Everyone wants to be safe. Deterring people from breaking in, then alerting you, your neighborhood, and law enforcement if they try, and even recording their images with a surveillance system — are critical steps you can take to protect your family, your business, and your possessions. Designing and installing systems to deter intrusion can be simple or complex, depending on your specific security needs and the layout of your home.
• Experienced Designer such as Total Home.
• Thorough walkthrough by a professional.
• Explanation of your options.
• Plan that fits Your lifestyle and is easy for everyone to use.
Full security requires that all windows and exterior doors on the first floor be alarmed either with contacts, motion detectors, glass breakage sensors, or a combination. For an urban get-away in a secure high-rise building, a basic system including motion detectors and sensors at the front and back doors might be adequate. Add valuable jewelry or home entertainment equipment to be protected, and things get more challenging. And for a sprawling ranch home on a 5-acre site, with young grandchildren and original artwork to protect, a thoughtful, comprehensive approach is required.
Experienced alarm companies have the skill and special products needed to design and install a system that can fully protect you. Unfortunately, the cost-shifting now rampant in the home security industry motivates some companies to cut corners by using inferior and older products. Inadequate intrusion control means increased risk for you, and less than full protection of your valuables. Insist on the latest technology installed by professionals such as Total Home.
For Best Results:
• Deal with an established alarm company like Total Home who knows your area, and has experience with your type of home or business and the kinds of security needs you are facing.
• Insist on a walk-through inspection and discussion of options before you decide what you want to do.
• Ask about alternative means of protecting critical areas or collections, and find out about the advantages and disadvantages of each.
• When the stakes are high, don’t cut corners. With alarm systems, a false sense of security is worse than no security at all.
Types of sensors
Alarm systems can include detectors for:
• Carbon Monoxide
• Extreme Temps.
• Glass Breakage
Specialized detectors are the home’s eyes, nose, and ears. They send data to the security system, which can then raise the alert via alarm, email, pre-recorded voice message, flashing lights, or other data notifications. They help alert you to fire, smoke, or carbon monoxide, forced entry through doors, smashed windows, and other threats.
Detectors are most often used to signal the presence of dangerous or unsafe conditions that immediately threaten your safety. Specialized devices are also available to detect other conditions:
• Motion detectors can be employed to turn lights on when someone enters the room (or outside area), and off when they leave—not just to prevent trips and falls, but also to save energy.
• Moisture detectors can be used in landscaping, to signal when it’s time to water the garden or lawn. They are also important for signaling moisture conditions that left unchecked can damage the house structure, such as a burst washing machine hose or broken sump pump.
• Temperature sensors in the attic can signal when it’s time to open the louvered vents and turn on the ventilation fan, and when to shut them and turn off the fan (when a storm starts to blow.)
• Door and window sensors can alert you that someone has gotten into the liquor cabinet, for example, while you’re out for a movie, just when the babysitter should be putting the kids to bed.
Images from surveillance cameras help interpret the data reported by safety detectors. A break-in alert might be caused by a lightweight garden chair tossed about during a storm. Smoke from burning autumn leaves blown through an open window might set off a false alarm. For these and other situations, surveillance images can help clarify the information provided by the sensors, and eliminate the panic of false alarms. An expert in electronic home integration knows how to manage the signals from multiple sensors and combine them with other broader data to help you know exactly what’s going on at your home or business.