Home security monitoring does not mean that there will be surveillance of your home 24 hours a day to ensure that your home is protected from a burglar. At least it doesn’t mean that in a literal sense, but home security monitoring gives you and your family 24-hour protection against burglars and, in some cases, even fire. The level of protection you receive will depend on the complexity of your home security system and the capabilities of the security provider you have chosen. The only thing in home security monitoring that is relatively similar no matter which vendor or system you choose is the sequence of events that occur while the security system is in use. This article will provide a brief synopsis of how home security monitoring works.
Virtually all home security control systems are activated as the first step in the process. Typically, the owner presses a button or a series of buttons on the keypad to turn on the security system. This sends the message that the security system should be activated if it is violated in any way. Once this happens, the various components of the home security system are activated. This can include access contacts, motion detectors, security cameras, and any other component of the home security monitoring system. These components remain activated until the owner returns home and deactivates the home security monitoring system. Again, this is usually accomplished by typing a series of numbers on the keyboard.
If there is a security breach, the home security monitoring system will start a sequence of events. In most cases, the first event, upon detecting an intruder, is sounding a warning alarm. This is usually a low level alarm and the intent of sounding this alarm is to allow the homeowner the opportunity to disable the alarm when they return home. The owner generally has approximately 30 seconds to deactivate the alarm before the home security alarm system takes the next step.
If the alarm is not deactivated, two things are happening simultaneously in the home security monitoring system. A loud alarm sounds and a message is sent to the monitoring station that there has been a security breach in the home security monitoring system. This message reaches staff at a 24-hour monitoring station that responds to this message. The first response is to contact the landlord to determine if the home security monitoring system has been breached or if it was a false alarm. If the landlord does not respond to the home security control staff and does not provide them with a security password, the staff will contact the local police department and send them to their address.
Home security monitoring is an accurate service that has a clear path of action. Most home security monitoring companies react and proceed in much the same way when a security system is breached on their network. While each home security monitoring company may have differences, they generally all work the same way.