A quick guide to alarm monitoring

Posted: 15th March 2017

The intruder alarm market has become an increasingly sophisticated market, with many different types of burglar alarm monitoring on the market.  As there maybe several types of alarm on the market, it can get quite confusing to make a decision.  To help you, we’ve created a quick guide to the main things to consider when choosing an alarm monitoring service, which are:

  • Response type: how the alarm monitoring service reacts in an emergency activation situation e.g. whether the system simply automatically calls you, is it that a  human controller calls you, or is there something more complex / sophisticated.
  • Communication channel:  this is how the alarm communicates to the monitoring service e.g. via a telephone line, mobile phone line or through the internet.

An example of an SMS alarm monitoring communication can be seen in the following video:


These two factors are the main things to consider when analysing an alarm monitoring service.  The Communication channel is mostly down to your personal situation - questions you need to ask yourself include: do you have a landline (in which case you should probably just use normal land-line monitoring) or are you particularly vulnerable to attack (in which case you may want to consider a GSM back-up system).


At the Alarm Monitoring Company, we provide a wide range of different alarm monitoring options.  However, one thing we do insist on is installing ‘immediate audio-response’ alarm monitoring - meaning that when the alarm is activated, our remote monitoring station can listen in and talk into the property, helping verify that there’s an emergency situation and calling the relevant emergency service e.g. fire, police or ambulance.


For more information, read information on alarm monitoring here.


There’s further information on alarm monitoring via this Wikipedia page and also information provided by the police here.