I live in San Jose, which I have recently discovered is a non response city. Basically, emergency services will not be dispatched if a central monitoring station reports the alarm. Someone has to actually be witnessing an emergency. I still want an alarm, but I guess I’m going to have to monitor myself. Does anyone have any creative self monitoring solutions?
I can think of a few off the top of my head. First would be to really create a positive relationship with your neighbors. If you are looking out for them and if they are looking out for you, someone will be there to be a witness if a crime happens. With self monitoring services like SimpliSafe, you can have the alarm contact specified people when the alarm is triggered. Having your neighbors on this list would be a great solution. Second would be to look into a video monitoring service, one that you can access on your phone, so that way you can have a visual on your property.
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