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Dropping Your Alarm Monitoring

There's a growing trend, in today's economy, to drop alarm monitoring from the family budget. But there is a way, to monitor your home security system yourself.


Would you purchase a guard dog that doesn’t bark?

That’s a silly question, I know, but it does illustrate what a home security system is without being monitored. As an alarm dealer, I’ve noticed a growing trend of home owners opting out of this important 24/7 service.  For an alarm company that’s a disturbing trend, yet it’s understandable. 

Reasons to Drop Monitoring

There are good reasons for people to discontinue their alarm monitoring service. First and foremost is the economy.  Family budgets are what they are and decisions have to be made on cutting back on expenses.  Alarm monitoring service is often one of the items on the chopping block.

False alarm fines are another cause, especially for those trying to get by on a tight budget.  Consider what cutting $75, 125 or more out of your weekly grocery budget would do, and it easily understood why people decide to drop monitoring altogether after being assessed a fine.

And then there is the contract that many alarm companies trap their customers. When the warm glow of a great deal has worn off and the monthly payment grinds on, and on, and on, many are ready to jump ship when the term of the contract is up. 

As an alarm dealer, I am very aware of the situation – don’t like it – but understand it.  You see, monitored alarm customers are the ‘holy grail’ to an alarm company.  It is the reoccurring income that keeps the company ship afloat.

Do-It-Yourself

With that in mind, it might surprise you when I say, “There is a way, for you to monitor your existing home security system yourself and give your guard dog its bark.”  To learn more, go to: www.diy-monitoring.com.  

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J.David Knepper June 02, 2012 at 11:36 AM
BrandonPatch offered a story about dropping your alarm monitoring but instead gave a link "To learn more..." At that link, still no complete story about how it works except that you can add a circuit board to your monitoring device and monitor your system by phone. To find out more about where to buy or what it costs, the user must click yet another link. Sounds like referrals to referrals to me.
Scott Kimball June 02, 2012 at 01:01 PM
I don't understand what you mean by "referrals to referrals." What you are referring to as "links" are called navigation buttons to aid visitors find information on quickly and easily on the web page. A couple of navigation buttons not mentioned are 'Easy Install' and 'Special Offer.' Nowhere, on DIY-Monitoring, are you taken off the web page to an external web site - except when you place an order, you will be taken to a secure web site.
hosneara June 07, 2012 at 08:41 AM
What a great post. I’m emailing this to my friends. <a href="http://www.ea3ltd.com//">Alarm Monitoring<a/>
Geoff Hoffman August 26, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Tricky little sales pitch Mr. Kimball. Kudos! Make it sound like you're giving secrets to "do it yourself" but you're just trying to sell a circuit board the customer would install then they'd pay you a monthly service fee.

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