Do Silent Alarms Provide Security for Homes and Businesses
Most people who are considering an upgrade in security efforts ask this question. The problem is that the answer isn’t a simple yes or no but a very long, drawn, out, and complicated answer that is both ‘yes’ and ‘no.’ I will explain this below and hope it helps you make the best decision for your home or business security needs. You are the only one that can make the final decision as to whether or not a silent alarm is best for the needs of your home or business.
Combined with a monitoring service, a silent alarm can immediately tell the monitoring service that something is rotten in Denmark; the problem is that it takes time for the security company to respond. Most home and business owners have the option of response by the company in charge of their security system or response by the police. There are pros and cons on both sides of the issue. The ultimate answer is that the alarm company representatives are likely to show up in less time than it would take police to respond (intrusions-even for businesses are not a high-priority crime these days), but the hired security guards are generally unarmed, somewhat unskilled, and offer very little to deter a determined criminal.
Private security firms often employ low-wage workers, some with criminal records. This is enough for many people to elect the option of having the police respond to alarms. Be aware, however, that in many areas, a charge is involved when police respond to false alarms. Some police will allow two false alarms and then charge rather severe charges to avoid wasting officers’ time protecting and serving elsewhere. In the event of false alarms, many people will take the risks of security companies over the risks of being forced to shell out too much money. Be sure to check with the policies of your local security companies and police before deciding which is in the best interest of your home or business.
When it comes to criminals, most of the good ones have been around the block a time or two and are well aware of the average response time in the area for both police and various security companies. For this reason, many will have staked out the place, have a good idea of what company handles your security, where valuable items are located and have a planned quick escape route. In other words, having a silent alarm offers no real deterrent for the criminal with a game plan. They will often be in and out and have what they are looking for within the time frame of police or security company response.
More importantly, however, silent alarms do not attract attention. Attention is something that the wise intruder seeks to avoid as it leads to capture and identification. Loud alarms work best for getting the attention of neighbors and passersby (for businesses), if nothing else for the annoyance factor. Neighbors will head outdoors hoping to get you to turn your alarm off, only to discover that it isn’t a false alarm. A neighbor reporting a crime in the act (an eyewitness) is far more likely to gain a faster police response than an alarm company reporting what may amount to a false alarm.
Having a security system installed in your home or business is a great idea. It is also significant that many home and business owners are considerate of their neighbors when choosing a silent alarm system. The truth is that silent alarms offer no real deterrent to criminals, and that is what most people seek when installing an alarm system.