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Monitored Alarms Will Protect You 24/7

By Matthew Brough on December 15, 2011

Monitored alarm systems, as opposed to bell-only alarms, are vital for 24-7 protection. Here are some examples of the benefits of monitored alarm systems.

Fire safety

Standard battery operated smoke detectors are rarely maintained properly and may not activate fast enough to warn occupants.

Carbon monoxide fire detector detect potential fires much faster than conventional smoke detectors.

When linked to your monitored alarm system, your security company will call the Fire Brigade immediately.

If you are not in the property and fire breaks out, you must rely on passers-by to call the fire service.

With a monitored alarm system, the fire detector will rapidly detect the fire, and your security company will quickly call the Fire Brigade.

Police response

Police will respond to all monitored alarms qualifying for police response. With a bell-only alarm, the police may not respond unless there is clear evidence of a crime being committed.

In addition, a bell-only alarm system relies on others to come and help. This not only puts them at risk, but you also cannot be sure that they will always be there to respond.

By installing a monitored alarm system, a secret code signal will be sent to your security company if you are forced to turn off the alarm. A bell-only alarm could easily be stopped and no one would be alerted.

No need for expensive maintenance call-outs

If your bell-only alarm breaks or a fault develops, an engineer will most likely have to be called over to attend the site.

You may have to wait for a long time for an engineer to arrive.

In some instances, your security company can fix your problem remotely.

This is done by sending signals down your monitoring line and repairing it using the latest resolution technology.

Over half of recorded faults can be fixed having to call an engineer, saving the home or business owner the time and expense of waiting for the engineer.

False alarm management

Monitored alarms often include an internal siren in order to deter potential thieves. Loud external sirens are not necessarily required, however, since you are not relying on passers-by to help.

If there is no-one in the premises for a while and there is an alarm defect requiring entry to the house, your security company can alert a key holder to rectify the problems. With a bell-only system a fault may persist for the whole time you are away, and no one may be available to attend to the problem.

Flood and temperature monitoring

Some monitoring alarm systems can include monitoring of water and temperature and others can include carbon monoxide gas detectors in order to detect faulty boilers.

Potential temperature issues: Unexpected freezer defrosting, burst pipes, in buildings where a minimum temperature is used before being allowed to open and in server rooms.

Potential flooding zones: Boiler rooms, cellars, and toilets.

For more information on monitored alarms and monitored alarm systems, visit http://www.4isecurity.co.uk.

Original article published on SooperArticles.com

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