If you’ve decided to install a home security system, there’s no escaping it: security system monitoring services will be something you’ll have to decide on. It doesn’t matter what system you use or what company you go with; if you’re not going with DIY home security, then you’re stuck having to decide whether or not you should do go with home security. So how do you make that decision? How do you know if it’s worth it or not? Let’s look at some of the pros and cons of security system monitoring, specifically those that have to do with cost and convenience.
Cost – Pros and Cons
The financial expense for security system monitoring services is not particularly low. Many home security companies are known for their ability to swindle customers into signing contracts with exorbitant monthly bills. Even others that are very customer friendly and don’t want to charge you an arm and a leg still have to charge you for monthly services because they need payment for the labor provided. You may find yourself paying anywhere between $20 and $50 per month for monitoring services, which can be quite a cut on your paycheck. And often these contracts last for at least a year, more often 2 to 3 years, so you’re locked into it for a long time. But as we all know, the “cost” of something isn’t just financial. Consider that with security system monitoring, you don’t have to monitor your system by yourself. If someone attempts to break into your home, your monitoring system will call the police for you and will help you take care of the situation. This can be a huge boon if you’re not even at your home and can’t get to it to scare away an intruder.
Convenience – Pros and Cons
As far as convenience is concerned, security system monitoring services mostly have only pros. Having someone else to monitor your security system – especially when that someone is trained and experienced in matters of home security and knows how to make every situation work to the homeowner’s advantage – that is a huge benefit in and of itself. With their assistance, you don’t have to worry about monitoring the devices every second of the day. Because you have other demands on your time, there are other things you need to be doing and other tasks you need to put your effort into. But they are being paid to monitor your security system, which means that that is their first priority at the time. So they’ll have your back. Still, there can be a convenience cost for security system monitoring: if there’s ever a false alarm and they can’t get a hold of you to confirm that, they’ll send the police over to your home. It’s common for police officers to charge a fine when they are called unnecessarily because it takes away from their availability to take care of legal matters elsewhere.
Security system monitoring is right for some and wrong for others. How people will weigh the balance of the pros and cons listed above will be unique to their circumstances. Just make sure you’re considering all the factors before you make a decision with only partial information.