Professional Monitoring VS. Self Monitoring Security Systems

The only thing depends on who wins the debate between self-monitored home security systems and professional security monitoring is the only one to who is paying attention to it? Self-monitoring is rightly a cost-effect security solution but it places the burden on you to receive the alert, notice it, and respond immediately. What if you’re busy at work, on vacation, asleep, or forgot to charge your phone?

Effective self-monitoring requires your attention and a cell connection 24/7, which might not be possible every time. Many people don’t consider the many everyday situations that put them out of touch – at least temporarily:

  • Cell phone “dead zones” in certain areas.
  • Hospitals: Many hospitals strongly discourage or prohibit cell phone usage in specific areas. You could miss an important alert while visiting a friend or relative.
  • Traveling: Do you travel for work? If you’re on an airplane you may not have access to your security system.
  • Working Out: Do you go for runs or exercise in other ways? Is your phone with you during your entire workout?
  • Important life moments: There are just times in your life when you don’t want to be interrupted by your phone! Weddings, honeymoons, childbirth, religious services, job interviews, etc.

Here we are just trying to say that, you cannot see your phone 24/7. That is a reason of having a professional at a central monitoring station looking out for your safety is important.

Moreover, having a professional alarm monitoring system, police is likely to respond much faster. YouTube is full of burglary videos posted by homeowners with self-monitoring video-only security solutions. Many show the intruders entering the house, rummaging for valuables, and sometimes even fixing a meal before leaving with everything they can carry. In this case, the thieves even stole the camera – and $30,000 worth of valuables.

In such cases, however, all the camera does is just to give you a memorable home movie. Hopefully, the police can match the intruder’s face with a known criminal, but if not, you’re out of luck. But with a fully integrated, professional monitored system like JAQX, you may still get that “home movie” of the burglars, but with a happier ending: police apprehending the thieves and definitely hauling them off to jail. JAQX offers low-cost self-monitoring starting at just $39.99 per month. Consider the benefits of professional monitoring;

  • When life (or geography) interferes with your technology use, you can rely on JAQX. Our operators monitor your security system 24/7/365 whether you’re at home or away. Here’s how it works:
    • Detect: Operators receive an alert from your JAQX system.
    • Verify: They try to contact you to check the situation, always asking for your verbal passcode to verify your identity than that you aren’t being forced to say “all is ok.”
    • Contact: If needed, the operators dispatch first responders and provide information about the situation.
  • Home insurance discounts are another benefit of professional security monitoring. Insurance companies offer premium discounts for monitored systems, but not for self-monitoring.
  • JAQX offers you access to your home’s alarm system from an Internet-capable device, such as your smart phone, computer or tablet. You can also setup alerts to be sent when your alarm system is activated or deactivated.
  • View a live video stream on your smartphone from any JAQX IP video camera installed in or around the home.

The whole reason for purchasing a security system is to protect your family and home. Every second counts in the event of an intruder breaking into your home, so if you prefer experienced professionals keeping watch over your home in the background, you might want to consider a JAQX secured smart home system.

Crime Rate is greater in Summer

US Dept. of Justice in 2014 made a study where there was a definite correlation between the season and the crime rate. Researchers have found that the crime rates are much less in the fall and winter, whereas greater in summer. Summer may be the best time of the year for you to enjoy vacation, but it is also the best time for the burglars to fulfill their desires. Few of the crime rates in summers were significant:

  • Burglary: 11% higher.
  • Household larceny (theft of property outside the home): 8% higher.

There was a 35% increase for major crime types in some cities. The ratio of crime is larger in cold climates but majority of areas see the rate increase at peak in summer when temperature is high. Several explanations are also given by Law enforcement experts and psychologists for the increased rate in summer.

One of the attractive reason can be people tend to travel more in the summer and empty their houses. Also, social media can prove to be a great source of information regarding their vacation itinerary. This personal information is enough for the burglars to decide when and how long they can enjoy sitting on your couch.

People also leave their windows open during during hot weather. The bikes, patio furniture, laptops, and other valuables are often outside and unattended as people mostly spend time outside home. So this can be the add on opportunity for thieves.

The most important thing to remember with property crimes is that criminals don’t take vacations as you do. In-fact, they wait for you to take yours and let your guard down. Summer months are the perfect time for you to know your neighbors. That makes it much easier to spot suspicious people or vehicles that may be casing the neighborhood.

As we know it is better to keep a bad thing from happening than it is to fix the bad thing once it has happened. Few things to keep in mind and then you are good to go and enjoy worry free vacation. So always keep your doors and windows locked, not leaving any valuables outside, Secure your home when you’re away, Keep your vacation and travel plans quiet. Ask a friend or neighbor to keep an eye on your house, collect the mail, and keep the grass cut.

Be alert as you can never be sure who is watching or talking. An offhand comment by a co-worker to a friend or family member that “so-and-so” from my office is headed to the Galapagos this week for an awesome vacation may fall on the wrong ears. Share less to become safe more.

Finally, remember that fire and/or water damage often cause more financial losses than theft.  A burst pipe spews water quickly, but even a leaky dishwasher hose or hot water heater can cause a lot of damage in a week that you’ll have to replace.  That’s why we recommend using smoke alarms and flood sensors along with your basic JAQX system. The entry sensors and cameras protect you from intruders, our smoke and water monitoring protects you from dangers inside your home.

Have a great, safe summer!