When last did you take any notice of an alarm sounding in your neighbourhood, never mind taking any steps to call the police? The fact is that alarms have become so commonplace in our daily lives that very few, if any, people take any notice at all.
So even if you have the most sophisticated alarm system in your home, it is unlikely that it will have any effect other than to warn you of an intrusion. More often than not, this means that intruders are already in your home and that you may not have time to call the police to avoid any harm to yourself or your family or prevent the theft of your belongings.
And what about when you are not home? Research into household crime reveals that vandalism, robberies and other criminal activity are more likely to occur when no-one is home. Your alarm can sound for an extended period of time without a response from anyone, let alone law enforcement services.
These are just some of the reasons why having an alarm response service is essential to get the greatest benefit from your home security system. But how do alarm response services work?
When your alarm sounds, your service provider will immediately be notified. In other words, they don't need to hear the alarm or wait for someone to call in.
Upon notification, you will receive a call to assess the situation - was it a false alarm or is there a real threat. You will be asked for a password in order to ascertain your need for assistance.
If it is determined that you are in need, the service provider will immediately contact law enforcement as well as any other emergency response services that you may require. They will also send out a security response team that are trained to deal with different types of situations.
Over and above this, most security response services provide a patrol option which means that they will keep an eye on your property whether you are home or not. This often acts as a deterrent to crime and also provides crime prevention by detecting trespassers or intended criminal activity before it actually takes place.
Any criminal activity that is noticed by the patrol team, will also immediately be reported to the relevant authorities making it more likely that the perpetrator will be caught and convicted. Most household crimes go unsolved once the perpetrator has left the scene as they simply are not a priority for law enforcement, especially where petty crime is involved.
Essentially, your home alarm system is of little or no use without the back-up of a response service. You will have the peace of mind that you will receive a quick response from your service provider as well as law enforcement and possibly even emergency services when you need them the most.
The benefits of having an alarm response service are simply overwhelming and can be customized to meet your unique requirements.