For so very long, the central promise of home security service has centered on the idea of central monitoring. You know the drill: when an alarm is triggered, someone in a call center springs into action, calling the house and alternate numbers while also alerting emergency responders like the police if it appears to be a legitimate event.
All this is well and good, but here’s the problem: While central monitoring services are quick to respond (often within seconds), those who are supposed to do something - the police – often don’t get around to the house until long after an intruder is gone. According to the Bureau of Justice, 69% of police responses take longer than 5 minutes, and 45% of responses take longer than 10 minutes.
It’s not like the police aren’t doing their jobs, it’s just that they often have more pressing business, and there’s a good chance they’re wary of the many false alarms that come from home security systems.
Read more: http://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelwolf/2015/04/08/smart-home-neighbor-watch-a-new-security-model/