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Police Ignoring DIY Home Security Systems

diy-alarm-systemsIf you’ve been contemplating using a DIY home security system instead of a professionally monitored system, you might want to think again.

Sure, it’s “cheaper.” But you get what you pay for. And in this case, you don’t get much.

That’s because police in several major metro areas, including Los Angeles, Detroit, and Milwaukee have announced that they’re going to ignore calls involving non-monitored burglar alarm systems. That’s because many of those alarms are false in the first place.

When you have a monitored system we verify the incident by calling you. You give your password and tell us if the alarm was false. If you don’t pick up the phone or someone picks up but gives the wrong password then we call the police.

Therefore, it’s actually a lot harder to get a false alarm with a monitored system. Police are much more willing to trust the incident, and to respond.

Many police departments are struggling with funding challenges and are understaffed, so they absolutely cannot afford to respond to an un-monitored system, not when 95% of those calls result in false alarms.

Charlotte is a high crime city. And our police department may be one of the next to make this decision. They are already suffering from budget cuts which began in 2009. Law Enforcement Today covered where the city chose to spend the surplus: the answers may shock you.

In any case, it would not be a stretch to assume that our own police department might make a similar decision very soon.

As it stands, a non-monitored alarm doesn’t always get attention to begin with. If you’re not home and your neighbors aren’t home or are not paying attention, who is there to hear what’s happening? Who would even call the police on your behalf?

If you’re not sure, then you need to remove the uncertainty from the equation. Just get a monitored alarm system. Call us for an estimate on your system today.

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