It’s late at night in a small suburban neighborhood. A young woman is upstairs in her bathrobe, excitedly preparing for a date. She carefully applies eyeliner, dusts her face with powder, and begins combing through her long, dark hair. Just as she’s about to turn on the blow-dryer, she hears a rattling on the doorknob downstairs. Oh, I guess he’s here early, she thinks to herself, a smile on her face as she hops down the stairs to the door.
However, the face that greets her through the doorway window is the masked visage of a criminal. The criminal smashes through the glass, immediately triggering a loud, ear-piercing alarm. The woman, terrified, runs back up the stairs, stumbles into her bedroom, and locks the door. The phone rings a second later, and the woman picks it up. Since the alarm was triggered, her security company’s monitoring station immediately placed a call to her home. The woman reports the burglary, and is informed that the authorities are on the way.
Similar situations to the one described above are commonly used in home security commercials. However, with recent advancements in technology, there are now a number of methods that a security monitoring company may use to contact a homeowner. Here are five different ways that a monitoring company may send you security alerts.
Certain types of home security systems allow you to view the real-time status of your home online. If you have video surveillance, you may be able to view the video footage online as well. If there is a break-in, you will be able to identify the specific sensor that has been triggered.
If there is an intrusion that is detected in your home, you can program some monitored home security systems to send you an instant email alert. The content of the message will usually specify what type of alert was triggered.
Cell Phone Call
Since many homeowners now have cell phones, you can choose to receive phone calls from your home security company when there is a possible security situation in your home. If you have a smartphone, there may even be a downloadable application that you can use to monitor the status of your home security system.
Home Phone Call
For houses with land-line telephones, this method is still preferred by many homeowners. If a sensor in the system’s monitoring area has been triggered, a representative from the home security company will often immediately make a call to the home to assess the situation. This allows them to assess the situation, as well as decide if the authorities should be notified.
Ten years ago, no one would have imagined that you would someday be able to receive text message alerts about the status of your home security system! Today, you can even program some systems to let you know when your children return home from school, when there is motion detected on your property, or when a specific sensor has been triggered.