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Definition

An electronic device used to summon security, police, or emergency services in situations where there is a threat to persons or property.

Things you need to know

Some panic buttons are equipped with closed circuit television so that the emergency event can be recorded.

Also known as

Panic Alarm, Duress Alarm, Hold-up Alarm

Cost Considerations

Professionally monitored systems run approximately $1,500 for a 2,200 square foot home. Monitoring fees cost around $500 per year. Wireless systems are generally less expensive since they can be installed without a professional. A low-end wireless system may only cost around $20, but the best systems can run $500 and up.

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