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The Truth About Alarm Systems

Posted by Joe Wilson

Aug 15, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Retail_Shrinkage.jpegWe all know that the better the alarm system you choose, the better the security coverage you will get. This is especially obvious for someone who has had the unfortunate experience of being the victim of a break-in, and they relied on a conventional alarm system that was purchased on the basis of price alone.

Here at Sonitrol Western Canada, we get lots of new customers who've recently had a bad experience, from a break-in or some other type of business crime. They were victims of not only a crime but also a conventional and inadequate alarm system.

There’s a good chance that the result of that encounter included them being notified of the loss long after the thieves had left the premises, possibly even the next day when an employee noticed some physical damage on arrival st the store in the morning.

But what about the police response, you may ask?


A big concern in our industry that continues to get attention is the significant number of false alarms and specifically the impact false alarms have on law enforcement resources.

The result of this concern is having its logical effect. The response time in cases where an alarm lacks true verification technology is not the same as those where a verified alarm exists.

That “response time differential,” as it turns out, can be quite significant.

Data shows that alarm systems that have verified surveillance systems, results in a police response that is faster, a key difference when it comes to reducing claims resulting from property crime.

In Vancouver, for example, a traditional alarm could take 39 minutes, 25 seconds to see a police presence. And a video verified alarm, on the other hand, has produced a police response in 2 minutes, 35 seconds.

Again, time is of the essence when the issue of police response is involved.

Essentially, a verified alarm system becomes a “virtual eyewitness” to a crime that is in progress, which greatly increases the likelihood of police presence making a difference, and how quickly law enforcement responds.

For insurance companies who accept the risk associated with the reality of property loss from crime, the key takeaway is being able to understand the increasing importance of a verified alarm system.

To the business owner, there’s an inherent comfort in having the practical confidence that their business is under “watchful eyes” even when they can’t be there to check on things themselves.

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Topics: Security Tips, Verified Security Alarms

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Joe Wilson, Owner of Sonitrol Western Canada

We provide our customers with the best commercial security solutions and quality service backed by our unique Guarantee and Commitment to Service. It's something unverified conventional alarm companies simply cannot guarantee!

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