There’s No Substitute for Professional Security Monitoring

Just about everyone is happy to see a dog—except for burglars, that is.
When a burglar has a choice between a home with a dog and a home without a dog, the dog-free house will typically end up as the target.
Does that mean that you should forgo a professional security system because you own a dog? The answer is simply no and we’ve compared the 2 to explain this:

1: HOW RELIABLY DO THEY ALERT YOU TO TROUBLE?

Dogs have amazing senses, with their sharp ears and superior scents-ability. Much like a security system, a dog can alert you right away to an intruder on your property. The downside of this is, to your dog, many everyday visitors count as intruders. “Cat” “Postman” “Neighbour”. They’re all excuses for Layla to start barking.

A Smart Home Security System and specifically an Action24 security system does it better. Like a dog, it’s proactive when an intruder is detected  – powered by alarm.com software technology and industry leading touchscreen panel and sensors – if an intruder enters your home our trained operators are here 24/7 to alert you and the emergency services. You will also receive push notifications to the nominated smartphones/tablets on your account to let you know what is happening.

The verdict: Until dogs get their own dedicated GSM connections, smart home security wins this round.

2: HOW RELIABLY DO THEY ALERT YOU TO DANGER?

When there’s an emergency, everyone needs help. 

If there is a fire in the house, you and your loved ones need to get out as soon as possible. Your dog will most certainly make you aware of smoke or fire by barking but your Action24 alarm system will alert our 24/7 monitoring centre staff who will call the fire service so you can focus on securing the safety of your family by leaving the house immediately.

Winner: Security systems and dogs can alert people to the issue, but the dog can’t connect to emergency services, a vital measure. Smart home security definitely wins this round.

3: HOW WELL DO THEY KEEP BURGLARS OUT?

Burglars avoid homes with security systems. 60% will go elsewhere if they see one. The Action24 Smart Alarm System includes an exterior Bell Box with an LED light that flashes continuously. Add a smart security camera and you have a formidable deterrent.

Of course, most burglars don’t want to meet your dog either. Should they spot the external dog kennel or hear muffled barking from inside, many will move along.

However, deterrence aside, there are some things a dog can’t help with. For example, one-third of all burglaries are cases of unlawful entry – a burglar entering through an unlocked door or window. With proactive reminders and remote system arming, an Action24 security system can save the day when you’re in a rush and forget to secure the house. Your Action24 alarm system will even alert you if certain windows or doors have been left open (even when the alarm is not set).

Winner: Security systems and dogs are both great deterrents, but a dog can’t send you a smartphone alert if you forget to set the alarm. Smart home security wins again this time.

4: HOW TAMPER-RESISTANT ARE THEY?

How does your canine friend hold up if an experienced burglar targets your home? It’s not unknown for a burglar to arrive with food to distract a dog. While a specially trained dog may hold his ground, most dogs will scamper off into the back garden after their delectable treat.

A criminal will need more than a steak to defeat an Action24 home security system. Even if they take a hammer to your panel, there is technology built into your system called “Crash and Smash” protection which will still alert our operators that there may be a break-in in progress.

Winner: Engineered to meet rigorous life safety standards and immune to temptation, the Action24 smart security system wins this one hands-down.

5: WHICH ONE IS MORE FUN?

You can have fun with a smart home security system. Checking in on your kids when they go to sleep and showing off your smart lights and video doorbell to your neighbours.

However it’ll never take the place of that cute, happy furball that always loves you, no matter what.

Winner: Sorry security system: this one goes to the dog.

Want to improve your canine-based home security by installing a smart home alarm system with professional security monitoring? 

Visit www.action24.ie or call 01 297 3333.