Residential, commercial, and industrial buildings need a reliable alarm system in order to fend off burglaries and prevent other unauthorized entry into their premises.
This is especially true given the disturbing frequency of burglary attacks in the United States, which cost victims some US$ 4.3 billion in stolen or damaged property.
Why you need reliable alarm systems
Homeowners, particularly in locations with high levels of burglary incidents, should invest on reliable models. On the average, around 15 burglaries occur every 15 minutes in the US, with a substantially higher average level in burglary hot spots.
In addition, various research have already shown that properly deployed burglar alarm systems significantly deter unauthorized entry and help in the apprehension of burglars who persisted in entering and stealing from the secured premises.
Different models also provide peace of mind to homeowners who are also enabled to shift focus from security concerns to other activities that matter to them.
Alarm system basics
They are sets of devices that are used to secure a building or an area by notifying the building or area occupants that a security threat has been detected. They are generally used to control burglary, fire, and other emergencies.
An alarm system basically uses a simple switch to change the default state of the alarm circuit, thereby triggering an alerting signal such as sirens and flashing lights. Older versions use cables to connect switches with a control box. Some modern versions, on the other hand, now use wireless radio transmitters for inter-component communications.
Modern models also use different sensors such as sound and movement detectors, as well as cameras to effectively monitor entryways. Some sophisticated models also use in-line dialers or wireless communication devices to send distress signals to private security monitoring centers or directly to local law enforcement stations.
Selecting the best security alarm system
The process of choosing a reliable model could be complicated at times. At the very least, homeowners should conduct a security assessment of their property. This they can do by
1) noting the frequency of burglaries in their area and how effective law enforcement forces address and apprehend burglars;
2) examining their property and identifying weak spots; and
3) establishing the final budget for the installation.
In terms of home security, weak spots could include glass panels as wall sidings or windows as well as structures such as trees that provide access to the upper levels of the residence. Other weak spots could include concealed corners where burglars can hide or areas in the property that are rarely seen by people in the vicinity.
After making a preliminary security assessment, it is best for homeowners to seek the advice of experienced security professionals to help them decide on the best house security solution based on their needs and budget. It is also better for homeowners to bring a house plan with them to have technicians determine where best to install sensors or switches.