Alarm Monitoring: What is It, How Does It Work and Why Is It Critical?

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When it comes to protecting your property—and everyone and everything inside it—there’s no substitute for a comprehensive security system that includes 24/7 alarm monitoring. This feature of a business or commercial property security system is based on immediate communication between the system’s on-site control panel and a central monitoring station. When your system registers a security or emergency event at your business or property, a signal is sent to the central monitoring station where the appropriate authorities or first responders are notified and dispatched. Business alarm monitoring systems help the appropriate authorities respond more quickly to an emergency at your store, company, office building, or other commercial facility—protecting your employees, tenants, and business assets in critical situations. Whenever suspect activity is detected, you’ll be notified, no matter where you are.

Choosing the most effective business alarm monitoring system depends on your needs.  A full-service security systems integrator like Next Generation Security Concepts has been providing free security assessments to businesses in the Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, and West Virginia area for decades—you can rely on our dedicated and experienced team to help you evaluate your 24/7 business security options.

Why is Business Alarm Monitoring Important?

  1. Mitigates Risk

Smart business owners and commercial property managers understand that managing risk is critical to the health of their investment. Consistently examining the risk they face and learning about the tools available to address them includes implementing or integrating business security systems that protect employees, safeguard equipment, manage access, and deter theft.

  1. Protects Your Employees & Your Assets
  • The health and safety of your employees, residents, and tenants are your biggest responsibility as a business owner or commercial property manager. Around-the-clock alarm monitoring will help those who live and work in your buildings to feel comfortable and safe. When a break-in occurs, the system contacts the police immediately. The quicker the response time, the less likely anyone will be injured.
  • Alarm monitoring also provides extra protection for your employees, residents, and tenants from fire and related emergencies. The National Fire Protection Association reports that a structural fire occurs every 63 seconds in the US, and that fire departments respond to a blaze every 24 seconds. Based on the most recent data from FEMA, non-residential companies incur approximately $2.7 billion in losses a year because of fire. Having business alarm monitoring integrated with devices like carbon monoxide detectors and fire and smoke alarms can be the difference between personal injury, property damage, and even death.
  • If your facility includes equipment, materials, or inventory that are sensitive to temperature or moisture, we can integrate a business or commercial alarm monitoring system with sensors that monitor any environmental shifts that might be detrimental to your business.
  1. Reduces Risk of Theft and Vandalism

Alarm monitoring integrated into commercial security systems that include surveillance cameras and motion sensors can effectively deter theft. Constant surveillance by the right security system at your commercial property or business deters theft and vandalism, and integrated alarm monitoring will get the police there as quickly as possible.

  1. Controls Access

A professionally installed business alarm monitoring system will allow you to track those people going in and out of your property or business. Are there restricted areas on the premises? Next Generation Security Concepts can design a security system that sounds when unauthorized personnel gain access.

  1. Save Money on Business Insurance

A business alarm monitoring system will save you insurance money by reducing theft and vandalism. Most insurers will lower your annual fees when installing an alarm system because your business has a lower risk of danger.

What To Look For When Purchasing a Commercial Security System

Few purchases are as crucial to its safety and security as the business alarm monitoring system you select for your business or property. Choosing a knowledgeable, experienced vendor to install and monitor such a security system is the first step.

Next Generation Security Concepts can tie any system to its approved UL Listed Modern Monitoring Services, or we can utilize a system that’s already in place. Remote monitoring provides the vital link between your intruder alarm and the emergency authorities 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Trained staff then take appropriate action such as contacting the police, key holder, or fire service.

Working with us to design a comprehensive business or commercial security system equipped with effective alarm monitoring from the ground up, or simply having us integrate cutting-edge monitoring functionality into your existing system, is a wise investment in your property’s safety and security. Securing your business through business alarm monitoring is critically important, and the long-term benefits will certainly outweigh any expenses you incur in the short term. Call our Consultation Team today at 540-338-8160!

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