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Home Alarm Monitoring: What Is It And How It Works

by | May 26, 2022 | News | 0 comments

Australia has the 7th highest rate of burglaries in the world. Despite this, many Australian households still rely on basic strategies to prevent home burglaries.

According to data presented by Budget Direct, 88.9% of Aussie homeowners use mechanical locks on doors and windows. However, only 32.2% have security cameras, and just 27% use a full security alarm system.

Without these advanced protection methods, your home is at risk of being burglarised, which also poses a threat to your physical safety. But apart from installing a robust home security system, you may also need home alarm monitoring for utmost protection.

What is Home Alarm Monitoring?

Home alarm monitoring establishes quick communications between your home security system and the central monitoring system of your security provider. This way, when the alarm of your Perth home’s security system goes off, the monitoring centre is notified and can dispatch local emergency services to your property.

How Alarm Monitoring Works

Alarm monitoring may be slightly different based on the type of home alarm system you have, as well as your security provider. However, most alarm monitoring makes use of your alarm system’s control panel.

Usually, control panels are the centre of a network of sensors for every security feature of your Perth home’s alarm system, such as:

  • Window or door sensors
  • Motion detectors
  • CCTV system
  • Smoke detectors
  • Carbon monoxide detectors

When any of these sensors are triggered, your control panel sends a signal to the monitoring station, which is active 24/7. The monitoring centre will then call you to verify whether there’s a real emergency or if it’s a false alarm.

Once the alarm is verified as real, they can dispatch the proper emergency personnel to your address, whether it’s the police, the fire department or paramedics.

What Is an Unmonitored Alarm System?

Not all home security systems have a control panel that’s connected to a monitoring centre. These security systems are called unmonitored alarm systems.

Instead of sending alerts to your security provider’s monitoring station when your home security sensors are triggered, they sound an alarm to let you know there is a problem and can also scare off burglars, but it leaves you to take your own action, such as calling emergency hotlines.

Some door or window sensors have “local” alarms that ring throughout the home when triggered, but they also tend to be extremely easy to disarm.

Benefits of Alarm Monitoring

  • Independent Alert

You may not be at home all the time to hear the alarm of your security system. After all, burglars also come during the day when homeowners are most likely at work. This is why a monitored alarm system is ideal, especially for people who aren’t home at all times.

  • Quick Response

The main benefit of alarm monitoring is receiving a quick emergency response the moment your home security system’s sensors have been tripped. With immediate action, you can catch perpetrators right away.

Get the Home Security System You Need

SMS Security is the premier provider of trusted residential security alarm systems in Perth. Together with these, we offer home alarm monitoring so you can get maximum security out of your home alarm system

Get in touch with our security consultants for enquiries.


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