Home Alarm Systems Guide

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A home alarm system is as important to a home owner as flood and fire insurance. Home alarm systems are criminal deterrents even if they do not deter break in attempts. Upon hearing the sound of a home alarm a criminal will quickly be convinced to vacate the premises. Home alarm systems are not only affordable, they are a considerably small investment compared to the potential loss of personal property to theft and the possible damage done to the home during a break in.

How a Home Alarm System Works

Home alarm systems work with a combination of window and door sensors. There are simple contact sensors that alert home owners to any window or door opening. There are also glass break sensors that detect the more forceful entry attempt. In fact, break sensors are highly recommended for windows.

Motion detectors are great for detecting an intruder, however should not be the primary source of detection. Primary detection should occur at break in points. Break in points are any points that allow access from the outside. All sensors are networked into a main control pad that is code activated and deactivated.

Simple Home Alarm Systems vs. More Complex Options

Home alarm systems can be very simple or complex. Most simple alarm systems include door and window contact sensors, alarm speaker and keypad. Signs and stickers are usually included and are just as vital to home security. Signs and window stickers provide a clearly visible deterrent to potential criminals.

More involved home alarm systems can include extra sensors, glass break sensors, video surveillance and connectivity to a central monitoring service.

Monitoring for Alarm Systems

Central monitoring services are communications centers that respond to any home alarm signals indicating break in. These centers monitor multiple home security systems 24 hours a day. In the event of break in, representatives from the centers attempt to contact the home owner in order to determine the nature of the emergency or to identify false home alarm warnings.

During emergency alarms, the center representative will contact the local authorities and provide amplifying information about the emergency and its location.

An added benefit of home alarm systems is the potential for lower home insurance rates. Many insurance companies will offer discounted rates for home owners with security alarm systems. Some monitoring services also offer reimbursements or supplemental insurance in the event of home alarm failure.