By Elli Potrelli
Did you know that security systems do not deter a burglar from
breaking into your house? If someone wants to get into your house bad enough,
they will find a way to do it. Burglars are aware of the different types of
systems and how they work. They are also aware of how to get around them.
Basically there are two types of home security systems.
One type, called a monitored system, alerts a central notification center
once the alarm has been tripped and this center then checks in with the
homeowner to see if everything is ok by calling. The call center is alerted
through the phone wires. A clever burglar will locate the outdoor phone wires
that are exposed and cut them. By doing this, the information center is never
alerted and the burglar is free to enter the home. One disadvantage to having a
monitored system is that even after the alarm has been triggered, it gives the
burglar time to still get into your house, steal some valuables and escape
undetected. This can happen because typically once the alarm has been set the
security company waits for approximately 30 45 seconds before contacting the
homeowner by phone to receive the correct password. They wait this long to allow
the homeowner to deactivate the alarm if it is a false alarm. If the monitoring
company does not receive the correct password, or the phone is not answered,
they then contact the police. By the time the police arrive at least 1-2 minutes
has passed. An experienced thief can make off with quite a few of your valuables
in that short amount of time.
The other type of alarm systems is ones that make a loud siren like noise
inside and outside the house alerting neighbors. These are called unmonitored
systems. The responsibility to contact authorities then rests on your neighbors.
With this type of alarm system, it is best to also include flashing lights so
people are well aware of where the alarm is coming from. The advantage to having
this type of system is that burglars often become deterred when the sirens and
lights start blaring. Their goal is to get in and get out with some loot and
without being noticed. This is really tricky to do once the alarm has been
tripped. A disadvantage of this type of alarm is that your neighbors must be
home and willing to get involved by calling the authorities. This type of alarm
is also not made for those who live in an isolated area of the countryside or
whose neighbors are not close by.
If youre still interested in installing an alarm system in your house there
are a few things that you need to consider when researching the correct one for
Cost security systems cost about $1,000. If you choose to have it
monitored, there is an additional monthly fee for this service.
Package be sure that your package includes: control panel, keypad, siren,
motion detectors inside and outside and door and window contacts. You can add
other accessories to your package, but in order to have a good system installed
it should include the above-mentioned items.
Licensing etc. get references and referrals on any company you might
consider using. See how quickly they can install your system after it has been
purchased. You do not want to hire a company that can sell their systems faster
than they can install them.
Be sure to get information on their warranty.
Ask about their screening process for installers. Installers should have a
criminal background check completed on them.
Call your police department to find out what their response time is to home
security alarms. You may be surprised by their answer. Also check to see if
there are any fines associated with false alarms.
Nothing replaces good old-fashioned safety and intelligence. Lock your doors
and windows when the house is vacant, leave lights on inside and outside and
keep valuables in a very safe place maybe even outside of the home.
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