Security Systems

Home Security Systems

by: Sean Hattaway

When choosing a home security system, it's important to know that not all systems are created equal. Each company offers various features and has a different track record. Before signing a contract with a company, you should know that you are getting the features that best suit your purposes. The main reason that people choose to have security systems installed is to prevent and deter thieves from getting into your home and your valuables.

How a standard home security system works

As mentioned, there are many features available nowadays. The basic element of a home security system is a trigger that will alert the security company and the authorities when triggered. There are usually several trigger points that you can choose to protect. The main ones are the front and back doors. The second would be the windows. Since most break-ins occur on the first level, these are the most crucial areas to cover. However, it can happen that an intruder will gain entry through a second floor window.

The time elapsed from when a sensor is triggered to the signal going out to the security company is critical. It needs to be long enough to allow the homeowner to turn it off when entering their home, yet short enough that the authorities can take action in enough time. Another important factor is the sensitivity of the triggers. If there are too many false alarms, the response time from the police will be longer. You want to be sure that the system is reliable and that help will come when needed.

Wireless Home Security

Wireless security systems are also more widely available. These systems use your PC or phone wires to send the alert of a break-in. If there is an intruder, the signal is sent wirelessly to the security company. There is even the option of using email to send an alert. Also, instead of tying up home phone lines, cellular phones can be used to send instead.

Most home security system are modular, meaning you can purchase a basic set up and add features as you feel they are needed. Since most companies charge a monthly fee, it may be smart to go this route and pay for only what you truly need. Lastly, before hiring any company to install a security system, make sure that they are licensed to do the job and check their company history. How accurate is their response time? Check their track record; how many thefts have their systems prevented or deterred? When it comes to your home's security and family's safety, you want to rest easy knowing that you're well protected and that you've done everything you can to ensure their safe keeping.

About The Author

Sean Hattaway has been an advocate of Home Security for years. He provides vital Home Security tips and information online; teaching families how to protect their family and home. Go to Wireless Home Security System also located at