A video alarm sys­tem helps you keep a watch­ful eye over your busi­ness or home, and the mere pres­ence of cam­eras can also help to deter bur­glars.

But since not all sur­veil­lance sys­tems offer the same lev­el of secu­ri­ty, you need to be care­ful which solu­tion you choose. There is no short­age of secu­ri­ty-cam­era prod­ucts on the mar­ket – but not all will pro­vide the pro­tec­tion that you need.

If you’re com­par­ing options for a video alarm sys­tem, here are some ques­tions to con­sid­er.

1) Is the video alarm system monitored?

In oth­er words, is there an alarm mon­i­tor­ing sta­tion that can review the video from your sys­tem if you’re unable to? With­out mon­i­tor­ing, there’s not much you’ll be able to do to stop a crime or alert author­i­ties if you’re not home.

For exam­ple, with the Alarm‑i Video Alarm Ver­i­fi­ca­tion Sys­tem, our mon­i­tor­ing sta­tion prompt­ly receives the video footage from your sys­tem when your alarm is tripped. If a crime is occur­ring, they con­tact author­i­ties. Addi­tion­al­ly, with video ver­i­fi­ca­tion, police can be dis­patched with pri­or­i­ty response – up to 85% faster than non-ver­i­fied response.

2) How much does it capture?

Will the cam­eras record con­tin­u­ous­ly? Or are they acti­vat­ed by oth­er cri­te­ria, such as motion or your alarm sys­tem being trig­gered? How much footage will you have access to? Will the video only include the moments that occurred after the cam­eras turned on? Or will you be able to see what took place before a crime occurred?

With Alarm‑i, your sys­tem cap­tures pre-alarm and real-time video footage. This gives you a clear­er pic­ture of exact­ly what hap­pened before and dur­ing the moments that your alarm went off.

3) Do you get alerted when the cameras capture something?

How do you actu­al­ly find out if your video alarm sys­tem has caught some­thing awry at your home or busi­ness? Do you have to man­u­al­ly check the footage after you find your prop­er­ty ran­sacked? Or are you alert­ed as the event is occur­ring?

Alarm‑i noti­fies you in real-time. Both the pre-alarm and real-time clips are sent to your mobile device and com­put­er (in addi­tion to the footage being sent to the mon­i­tor­ing sta­tion). So you’re nev­er in the dark about dis­tur­bances hap­pen­ing at your prop­er­ty, even if you’re thou­sands of miles away.

4) Where can the cameras be placed?

Don’t assume the cam­eras can be installed any­where – espe­cial­ly if you’re look­ing at cheap­er options from your local depart­ment store.

Con­firm whether the sys­tem can be installed indoors, out­doors or both. If they can go out­doors, are they weath­er-resis­tant?

Addi­tion­al­ly, con­sid­er how the cam­eras need to be installed. Are they hard­wired? Do they run on bat­ter­ies that require replace­ment every few weeks? How many cam­eras can be con­nect­ed to the sys­tem?

With Alarm‑i, you can choose from sev­er­al pack­ages to fit your needs – up to 4 indoor/outdoor cam­eras with addi­tion­al door con­tacts, motion sen­sors and alarm mon­i­tor­ing.

Take a closer look at ALARM‑i

Learn more about pro­tect­ing your home or busi­ness with an ALARM‑i video alarm ver­i­fi­ca­tion sys­tem. For more infor­ma­tion, call 1–844-416‑7587 or con­tact us online.

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Allan Baum
Security Industry veteran with over 30+ years in the industry. Founded family owned and operated Protection Plus in 1994 with his wife and has overseen its growth since. In addition to working with his wife and son, Allan has assigned the role of Chief Canine Officer to his trusted dog Waub, who joins him at the office every day.