What is Dual Monitoring? Tips for Why You Need it & How You Get it
Although its name may sound like it, dual monitoring is not having two separate alarm systems installed. Dual monitoring means that the existing alarm system at your location is monitored and supervised by a second, separate alarm service company.
Dual monitoring may be recommended or required based on a variety of factors – your business’s inventory size, location, and other factors present at your jewelry business.
When arranging for this service, the primary and secondary alarm companies will need to work together. The primary alarm company should be able to program the existing alarm equipment to send signals to the secondary alarm company.
In some situations, additional transmission equipment may need to be purchased so that the signals can be transmitted properly to both the primary and secondary alarm companies.
There are some additional costs that may be involved in dual monitoring, including:
- Additional equipment and installation fees, if required
- A one-time set up fee from the secondary alarm company
- System programming fees for the primary alarm company to transmit the alarm signals to two different central monitoring facilities
- Monthly monitoring charges from the secondary alarm company service
Even with the additional charges you may incur, the costs associated with dual monitoring are still far less than that of installing an entirely separate, secondary alarm system at your location. You can sleep better at night knowing that your highly valuable merchandise is being monitored by two separate monitoring facilities.