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How Security Systems Can Help You

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Do you really need to go into the mind of a criminal when making security decisions about your home?  Yes!  It is a proven fact that thieves and burglars will be deterred from breaking into a house that is protected by an armed security system.  Here are some questions you may be asking yourself if you are considering purchasing a home alarm system:

 

  • Can I use the same alarm system if I move into a new house later on down the road?
    Only if it is an identical house, which won't be 99.9% of the time.  The answer to this question is no.  However, don't fret - Most companies will install another system free of cost.  Make sure you check with the company before purchasing.  One thing to remember is that there will probably be a one-time setup fee if you are moving into a new home with a previously installed alarm system.

     

  • Will I be billed for tripping the alarm accidentally or for false alarms?
    Most alarms give you a small amount of time to reset them with a password before emergency personnel respond - That is, if the alarm is connected to your local emergency response department.  If that is the case, and emergency personnel are dispatched to your residence, your city will probably charge a low fee.  If your security system is not wired into the local emergency response department, you have nothing to worry about.  

     

  • What happens to a security system when there is a power outage?
    Your alarm should have a backup battery pack, with eight hours of running time after a power outage.

     

  • Will the alarm system still work if the phone line is severed or down?
    Yes.  Good security systems implement the use of a backup monitor which transmits radio waves to a manned monitoring station showing the status of the alarm.

     

    TIP:  Besides armed security systems,  there are many other safeguards you can take in protecting your family and home.  Contingent upon your specific needs, you should also consider the following home security options.

     

    "Protected by..." Signs and Stickers:
    These are small signs or stickers you can place in your windows or post in your yard, within view to passerby's.  They let a possible burglar know ahead of time that your home is armed and secure.

    Window Bars:
    Consider installing these on windows that are concealed or insecure, like basement windows.  A word of caution:  Be weary of installing these on living area windows, for they prevent escape during a fire.

    Closed-Circuit TV Monitoring System:
    This system incorporates several video cameras strategically disbursed inside and outside your home, which are all wired to your television set or a designated monitor.  This system facilitates easy surveying of the happenings inside and outside your home. 

    Contacts:
    These are receptors that send an electrical current to the main security system inside your home. They should be placed on doors that allow outside access, windows that can be reached from the outside, and garage doors.   

    Break Detectors:
    These are sensors which monitor large areas of glass, such as bay windows, and sliding glass doors.  If the glass vibrates heavily or breaks, the sensors will set the alarm off, notifying you of an attempted intrusion.

    Sirens and Strobe Lights:
    These are installed outside, usually on the roof overhang in visible areas.  They will let others know of a break-in.

    Motion Detectors:
    In conjunction with a security system, they are used to monitor movement inside your home.  They are installed in hallways and living areas and will trip the alarm if there is any motion within its detection range. 

    Panic Button:
    Also in conjunction with a security system, this is a one-touch button that will automatically send a call for help to local emergency personnel. 

    Monitored Fire and Smoke Detection:
    Besides tripping a loud alarm like regular battery operated smoke detectors do, this system will send a call for help to your local fire department in the presence of fire or heavy smoke. 

     

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