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 valid reasons why people have discontinued 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 like that.

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.


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 back its bark.”  To learn more, go to: www.diy-monitoring.com.

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Scott Kimball September 29, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Geoff you have me wondering about you. Every post I make about DIY Monitoring, you leave your "Tricky sales pitch" comment. Why would someone take the time to go through every Patch website everyday to place a comment in hopes of deterring people from visiting my web site? Have you been effective in your crusade? It's hard to say. Yesterday I had 143 visitors to my web site. Most were Patch readers, but not all. You see, I have also received visitors from Canada, England, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Japan, Italy, Germany, China, Pakistan, Tanzania, and Trinidad during this month of September. There's a good bit of interest in what I'm offering - not only here, but else where. Yet, with your comment, there's an insinuation that I'm doing something wrong. If so, what is it? Offering a product that people are interested in?; or offering a service that costs a whopping $6.95? There's two more question I have for you, Geoff. Who are you and what are you all about? If you click on my name you will see that I am really Scott Kimball, the photo is mine, etc. However, your profile shows nothing.
Bill September 29, 2012 at 09:25 PM
I guess Patch has no rule against this kind of thing, but it just seems a little dishonest. If every Patch advertiser decided that instead of paying for an ad, they'd just put together occasional posts linking to their commercial web site, I wonder how Patch would stay in business.
Scott Kimball September 29, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Yes, Patch does. It's very clear in their 'terms and conditions.' My post provides information and it's news worthy. I talked with my regional Patch supervisor about it, How does Patch stay in business? It's a remarkable online source of localized news and information unlike anything else that's ever been offered. More than that, it offers readers to make inputs, just like you just did.
Elizabeth Cox September 30, 2012 at 01:03 AM
thank you for the info Scott- we have been going back & forth for awhile now. we had an alarm system but then moved. we would like to get a new one but the costs of sports and all that goes along with that keeps us from doing so. i appreciate your tips/advice-
Geoff Hoffman October 03, 2012 at 04:41 PM
What you're doing is trying to get around paying for an 'ad' by saying you're offering "information". Yes, it provides information the same as any ad provides information. I am surprised that Patch.com does not want compensation for these types of postings as what would prevent all businesses from doing the same thing? Plus, if it's not an 'ad' why are you posting it on every Patch.com site you can get your hands on?


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