Imple­ment­ing a reli­able busi­ness secu­ri­ty sys­tem is crit­i­cal for every type of com­pa­ny. But since many dif­fer­ent options exist, it can be dif­fi­cult for busi­ness own­ers to know which sys­tem suits their needs.

PROTECTION PLUS offers no-oblig­a­tion busi­ness secu­ri­ty audits to help you iden­ti­fy the right solu­tions based on your unique secu­ri­ty require­ments. But today, we want to focus specif­i­cal­ly on one strong­ly rec­om­mend­ed solu­tion for many busi­ness­es: Alarm‑i Video Alarm Ver­i­fi­ca­tion.

Here’s what you need to know about video alarm ver­i­fi­ca­tion and its impor­tance.

What is Alarm‑i video alarm verification?

Alarm‑i is a busi­ness secu­ri­ty sys­tem that uses video cam­eras to pro­vide video ver­i­fi­ca­tion of alarm events. Much like a tra­di­tion­al alarm sys­tem, the sys­tem can be trig­gered when a door is opened, a win­dow is smashed, or motion is detect­ed while the sys­tem is armed. But in addi­tion to trig­ger­ing the alarm (and alert­ing the mon­i­tor­ing cen­tre), Alarm‑i also records video of the event – includ­ing the moments just before the event. This allows busi­ness own­ers and mon­i­tor­ing-cen­tre dis­patch­ers to see exact­ly what caused the alarm and ver­i­fy that it’s not false.

The ver­i­fi­ca­tion aspect is essen­tial for sev­er­al rea­sons:

1) Police are deprioritizing response to alarms without verification.

Over the last few years, police ser­vices through­out Ontario have announced they are depri­or­i­tiz­ing response to alarm inci­dents if there is no event ver­i­fi­ca­tion. Some depart­ments will not respond at all. In May 2023, for exam­ple, the Corn­wall Police Ser­vice was the lat­est depart­ment to announce that offi­cers would respond only if alarms met spe­cif­ic ver­i­fi­ca­tion require­ments, such as video.

If busi­ness­es want to be sure that police can be dis­patched dur­ing a break-in, then they must have video alarm ver­i­fi­ca­tion.

2) Priority police response is up to 85% faster with alarm verification.

Alarm‑i video alarm ver­i­fi­ca­tion ensures that your busi­ness will receive pri­or­i­ty police response if offi­cers need to be dis­patched. Sta­tis­tics show that pri­or­i­ty police response is up to 85% faster than response to non-ver­i­fied alarms. (Source: That is a huge dif­fer­ence that will direct­ly affect the out­come of the crime, as we will illus­trate in the fol­low­ing sta­tis­tic.

3) Verified alarms result in apprehension rates of more than 50% (vs. only 0.08% for traditional alarms).

If you want crim­i­nals to be caught for their crimes, then alarm ver­i­fi­ca­tion is essen­tial. Since police respond up to 85% faster to ver­i­fied alarms, this increas­es the chances of appre­hend­ing the sus­pects involved. Ver­i­fied alarms result in an appre­hen­sion rate of more than 50%, while the rate is next to zero (0.08%) for tra­di­tion­al non-ver­i­fied alarms. (Source:

4) Video evidence supports prosecution and insurance claims.

Anoth­er key ben­e­fit of Alarm‑i video alarm ver­i­fi­ca­tion is visu­al evi­dence of crimes com­mit­ted. This footage can be used in court pro­ceed­ings to ensure a con­vic­tion and to increase the chances of recov­er­ing stolen goods. Addi­tion­al­ly, the footage can sup­port insur­ance claims for dam­age and theft.

Is Alarm‑i right for your busi­ness?

Our pro­fes­sion­als will help you deter­mine if Alarm‑i is the right fit for your busi­ness.

Request a no-oblig­a­tion busi­ness secu­ri­ty audit,

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