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Monitored and Unmonitored Security Systems: What’s the Difference?

As you search for the right security system for your home, you might be wondering about the differences between having an unmonitored system compared to a monitored system. It is true that unmonitored systems are convenient and cost-effective, but there are some other aspects of it that you should consider that may show you a monitored system is right for you.

Before you invest, read below to learn more about unmonitored security systems and what the pros and cons are of this type of home security.

Using Unmonitored Systems


The best unmonitored system is one you can monitor yourself. PhantomLink created a monitoring product that allows the user to monitor their system from text messages, email, and the web. All that’s needed is a wireless Internet connection.

There are also companies, like Honeywell, that offer simple alarm kits (Amazon) that can be set up without a professional. These kits have about the same type of alarm monitored systems have, but without the hefty price tag.

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If you have a monitoring service, you can discontinue your monitoring contract and still use the security equipment. This way, you’ll have professional security equipment without the fee-based contract.

Pros of Unmonitored Systems

Easy to Install: Unmonitored systems are probably good for homeowners who like DIY projects. With these systems, you don’t have to put your whole day on hold to wait on the professional. Also, you can better customize your unmonitored system, installing what you do want and leaving out what you don’t.

Reduced Cost: Because unmonitored systems don’t include professional monitoring, you don’t have to pay the fees for the service. Without the provider and 24/7 surveillance that comes with monitored services, unmonitored services are extremely affordable for most budgets.

Cons of Unmonitored Systems

Less Reputable: Having a professionally monitored security system is much more trusted and provides a higher level of security. With unmonitored systems, you’re largely on your own.

No Professional Surveillance Teams: Only monitored systems come with around-the-clock surveillance by a professional security team, who can immediately send help to your home if necessary.

You Don’t Get Automatic Response: Without professional monitoring, you won’t be able to have emergency services automatically dispatched to your house in case of emergency. If someone does break into your home and you aren’t there, you must just hope someone nearby notices or else you have to wait until you’re home to report the problem. This might put you and your family in danger.

If you are in need of assistance due to burglary, a fire, or even a health problem, monitored services are very valuable. Generally, monitored systems will send the police, fire department, and paramedics directly to your home after assessing your current situation.

What should you do?

It’s up to you to decide if an unmonitored system is right for you. If you don’t want monthly and additional fees or a contract, an unmonitored system might be best for you. But, if you want the added security of having constant surveillance and off-site protection, a monitored system fits the bill. It is hard to put a price on getting professional secure protection for your family.

John Roskelley

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