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How to Choose the Right Alarm System for Your Home?
Should people consider a wired or wireless surveillance camera system? As most people already know, an alarm system may monitor itself or it could be connected to a central hub. Once a security device triggers an alarm, a signal is immediately sent to the hub. The communication is routed through a landline or cellular transmission. Hybrid systems are also possible. A wired connection is secure to the extent that it cannot be hacked, but it can be cut! A wireless link is compatible with the IP telephony service and allows a person to save on installation costs because it is simplified (meaning no holes or wires in the wall). The system is also flexible, in other words, components can be added easily. But it costs more to buy ($200 to $500 more) and remote monitoring monthly payments are increased by $5 to $10. Things to consider Pets. If a person has pets at home and they are the size of a big labrador or shepherd, forget about installing motion detectors. Why? Because the puppy may trigger the alarm. Instead, so with the targeted installation of multiple perimeter sensors. When it comes to finding the right installer, people may want to get a list of bids from several companies first. The more bids a person receives, the better choice he or she will make. Even though this system should not be bought based on price alone, it is a very important factor for most. It is not necessary for a company representative to be pushy and offer a system at full price and then say other items are needed. A reliable professional will provide a quote that covers everything. A good idea is to seek three quotes by email or phone. Purchase or lease? Just like a car, a surveillance camera system for the home can be rented or purchased. Some providers offer both options, which are quite valid and depend on the situation. If a person plans on living in a property for a while, he or she should consider buying one. There still will be a fee each month if you opt for security supervision by the company. If a person is thinking about renting a system, it is best to choose one that is suited to your present needs. Some people think that renting an alarm system is better because one system may not work as well in one house than another. Also, when it comes to renting, monthly payments are relatively higher. Service contract termination Different contract “terms” are possible, with these terms ranging from one to five years. If a homeowner wants to stop the service before the end of the contract, cancellation fees vary depending on the package chosen. Warning: if a person has received a “special offer” at first, it may be due to the number of months or years the contract is for. Monthly fees are difficult to nail down given the different possible options available. Purchased or rented systems should have a protection plan in place and will cost anywhere between $5 and $20. This is the case if opting for the extended warranty and/or cellular relays. By cons, a well-protected home against theft lowers home insurance premiums. Insurers usually give discounts to their clients. If you have installed a full alarm system (theft, fire, and central surveillance), you could get a nice little discount. Other safety systems to think about Fire extinguishers have evolved from a technological point of view. Extinguishers and the extinguishing substances they contain are very effective when fighting small to medium fires. Depending on the type of fire (dry, oily, gas, metals), it is best to use one fire extinguisher over another. Emergency lighting plays a huge role in the type of system a person should purchase. Evacuation areas, emergency exits, stairs, etc. become much more deterrent to thieves when they are illuminated. These devices remain in operation for hours when there is a power outage and are often headlights mounted on a foolproof box. There are three types of access control technology available in the market with regard to further controlling the comings and goings in the home or office. This can be a biometric control, security cards and/or behavioral identification. Biometric readers are designed to recognize faces, hands, voice, and fingerprints. Security cards slide into the card reader, which is placed next to the door and can be a code or chip. Behavioral target identifications have its own kinetic signature (gestures, system keypad pace, etc.). Remote controllable fences (powered or not), are very nice options for people looking to increase security. In fact, electrified fences are highly dissuasive options. They emit an electric shock around 10,000 volts (for 400 microseconds). The intrusion detector tells the homeowner that there was an attempt to scale or cut the fence. Another dissuasive option is to put barbed wire on top of the fencing, either with wire or spikes, both of which are very effective against intruders. Remote access Many companies offer remote monitoring systems now. Usable 24/7, they can provide alerts from varying distances through a communication console and a “panic button” built into something you wear. This emergency switch allows for a direct audio communication between the homeowner and the central security station. Whether or not a person has the right anti-theft security system is up to them. People must choose the option that is best suited for them. Sometimes, just sticking a sign up in the yard or window saying there is a security system, can be a great way to deter suspicious activity.