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The Pros and Cons of In-House Monitoring vs 3rd Party Monitored Security Systems

by | Jan 7, 2021

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Security and loss prevention is a serious concern for most businesses. Luckily, there are options. There are many reputable alarm monitoring businesses that you can research and retain if they meet your needs. Alternatively, some companies choose to set up their own in-house monitoring stations.

How can you tell if an in-house enterprise monitoring system or a 3rd party monitored security system is the right option for your business? It requires a comprehensive look at the monitoring capabilities, how adaptive they are to evolving technology, how responsive they are to threats, and how well the security controls support your business practices.

Security risks


Quality control

  • Monitoring center availability
  • Response time
  • Resolution time
  • Service/maintenance visit number and frequency
  • Promptness of emergency notifications
  • Penalties for violating contract terms or missing SLAs

On the other hand, an in-house monitoring team would always have the most current contacts when staff or vacation schedules affect availability, as well as changes to working hours, shift schedules, and maintenance timelines. These details can be difficult or impossible for a third-party to keep current if someone in your office isn’t vigilant about communicating the new information.


  • Access control systems
  • Analytics
  • Automatic fire alarms
  • Compliance, credentialing, and permit management
  • Environmental hazard monitoring
  • Facility security monitoring
  • Inspection and testing
  • Video surveillance

Integrated Alarm Systems

If monitoring is not the focus of your business, you may need to leverage resources and systems to expand your operation to adapt. One of the advantages of implementing an alarm monitoring solution from a company like Security Information Systems is that security monitoring is their core capability. They have invested in the most qualified resources and certifications, as well as the highest quality software, hardware, and communications protocols to help you with a robust, comprehensive monitoring service. They provide the largest library of receivers to interconnect multiple alarm systems to streamline alarm monitoring capabilities. When you need experienced, dependable alarm monitoring, let SIS help you find the right solution.

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