What Alarm Equipment, Components and Features Do You Actually Need to Secure Your Home?


Burglars can break into any home! And they will unless they are confronted by one of their fears, taking too long to break-in. The burglar’s greatest fear is noise. They don’t want any attention drawn to themselves or the crime they are committing. Adding secure locks may delay them but it may not stop them from breaking in. When an alarm sounds, it may draw the neighbors attention, but the most brazen burglar may continue gathering items, ignoring the alarm. Much like people ignore car alarms. If your alarm is monitored, Police will respond immediately, to catch the crook.


Alarms

Most burglars break in through a window or door. If you protect these entry points with an alarm system, a breach will result in the alarm sounding. If the alarm is monitored, Police will be dispatched. Ther are two types of alarm systems, hard-wired and wireless. Look at the comparisons below to determine which is best for you.


Hard-wired Alarm

A hard-wired alarm has all door and window contacts, motion detectors, siren, keypad and any other components connected by wire to the control box.


Benefits

Direct connection prevents interference which may cause a false activation. The signal from window and door contacts cannot be easily interrupted or blocked by a burglar to prevent the alarm from activating. No batteries to replace in the contacts or motion detectors.


Drawbacks

Very time consuming to install. Requires 2 people to install. One to run wires in the attic and the other to feed wires to him. Requires special tools such as long drill bits and flexible wire fishing rods May not be able to find a wire path from a contact to the alarm panel. Much more expensive to install due to the difficulty of running wires throughout the attic and walls. Wireless Alarm With a wireless alarm all door and window contacts, motion detectors, siren, keypad and any other components operate by battery and send a wireless signal to the control box. Benefits Very easy installation. Can be installed by one person. Does not require any special tools to install. No visible wires. No need to drill holes in window or door frames. Inexpensive to install. Drawbacks Batteries in each component must be replaced every 5 years.


Type of protection

Installing an alarm with basic protection means that you will only arm all perimeter doors. Windows will not be protected. Motion detectors inside the house are a second line of defense. They are placed in areas where burglars are most likely to walk through such as a main hallway, master bedroom and rooms with high value items such as electronic equipment and guns. Installing an alarm with maximum protection will ensure that all entries open to the outside of the house are armed. By having all entries armed, a burglar will not even make it into the house before the alarm sounds. Motion detectors are a second line of defense. They are placed in areas where burglars are most likely to walk through such as a main hallway, master bedroom and rooms with high value items such as electronic equipment and guns. A second keypad installed inside the master bedroom will allow you to set the alarm at night, arming just the doors and windows but not arming the inside motion detectors. This allows family members to move around freely inside without setting off the alarm.


Preventing False Alarms

If you keep pets inside your home while you are away, you can arm your alarm without the pets setting it off. In order to do this, you must purchase motion detectors that are designed for pets and don’t detect small objects. Balloons should not be left in a room with a motion detector since they will drift with the slightest air movement or when a heater or air conditioner comes on.