Barrie Security Systems

Residential Security » Monitoring (24/7 ULC)

Why Monitored?

A monitored security system allows you to be sure your business is secure 24/7. Your security system will, when necessary, notify the monitoring centre where professionally trained operators will respond quickly and efficiently and ensure the appropriate assistance is contacted and dispatched. This service is customized to your needs; our staff will follow your special instructions.

How does Monitoring Work?

All of your components, sensors and contacts are connected (whether wired or wireless) to your central control panel. It is this control panel that actually contacts the monitoring station (operator) when one or more of the sensors and/or contacts are activated.

Upon ‘arming’ your system, each of your security sensors are monitored for activity. When a sensor is ‘tripped’, the Monitoring Centre instantly receives this notification and takes immediate action.

Are There ‘Other’ Monitored Events Available?

Because ‘Murphy’s Law” exists, we know that anything can happen and so we provide the ability to monitor ‘everything’, for example Fire, Smoke, Carbon Monoxide, Temperature extremes and Flooding. By way of an example, should your furnace stop working and the temperature reaches a pre-determined “caution level” the control panel notifies the Monitoring Centre operator who initiates the appropriate notifications. Naturally the designated responses and notifications are all part of your customized system – you decide who is called when and for what!

Can A (Guard) Dog Replace A Monitored Security System?

Of course not.

Our ‘best friend’ is often seem as a good alternative to a security system, after all they alert us of people approaching or are near by.

To a criminal seeking ‘high rewards and low risks’, a “guard dog”, whether big or small, loud or louder, is not a sufficient threat to dissuade a planned attack. For the prepared ‘intruder’ getting past the ‘pouch’ is not a problem and once accomplished there is “no worry”, no noise, no lights, no external notifications, no nothing but time to reap the high rewards being sought.

Certainly a guard dog, as a segment of a thoughtfully designed security system, adds value to ‘prevention’ but understand it is limited. Criminals are not fools; they know the likelihood of your business being protected, particularly by ‘off-site’ monitoring, is very unlikely when a large dog is allowed to roam around inside.

Testing Your Alarm System:

You should test your alarm system once a week. It only takes a few minutes; anytime, day or night. Be aware, if you have a siren, it should become activated during the test.

  • First and most important, call the alarm monitoring station and put your security system on "TEST".
  • Now arm your security system and wait at least 1 minute for the system to fully arm before walking around your house.
  • Walk in front of all your motions and the siren should go off.
  • Also, open some or all doors and windows that have security contacts one at a time.
  • Then, enter your code and shut off the alarm system.
  • Call the alarm monitoring station and tell them you want to check your signals.

Our central station operator should be able to tell you exactly which zones were breached.

If there is a problem, please give us a call.