Home Alarm Monitoring

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Home alarm systems are available with a wide range of features and prices. The most sophisticated security systems costs tens of thousands of dollars, and involve cameras and monitors, outdoor motion detectors that can differentiate between the movements of a human and animals so that false alarms seldom occur when cats or squirrels run in front of the motion detectors.

Also available are multilayered infrared indoor motion detectors that are worthy of Ft. Knox. However, unless you have substantial assets stored in your home, it is unlikely that you will need this level of security for your home.

Alarm System Monitoring and Response Time

The average homeowner can still find themselves spending a great deal of money and getting lackluster results. Before discussing the technical specifications of a quality system, it is important to address one of the biggest problems that consumers encounter with alarm systems: the home alarm monitoring and response.

These monitored alarm systems are designed to set off a home alarm which then triggers a response by the security company’s monitors. The monitors then decide if it is necessary to call the police, fire department, or other first responders.

Other systems will have a home alarm that directly alerts the local 911 system. Sometimes, this option is determined by your local community. Some communities will not allow security systems to directly alert the 911 system. This prohibition is usually due to the high number of false alarms caused by security systems that are not particularly accurate.

Shop Around for a Alarm System Monitoring Service

It is important to get the opinions of other customers who have had dealings with a company’s home alarm monitoring services to see if they are timely and effectively handle emergencies.

Some security companies will also contract out their home alarm monitoring to substandard monitoring companies so check to see who will actually be doing the monitoring. Some higher end security systems also have two way call boxes which allow the home alarm monitoring personnel to talk with the homeowner to determine if an emergency has occurred.

Another way to insure that you have purchased a quality system is to have third-party verification by an independent agency. In some communities, this will actually be required. Some homeowners associations and local police departments require this inspection, primarily to cut down on false alarms.

Underwriters Laboratories and the National Fire Protection Association are two such examples of third party inspectors.

Motion Sensors and Monitored Home Alarms

Security systems now have the technology to detect much more than just intruders. Many of the newer systems come equipped with fire sensors and carbon monoxide sensors. Other systems will also have a push button that the homeowner can also activate on their own in the event of an emergency. The most basic systems have a keypad monitor connected to window and door sensors which set off a home alarm if the door or window is moved.

More expensive systems will also have glass breakage monitors which sense when glass has been cut or broken, even if the frame remains unmoved. Most of the new systems offers have wireless connections between the monitors and sensors.

More expensive options offered are motion detectors for indoors as well that can be set to detect motion in certain areas of a home. Depending on the homeowners ability to pay for it, these motion detectors can be layered in a sort of criss cross pattern which makes it difficult to either jump over or crawl under a motion detector sensor field.

A more sophisticated, and typically more expensive, alarm system will also be capable of more refined detection of movement and will result in fewer false alarms. Another option that leads to better security is to have a key pad with rotating codes. The codes for these systems will change periodically, making it harder for people to learn or steal the security code.