Security alarm systems come in different varieties, reflecting the different security needs and varying budgets of consumers. Over the years, many models have been developed as a response to rising consumer demand, especially in locations where burglaries and other intrusions into private business and residential properties are common.
From the basic configuration of intruder alarm systems comprising of a control box, a sensor, and a siren connected by electrical wires and tapping into the local power grid, models of today have become very sophisticated systems that may use wireless communication and laser technology to achieve their purpose of helping protect lives and property as well as apprehend criminal elements.
Local Conditions as Selection Criteria
Given the wide range of security alarm systems available, homeowners and other consumers may encounter difficulties when selecting the best brand, model, or system for their properties. Nowadays, some inexpensive models may be purchased from hardware stores or retail outlets for just several dollars and can be installed easily by the property owners themselves.
The efficiency of such security systems varies, however, largely depending on the particular locality and property size. That is, having one installed is not, by itself, a sure ticket towards reasonable security because it is unfortunately common that even houses with alarm systems are being burglarized, with the intruders escaping unscathed.
This scenario usually happens in locations where the incidence of burglaries and unlawful entries are already disturbing in terms frequency and severity of the crimes. In such cases, having advanced models that are equal to the threat is the only option.
On the other hand, having expensive, monitored security alarm systems installed on relatively peaceful communities might be a good option for consumers who can afford them but will unnecessarily drain the coffers of consumers belonging to other income brackets. However, appropriating excessive amounts to home security instead of channelling the funds for other worthy goals such as education and entrepreneurial targets might be considered paranoiac in places where crime rates are low.
Note that a high level of security is always an excellent option in any location since crimes may occur anywhere but given limited budgets, it is better for consumers to make sound assessments of their actual security needs before committing to any particular security alarm system.
How to assess security needs
In order to acquire the best suited model to a particular property, the property owner should conduct a preliminary research that considers the locale as well as the different specifications of the property to be secured. The property owner may start by asking pertinent questions such as the following.
- How frequent are the incidence of burglaries in the area?
- How effective are the law enforcement programs of the local police department? Are burglars immediately apprehended and penalized?
- Do most properties in the area have security alarm systems installed? If yes, what are the most common models that are being used?
- Is the property to be secured located in a gated area where area-wide security systems are already in effect?
- What is the land and floor areas of the property to be secured?
- How many storeys does the property to be secured have? How many windows, doors, glass panels, and other entryways does the property have that intruders may use in breaking in?
- Are there structures in or near the property that can be used by intruders as reconnaissance points or hiding places?
- Is it difficult for an intruder to enter the property?
- Is the property always occupied? If not, is it easy to tell from a distance that the property is unoccupied at the moment?
- How much will the property owner be willing to spend for security?
Answering these questions is the first step in determining the best security option for a particular property. The next step is to consult a series of security professionals on which system to adopt then compare prices, features, and other factors.