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How to choose your home alarm system

Choose your alarm system without getting into a scaremongering of insecurity, it is unfortunately difficult to ignore certain numbers like 343,301 burglaries that have been recognized in 2005 by police. Thus, although a significant decrease of 9% compared to 2004 is noted, the fact remains that it happened in one year more than one burglary every two minutes and that the risk per capita amounted to 5.7 per thousand. However, other figures are much more reassuring to consider including that in 95% of intrusions, the robber fled once he knows he is detected. That's why will help you in choosing your alarm system to protect your goods, your home, and of course your family.

In order to be as consistent as possible with most commercially available solutions, we only deal with wireless alarm battery operated or semi wireless which one is connected to the central sector. The major advantages of these systems operated by radio waves lie in their discretion and ease of installation, which can take place without recourse to a professional.


The principle of an alarm.

The central office controls all security whatever model you choose, an alarm system is always composed of a central who communicates, controls and manages information between different sensors ensuring the safety zone. Alarms are without using a radio link with a range of several hundred meters, 300 at most. The central triggers or intrusion alarms when one communication with a detector is interrupted. It is therefore important to choose the location of detectors so that they are positioned in areas most susceptible to intrusion. In the same spirit, it is imperative to install the unit in a location inaccessible to intruders in question and protect it with an anti-tearing.

Lastly, as you do not want to trap yourself, a programmable latency allows you to quietly disable your entire security system using a PIN or a key when you get home.


The various intrusion detectors.

Fire detectors and opening detectors are composed of two parts connected by a magnet. They are installed on your openings, windows and / or doors. Emphasize safety and openings easily accessible from the outside, remember that the use of a ladder by a burglar is always possible. Similarly, do not hesitate to protect this way your garage door.

Once the alarm system activated, these detectors will activate the alarm when the magnetic field between the two parts will be cut by opening the door or doors of the window on which they arisen. It is therefore of touch sensors that ensure the inviolability of the perimeter or periphery of your home, so they fall into the category of sensor devices as well as glass breakage detectors.

Detector Glassbreak detectors, glass break detectors also called or broken glass, types of detectors are preferable if you have a porch or a large bay window. Indeed, this type of detector focuses on the good performance of a glazed space by detecting and analyzing the impact and / or acoustic signals.

The glass breakage detector interested to shock triggers the alarm when the shock is large enough to break the contact point of the sensor against the glass. These can be equipped with a plunger or a ball system that react to impacts. It is necessary to do some tests in order to properly adjust the threshold of sensitivity of these sensors.

The acoustic version of a glass breakage detector does not point of contact with the glass surface but is located nearby. Its operation is based on sound analysis of the area to secure, ie it is a sensor that "hears" and tracks the noise intrusion. So from a working frequencies and a digital sound processing that these sensors can detect the sound of a window. In this range, there is a variation of sensors, less than sophisticated, but still remains essential to select a sensor model that can make the difference between the window breaking that indicates an intrusion of others sound-like, such as one example of a plate breaking.

The motion sensors are motion detectors, similar to small radars that scan the room in which they are installed. Many of them also work with infrared. For others, they use a microwave signal. But in general they work differs from previous two types of sensors: they can be activated once the intrusion is done! They detect everything that moves in the room and do not trigger the alarm if the beam control is "cut".

But do not worry for your pets because some models are specially designed to not fire as they passed by establishing a minimum threshold for "lightweight" shall we say, generally below twenty kilos. For this category of detectors, you should study well the plan of your house and place them in the main rooms and in places of passage for anyone who would enter your home, and watch any decorative object fixed as a curtain or furniture, will no longer block the signal, creating "dead spots", or "blind spots".

Therefore, with the first two categories of sensors that perform a control device in your home, you might as well turn your alarm system while you're at home, for example at night, provided of course does not open windows and doors protected. While with the sensor pad you will need to disable the alarm completely or partially if you opt for a version that includes several monitoring networks, such as the separation between the floor and the ground floor. There are of course other types of detectors that settle outside of houses, whose infrared barriers and pressure plates are. But this is much more expensive solutions and more difficult to implement, rather dedicated to amateur home automation and "smart widgets".

What warning alarm in case of intrusion.

