Learn About the Alarm Monitoring Service

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An alarm monitoring service basically watches over your alarm system for you. They will set up special phone lines and use computers and trained employees to monitor your alarm system 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

There is a monthly fee for having the service, but it will vastly improve your alarm system and increase the security of your home and your family. As such, it is important that you know what to look for when it comes to security alarm monitoring.

First of all, since the company you select will be using a great deal of technology, you should make sure that you work with a service whose equipment and monitoring center are UL listed. Another feature you want to look for is a company who has a backup monitoring center; if the main center were to have power problems, you would want to know that your home was still being monitored. Depending on the level of concern you have about burglary, you may want to consider a company that will support some sort of radio contact either in addition to or rather than phone, since hard phone wires can be cut very easily.

Some alarm system companies like Brinks, ADT, and GE actually offer alarm system monitoring as part of their service. If you have an alarm system through a company that does not offer monitoring, you will need to choose your own alarm monitoring company. There are a few popular nationally known companies that you may want to consider.

A popular discount alarm monitoring service is 911 Alarm. They offer monitoring for burglary, fire, robbery, and emergency call signals through a UL listed monitoring station. They can receive signals from almost any security system, no matter who did the installation or who sold it, and you will find that they have as good a price as anyone in the country.

Learn About the Alarm Monitoring Service

Nextalarm.com is a company that provides monitoring services via not only phone lines, but also broadband internet lines if you have them. They even offer two months for free when you sign up with them as well as free setup and no term contract in addition to a number of other customer friendly features. You can sign up for all of their offerings online.

Another independent security alarm monitoring service is COPS monitoring. They operate independently of any alarm dealers and do not even install or sell the systems. They offer radio backup to phone lines with certain packages as well as part time monitoring (as a backup) and even the opportunity for customers to visit their facility.

There are a number of reasons why you might need an independent alarm monitoring service. You might have decided to save money by installing an alarm yourself or by buying through an independent dealer. The smaller dealers don’t have their own security alarm monitoring like the big boys do, but they can oftentimes offer service that is just as reliable at a much lower installation and monthly fee.

No matter what your reason, though, it is just important that you are aware of what to look for, which alarm monitoring companies to look to, and that you get the best service for your situation and your budget.