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Home Security

                                                                 The Essential Facts About Home Protection 

What features do basic home security systems include?

There are many different features that are available with various home security systems.  However, just the basic features may meet your safety and security needs.  A basic set of equipment will come with magnetic sensors to use on all of your vulnerable entryways, along with one or several infrared sensors for detecting motion inside of your home.  The sensors are connected to a control panel with a loud siren that is linked to a monitoring company that will send out emergency personnel when necessary.  In addition, there are several leading security companies that offer keychain remote controls along with the basic equipment sets that they provide.  There are buttons on the remote control to arm and disarm the system as well as to alert emergency personnel.  There are also mobile apps for monitoring and controlling security systems that are available as well. 

What advanced home security cameras are available?

For home security purposes there are modern outdoor and indoor video surveillance cameras that are available that are high resolution, full motion and full color.  The finest security cameras come with night vision and are able to adapt to lighting changes quickly.  Some offer remote control and monitoring via a desktop computer or mobile device.                                                       

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What is the main difference between outdoor and indoor cameras?

The construction quality is the major difference between outdoor and indoor security cameras.  Outdoor cameras need to be able withstand harsh weather conditions.  In addition, outdoor cameras need to be a lot more durable since they are especially vulnerable to criminals trying to disable them.  

What are the main advantages and disadvantages of hardwired and wireless security systems?

A hardwired system may be the most reliable type of system, however there is a risk that the wires will be cut.  Also more labor is involved for installing hardwired systems.  On the other hand, wireless systems may be used in many more places and you can install them in around 30 minutes without needing a technician to help you.  They are also portable.  A wireless system can be moved from one property to the next.  The cellular signals that wireless systems use are more powerful than the ones on cell phones.  However, it is still possible that you might experience electromagnetic interference or a poor signal. 

Will my security system keep working if the power to my house goes out?    

Yes, if you have a 12-volt back-up battery installed in order to keep your security system working for 12 to 72 hours following a power failure. 

Will my security system keep working if the power to my house goes out?    

Yes, if you have a 12-volt back-up battery installed in order to keep your security system working for 12 to 72 hours following a power failure.

Do I need to have a security system? 

The School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University conducted a study in 2009 that showed that home security systems are excellent tools for fighting crime.  Your home is 60% less likely to be victimized by burglars if it is armed with a security system.

How can I get started with home security?

In general, you will need to have a system that is able to protect all of your home's entrance and exit points.  The number of devices that you will need will depend on how small or large your home is. 

All home security systems need to have the following equipment:

Control Panel: This is your home security system's brain.  It communicates all the signals from the sensors like breaches in the alarm and detected motion to the monitoring station.  Typically the device requires a password to arm and disarm the system.  It can also be used to link with other smart devices, such as smart lights and the thermostat.     

Motion Sensors: These are very important for ensuring that your home is monitored.  An invisible protection zone is created by the sensors, and they trigger an alarm when they are interrupted.

Window and Door Sensors: A majority of window and doors sensors are two-part devices these days.  One part needs to be installed on the frame while the other one is installed on your window or door.  When they are connected to one another, the sensors will signal that your house is secured.  When the security system is armed and there is any gap in between them, an alarm will be triggered.   

Surveillance Cameras: There are several reasons why cameras are so critical for a security system.  Remote monitoring is one of the major benefits.  They enable you to see what is occurring inside of your home even when you are hundreds of miles away.  A majority of these systems require you to have a compatible computer or smartphone in order to access this particular feature.  Visual evidence is also stored by a security camera.  In the event someone tries to rob your house while you are not home, the camera's recordings can assist local authorities with finding the culprit.  However, security cameras are vulnerable to being hacked.  In order to keep your house and contents secure, be sure to learn how to protect your home security against threats.  This includes making sure that you do updates on a regular basis and setting a strong password.   

Alarms: Most security systems come with built-in alarms.  Usually they are loud enough that they will wake up your neighbors as well as you if anyone tries breaking inside of your house.

Are DIY security systems better than ones that are professionally installed?  

It is convenient to have a professionally installed security system since you won't need to do any of the hard work of getting all of the various security devices up and working correctly.  Since the installation process will be handled by a professional, you can also benefit from the person's experience and expertise.

However, if your system is professionally installed, you will have additional expenses. You might also need to wait for a technician's schedule to open up, which can be a disadvantage if you don't have a lot of free time available.  On the other hand, a DIY system has no installation charge.  You can set the system up at a time that is convenient to you since you are installing it yourself.  You don't need to wait and rely on another individual's schedule.  DIY systems these days are not very complicated.  In fact, a majority of them come in the form of "plug and play."  No advanced technical knowledge or power tools are needed.  Many DIY home security systems can be installed in just minutes.

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