It is very obvious what are the benefits we can have from installing home security alarm systems. However, many people would disagree of the systems’ effeciency. In theory, if a burglar knows that there is a home security alarm system in his target, he might consider changing plans. Nonetheless, this does not apply to all situations. Often, they would still attempt to break in the house. But since the house is protected, he might at least limit his stay and fewer items will be taken. Additionally, the extent of damage that he may produce will be lessened considerably.
Elements of a Home Security Alarm System
The majority of alarm systems relies on the mixture of motion and contact sensors attached on the windows and doors. For motion sensors however, they don’t have the capacity to detect motion not until the burglar enters the house. So no one must solely rely on the motion sensors as primary mode of detection. It is wise to install a number of sensors in all main entry points. Glass break sensors are also highly recommended.
Control panel: the primary component that is considered as the brain of the system. This is where the panel display is located, the back-up battery attached and the connection to the phone line is connected.
Keypad: is used to arm and disarm the system. Some home security alarm system comes with a keypad that can be installed near the bed of the homeowner or in a location ideal for easy access. Such can display the exact location of the burglar’s movements.
Siren: this signals the detection of a break-in, usually with a very loud sound.
Inside Motion Detector: this component typically makes use of microwave, infrared and photoelectric detectors to sense movements inside the house. There are especially designed Inside Motion Detectors made for detecting pet movements.
Window and Door Contacts: these are normally attached to window and door frames and sills. These work by detecting the breakage of the system (if activated) when the window or door is opened.
A Central Monitoring Station: this only applies for monitored home security alarm systems. In the event of a break-in alarm, the connection through the telephone line will send a message to the monitoring company. The monitoring system will send an alarm to the fire, police and medic departments to immediately send help.
On the average, the cost of a home security alarm system is around $1,200 per month. However, extra charges are marked-up by monitoring companies.
A thing to remember
The majority of home security alarm systems are connected through a telephone line. The problem with this is that most telephone lines are exposed outside the house where they can be easily accessed, thus easily cut. Once this occurs, the security alarm system would not be able to monitor a break-in and the aim of the system would be spoiled.
We can resolve this problem by placing the telephone line underground until it reaches the interior of the home. In this manner, the line cannot be tampered not until a break-in occurs. (But even that would be enough to send a message to the monitoring agency.) This works well also even if a house is not installed with a home security alarm system.
Home security alarm systems do not prevent thieves form breaking-in to your house. It is better if your house is backed-up with a good security planning that can be further reinforced in the windows, doors, locks and security lifestyles.