Security Cameras & Monitoring

Four reasons to install a monitored security system

When you’re deciding on a home security system, it can be hard to choose between a professionally monitored security system or a do-it-yourself (DIY) device from the local hardware store. While purchasing an off-the-shelf model from a hardware or electronics retailer may seem like a quick and cheaper option, these devices won’t include professional back-up support if the alarm is triggered.

Jun 21, 2024
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Due to increasing demand, ADT Security introduced a solution to give homeowners the best of both worlds: a DIY solution that homeowners can quickly and easily install themselves; with our team of licensed security professionals on call if needed as well as full monitoring for peace of mind if the alarm is triggered.

In the year ending June 2023, New Zealand police received reports of 65,609 instances of unlawful entry, including burglary and break-ins, from victims. Up to 70 per cent of burglaries occur by forcing open a door or breaking a window. Monitored security systems will detect this kind of activity and a security team will immediately be dispatched. As a deterrent, most burglars will stop if they see a camera or sensor, stopping a burglary before it begins.

Alarms that are backed by offsite monitoring support

While off-the-shelf DIY products can be a cost-effective solution for people who simply want to put a deterrent in place, or for lifestyle purposes such as checking who’s at the door, these products are not monitored by anyone except the homeowner. Ask yourself, what would you do if the alarm sounds while you’re away from home? What’s more, what do you do if the alarm is triggered while you’re on holiday, in another time zone, or a long way from home? With an off-the-shelf device, there isn’t the option to have a patrol car dispatched to the house to verify what has happened. In addition, DIY cameras can be positioned incorrectly, resulting in blind spots, or the footage may be too grainy to identify a perpetrator. ADT Security has a range of cameras for different needs, from a standalone Wi-Fi model to a comprehensive CCTV system, and whether you opt for a professionally installed system or our DIY option, you’ll receive 24/7 professional monitoring.

With a DIY system, correct installation is paramount. It is important to ensure sensors are positioned correctly, camera views are optimized and unobstructed, and that the lifestyle of the occupants is considered. While a professionally installed and tailored solution can also include advanced features that let you address specific security needs, our new DIY solution offers a similar service with the added flexibility to install it yourself quickly and the option to choose professional monitoring, which is the core of a sophisticated home security system.

Our team is often contacted by homeowners seeking a reliable security system that will help provide greater peace of mind. Below are just some of the reasons why our customers have opted to install a professionally monitored home security solution:

Recently burgled

If you’ve ever been the victim of a burglary, you’ll be all too familiar with the unease and nagging worry that it’s going to happen again. People often approach us just after they’ve had a break-in, as a reactive safety and protection measure. Having a professionally installed and monitored alarm helps to alleviate concerns when you’re home or out, as is knowing that our experts are always monitoring your system and ready to act whenever your alarm is triggered.

Increased crime in the area

When a neighbour or several homes in your suburb have been broken into, it’s natural to worry that you might be the next target. An increase in crime in your area is certainly cause for concern and can prompt many people to install a professionally monitored system for peace of mind. While some people some may think their neighborhood is safe and home security is unnecessary, no suburb is free from incidents of burglary and theft; burglars are always looking for new locations to target. Residents in areas experiencing an increase in crime should be on heightened alert for suspicious behaviour and lodge a report to the police if they witness anything suspicious.

A new addition to the family

Whether your new arrival is of the two-legged or four-legged variety, a cute addition to the family is often a reason why households choose to increase their home security. In fact, many of our customers use our standalone lifestyle cameras as baby monitors or pet cameras. Our automated home security package lets homeowners log into their system through an app to view a live feed of what’s going on in different areas of the home. So, you can check on a sleeping baby from downstairs or monitor your new pet while you’re at work. Nothing provides reassurance like the visual verification that your precious bundle is safe and sound.

Frequent travelling

Those who travel regularly for work may also worry that the home will become a target for burglars. Dark, vacant homes are much more attractive to thieves than well-lit homes full of people, so having a security system that’s monitored around the clock can be immensely reassuring when you’re far from home. For extra tips on how to keep both you and your home safe when you travel frequently, including home automation features, check out our helpful blog here.

If you’re currently weighing up your home security options, these common reasons for installing a monitored security system may provide some food for thought.

To discuss your home security requirements or receive a quote, call our team on 0800 111 238 or visit


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