For homes and businesses alike, burglaries can be costly and inconvenient. In order to protect your family and workplace, consider investing in a reliable security system. Systems include, but are certainly not limited to, the few listed below. While every system has its perks, they come with a few cons as well. Choose a security system that you believe will be the most beneficial to your unique situation.
Every system is either monitored or unmonitored; a monitored alarm when triggered will send a signal to a cell phone, landline, or a broadband system. Monitored systems can also be used to protect a home against gas leaks and fires, but comes at quite a price. The good thing about these systems is that (depending on city regulations) when the alarm is tripped, your local police will respond to the signal. The flip side to this is that items like curtains and other hanging decorations can ensue a “false alarm” which would transfer to the police as a false dispatch, in order to keep your family safe, and to avoid mistakes, keep the alarm in an area where the signal won’t be obstructed.
Unmonitored alarm systems are cheaper and easier to relocate and install, but only work if they’re connected to wifi or some sort of power source, they are also a bit harder to use and keep up with because they’re not connected to a central monitoring system, instead your smartphone is connected to the system and will receive notifications if the alarm has been tripped in which case you will be responsible for contacting the authorities. Another con of an unmonitored system is that they will not send notifications if your phone is on airplane mode or off, this can be detrimental considering you are responsible for taking action against the intruder.
Motion detectors include window breaks (to detect broken windows) and door monitors (that detect an open door) as well as your traditional motion detector. These alarms are probably the most basic of your intruder alarm systems; they send a signal to the control panel that notifies you in the event that someone enters your building. This signal can be sent directly to a cell phone, or can ring through the home/business. These are more effective if paired with some sort of camera.