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Deciding Between a Monitored Home Security System vs. Unmonitored

There’s nothing more important to us than keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe. Home is the place we feel comfortable and protected, but the risk of an intruder breaching that sense of protection is an unfortunate reality. Luckily, technology has progressed far enough to give us great choices for home security, including that of choosing between a monitored home security system and an unmonitored system.

If you ask most people what ranks in their top concerns when it comes to their home and family, security is always likely to rank high. Feeling safe and at ease in our home is part of what makes that home a beloved space to fill with happy memories. However, those memories can be invaded in the event of an intruder. With 1 burglary occurring every 25.7 seconds in the United States, it’s no wonder most people are concerned with keeping their homes and families safe.

In today’s technology-driven world, keeping your home safe is much more effective and efficient than it once was. With the invention of home security systems, technology is helping more people sleep easier at night knowing their home is guarded. Yet, there’s no shortage of choices when it comes to home security, and getting started can be confusing. One of the main decisions people are faced with when deciding how best to guard their home is whether to install a monitored home security system or an unmonitored system. If you’re weighing the pros and cons of these options, there are a few crucial details you should consider.

The Difference Between Monitored and Unmonitored Security Systems

If you’re making a decision about protecting your home, you’ll have to choose between monitored and unmonitored systems. These terms simply refer to whether or not your security company is actively monitoring and managing your home’s security.

Monitored Security System

For a monitored security system, your home will be under the vigilance of professionals dedicated to upholding your home’s protection. In this case, if anything goes wrong, you can rest assured that your security company is on the job. Monitored security systems take active measures to address a range of dangerous situations, such as:

  • Fire
  • Burglary
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Flood/Water
  • General Emergencies

Monitored systems provide reliable and complete security 24/7. Knowing if an emergency were to arise, there is a security professional that will take care to ensure all necessary measures are taken to ensure the safety of your home and family offering you complete peace of mind.

Unmonitored Security System

Many people concerned about protecting their home will consider an unmonitored security system. This kind of system is typically self installed and self  monitored.

With an unmonitored system, the homeowner is responsible for addressing any security breaches. Whether there’s an intruder or fire, the cameras may catch activity and if tripped, the system will engage sirens and some may even notify the homeowner via automatic communication, like a text notification. However, the homeowner must take the next steps of assessing the threat and calling the appropriate authorities.

What if the emergency is a fire in the middle of the night. You are most concerned about getting your family and yourself out to safety.  Who is going to call the fire department?

What if a break in occurs during a time when you can’t be reached?  There is no one to dispatch the authorities.

The Pros and Cons of an Unmonitored System

There are certainly unique benefits and costs for both kinds of home security systems. In the case of an unmonitored system, customers can usually install the system on their own. This can be convenient for those with an unpredictable schedule, as monitored systems require professional installation by their company.

Unmonitored systems also differ from monitored systems in that they hold the customer responsible for monitoring their own home. If you’re in a situation that prevents monitoring, like traveling or even simply being asleep, your system will be completely  unsecured during that time.

Unmonitored systems are less expensive which is their only real benefit. But if it doesn’t work when you need it to protect you, what is it’s real worth? You are opting for far less comprehensive coverage.

However, there are some exceptions to the rule. We at Forest Security believe that cost shouldn’t hold you back from complete home protection — that’s why our security system are professionally installed and monitored 24/7 start at only $39.95 per month for a complete base security system.

The Pros and Cons of a Monitored System

A monitored system provides the high level of security for your home and family.

Monitored systems ensure that your home is under vigilant protection by your security company even when you’re on a plane or fast asleep. With a monitored system, the work of ensuring everything is business as usual with your home’s security is no longer your responsibility, it is ours. At Forest, your safety is our only business.

Instead of relying on a text message or notification you may or may not receive,  depending on cell or Wi-Fi coverage,  a team of highly trained professionals is ensuring your security system is protecting your home at all times. A monitored security system allows you to forget about your home’s security while knowing your security company is ready to act at any moment. The convenience of knowing that your home’s protection is in the hands of 24/7 expertise is an invaluable benefit to a monitored security system.

How to Choose the Right Security System

Choosing a security system that best fits your needs is a crucial decision. It’s important to take into consideration what your main concerns are. If your priority is comprehensive security and preventing any gaps in the vigilance of your home, a monitored system will provide the top quality security you’re in search of.

If you’re ready to take your home’s security to the next level, our experts at Forest Security Inc. are eager to assist. Protecting your home and family is our passion, something our many happy customers can attest to. That’s why we offer every customer the peace-of-mind a monitored security system provides with each of our customized security package options. Reach out to us today and we’ll help you find the perfect security set up for keeping yourself and your loved ones secure.


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