Depending on the alarm system in place, as well as the network of support employed in coordination with it, burglar alarm monitoring may differ from one security alarm to the next. Simply installing a burglar alarm in your home or business may not be enough to adequately ensure timely response by the authorities. While many alarm systems feature an automatic digital dialer designed to transmit the alarm signal during a break-in, contracting with a private company specializing in burglar alarm monitoring and dispatch aids in response time.
A self-contained, unmonitored burglar alarm system will notify the home or building's occupants in the event of a break-in, usually by means of an audible siren. Many systems also feature built-in phone lines, dialers and even 2-way voice systems. When the burglar alarm is triggered, the system automatically seizes the local phone line and automatically notifies a central station, which in turn dispatches responders. Another method utilizes VoIP technology for more reliable broadband communication.
Central Station Monitoring
Burglar alarm monitoring through a central station usually involves a monthly fee for the service. However, in the event of a break-in, a central monitoring station is equipped to receive the communication, dispatch private or public responders and, if a 2-way speakerphone is present, to warn an intruder that authorities are on their way.