A security system combined with a good homeowner’s insurance policy and common sense safety practices can provide you with the invaluable peace of mind that comes with knowing that what matters to you is well protected. There are many kinds of security systems on the market today, but most offer a few standard features.
Many home security companies will offer monitoring services for your security system. What this means is that when your security system is triggered and sends out a telephone or radio call, it is the security company that will respond by calling either you or the police or fire department, depending on your preferences. This can add to your peace of mind by ensuring that someone is always watching over your property.
These are what most people associate with security systems. There are at least four categories of anti-burglary devices: door sensors, glass break detectors, motion detectors, and sirens.
A door sensor is generally made up of two contacts that trigger the alarm system if they are separated while the system is armed. Glass break sensors detect either the sound or the shockwave of breaking glass to detect intruders who have broken a window.
Motion detectors use either and infrared or microwave beam to search for movement in the room in which they are installed. It is now possible to purchase motion detectors which are not triggered by pets.
Sirens are meant to alert you and your family if the system is triggered and to deter any intruders who activate the alarm.
It is also possible to connect smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and flood sensors to your home security system. Just as with the other devices, if any of these devices is triggered your monitoring company will be notified, potentially saving you and your home from fire and other hazards.
These tips coupled with your own common sense will help keep you and yours safe while at home.