According to a recent police report on burglaries in the United Kingdom, it was found that from January to September 2017, a total of 261,915 domestic burglaries were reported. Separate statistics indicate that most of these cases happen during the day between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm when homeowners are out at work. What makes it even worse is that a lot of these cases are terminated without arrests because the intruders are not identified as no strong clues are left behind.
For this and other reasons, it helps to invest in a home security system to protect your family and your valuables. Read on to find out what a complete home system looks like and what you need to know when shopping for one.
What Is a Home Security System?
A home security system is a network of security components and integrated electronic devices that work together to deter and secure your home against burglars and other intruders. The following are the typical components that a home security system should have:
Control panel – This is the operating center of your home security system.
Remote Keypad (RKP) – This is where the system is controlled from.
Magnetic contact sensors for doors and window.
Passive infra-red (PIR) or Dual Technology (DT) motion detectors.
Security cameras – internal and/or external.
Internal and external sounders - preferably a high-decibel installation
What to Look for When Installing a Home Security System
There are several things to consider when installing a home security system. The discussion below highlights the most important aspects
Ensure your home security system can function even when there is power outage. Storms are commonly associated with power cuts, but this and other causes of power loss should not give intruders a loophole to access your home. Just check whether your system has a sizable battery that can back it up when the main power supply is cut out.
Pairing up with CCTV
Combining and intruder alarm system with CCTV can provide a host of deterrents and methods to monitor your property. Should an incident occur, the combination of systems will provide notification and the CCTV provides verification and recorded evidence of the event.
CCTV can be a standalone cabled system with high resolution HD cameras paired with 24/7 recordings. Alternatively smart home alarm systems utilize camera PIR detectors to provide still images of the cause of alarm activation.
It doesn’t matter if you have the best security system in the neighbourhood, wrong installation will certainly throw it off balance. Get a seasoned professional to install every component in the correct manner. The last thing you want is persistent false alarms or intruders coming into your home and some components of your security system failing because of poor installation or use of low grade equipment.
Now that you have the right perspective in place on what it takes to have a functional home security system, you need to shop for the right vendor. Look at the company’s history, its portfolio, accreditations and the quality of workmanship of its technicians.