Choosing the Right Home Surveillance System

With the number of burglary attempts increasing all over the country, home security cameras have become a must have for the protection of individuals and businesses. The market has improved greatly over the past decade, which means there is a wide variety of security systems available to home and business owners. These choices are, more or less, adapted to the specificities of the property. To help people decide which option is right for them, here are some things to keep in mind.

Conventional security systems

A wired alarm is the most traditional security system available, even though it is increasingly rivaled today by wireless models. It is especially suitable for any type of housing that is under construction. Its installation requires some work if the decision to install a system comes after the home is completed. A wired alarm is the most efficient model because it adapts perfectly to the characteristics of each property. But this adaptation prevents it from being uninstalled and reinstalled in another home. Here are the advantages of this type of security system: Performance, Resistance – The absence of interference (no false alarms), Self-diagnostics (helps to prevent breakdowns).

Wireless alarms

This type of security system has quickly become the darling of home security cameras because of the ease during its installation. Its operation is based on radio waves, which means there is no need for wiring. The wireless alarm is ideal for housing already built but sometimes there is a lack of performance due to false alarms caused by interference. Nowadays, more and more homes and businesses are equipped with an alarm system. Many innovations and models are developed to provide more features and performance to home and business owners. To better understand the usefulness of these systems and their characteristics, it is essential to know what an alarm is and what it is used for. An alarm is a safety device to warn (usually with a beep) the owner of an issue where the alarm is installed. In other words, an alarm is a security system consisting of a set of elements for detecting a potential hazard and to prevent any prevalent consequences. These elements generally consist of sensing parts, a control module, a keyboard and a warning system. The advantages of this security system are: Ease of Installation, Aesthetics, Convenience (can be relocated to a new home).

Other safety systems

Conventional alarms are very effective in scaring away burglars and alerting neighbors with a loud sound. But for homes or businesses that are more isolated, other security systems can provide the assurance of optimal protection.

Telemonitoring: This type of security system is designed to monitor a remote area through electronic means. It is based on the telephone transmitters connected to a conventional telephone line or GSM. To enjoy a remote monitoring system, people should contact a specialist that offers its services in exchange for a monthly payment.

CCTV: This security system is a must for businesses because it perfectly complements conventional alarm systems. CCTV is optimal when its cameras are placed in private or public spots. It is available by monthly subscription but that can be very expensive.

Remote alarm: This safety system is suitable for isolated housing because it uses a telephone transmitter or GSM. This allows people to always be connected to the alarm system using a fixed or mobile phone. In other words, it notifies the owner when there is a problem.

Why purchase an alarm?

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The purpose of an alarm system is to send information through a signal to cause a reaction (intervention of emergency services, causing the robber to flee, and so on). For this, a recognition of the situation as a threat must be done by the system. There are different types of alarms that differ depending on their function and/or the way it operates (wireless, GSM, etc.).

Overall, there are 4 types of alarm systems:

An intruder alarm is designed to protect a home or business from suspected intrusions, namely burglary attempts. This is the best deterrent to thieves.

Fire alarm: This system consists of a smoke and/or heat detection system that can warn people of a fire starting. Its installation may be required in certain situations.

Gas alarm: This system can detect gas leaks in a heating system (emanation of carbon monoxide) or kitchen appliances (leaking propane, butane, etc.). It is also able to detect soporific gas sometimes used in burglaries.

Flood alarm: This system has the function of detecting an abnormal presence of water in a home or business. That said, it can be very handy in case of flooding or leakage of water.


What determines the price of an alarm system?

The price of an alarm system depends on many factors like the type of installation. A wireless alarm is cheaper than a wired system because it requires less installation work. The make of the alarm system is also important. As with all products, some brands are more expensive than others. Legal standards apply to attest to the quality of the alarm system. The cost of an alarm usually does not include the cost of labor for installation. The more range an alarm has, the more expensive it will be. Lastly, the type of detectors can also determine the price spent on a system. People can choose between motion sensors, which usually consist of device opening sensors, movement sensors, or glass breakage sensors. To learn more, contact your nearest installer.