You have the locks, you have the lights and you do the security walk around your property before you go to bed every night. You know who has every copy of your front door key. And then someone in your neighborhood has a break in and you decide it’s time for a security alarm system. There isn’t too much you need to know before you start shopping.
What to Know
Most alarm systems work on the same type of system. You have keyboard consoles to enter the code. They are connected to a single control box which is usually installed in a closet or the basement. The control box may be hardwired or wireless. It has a backup battery, phone wires to contact help and a backup cell phone connection in case the home’s phone wires are cut or become unusable because of fire or storm.
The security alarm system can be set for when the family is out. This will allow a certain amount of time between detecting a door open and sounding an alarm so the family can deactivate the system. It can be set for when the family is home. This deactivates some motion detectors and sounds the alarm immediately if a window is broken. It can be set to sound any alarm immediately for the times when the family is asleep.
The security alarm system can protect the entire home and parts of the property. The front and back entrances should have door contacts to tell the system when the door is open. Both doors and any other frequently used entrances should have a keypad console to enter the code to deactivate the alarm. A backup for the door sensor is a motion detector inside a hallway or outside a door with shrubbery that could hide an intruder. Windows can be protected with a glass-break detector that is set off by the sound of breaking glass. Security pins can be added to the windows so that they can’t be opened wide enough to allow entry.
Other types of detectors can be added to the security alarm system as needed. Smoke detectors can be placed in appropriate areas around the home set to sound an alarm and call the fire department when smoke is detected. Some systems will dial the homeowner, too. Carbon monoxide detectors can be placed near the heating system, the garage and any fireplaces around the home. A panic button system can also be added in as many rooms as desired. Anyone in the home can set off the alarms by pressing the button.
Some systems can be set to a timer so that during work hours, the panic button will cause a phone number to be dialed instead of the alarms being sounded. This will protect ill members of the family in case of health emergencies. The panic button is a good accompaniment to closed circuit cameras. A motion detector can activate an outside camera to notify the family during the night. If the camera detects an intruder, the homeowner can press the panic button to sound the alarm, call the police and dial the security company. A security alarm system can provide security that you can really feel.