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Choosing To Invest In Security

When you own a business, you have two choices. You can either decide to invest money in replacing stolen goods, or to invest money in a nice security system. When I first started my business, I decided to ignore security measures altogether, which caused me to net a loss for the year. However, after a suggestion from my mentor, I decided that it might be wise to install a nice security system. You wouldn't believe how much better things got. Within a few weeks, theft was almost completely eliminated. My blog is all about helping you to tighten up security measures.


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Choosing To Invest In Security

Alarm Fatigue: Why A Monitored Security System Is Better

by Victoria George

If you're getting an alarm system installed at your business, two of the options you'll have are to get a system that is monitored remotely, and one that is not monitored but merely sounds an alarm. That second choice is likely to be cheaper, but it's also likely to not be as effective as one monitored live. This is because you can't count on neighbors to call in the alarm to police, especially if they've started experiencing alarm fatigue.

Getting Used to the Sound

While commercial alarms can be very loud, they can also be considered usual sounds for city dwellers. Someone who has lived in the area for a while may have become used to hearing alarms, sirens, and other sounds, so if your alarm was to go off, that person might not do anything, instead preferring to ignore the sound. Loud alarms will scare off casual thieves who are just seeing what they can get, but anyone who is purposefully targeting your business might have a game plan that they follow no matter how many alarms sound off. So if your business' neighbors don't call the alarm in, police won't know.

Experience With False Alarms

Another reason neighbors might not call in the alarm is that they know that alarms often go off for silly reasons, like cats jumping over a wall onto the property, or a tree branch scraping at a window. They figure they're not going to bother the police by calling in what's probably a malfunction in their minds.

Figuring Someone Else Will Call It In

Another issue is that neighbors may think someone else will call in the alarm. Maybe the alarm woke them up, and they figure they're not the only ones up, so someone else must have heard it first. Police generally don't mind multiple calls about a legitimate issue (and if an alarm's going off, that's legitimate), but many people still think that having too many people call in would be bad. So, the alarm goes unreported because everyone thinks someone else will take care of it.

If you have a monitoring service checking on that alarm daily, though, police will be called the moment the report of the alarm comes into the monitoring service center. You can bet that the staff in the center will not ignore the alarm at all. Having that monitoring service means your business will have extra protection and prompt attention.

For more information, talk to a professional like A Tech / Easy Living Store.