Security Camera and Alarm System Frequently Asked Questions
What is a home security system?
It’s a fact – many burglars are scared off by just the presence of a security system. Burglars attack unprotected homes up to 3 times more often than homes with an electronic security system. Maybe you’re ready to invest in a home security system. But, just what is a “good” system? Well, it’s not one that’s bought in a panic hours after your home has been ransacked. A good standard system protects the entire perimeter of (around) your home. It alerts you and lets the intruder know he’s been detected. It limits damage and it brings help. And, it’s easy to use.
What are the components of a security system?
The best home security system will be a system customized to how you live your life. It takes into account your schedule, your kids and pets, if you have any. And, whether it’s jewelry, baseball cards or a wine cellar, the things you value the most will be specifically protected. You may also wish to include fire detection or medical emergency devices in your system.
In this overview we identify the components that go into a security system by categorizing them in five groups; Keypads and Control, Devices, Perimeter protection, Interior Protection, Environment Protection, and Communication with a Monitoring Station
Keypads and Control Devices
Security systems should have at least one keypad located close to a commonly used entrance. This allows occupants to arm the system when they leave or disarm the system when they enter. This can also be accomplished by a wireless key fob or automated via integration with a home control system.
This is the first line of defense against an intruder. Door and window sensors are usually placed at any door or window that is easily accessible from the ground level and will alert the system whenever they are opened or closed. These sensors can trigger an alarm instantly or initiate a delay to allow users to disarm the system for access.
This is a second line of defense for a security system. Interior protection usually consists of motion detectors and glass break detectors. Motion detectors are designed to detect when a person is moving inside. Many can be adjusted to be immune to pets up to 60 lbs. These detectors can also tell a lighting control system that a room is vacant to allow lights to be turned off for energy savings. Glass break detectors are designed to listen for the specific sound of breaking glass combined with other technologies to allow for incredible accuracy.
Environmental protection includes detectors designed to protect life and property. Smoke and carbon monoxide sensors can alert the occupants of danger and, if the optional monitoring capabilities are enabled, are also able to alert emergency responders. Temperature sensors can alert a security system to a dangerously cold situation before pipes have a chance to freeze. Flood sensors can be implemented to alert a system of a high water situation. One example would be to use a sensor near or in a sump pump so that if a pump failed, the system can alert the occupants and the monitoring station.
To allow a security system to be truly effective, it should be connected to a monitoring station. A monitoring station is employed 24 hours a day to accept communications from the security system. In the event of an alarm, the monitoring station will contact the owner by telephone to verify the alarm. Depending on the response, they are then able to contact emergency responders.How monitors my system?What about video surveillance?
Video surveillance systems: for security that pays!
Video surveillance systems are increasingly being used in security systems and with good reason. Even the presence of video cameras acts as a deterrent to potential criminals. Possible dangers are also detected at any early stage. Appropriate and rapid intervention will enable damage at least to be contained. Given the ever-growing sources of danger and increasing losses, video surveillance is an extremely valuable and economical means of improving the security of people, buildings and valuables.
Video eyes never tire
With a video surveillance system, you are always in the picture – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And you don’t even have to sit in front of a TV screen. As soon as an unusual incident occurs, an appropriate signal is automatically transmitted to a predetermined location (e.g. to a mobile phone). Appropriate steps can then be taken immediately to minimize damage.
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