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Why Your Business Needs Commercial Alarm Monitoring
Protecting your business with a commercial security system is a crucial first step in defending your property, guarding your assets, and ensuring your employees are safe. Installing security cameras and other measures can undoubtedly deter crime, but when disaster strikes, you’ll want the response to be swift to minimize damage and loss to your business. That’s why most businesses both small and large choose to invest in professional commercial alarm monitoring.
How does Commercial Alarm Monitoring Work?
Professional security monitoring is usually provided by a certified alarm monitoring center contracted to support the commercial security system installed at your business. Their job is to employ trained professionals to respond to tripped sensors and alarms within the building and on your commercial property. After reviewing information from the security system, the monitoring center will notify you and dispatch authorities to respond to a verified incident. Whether it’s an open door, broken glass, or video surveillance footage of an intruder, commercial alarm monitoring centers work with business owners to provide 24/7 surveillance and support of commercial properties.
In some instances, however, small business owners will choose to self-monitoring their property. This approach is problematic for several reasons which we’ll discuss later, but many modern security systems do provide tools like live streaming video and mobile notifications that enable some self-monitoring of the premises. Most security professionals agree these valuable technological resources are helpful to provide peace of mind but should not be used as a substitute for professional monitoring services.
Types of Commercial Alarm Monitoring
There are several types of monitoring available with most commercial security systems. Here are just a few of the monitoring services available for business properties.
Mobile notifications and tools
Most modern residential and commercial security systems allow owners and property managers to view live-stream video, alarms, and other status notifications via a smartphone app or online. This allows for remote, on-the-go monitoring of security measures and can be helpful to verify the system is engaged, doors are locked, and the premises are secure.
Live-stream and video verification
If a commercial camera system is installed, the video footage from the cameras can be monitored and displayed both on-site and off-site. Some modern systems allow the video feeds to be viewed either via live-stream on a mobile app or through a computer desktop. Video verification is when snippets of video are sent to monitoring stations and used to verify a tripped alarm or other security concern. These can also be sent as high-resolution images and later used to identify and prosecute a crime that occurs on your commercial property or to support an insurance claim.
As previously mentioned, this is the preferred approach for securing your commercial property. A professional, certified alarm monitoring center will provide 24/7 surveillance and services for your business, responding to alerts from your commercial security system, verifying concerns, and working with business owners to dispatch authorities swiftly, minimizing property damage and loss.
Why Your Business NeedS Commercial Alarm Monitoring?
There are many reasons why it’s preferable to have professional monitoring of your business, and it’s not just about crime. Even the safest neighborhoods can present unexpected risks to your business that commercial alarm monitoring can address. If you’re going to install a comprehensive security system, it only makes sense to support it with affordable services supplied by trained professionals.
Whether you’re on-site during business operating hours or off-site attending to something personal, you may not have the bandwidth or availability to respond immediately to an alarm or notification. That’s precisely why alarm monitoring services exist. Your priority is the success of your business and that can keep you plenty busy. When a professional monitoring team is on the job, their priority is the security of your property and they’ll give it their full professional attention.
Fire, flood and other protections
Keeping your business safe goes beyond straight-forward security measures that address crime and theft. Commercial alarm monitoring services can also perform double duty, responding to alerts for other hazards like fire, flood, and additional dangers that could impact your business.
Despite any up-front costs or monthly fees, an alarm monitoring service usually reaps benefits when it comes to protecting from property loss and earning lower insurance premiums through reducing risk.
24/7 surveillance and monitoring
No one can be available every hour of every day. That’s why commercial alarm monitoring services are there. They take the night shift, the day shift, and every shift in between so business owners can have peace of mind and security even when they can’t be on the premises of their property.
Commercial alarm monitoring services are affordable, typically billed as a monthly fee depending on the types of monitoring needed and size of your property.
Help when you need it
During an emergency, responding with a cool, level head is difficult when your business and employees may be at risk. Professional monitoring centers have your back with calm, courteous assistance in the event of an emergency. Not only can monitoring centers set your mind at ease by helping to coordinate dispatching authorities during an incident, but they’re also available afterward to assist with pulling video and providing you with information the police or insurance company may need to process your claim or prosecute a crime.
Commercial Alarm Monitoring from American Alarm
American Alarm offers commercial alarm monitoring for business owners provided by a full-service UL Certified Central Monitoring Station. Our monitoring center is nationally recognized as a leader in the security industry, staffed by trained professionals whose priority is the security of your property. Armed with the latest technology in both software, hardware, automation, and telecommunications infrastructure, American Alarm’s commercial alarm monitoring services are always online and ready to respond
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History and Reputation
Owned and operated by the Beale family continuously since 1958, we have grown into a large, full-service security solutions provider with an excellent reputation. We service all of Southern California and beyond.
Commitment to Clients
We owe our longevity to our loyal clients. Our mantra is “treat every client as if they are our only client”. Because of this goal, we strive to exceed client expectations in every facet of our work.
We are your neighbor, which drives us to provide you with prompt service and security. We are familiar with the neighborhoods you live and work in because we are part of your community.
Our UL central monitoring station is equipped with top-tier hardware, software, redundant dual coast communications, and is recognized as a leader in the security industry.