The most common threat to our home is burglary. In fact, according to FBI statistics, a burglary occurs in the US every 15.4 seconds. While it is a non-confrontational property crime, having your home burgled can leave you feeling very uneasy and vulnerable. It could even be hard for you to re-enter the home after it has been burglarized. Because most burglars follow the path of least resistance, often a warning sign that the home is protected by a security system, will cause them to move to easier places to rob. So, if you are seeking to really deter potential burglars, you may want to consider a home security system.
But what exactly is in one?
Security Alarm Equipment
Make sure your alarm does what it is designed to do: help protect your home:
- Control Panel: All of the alarm operations are centered in this panel including the central monitoring system connection (if one is installed). You will not have a need to access this panel. It is something that an alarm technician will work on, if necessary.
- Keypads: This is the device where you will check system status, turn the system on/off and program user codes. Most of these work on a pass code system. The pads are placed near doors to make it easy to arm and disarm them. (Also, similar to a remote control, you may also have a device which will allow you to arm or disarm a system from outside of the residence.)
- Siren: When the alarm goes off, a siren will sound. The purpose is to startle any unwanted intruders away from the home.
- Motion Detectors: These devices work by sensing changes in infrared temperatures. By setting itself to normal room infrared temperatures (including heat or cooling changes and pet movements), they will detect when a sudden change not usual for the room takes place. Several styles are available to meet any homeowner needs.
- Glass and Window Sensors: If a door or window is opened or any glass is broken this device will detect that and set off the alarm.
Other alarm components include a panic button and smoke/heat detectors. Everything can be customized to your family needs.
Making the Alarm Effective
To make your alarm do what is designed to do, which is to protect your home:
- Make sure that the alarm emits a warning device if it is failing due to weak signals, battery problems, tampering, etc.
- Check that the sensors are able to detect an intruder at all potential access points or before he even gets to those entry points.
- Ensure that the alarm system is properly set up so that protected areas do not interfere with daily activities of the inhabitants or cause regular false alarms.
- For greater home security, you may also want to consider having a professional security service do a 24/7 monitoring of your alarm system.