Invest in an alarm system is a good option for greater security at home because it offers both proven to prevent theft and tranquility options. It is very important to take the time to understand the types of security alarm systems available and exactly how they will improve the safety of your home, so you can buy a system to suit your needs and your budget. Alarm systems can be wired or wireless. You must decide whether to install the system yourself or hire a licensed installer.
With monitoring or unmonitored?
The monitoring systems are those in which a private company monitors your system 24 hours a day, every day, and alert the police if something goes wrong and cannot communicate with you.
Unmonitored systems have sirens and flashing lights in place to alert neighbors in case of a robbery, that is to be confident that their neighbors call the police if you are not at home. With monitoring systems offer better security because vigilance is constant. Generally they operate as follows:
- System sensors opening a door, for example are activated by some event.
- The system waits 30 to 45 seconds for the homeowner has the opportunity to turn off the system and avoid false alarms.
- If the alarm is not deactivated the security system sends a message to the monitoring company over telephone lines or through a wireless device.
- The monitoring company receives the message and verifies the alarm, generally calling home or mobile phone owner. If you do not receive the access code or do not receive a response, the company calls the police.
- Police respond.
Components of a home alarm system
Control Panel: all alarm system operations are focused on this panel, including connections to the central monitoring station, either through a telephone line or via a cellular or radio.
Central monitoring station (Company): if the system is monitored, and the alarm is activated, the control panel sends a message there.
Keyboards: from here turns on and off the alarm. Keyboards should be placed near the doors so you can turn them on and off when you leave when you return. Most works on a system access code.
Key fobs: similar to the keychain remote control to open / close your car, this device allows you to turn your alarm system from outside without using an access code.
Siren: siren will sound as a warning when the alarm is triggered.
Sensors on doors and windows: trigger the alarm when a door or window is opened. It is also advisable to place glass breakage sensors.
Motion detectors: motion detectors are activated when recording a movement within the protected room. There are several styles to meet the individual needs of the homeowner.
Monitoring with video (transmission or CCTV) most systems offers the option of video surveillance at an additional cost. Images can be sent to the monitoring station (transmission) or captured in place in a digital video recorder (DVR).
Alarm buttons: alert the central station in an emergency situation requiring immediate police response. They are also known as duress alarms.
Choosing an alarm company
If you want to install a security alarm system, first check. Before calling any alarm company, talk to the police. Get an idea of how long it takes to respond to an alarm domestic security before being contacted by an alarm company.
Maybe valuable time (and the same valuables) is lost, which can influence your buying decision. Then ask about fines for false alarms. To ensure your safety, it is recommended that the company monitors its property is certified by Underwriters Laboratory, Factory Mutual or some other recognized testing laboratory at national level (NRTL, for its acronym in English).
Request quotes three different alarms companies in your area and compare detection coverage and features. When talking to company representatives, do not forget to ask about the criminal process evaluation of its employees.
Ask about additional costs to monitoring charges billed by companies such as charges for copies or alarm reports. Beware of long-term contracts of these companies, as they can be difficult to rescind if you decide to cancel the service or move to another house. Ask about warranties and guarantees of security. Check equipment is purchased or rented.
Even with the advent of wireless technology, many systems still need to make an outgoing call a telephone line. Be sure to ask your alarm company exactly how they will communicate with the system in the event of a security breach. If you use Voice Protocol (VoIP) to their phones and the Internet, be sure to tell the monitoring company since the transmission of alarm signals through this kind of lines is often unreliable and should take other measures to ensure proper reception.
If even the fixed line is used, note that many thieves know how to cut a telephone line before entering a house. However, if the telephone line is inaccessible and runs underground, thieves cannot cut the lineup after entering the house, which is too late for them. An alternative is to buy a wireless alarm system that will not allow thieves cut the transmission of the alarm signal.