In an emergency, security alarms can protect
your family and property through early detection
and fast notification of police, fire, or
medical personnel. Security alarms, while
expensive, can provided needed protection
and peace of mind and may also qualify you
for a reduction in your insurance premiums.
To determine the alarm system right for you,
we have categorized them as follows.
The best thing that an alarm system can do
is to deter intrusion. By "scaring away"
a potential intruder, you prevent an incident
from happening and spare the danger and effort
involved with confrontation, apprehending,
recovery of lost items, and prosecuting the
criminal. Alarms can deter intrusion passively
by being obvious to the casual eye (through
posting of warnings) and through activity
triggered by the presence of a potential
intruder (such as the illumination of lights
and/or the sounding of horns or verbal warnings).
Additional measures can be used to detect
actual intrusion. These include trip switches
in doors, windows, and skylights; pressure
switches in the ground and floor; and sound,
body heat, and motion detectors.
Whole House Monitoring
Many alarm systems will also monitor your
home for smoke, fire, carbon monoxide, flooding,
freezing temperatures, and medical alerts.
Some even have expanded their services to
provide mobile monitoring when you leave
Alarm Company Response
Security systems can be implemented
notify the authorities or an
in the event they are "tripped."
The advantage of using an alarm
that they often provide a live
on the phone in the event of
This additional human involvement
determine the validity of the
alarm and the
specific emergency response required.