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Central Station Home Security Monitoring, Selecting the Right Service

Central Station Home Security Monitoring

The first home security monitoring option that you should really consider is to have an alarm company’s central station monitor your DIY alarm system.


Of the three home security monitoring options available, central station monitoring is usually your most expensive choice. Monitoring fees can range from $8 to $20 to $50 to $100 + per month.

It’s also referred to as third party monitoring.

Click here for a more detailed look at both the second and third monitoring options.

In order to choose the right service, you must consider the following:


The Advantages – The biggest advantages of Central Station alarm monitoring is the:
1. Reliability Of Service and
2. The Human Factor.

Advantages that cannot be found in other monitoring options.

1. Reliability Of Service will give peace-of-mind. It is extremely comforting to know that qualified central station operators are keeping an eye on  your alarm system 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If your alarm system does signal a problem, they will dispatch the proper emergency personnel to help you.

2. The Human Factor is not present in either Stand-Alone and Technology-Based monitoring. Both are great options, but they rely on your electronic alarm system calling you or sending you an email in the event of a problem. But what if you miss that call or email?

An automatic phone dialers can be programmed to call 911, but central station operators are trained to take decisive action. They are trained to use their own human judgment and adapt to individual situations.


Being UL Certified – Make sure that the alarm company is UL certified. The Underwriters Laboratories is a non-prifit organization has been around for over 100 years. They are a world leader in public safety, certification, and product testing.

A UL certified central station is one that can provide standards-complying service to monitor your alarm system. It has met all monitoring and safety requirements set forth out by the UL. These includes:

  • receiving and monitoring equipment
  • building structure
  • installation
  • ongoing service
  • staffing


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Finding The Company –  More and more alarm companies are now willing to monitor DIY home security systems.

Their central station policies are now more flexible so as to accommodate this ever-growing market. The challenge is finding them. You can search the Internet. Use any search term that you feel is relevant.

The search term that brought us good results was:

Central Stations That Monitor DIY Alarms.

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