In the simplest form, security alarm systems work by securing entry points such as doors or windows with sensors that communicate with a control panel. The control panel is the computer that arms or disarms the system using a touchpad. The panel can be armed manually after the last person leaves the premise or can be programmed to automatically arm at the end of the business day and disarm at the beginning.
If a security sensor is breached while the system is armed (such as a door or window is opened), a high-pitched, loud alarm sounds. This can then send an alert to you if you decide to monitor your alarms yourself. But think about it – would you like to receive an alert in case of such a breach at 2 AM? Multiple nights a week?
Mind you, according to police reports, 98% of alarms are false. This means that 98 out of 100 times you will receive an alert, it will likely not be a break-in. That is why police do not prioritize security alarms and may not show up for hours if there is an alert. What is more alarming is in most areas, after 2 or 3 false alarms, police will not show up at your property at all in the future.
You can better protect your property and improve police response by employing an alarm monitoring company and using a “verified alarm.” For a very small monthly fee, your security provider will monitor your alarms. No matter what the hours are, your monitoring center will investigate instantly if there is any alert. An alarm can be verified by 1) sight and 2) sound. Meaning, you will either need to have video surveillance cameras or audio recorders for remote monitoring agents to verify that there really is an intrusion at your property.
Once the monitoring center has verified the intrusion, they can use speakers and strobes to remotely talk down to the intruders and enforce them to leave. If it does not work, they will contact the police once a remote agent has verified the alarm. Police will respond faster, hopefully, while the crime is still in progress.
Mind you, even for major road accidents, it does take emergency services 3/4 minutes to arrive, so there will always be a little delay in arriving at the site.