Home Security

Basics to Know Before Buying a Security System

Today’s security systems are far more high-tech than the ones in the past and allow for more detailed monitoring of any home. Before buying a security system, it is necessary to look into the various options available and decide which one is the right one for the home. Read through the following before looking at the security systems available today to find the right one for you.

Monitored Versus Non-Monitored

Security systems can be professionally monitored or self-monitored. Professionally monitored systems are often installed all at once, though components can be added to the system as needed. When an alarm sounds, the professional can contact the police department for the individual in case the individual is not home. Non-monitored systems are those that are monitored by the individual. Most of today’s systems will send an alert to the homeowner’s phone if any alarm is detected, so the individual can check on their home and determine if the police should be called.

Setting Up the Security System

Setting up the security system involves installing each of the components and connecting them with the control panel. This is done no matter if the system is professionally monitored or not. The control panel is where the pin can be entered to set or disarm the alarm. Other components can include door and window sensors to determine if one is opened, motion sensors to detect motion within the home, surveillance cameras to view what is happening in the house, and a high-decibel alarm to warn intruders that the alarm is sounding and police have been contacted.

How and When an Alarm is Sounded

When one of the components is alerted that something is happening, whether it’s a door or window opening or motion inside the home, the component sends a signal to the control panel. If the system is not disarmed in time, the alarm will sound. For professionally monitored systems, the monitoring company will be alerted. For non-monitored systems, the homeowner may be alerted depending on how the system is set up.

If you’re thinking about getting an alarm system, you have many options to choose from today. Consider whether you’d like the system to be monitored or not, then determine the components you will need for the home. This will help you narrow down options and ensure you find a system that will fit your needs.

I would like to mention a humorous story where the home security alarm caused a panic situation but it turned out to be the homeowners fault. It happened to a good friend of mine who owns a painting company in Richmond Va. He has a second home, a summer home really, in Deltaville, Va. on the Rappahanock River near the Chesapeake Bay. He decided to have an alarm system installed in the house because they were not there very often and wanted to insure the protection of the home. They set the alarm code to include his age, and he always remembered it that way. They only use the house in the summer and fall months and close it down for the winter. When they came down the next spring to open it up to start getting it ready for the summer, he typed in the code and waited for the light to turn off but instead an ear-piercing alarm went off and the police were called and dispatched. He fumbled in a panic to retype the code, which he did over and over. He called the alarm company and they were able to turn it off remotely once he had properly identified himself. It turns out his birthday is in March and he had aged by another year and this age was what he typed into the panel rather than his age from last year. I cannot do the story justice but to hear him tell in is hilarious.

Anyway, needless to say make the codes you set are ones you will never forget!