practical solutions to everyday dilemmas, the most important reason to opt for monitored home security is the peace of mind that comes from knowing your most precious assets are protected.

This article comes courtesy of, a Los Angeles-based ADT authorized dealer providing installation and consulting on ADT-monitored home alarm systems.

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