I'm looking to replace a self-monitored alarm at our shop with something else that would be monitored by another company. Reason? Even if the alarm sends me an alert in the middle of a night or when I'm away from work, what am I going to do about it? Show up there with blazing guns? Very unlikely :)
We have a few companies in Nelson offering monitored alarms but I'm not sure what is actually involved in their monitoring and whether it's worth it. If there is a break-in, do they call the police? From my experience, the police here can't be bothered unless drugs or speeding are involved... Also, what would be a reasonable monthly cost of providing monitoring? Is a landline required or will a UFB connection (can get VOIP if necessary) be enough? Do companies usually supply the gear or can they monitor something off the shelf? I see reasonably priced alarm systems on Amazon that have good reviews but not sure if any of them would be ok for New Zealand.