Home Alarm Monitoring Services Toronto
What is Home Alarm Monitoring?
Most alarm systems are designed to perform two things when they are activated.
- Is to activate a siren if the alarm is tripped to alert occupants, neighbours and an intruder.
- Is to contact an outside professional security call centre that can respond to an alarm on your behalf.
The Central Monitoring Station provides home alarm monitoring 24/7 with staff professionally trained to respond to emergencies. In the event, a homeowner is unable to respond to a monitoring station operator can notify emergency contacts of an event, and most importantly dispatch authorities to assist.
Benefits of Home Alarm Monitoring?
The installation of an alarm system does provide some benefit by providing a local alert. However, to truly maximize the purpose of the alarm, professional monitoring is essential. Even with modern technology and the seemingly constant connectivity of smartphones, home security is serious business. Response to an alarm signal cannot wait until after a business meeting or until you get off an airplane, or out of a dead cellular zone.
Alarm systems today can be about much more than burglary detection. Floods can have several causes, most commonly a frozen pipe that bursts or a washing machine malfunction. With climate change, there have been many more incidents of flooding due to extreme temperature fluctuations and flash rain storms overwhelming sewer systems. Insurance rates and deductibles for flood-related damage have skyrocketed. A Flood detector can detect leaking water BEFORE it causes significant damage to your home.
Add smoke detectors, Carbon Monoxide detectors, and an emergency pendant. But there is little benefit to detection without MONITORING. You or an emergency contact must receive timely notification of an event.
Have Peace of Mind. Unfortunately, emergencies happen to everyone. Knowing your alarm company is monitoring your home when you can’t, will allow you to focus on the tasks at hand. Monitoring is better than a good neighbour; we are on duty 24/7 365 days a year.
What to look for when choosing a home alarm monitoring provider
Not all alarm monitoring is created equally. Look for a well- established company with Canadian stations. Redundancy is essential. Some companies may offer low monitoring rates but only provide one Monitoring station, leaving you vulnerable in the event the station experiences high call volume, a power failure or equipment problems. Professional certifications should be available upon request.
The PROTECTION PLUS® Monitoring Stations are professionally trained and certified by Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC) to provide a consistent and responsible response to all alarms. Multiple stations across Canada provide exceptional redundancy. Insurance companies look for the ULC symbol on monitoring contracts. Without ULC monitoring, you will not receive any Insurance rate reductions. If your Insurance company requires your home to have an alarm system, IT MUST BE MONITORED. And remember to test your system at least every month. PROTECTION PLUS will provide a certification of monitoring for Insurance compliance.