There is a large variety and different types of home security systems. Each type has its own pro’s and con’s as well as different types being suitable for different budgets and requirements.
Unmonitored Home Security Systems
One of the most basic types of alarms are the simple alarms that have sensors that, if broken, will set off an alarm. This can mean for example, that once you have turned the alarm on (such as when you go to bed, or just as you leave the property to go to work) it will then not allow any window or door to be opened, or movement within the home without sounding the alarm.
The most basic system will have a very short period that allows you to gain entry to the property and then input your security code into the system. If this code isn’t entered in time then the alarm will be sounded.
These systems are not connected to any authorities and therefore they rely on other people to report the situation. A loud audible alarm will be sounded from the property and in some cases a flashing light may also be switched on to attract attention. If you happen to be in the property, such as asleep in bed, then this may be a welcome alert to get you up and phoning the authorities. If you are not in then you will have to hope that somebody takes it upon themselves or police happen to be driving by.
This sort of system is the most affordable and although is not as technically advanced or competent as many of the other options available, it is still a deterrent to burglars and has been known to scare off many intruders.
Monitored Home Security Systems
One of the most common and popular systems nowadays is a monitored home security system.
These work in a similar way to the more basic systems previously mentioned. However, they are actively monitored by a third party 24 hours a day. This means that if the alarm is triggered by a break-in or movement then the monitoring company is instantly alerted. This company will then instantly call your property and ask you for your password that you will have previously set up with them.
This means that in the case of a false alarm you can simply let the monitoring company know that it was a false alarm, give them your password and the alarm will be reset and no further action will be taken.
However, in the case that you do not answer the phone or someone answers the phone and does not give the correct password, then the monitoring company will instantly alert the authorities as quickly as possible meaning that the police will be around to your property quickly to find out what is going on and possibly catch any intruder that happens to be in or around your property.
Effectively, this is like having a helpful neighbor looking after your property 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, ready to call the police as soon as something looks suspicious.
You will have to pay a small monthly fee to cover the live monitoring but the peace of mind and effectiveness that this sort of system offers is often well worth the money.
Home Security Equipment
Some home security systems offer a panic button option. This does exactly what the name implies; it allows you to press it in time of panic for assistance.
Panic buttons are useful for alerting a monitoring company that there is a problem in an instant. You may want to activate the panic button because you see an intruder in your back yard or because you believe that there is someone in the property. Alternatively you may want to activate the panic button because an intruder has actually attacked you or is damaging your property.
Other people use panic buttons as a way of alerting people if there has been a medical emergency, for example, if you have fallen down the stairs or believe you are suddenly having a heart attack but are unable to get to the phone.
In the latter cases you can often get a wireless button that runs on batteries that can be worn around your neck or kept in a pocket. This means that if you were to have a problem you can instantly summon for help.
Home Security Installation
A hard wired home security system is installed directly into your home and, as the title suggests, uses wires to keep a constant power supply to the system.
The benefit of using a hard wired system is that it does not rely on batteries and therefore you do not have the issue of batteries running out just when they might actually be needed. Even in the event of a power cut most systems do have a battery backup which means that a hard wired system can give constant undisrupted protection.
The draw backs of a hard wired system is that they will often require professional installation which may cost more money as well as taking up more time and causing more disturbance. Many people believe though that the added protection and peace of mind makes this worthwhile.
Wireless Home Security Systems
Wireless systems work using radio waves and other forms of communication in order to relay information, such as a sensor breach, to the main hub of the security system.
Wireless systems use sensors that run on batteries. This makes them much easier to install. Often these systems can be self-installed and it also allows for sensors to be easily moved if required. If for example you find that you keep getting a false alarm from a particular sensor due to a regular appearance from the neighbor’s cat, then you can easily move it to a slightly new location.
These systems cause a lot less disturbance when installing as there is no need for installing and hiding wires and newer wireless systems are incredibly energy efficient meaning that the batteries can last a decent amount of time.