Crime seems to be more rampant these days. In the past, hearing about burglaries or a harsher crime, was limited to big cities. Today, even small or rural towns are seeing they are no longer safe from big city crime. In our ever changing society, having a local alarm monitoring company looking out for your property and family is something to consider. If a homeowner ever leaves their home on an extended vacation, they will want to be assured an alarm system is armed and ready to sound when an intruder ever touches their windows or other entry points. Once an intruder hears the alarm go off, they will probably be too frightened to enter the home. Once a homeowner decides to purchase a local alarm monitoring system, the homeowner needs to ask the alarm company how they operate and what they offer. Here are some questions which should be asked: Is the alarm company with the Better Business Bureau or Consumer Digest Best Buy? If not, the homeowner needs to keep looking. If on the other hand your local alarm monitoring company does have these rating, you know you are in good hands. Going with a fly by night monitoring company is something every homeowner needs to avoid. If the monitoring company does have a high rating with the Better Business Bureau or Consumer Digest Best Buy, the homeowner needs to find out if they also have a monitoring center.