Monday, June 06, 2011 -
These days, you can never be too careful. Whether you're moving to a new area or have lived there for awhile, you need to make sure you and your family are safe. Home burglaries and home invasions are any homeowners worst nightmares. That’s why many people opt to have security systems to guard their belongings and family at home. These systems are meant to prevent potentially dangerous people from entering your house. Of course, there are different types of security systems to choose from. They have their advantages and disadvantages.
Hardwired systems need physical wiring to transmit data from a sensor, usually to a control panel or central console. This console is usually found within the house and can be disabled through a control panel with a code. A homeowner will typically set the code to put it on, and leave it to protect the house. Wired systems have been around for a while and are fairly reliable and relatively inexpensive. An obvious disadvantage would the wiring which has to be installed all over the house, and can be disabled if the burglar knew the right place to cut the wires.
On the other side, wireless security systems don’t require cables and wires and are easy to install. These are quite popular these days as they are the latest in security technology and they are quite flexible – no wires mean you can place the sensors just about anywhere. If you want to move houses, just bring the equipment with you and you can have it installed easily. But, do keep in mind that wireless systems require batteries, which will have to be regularly monitored and replaced, plus the wireless signal can easily be jammed or be interfered accidentally.
Whether you choose wireless or wired, you’ll have to choose what type of action takes place should an intruder trip the alarm:
Unmonitored systems utilize loud sirens or noises to alert the homeowner or their neighbors and possibly scare any potential intruder. Once a burglar trips the sensors, a loud, high-pitch sound will be emitted. Usually, security lamps can be included in the system, to flood light into the home or driveway. While this is usually the most inexpensive option, you (or your neighbors) will have to call the police yourselves.
Once a sensor is tripped, a silent alarm will alert the security company (usually a call center), which, in turn will call the homeowner to check if everyone’s ok. If there are home invaders inside the home or attempting to enter, the agent will immediately call the authorities. This is a great option for people who want round-the-clock security, however do note that they rely on home telephone lines to contact the homeowner in question, which can easily be disabled. Also, it can take a while for the agent to call the homeowner, and eventually the police if necessary.
Review your home, your neighborhood and assess if you live in a high-risk area. Whatever system (or combination of systems) you choose, you should never be too careful when it comes to your personal safety.