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Why should I have a security
Having a security alarm system may decrease the chances of
a burglary. Even if the alarm system does not keep a burglar from breaking in,
it may cause the burglar to stay a shorter amount of time.
What Should a Security Alarm
Most systems rely on a combination of contacts placed at
doors and windows and motion sensors.
It is best that all exterior potential points of entry
have contacts that sense when they are open. Glass break sensors are also
available and recommended.
Motion sensors should not be used as the
primary means of detection because they do not detect someone until they are
already in the house.
The basic elements of a standard
home security system include:
- Control panel: This is where the
system wiring terminates, the backup battery is located and where it is
connected to the phone lines if it is a monitored system.
- Keypad: This is where the system is
armed and disarmed.
- Inside motion detectors: These sense
changes in a room caused by human presence. Special motion detectors are
available for people who have pets.
- Door and window contacts:; This sounds
the alarm when the door or window is opened (and the system is on).
- A 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 usually a monthly fee for this service.
Additional items that can be
added to the basic system are:
- Smoke detectors
- Glass break detectors
- Panic buttons
- Pressure mats for under rugs
- Closed circuit TV to allow monitoring and/or recording
inside or outside a home.
- Alarm screens for windows.
Costs of systems vary. Call us for a free estimate to
evaluate your security needs.