The best known and most common is probably still audible inside or outside, the famous "siren alarm" that is triggered in response to activation of the detectors. The alarm sound is mainly used to scrare intruders. It is primarily annoying because a thief can not "work" peacefully with such a volume in the ears, which can exceed 100 dB, or with the constant fear of being seen or interrupted by the neighbors or the police. At the plant level, the sound emitter is mostly internal and integrated into the central station which in any case, must remain independent to avoid pre-deactivation intrusion. In the case of a siren signal to the outside, it's essential to learn about the sensitivity of your security system and make necessary adjustments so that it does not fire consistently in error or that does not disrupts, the risk is to get serious problems with neighbors.

The second type of warning is normally connected to the first and is an evolution of the classical monitoring system. Indeed, it can alert you or alert your neighbors / friends and family of an intrusion by phone or SMS. This principle is implemented in the form of a paid subscription contracted with a security company which, through a central telephone system warns you that the alarm was triggered. It also offers the opportunity to inform the police if the situation requires it (no response from you, or someone close to them indicates that the intruder is still on the premises).

Still in a logical complement to the audible alert, the flash system allows you to add a second annoying thing for the burglar. Apart from the almost unbearable amount of sound the alarm, it will increasingly face a visual disorientation because once you get home it will face flashes emitted at regular intervals by a mechanism close to the strobe. Its effect is, of course, especially impacting the night. But there is primarily a complementary, non-main, this alarm can be regarded as an "option bonus" when setting your alarm.

Other types of alarms are also available on the market but, they are more original than actually profitable. Some alarms enable you to broadcast a voice message to the person who is robbing you, it's certainly one way "polite" to tell him he is not welcome but it might create regret to the intruder. Another way that goes beyond the persuasive method, is to trigger the emanation of an irritant gas in response to the intrusion in your home. It is obvious that the effectiveness of this system will guarantee 100% that his-effective investment is easily justifiable and it would not be good to see you yourself a victim of your own alarm system in case error handling. Another new type of method is unleashing thick smoke/fog everywhere in your home, that way the thief cannot see a single thing, and especially he won't be able to see where is your plasma TV or where is the family jewelry. ... Also, do not fall into the traps of paranoia.


Other criteria for choosing an alarm.

An alarm system must be scalable, it is important that your alarm system can evolve with your home. Thus, it is necessary to check how many connections your plant is limited. Because if you want to enlarge your home or if you want to connect a fire detector, it would be a shame to buy a complete kit just because your current system can no longer accept new detection devices.
Also check that your solution has an anti-glare. This will protect your system against a known practice of sending strong signals on the same frequency as your system to saturate the communication between sensors and the central and hence succeed completely neutralize your alarm.

Quality standards for alarms

The best way to guarantee a purchase for your needs is the presence of the standard CANASA grade on the product.

Do not forget that lonely house may seem an attractive target or a visibly empty house during the holidays, for example a full mailbox means a gift to a thief. So there are precautions to take to limit the risk of theft, but first, it is necessary to assess the risks to choose your device alarm. If the risks are insignificant a device or volume should be sufficient, but if they are high or if you live in a neighborhood where several burglaries have taken place, opt for a protection system.


What price for an alarm system to install yourself?

For upstairs apartments or studios, a kit with a central alarm, a motion sensor and a detector aperture will be more than enough to guarantee perfect safety, and cost about $600 to $800.

To secure a house that offers many more possibilities of intrusion, the investment will depend primarily on the number and type of sensors used, obviously corresponding to the size and configuration of your home. The bill can easily climb to $2,000, but do not secure only part of your home in order to save money: it is not the best solution.

In both cases, you can easily find these kits on the market to buy or on the internet with a wide range of choices and options and the necessary installation instructions. Please do your homework, assess risks and make comparisons before your final choice.

Protect your home and do not forget to be kind with your entourage, with or without alarm system. The feeling of insecurity should not force you to feel threatened and buy a whole range of anti-theft gadgets. An alarm system is primarily designed to equip the houses that could be once visited by strangers, to protect your property and fight against the feeling of a violation of your privacy, a feeling that prevails among people who have been victims of thefts. Some simple steps can also protect you from these unwanted visitors such as turning on and off your lights or asking neighbors and friends to keep an eye on your home while you travel. And of course, do not hide your spare key under the doormat or flower pot near the entrance.