I'm not sure how many people have full security systems installed in their houses and know the about false alarms, but let me tell you, the amount of false alarms is tremendous. I had a security system active at one of my old jobs. Our boss had all the employees register our emails with the security company as well as our phone numbers; there were times where I really wanted to throw my phone across the room. I would get random calls in the middle of the night along with a long list of alerts in my email every morning; can you get a feel for my frustration?
False alarms are probably the one thing most security system owners just can't stand, but it is also something you just can't turn off when there is that slight possibility one of those false alarms may be a real one. I feel as though at a certain point the anxiety from the false alarms became more of a problem than the possibility of a break-in at the office.
So the difference that I've seen in using my own security camera system as opposed to acquiring a security service is that you control just about everything from turning it on to receiving alerts. With these camera systems, I can set what field of vision on the camera that I want motion detection or when I want alerts. The best thing is that you don't get calls. These calls can wake you up in the middle of the night, and the worst part is that it comes before they check your system to check whether it's a false alarm or not. What do I pay you for?!
Granted these self installed security camera systems may still wake you in the middle of the night, but all you have to do these days is check the footage from your smart phone before deciding that it's an emergency. So if you're trying to save a buck or two by avoiding monthly payments to a security service, you can install everything and run everything on your own. Monitoring can be done at home or on the go. Setting up alerts from your system is easy so you can still hold on to that function as well.
In the end, you can choose to have whatever type of security you like, but if you're like me you'll probably end up choosing the simpler one: the one that doesn't give me anxiety and the one that lets me screen false alarms at the push of a button. So false alarms be gone! I'll take care of my own security from now on.
Soltech Security (Dan)
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