Priority response means police or fire arrive at the scene of a crime faster. Alarms combined with video alerts meet this standard for this type of response. Businesses without alarms are more likely to be burglarized than those that do have them. But even a great alarm system won’t always stop the most tenacious burglars from trying. The good news is, business security systems that protect retail, dealerships, schools, warehouses, construction sites, mom and pop shops, residences, and more, are evolving. And modern technology is leading to higher apprehension rates, fewer false alarms, and more comprehensive protection.


Video Verification is the pairing of alarm notifications with live security video clips of whatever caused the alarm. It allows central monitoring station operators to see what is activating the alarm — verifying if there is actual criminal activity occurring, or if it’s a false alarm. At the same time, business owners get a notification if an intruder is detected.
That’s right. Video Verification lets operators catch burglars in the act, and deploy police officers to the site while the crime is in progress.
A promising prospect, given the impact, both financial and emotional, a burglary can have on business.

How Video Verification Works

Video verification makes security systems more efficient and effective, but it’s still relatively unknown to many business owners.
Central monitoring station operators are then able to see the footage right away and determine whether the trigger is a false alarm or worthy of a police dispatch. Conventional alarm systems might detect the tripping of an alarm sensor, but they can’t confirm the cause. With more information at their disposal, law enforcement and alarm owners can implement a safer plan of action when an alarm is activated, and that’s where video verification comes in.

Why is Video Verification So Valuable?

Our monitoring center checks video alarms. Once verified, we will contact the authorities to report a crime in progress. This blend of tech and expertise brings better protection for your business. Businesses paying for monitored alarm systems want the fastest police response available. But in areas with a high false alarm rate, some law enforcement agencies employ what is called a Verified Response Protocol. Without confirmation of an actual crime, authorities will not dispatch to your property.However, a video verified alarm system allows station dispatchers to confirm via video, while a break-in is in progress. Reducing costly false alarms regarding cost and precious response time from authorities.

A priority response means more arrests for police and less success for burglars. Video verification systems also capture video before, during, and after a break-in. This feature provides valuable evidence and real-time information for police. Meanwhile, central monitoring station operators can monitor video silently and alert police without ever letting the intruder know that they’re in for trouble. According to the PPVAR, alarms that can verify as crimes in progress have police immediately sent to the scene.

  • Faster Response- Real-time id of crimes gets a higher-priority response with police and fire.
  • Reduce False Alarms – Video alarms can help id false alarm causes. They also reduce the chances of fees from false alarms.
  • Meet Regulations – Police dispatch requires verification in certain areas. Future proof your system by meeting these guidelines.
  • Around-the-Clock Operator Support As with any security system from ADS, highly-trained personnel monitor subscriber accounts from our Central Station in Aurora, Illinois 24/7/365.

Learn More About Priority Response

Today’s alarm systems must work even harder to stop burglars. Video verification, in tandem with a local, expert monitoring and response team, is the most powerful strategy you can have for protecting your business from theft. Learn more about how video verification can work for your business, give us a call at 630.844.6322.

About Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.

ADS is one of the largest alarm firms in Illinois. It has been family-owned since 1968. ADS provides business alarmsfire alarms, card accesssecurity cameras, and home security systems. Our main office is in the Fox Valley. We service all of Chicago, suburbs, and southern Wisconsin.