Home Security Systems
Monitoring your home security system has never been easier but there are several things you need to consider before committing yourself to a long term monitoring agreement with any alarm company.
Alarm companies don’t make the majority of their profit from selling security systems; it comes from accumulating a large base of alarm-monitoring contracts. If fact, these monitoring contracts are so profitable that they are frequently bought and sold like mortgage notes.
Ask if they are an authorized alarm dealer or represent a marketing company.
Marketing companies have learned to flood a market with fantastic offers on security systems with the sole purpose of selling the contracts at a profit. They often use any sub-contractor available, which can lead to poor customer service once the marketing company leaves town.
Once you find a reputable alarm company, ask them to come out to your home and give you a quote. You’ll find that most will quote you a basic security system at a reasonable price. These basic security systems generally include a control panel, keypad, motion detector, a couple of door contacts, inside siren, a yard sign and warning decals.
Make sure the equipment can be monitored by any alarm company, not by just the one selling it to you. If they use proprietary security equipment, you could be left in a bind should you become dissatisfied with their service for any reason. Ademco, DSC, & Caddx are well known manufacturers and can be monitored by any one.
Some companies offer a low installation charge of $99.00 or will give you a “FREE” security system. Many do so if you put a security sign in your yard for advertising purposes and commit to a long-term alarm-monitoring contract.
Since the installation charge doesn’t cover the true cost of the equipment and labor, you are charged a substantial monthly fee to recoup their investment. These “deals” or equipment leases aren’t necessarily bad but make it hard to evaluate the true cost to you over time.
Antitheft alarm systems were once found only on establishments and homes of rich and famous people. However, antitheft alarm systems are now commonly found on the homes of “average Joes” in the United States. Ranging from simple “do it yourself” antitheft alarm systems to “state of the art” sophisticated antitheft alarm systems, from wired alarm systems to wireless alarm systems, antitheft alarm systems provides protection against thieves.
There are two kinds of antitheft alarm systems. These are open circuit antitheft alarm systems and closed circuit antitheft alarm systems. In open circuit anti-theft alarm systems, the alarms are triggered when its circuit is closed (the opening of a window or door will complete the circuit). While in closed circuit anti-theft alarm systems, the alarm is set off when the circuit is opened or broken, the exact opposite of “open-circuit anti-theft alarm systems”.
Some anti-theft alarm systems have video cameras and motion sensors. Surveillance cameras monitor the perimeter and record events of burglary. Surveillance cameras must be placed on strategic and inconspicuous locations. Some surveillance system record images when the motion sensor detects movements on a particular room or hallway. Motion sensors detect any movement that occurs inside the establishment or house. The sensitivity level of motion sensors can be adjusted so that the anti-theft alarm will not be set off accidentally by animals around the house. Motion sensors are ideal for large areas like hallways and large rooms. Some anti-theft alarm systems have magnetic sensors on windows and doors so that if the windows and doors are opened by burglars, an alarm will be set off.
Some anti-theft alarm systems are monitored by security companies on a monitoring station. These monitoring stations are manned by security specialist. In an event when the anti-theft alarm is triggered, these security specialists will then determine if the alarm is false or not. If the alarm is not false then the specialist will then notify the local law enforcement agency and the owner of the house or establishment.
The four mostly used types of anti-theft systems are the “single premise alarm systems”, “local alarm systems”, “telephone dialer systems” and “monitored security systems”. The single premise alarm systems protect specific things in the same way as door alarms. The local alarm systems will trigger an audible alarm in case of unauthorized entry and they are not monitored by a security company. The telephone dialer is a type of security system that will automatically dial an emergency number like the police or fire department if the alarm is triggered. The monitored security system is the most effective and reliable of all systems because it is monitored round the clock by a monitoring station.
So if you want to have your property and loved ones protected, have your home and business installed with a antitheft alarm system.
Having a wireless alarm system installed in your home is one of the best ways in implementing home security. Wireless alarm system has two ways of transmitting its connection. It is either connected by radio frequency or infrared light rays. Wireless home alarm systems can either be monitored or unmonitored. Monitored wireless alarm systems transmit signals to a monitoring station of the security company as the alarm is triggered. More often these alarms are not audible. In unmonitored wireless alarm systems, a very loud alarm (more often a siren with flashing lights) is set off but does not notify any monitoring station.
The heart of wireless security alarm systems is the control panel, which is usually located on the basement or on a hidden panel. In wireless alarm systems, the doors and windows are installed with two magnetic switches. One magnetic switch is installed on the door frame or window frame and another is installed on the door or window so that if the switch is moved out of its position, an alarm is triggered.
On hallways and large rooms, motion sensors are installed. However some wireless security alarm systems use infrared sensors, motion detectors or temperature sensors. Infrared sensors and temperature sensors detect body heat, while motion detectors detect movements on the room or hallway. If any one of these sensors is triggered, a signal is then transmitted to the control panel which analyzes it to determine if the intrusion is unauthorized or not. Wireless security alarm systems use keypads to disarm or arm the system. These keypads are normally found near the main entrance.
Wireless security alarm systems have six advantages over wire security alarm systems. The first one is that wireless security systems are easy to install. You can install one yourself unlike the wired systems wherein proper installations of wires are needed. Second, you can install them anywhere since the usage of wire is not required. Third, wireless systems are flexible; unlike their wired counterparts, wherein you have to review the wiring plans before any altering of the system. Fourth, it has a cleaner look. In a wired system, you have wires running all over the house. Fifth, wireless security alarm systems are more difficult to tamper. Wired security systems can easily become un-operational if the wires are severed intentionally or not. Lastly, wireless security alarm systems are easy to maintain. Wire security systems are bulky, hence, requires more maintenance while in a wireless security system, the only thing you need to maintain is its power supply that usually are the batteries.
Always remember to check your batteries in order for your wireless security systems to be reliable.