The state of Nevada requires that a security alarm to be physically checked out the alarm. You can be on vacation relaxing on the beach and all of a sudden you get an alert on your iPhone that someone is breaking into your house. You open the app and watch in horror as three strangers go through your house. You call the police and they ask you if you have physically checked on your property. No you’re on vacation. The police tell you about the law, and they will try to get someone over to your house in a couple of hours when they have a trooper free. They ask you to be sure to save the video from your cameras for their report.
Another major problem with using a self-monitoring system is that you have to active monitoring it. If you are in a meeting and you turn off your smart phone, then you won’t know about any alerts until you turn your phone back on. By that time the bad guys have already broken into your house and your new 60 inch TV has been stolen.
What do you do when you are home and someone is breaking into your home? You’re freaking out and no one monitoring your security system. Who is going to send someone when you are tied up to check on you? With a professional monitoring security system, you have trained professionals that are monitoring your house 24 hours a day. They send armed or unarmed security guards to check out your house. The security guards can normally get to your house in a few minutes and hopefully scare the burglars off before they can steal your stuff. Police can take hours to swing by your house, they aren’t worried about catching the burglars, they are there just to take a report and collect evidence.