The Difference Between Monitored and Unmonitored Security Systems

Throughout the United States, security assistance is becoming more and more popular. As home invasions have gone in and out of fashion and as home emergencies threaten the safety of our family and loved ones, it’s always a good idea to engage in some sort security system.

Well, there are many different options on the market. The most common, of course, is just the typical, closed circuit TV system as well a panic button.

When an emergency breaks out, you can hit the panic button and do what you need to do, and before you know it, the cops or a private security would arrive.

Now, increasingly, a lot of people are investing in a monitored security system. These security systems don’t really depend on what you do. Instead, they operate on a fairly passive basis.

They are made up of cameras as well as other detection systems. When invaders, or robbers, or other people who don’t have the best intentions as far as your property, your personal safety, as well as your loved ones are concerned make a move, these systems are triggered.

A lot of people are under the impression that if they sign up for a monitored security system that they are going to be protected 100%, 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Well, not so fast.

Please understand that monitored security systems simply means that you install all these security tracking and monitoring systems, and somebody is checking a screen somewhere on a remote basis. That’s really what it means.

This means that you still have to report the emergency.

You really can’t expect that person to see, just by looking at a camera, that an intruder or, worse yet, a guest in your house is doing something illegal. There are not mind readers, nor are they omniscient or all-knowing. They don’t know what’s going on.

In fact, in many cases, a lot of these monitors are actually just minimum wage workers. It is simply just adding another set of human eyes to what otherwise would be a collection of electronic eyes and detectors. That’s how it works.

So, you still have to provide your feedback. You can’t just kick back and assume that the system will take care of itself.

The great thing about monitored security systems is the fact that once you notify them that a certain action is unauthorized, they will not only call the cops, but they will start the process going to retrieve archived or recorded information regarding the crime.

Now, you may be thinking that it’s a day late and a buck short. What’s the big deal? The milk has already been spilled.

“Where is the sense of comfort and the sense of security in all of this? I have already gotten victimized. My stuff is already stolen, people in my family have already been harmed, my property has been damaged, what is the big deal about this ‘after the fact protection’?”

That’s a fair question to ask, but the thing is, you have to understand that if you want people to go to jail for what they did to you, you better have evidence. And when you trigger this monitored system, they would get the ball rolling as far as the documentary evidence you need to lock somebody up.

For example, you’re holding a party and you invite a lot of people. Somebody gets drunk and they pick a fight with somebody else. People get overheated, and before you know it, nasty words are exchanged, fists start flying, and somebody gets stabbed.

It’s very horrific, it’s completely uncalled for, and it’s probably the last thing that you want to see happen in your personal celebration. Maybe it’s a birthday, maybe it’s somebody’s anniversary, or maybe it’s some sort of commemoration.

So, what happens next? Well, typically speaking if you are dealing with unmonitored security systems, the security company would be notified after the police have done their initial investigation.

In other words, the documentary records that they have gotten, in particular, the video footage, will only be reviewed after the police have already interviewed people, examined the dead body, or looked at the injuries of the victim and have gone through pretty much the middle portion of the whole investigative process.

When you are dealing with monitored security systems, you can ask them to call the police in the first place, and then this automatically triggers them to start compiling information right there and then. So, that way, the whole investigation process doesn’t have to take months.

It can take a shorter period of time because a lot of investigations and document sourcing are happening at once. In other words, the whole investigation that will lead to the perpetrator spending time in jail is speeded up quite a bit.

Make no mistake, if you are traumatized, you want the wheels of justice to roll as quickly as possible. It’s hard to do that if you’re a day late and a buck short because you have an unmonitored system. Or, worse yet, you have no security system.

You better hope that the forensic evidence as well as the eyewitness testimonies of the people involved are there. And unfortunately, when it comes to eye-witness testimonies in the United States, this is not always something that you can bank on.

Believe it or not, there are many murders in the United States that go unprosecuted and victims don’t get the justice that they deserve precisely because people who saw the murder happen a few feet away from them suffered from temporary blindness.

They can’t remember, or they’re too traumatized that they didn’t see anything. But everybody else knows that they saw something because they’re there. But, technically speaking, the prosecutors can’t do anything and the person who killed the victim gets away scot free. Do you see how this works?

So, do yourself a very big favor, invest in an unmonitored security system at the very least. If you can afford it, go the extra mile and invest in a monitored system. If you want your justice, and if you want it to arrive quickly, you better step up and get ready to pay extra dollars for it.