Home Security System Without Monitoring: 3 Things to Know

In the United States, a home is broken into every 13 seconds. That's on average about two million homes per year. Many homeowners are aware of the dangers but have yet to invest in a system that provides comprehensive protection. What they are usually looking for are cheap and easy ways to receive alerts in the instance of a break-in. While any system is better than no system, there is a reason why an at home monitoring device is a superior choice to the burglar alarm. 

1.  A home monitoring system and burglar alarm are not the same. 

A burglar alarm is a system of sensory devices that are attached to the doors and windows of a house. They can alert the homeowner of an intruder when a person triggers the sensors by either walking past them or opening the window/door. Depending on the type of system you have purchased, it's possible this network of devices can immediately alert local authorities of present dangers. If not, you will be solely responsible for calling the police for assistance. 

A home monitoring system is similar but with extra layers of protection. It's not just a bunch of sensory devices deployed throughout the home to capture movement. Instead, the monitoring system comes equipped with a team of individuals who are there to help ensure you and your family are safe 24/7. Not only does the system provide information about intruders, but it can also alert homeowners of other issues such as dangerous levels of carbon monoxide or fire. These features coupled with the team of individuals looking out for you are providing you with an unparalleled type of security. 

2. Your home monitoring system will operate even in the event of a power outage. 

How the monitoring system receives power is one of the biggest concerns homeowners have. What happens in the event of a terrible storm? What do they do if they aren't home at the time of the outage? The good news is they can rest easy because these systems will work with their backup battery pack. When it comes to home monitoring systems, there are a couple of installation methods to choose from: hardwired or wireless. Both provide superior home protection and function with the use of electricity. The monitoring devices themselves don't require a high voltage power to operate and are usually equipped with batteries in the event of an outage. The benefit of having the home monitoring device is the ability to know that your home is always protected no matter what. 

3. Smaller systems only benefit smaller homes or apartments. 

The average size of a home in the U.S. is around 2,600 square feet. In the past twenty years, that number has almost doubled in size. What does that mean for homeowners looking for protection? Not just any alarm system will cut it. There isn't a one-size fit all approach to keeping your home safe. Burglar alarms on the front door and windows aren't enough. A master bedroom tucked away from the front door isn't going to hear the alarm system when it goes off. In the event it's your responsibility to call the authorities, you are missing out precious moments that could save you, your family, and your assets. 

What you should invest in is a comprehensive system that can operate and transmit more data. Larger homes should have devices that are available to cover all areas of the house, especially blind spots. You'll want to employ them on all windows, front and back, and install devices on both floors of the home. Home monitoring systems have the advantage of being customizable to offer you what you and your family need.  

At NCA, we've been protecting homes for over twenty years and understand the attraction of protection at an affordable price. We've made it our business to help you protect your home without breaking the bank. For more information about our affordable service, contact us today