Fundamental operation of common home and commercial security systems

Fundamental operation of common home and commercial security systems

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A security system can be defined as way of keeping your property safe by using a combination of devices that are interlinked. The general function

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A security system can be defined as way of keeping your property safe by using a combination of devices that are interlinked.

The general function of all home alarm systems is to keep access points to your house safe, be it doors or windows and the interior of your house. The principle remains the same despite how big or small your house is and how many access points there are. What sets the systems apart is the number of devices you install around your house.

A security system in comprised of several gadgets that as networked to work as one unit. These gadgets include door and window sensors which are meant to notify you of any activities on these points, a control panel which basically is the manager of the entire system. It activates or deactivates the alarm, communicates with other devices in the network as well as the alarm company.

Motion sensors are the other components in the alarm system. Their function is to keep a specified radius safe and if this radius is invaded, the alarm system goes off. Cameras also make up the components of the security system. They can either be wired or wireless. Their principle role is to record every activity and incident within your premises. They are usually installed at entry points and other areas like the garage, reception area in the work place or the warehouse in a manufacturing company etc.

A complete alarm system must have a siren. This loud pitched gadget is meant to alert you if the system is compromised and also alert your neighbours of a possible intrusion in your house. It also scares off the intruder sending them running for safety. Stickers and signs can be put on your front porch and your windows.

This is just a way of informing potential thugs that your home has professionals guarding it, even though they are not there physically.

In case of a break in

Depending on the kind of system installed in your house, the alarm will do either of the following.

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This team of experts is notified by your system of possible danger in your home. They will either confirm with you through the control panel or by calling the contacts provided as your emergency numbers. Once they confirm its real danger, they will send necessary response team to handle the crisis.
These systems also provide for alerts and notifications sent to you through text messages or emails when the alarm is activated.

Unmonitored alarm systems

Most of these systems are basic DIY kits. In case of intrusion, the siren blares alerting you of potential danger. It is up to you to confirm the reality on the ground and subsequently contact relevant response teams.

There are some unmonitored security systems that will notify you of an intrusion via text or email, but most of them do not.

Advantages of a security system

Thugs will in most cases choose an easy target for break in. If you have a home security system and have made it known by yard signs and window stickers, you are keeping intruders off your property

Monitoring your home system is also another advantage, especially if you have the advanced system. This allows you to control and manage functions of the system through your internet enabled smartphone, even when you are not in the house.

Insurance rates discounts are another advantage for homes with a security system.

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