Home security consists of both people’s personal security practices and the security hardware installed on a residence. Personal security hardware includes alarms, locks, decals, and surveillance cameras. The latter are often used to watch the premises when no one is home. This article focuses on the latter type of security device.
Some homeowners choose to install wireless security systems in order to reduce installation time and expense. These systems are generally composed of one or two motion sensors, a hard-wired access point, a control panel, and possibly other hardware such as cameras. Motion sensors are designed to trigger off an alarm or to contact security personnel in case there is movement on the property. Some motion sensors allow the user to “see” the person who opened the door; however, other motion sensors only trigger off audible alarm sirens.
Some homeowners prefer not to install an alarm system because they feel that they cannot afford a full-featured alarm system. Some of these individuals are elderly or disabled. Other people do not want the hassle of installation or do not wish to manually activate an alarm system while they are on the property. In these situations, it may be more convenient or safe to simply use an SMS mobile application instead. These devices provide a means for a user to either activate or deactivate an alarm system without needing to make a telephone call or visit the base station.
Installing a motion sensor alarm system requires only installing one or two motion sensitive floor tiles. These tiles must be placed in hallwayways, windows, and other entrance ways. The base station of a motion sensor system can be placed in any area where a person may enter such as living rooms, dining rooms, dens, basements, garages, unlocked doorways, back entrances, and so on. The base station also allows for notification of false alarms via email or text message alerts.
Motion sensor systems provide real time protection for home owners. This type of system is very effective at deterring criminals from entering through unwanted doors or windows. The best systems provide multiple levels of protection. There are systems that will protect living rooms from forced entry, rooms protected by one level only, windows from forced entry, and doors from forced entry only. There are also systems available that can detect movement at several different locations.
Some home security systems contain digital control panels. These control panels allow a homeowner to arm or disarm the system with a touch of a button. Other controls allow for the selection of ‘panic’ and ‘medical’ help. The medical help feature may come in handy if a burglar has a medical condition and is in need of emergency medical attention. When a person armed with a gun and no pistol can’t get in, there are times when a phone call to the authorities can keep them away.
Wireless home security systems often use motion detectors to trigger the alarms. Some motion detectors will do this automatically, while others will use manual signals. Homeowners are encouraged to always test their motion detectors to make sure they’re triggering the alarms.
Home security systems are only effective if homeowners take several precautions. The most important step is to arm the alarm system and keep it armed at all times. Then, it’s up to the homeowner to make sure that all of the doors and windows in their home are properly locked. A burglar who attempts to break into a residence using an alarm system is likely to be foiled if emergency services respond quickly to the situation.
Additionally, there are several other additional measures homeowners can take to protect their property and families. For instance, smart home owners are advised to place any smoke detectors near doors and windows, as well as installing deadbolt locks. The installation of cameras can help identify the criminal in the case of a break-in, as well as provide a record of the footage in case it’s needed for legal reasons. In addition, smart home owners should install motion detectors in all of their rooms and install high-tech smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Home security systems have grown increasingly more advanced over the years as technology has also improved. Many homeowners don’t know that they can purchase DIY systems. DIY systems are less expensive than buying professionally installed security systems and can be tailored to meet all of a homeowner’s needs. Homeowners can purchase components individually and assemble them into a fully functioning security system. There are even some DIY kits available for seniors who may wish to replace or add components to their existing home security system.
The control panel of a high-decibel alarm system is the brains of the entire system. In order to protect your property and family from any potential harm, you need to be able to access the control panel easily when you need to. There are several different types of controls, including keypads, touch pads and infrared transmitters. You should buy a control panel that includes an in-built memory so that you can save home alarm and security code information to your computer.