Investing in an alarm system is a good option for added home security because it provides proven theft deterrence options as well as peace of mind. Taking the time to understand the types of security alarm systems available and exactly how they will improve your home security is important so you can purchase a system tailored to your needs and budget. Alarm systems can be wired or wireless. You must decide if you wish to install the system yourself or contract with a licensed installer, like ourselves - a dublin based alarm installer.
Monitored Or Unmonitored?
Monitored systems are those where a private company watches your system 24 hours a day, every day, alerting the garda if something goes wrong and you cannot be contacted. Unmonitored systems have on-site sirens and flashing lights that alert your neighbors of a break-in, meaning that you will be relying on them to contact garda if you are not at home. The best security comes from monitored systems, because their vigilance is constant. They typically function in the following way:
- The system's sensors are triggered in some way, such as a door opening.
- The system waits 30 to 45 seconds to give the homeowner a chance to deactivate the system to prevent false alarms. If the alarm is not deactivated, the security system sends a message to the monitoring company over telephone lines or by a wireless device.
- The monitoring company receives the message and verifies the alarm, generally by placing a call to the home or homeowner's mobile phone.
- If they do not receive the proper passcode or do not receive an answer, the company calls the gardai.
- The gardai respond.
Components Of A Home Alarm System
- Control panel: All the operations of the alarm system are centered in this panel, including the connections to the central monitoring station, either through a phone line or via cellular/radio means.
- Central monitoring station (company): If the system is monitored, and the alarm is set off, the control panel sends a message here.
- Touchpads: This is where the system is armed and disarmed. They should be placed near doors so they can be armed on your way out and disarmed after you return. Most work on a passcode system.
- Key fobs: Similar to your car lock/unlock fob, this will allow you to arm and disarm your alarm system from outside the premises without using a passcode.
- Sirens: A siren will sound an alert when an alarm is set off.
- Door and window sensors: These set off the alarm when a door or window is opened. Glass break sensors are also available and recommended.
- Motion detectors: Motion detectors are activated by movement within the protected room. There are various styles to meet the individual needs of the homeowner.
- Video monitoring (streaming or CCTV): Surveillance video is an option with most systems at an additional cost. The images can either be sent to the monitoring station (streamed) or captured on site on a Digital Video Recorder (DVR).
- Panic buttons: Alert the central station of an emergency situation that requires immediate response by the gardai. These buttons are also known as a Duress Alarms.