If you have an older security system installed in your home and it seems to be working well, you might think that your home security needs are being met. However, residential surveillance systems have changed drastically over the last 10 years or so with many of these systems allowing for smartphone or remote access. If your alarm does not allow for remote access on your smartphone — you are missing out.
With a traditional hardwired security system, in the event of an alarm trigger, the monitoring company would first need to intercept the alarm's status change, search their system to call you, and then call the authorities.
It may not seem like a lot of steps, but it is ample time for an emergency to go from bad to worse. Smartphone access allows for real-time notifications that you can access to either disarm the system or confirm that you need an emergency response. Either way, there are fewer steps involved in the process of keeping you safe.
Security Code Safeguarding
When someone has a security code, they essentially have uninhibited access to a home, so safeguarding these codes is important. Smartphone-enabled alarm systems allow full control panel access from your smartphone, which means you can arm or disarm the alarm remotely.
As a result, if you have someone who needs to get inside your home, but you do not necessarily want to give them the security code, you do not have to. This access is also helpful for parents who need to let their kids inside after school but do not want to give the child the code just yet.
False Alarm Prevention
If you own a home alarm, unfortunately, an occasional false alarm is common. Given its commonality, many local police departments will fine homeowners after they respond to a false alarm a certain number of times within a specific period.
Smartphone access will tremendously cut down on your risk of a false alarm. Again, the system will send a real-time notification when the alarm is triggered. If you know the triggering was an accident, you can quickly disarm the system before the authorities are contacted, which can give you peace of mind and help you avoid unnecessary costs.
An alarm professional can help you convert your older, outdated system to something more secure and convenient. Contact a professional to discuss options for a residential surveillance system.
When you really think about it, home security breaks down into three elements. There are the deterrents — things that mentally keep intruders away. This might include things like "no trespassing" signs and strobe lights. There are the preventatives — elements that physically provide a barrier against intruders. Examples include bars on the windows and locks on doors. Then, there are the alert mechanisms. These elements call the police, contact you, and record all activity if someone does happen to intrude. This website exists to educate you all about these elements of security. Start reading, and you'll come up with some great ideas to help bolster your own system.