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Dropping Your Alarm Monitoring

There's a growing trend, in today's economy, to drop alarm monitoring from the family budget. But there is a way to monitor your home security system yourself.

Would you purchase a guard dog that doesn’t bark?

That’s a silly question, I know, but it does illustrate what a home security system is without being monitored. As an alarm dealer, I’ve noticed a growing trend of home owners opting out of this important 24/7 service. For an alarm company that’s a disturbing trend, yet it’s understandable. 

Reasons to Drop Monitoring

There are valid reasons why people have discontinued their alarm monitoring service. First and foremost is the economy. Family budgets are what they are and decisions have to be made on cutting back on expenses. Alarm monitoring service is often one of the items on the chopping block.

False alarm fines are another cause, especially for those trying to get by on a tight budget. Consider what cutting $75, 125 or more out of your weekly grocery budget would do, and it's easily understood why people decide to drop monitoring altogether after being assessed a fine like that.

And then there is the contract that many alarm companies trap their customers. When the warm glow of a great deal has worn off and the monthly payment grinds on, and on, and on, many are ready to jump ship when the term of the contract is up. 

As an alarm dealer, I am very aware of the situation – don’t like it – but understand it. You see, monitored alarm customers are the ‘holy grail’ to an alarm company. It is the reoccurring income that keeps the company ship afloat.

Do-It-Yourself

With that in mind, it might surprise you when I say, “There is a way, for you to monitor your existing home security system yourself and give your guard dog back its bark.”  To learn more, go to: www.diy-monitoring.com.  

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James Bond August 07, 2012 at 09:05 PM
ADT - stands for 'Another Danny Tax'
Ed Johnson August 08, 2012 at 02:55 AM
For the record, I used to work for a large central station alarm company years ago. It isn't the same company that it was. And the residential monitoring, using a customer's telephone service, is no where near the quality of what the alarm companies used to provide years ago. Modern-day monitoring goes out the window when a tree falls on some phone wires that are connected to God knows where the actual monitoring center may be....in many cases, out of state....and for that matter....perhaps overseas? So, a good local alarm and protected wiring that can alert neighbors is a good way to go if you don't want to pay monitoring fees. A decent dialer can be added as a backup to call your neighbors and/or your cell phone...and it won't cost $6.95 per month, either.
Geoff Hoffman August 26, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Tricky little sales pitch Mr. Kimball. Kudos! Make it sound like you're giving secrets to "do it yourself" but you're just trying to sell a circuit board the customer would install then they'd pay you a monthly service fee.
John Martin August 26, 2012 at 07:50 PM
My service is dedicated, doesn't rely on my phone line, has a heavy duty battery back-up, and is monitored. I have access to the system through my smartphone as well. The right monitoring company is not a bad thing at all.
Daniella Ruiz August 26, 2012 at 09:09 PM
yes colleen>> this message was transmitted to many select Patch localities across the USA. another entrepeneur using the vast pockets of the internet to sell, sell, sell.... http://www.aegis-technology.com/index.html

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