should I have a security alarm system?
Having a security alarm system may decrease the chances of a burglary. Statistcs show that the chances for an attempted burglary are reduced six-fold with the presence of an alarm system.
Should a Security Alarm System Include?
Most systems rely on a combination of contacts on doors and windows along with the use of motion sensors.
It is best that all potential points of entry have contacts that sense when they are opened. Glass break sensors are also available and recommended for many installations.
Motion sensors should not be used as the primary means of detection. They do not detect a burglar until he is already in the house. Motion sensors are generally used for BACKUP protection, if the primary perimeter
systems fails to detect an intruder.
The basic elements of a standard home security system include:
This is the location of the Central Processing Unit, system wiring, backup battery, and phone lines.
This is where the system is armed and disarmed.
Noise makers inside or outside.
This ia a device that senses a change in a room caused by human presence. Special motion detectors
are available for people who have pets.
This sounds the alarm when the door or window is opened (and the system is on).
central monitoring station (Company):
If the system is monitored, and the alarm is set off, the control panel
sends a message to a central monitoring station, which is manned 24 hours a day.
After attempting to contact the homeowner, the central monitoring station
will contact the police, fire department, or medics.
There is always a monthly fee for this service.
Additional items that can be added to the basic system are:
circuit TV to
allow monitoring and/or recording inside or outside a home.
screens for windows.
of systems vary, depending on the amount and type of equipment used. A
typical system may cost as little as a few hundred dollars, up to thousands
Monitored System or Unmonitored System?
typically work as follows:
security system senses something.
security system waits 30 to 45 seconds to give the homeowner a chance to
deactivate the system to prevent false alarms.
alarm is not deactivated the security system sends a message to the
monitoring company over telephone lines or over a secure cellular network.
monitoring company receives the message and verifies the alarm, generally by
placing a phone call to the home. If they do not receive the proper password
or do not receive an answer, they dispatch the police.
There are several levels of monitoring service
typically have on-site alarms and/or flashing lights. It relies on neighbors
to call police. Unmonitored systems rely on a neighbor to call the police.
Most insurance companies offer an increased discount for monitored alarm
to choose an alarm company
an alarm company can be confusing and the technology complicated. Here are some
friends or neighbors for recommendations on reliable companies.
Find out if
your equipment is being purchased or leased.
Find out if
the equipment purchased is proprietary (that is can anyone service and monitor
the equipment, or only the installing company.)
Always ask the
length of the contract your must sign.
comparing prices remember to compare detection coverage and features. Not all
alarms are created equal, nor are all companies created equal.
Things to Remember About Security Alarm Systems
realize most security systems sound inside the house and then the alarm is
transferred to remote locations through the telephone line. Since typical phone
line are vulnerable to being cut, a good backup reporting means is important.
We can provide cellular devices which continually monitor alarms, no mater