What Is the Difference Between Monitored and Unmonitored Security Systems?

By October 25, 2018 Home Security

There are many different options available to businesses and homeowners when it comes to security systems. The primary distinction to be made when choosing between these available security systems includes identifying the difference between monitored and unmonitored security systems.

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Monitored Security Systems

These kinds of security systems often involve external, professional security services that help monitor and protect your home/business from intruders and other criminals. These services are often subscription-based and require you to pay a certain monthly fee. Examples of providers of these kinds of security services include ADT, Australian Security Company, Chubb etc.

Security systems such as these are often connected to central monitoring systems through landlines or broadband/ADSL connection. This allows security services to get automatically notified if any alarms within your home/business are triggered. Once notified, these security services will attempt to contact you to find out whether it is a false alarm or not. If not, they will dispatch a response unit to deal with the situation.

There are also self-monitored security systems that are available that allow users to monitor and respond to security matters without the assistance of external monitoring agencies such as ADT or Chubb. These types of self-monitoring security systems include surveillance cameras, mobile apps that send notifications directly to the user regarding security matters, smart doorbells etc. Unlike professionally monitored security systems, the user is responsible for observing/monitoring their security systems and contacting security services such as the police when needed.

Advantages Of Monitored Security Systems

Some of the advantages of monitored security systems include:

  • They are the most secure and comprehensive security systems available and offer the most protection for your home/business.
  • Professionally monitored security systems help reduce pressure on home and business owners by providing them with security services so that they do not need to constantly monitor and protect their homes/businesses themselves.
  • Rapid response units can quickly assist users in stressful times giving users more peace of mind and security.
  • May help to reduce insurance costs as many insurance companies offer discounted premiums to owners who make use of monitored security systems.

Disadvantages Of Monitored Security Systems

  • Some of the disadvantages of monitored security systems include:
  • Professional monitored security systems can be expensive and present an on-going subscription fee.
  • Installation fees and security equipment can be quite costly for self-monitored security systems.
  • Need to be maintained and repaired from time to time.

Unmonitored Security Systems

These types of security systems are more basic, and their primary function is to help deter intruders by creating added barriers for them to overcome. Unmonitored security systems are internal in nature meaning the responsibility of this type of security system falls upon the owner of the house/business. Examples of unmonitored security systems include burglar bars, home security cameras, video doorbells, smart door locks, etc.

Unmonitored security systems such as these require little to no effort to utilise after they have been installed and can provide static defence mechanisms for your home/business. Most unmonitored security systems are therefore DIY in nature and provide little to no effort to utilise after the installation process has been completed.

Security systems such as these are typically less secure and robust than their monitored counterparts however they are easier and less time and labour intensive to utilise. They offer simple security solutions at affordable prices which makes them ideal for price-sensitive markets.

Advantages Of Unmonitored Security Systems

  • Cheaper and more cost-effective than monitored security systems due to the absence of ongoing/subscription fees.
  • Unmonitored security systems often provide more static or self-run security systems making them easier to operate and utilise.
  • Offers a decent amount of security even though it is not as comprehensive as monitored security systems.

Disadvantages Of Unmonitored Security Systems

  • Monitored security systems are more robust and secure than unmonitored security systems.
  • Contacting law enforcement is not automated which can be problematic in times of emergency or distress.
  • Unmonitored security systems rely more on the owner and are therefore not as effective in the absence of the user e.g. when the person is at work or on holiday.

Which Security System Is Best For You?

Deciding which security system is best depends on the needs and financial circumstances of the user. If value and affordability are important then unmonitored security systems may be the ideal choice. However, if comprehensive security and peace of mind take precedence for the user then monitored security systems may be the better option.

Subsequently, a combination of both monitored and unmonitored security systems can be used to gain a more well-rounded and balanced security system. Combined security systems such as these can help increase the overall security of the user’s house/business by combining the strengths of both types of security systems to create a more robust and comprehensive secure environment for the user and their business/family.

Travis Young

Travis Young

The editor of WiredSmart, Travis is very passionate about everything IOT and home security...

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