Last Updated on November 10, 2022

Are you thinking of upgrading the security at your home or business? While a security system is a popular and effective solution, choosing between a monitored or unmonitored system can make all the difference in how much protection you have.

The Differences Between Monitored and Unmonitored Security Systems

Monitored and unmonitored security systems each serve to deter crime and keep homes or businesses secure, but there are distinct differences between the two systems.

Unmonitored Security Systems

Unmonitored systems typically feature equipment like security cameras, access control systems and intrusion alarms. The cameras and alarms help deter criminal activity, while the system records footage for later review. Some systems also feature mobile connectivity, providing you with notifications or even a live feed from your cameras so that you can contact the authorities promptly, if necessary.

Unmonitored systems are usually a one-time purchase. These types of systems are an affordable way to increase your protection, but they also have some disadvantages. The biggest downside is that you could miss an alert, losing your opportunity to act in an urgent situation. An unmonitored system could also catch you off guard and keep your hands full during an emergency, preventing you from calling for help.

Monitored Security Systems

While they share all of the same hardware as unmonitored security systems, monitored systems also have the benefit of real-time remote monitoring by trained professionals. This service makes all the difference between hoping you’re prepared and knowing you’re covered in any situation. You’ll have a room full of experts who can act fast in an emergency to contact local police or fire departments and make sure you’re in the loop.

There are several significant advantages to choosing a monitored security system:

  • Discounts: Upgrading your security system to include monitored protection can often help you unlock money-saving discounts through your insurance provider.
  • Ease: A monitored system takes the responsibility off your shoulders and places it in the hands of professionals equipped with advanced communications tools.
  • Assurance: Using a monitored system will provide you with peace of mind. You’ll know that trained experts are looking out for your business or home 24 hours a day.

Improve Your Security

At Prestige Security Solutions, we install many types of security systems and provide monitoring services. Our experts will consult with you on what equipment and services will give you the best protection. In most cases, we’ll recommend a monitored system thanks to the added security and confidence they provide.

Contact our team today to learn more about these and our other available services.