Today, installation of a security system is an essential part of owning a home. The Australian Institute of Criminology reports that over 200000 break-ins take place across Australia each year. This figure underscores the need to install a residential security system.
Alarm systems, both monitored and unmonitored, are available on the market. Advanced, “smart” wireless and CCTV security cameras are becoming common too. Some of these systems come with a hefty price tag, which sets people wondering whether it is a worthwhile investment.
However, when you think of the protection you and your property from thieves by installing a security system, you will realise it’s an essential expenditure. Before installing a system, you need to have some basic information about how different systems work.
Types of Residential Security Systems
Monitored Security System – If there is a break-in on your property, the system detects the intrusion, and contacts the security monitoring center. The call center employee will establish the authenticity of the call by calling you and your emergency contacts. If it is not a false alarm, the police will respond within minutes, as they will be informed about the break-in.
Unmonitored Security System – An unmonitored system only sounds an alarm when triggered. It works to scare away the intruder. As it is an unmonitored system, no contact is set up with the security center.
CCTV Security Camera System – Alarm systems are limited in their function in the sense that the thieves may easily escape with your valuables, until the information reaches the police. While you may not be able to catch the perpetrator, you would have footage of their actions. This footage can help the police identify and catch them. This is possible only when you install home security cameras. You can also link your CCTV camera system to a monitored security system. As soon as the alarm is triggered, the monitoring system sets the cameras in motion, which reduces the number of false alarms.
Wireless Security System – You can have these systems fitted to individual rooms or your entire house. The larger systems are more expensive. They have CCTV cameras as well as alarm systems. Wireless security systems are available off the shelf in hardware stores, and you can install them yourself.
Other Methods to Protect Your Property
As mentioned some people believe it is expensive to install a security system and maintain it. However, there are many new products on the market at varying price ranges. Also, there are other steps you can take to improve the security levels of your residence, such as:
Motion lights – These lights switch when they detect motion. Installing motion lights is a good way to scare away trespassers and thieves.
Door And Window Laser Sensors – When you install these sensors on either side of windows or doors, it establishes an invisible beam between the two devices. If a window or door is opened, it breaks the beam, and a small alarm gets triggered. This alerts you to the presence of an intruder. It’s also an excellent way to monitor young children in the house if they open a door or window they aren’t meant to.
Glass-Break Sensors – These sensors are useful for large size windows and sliding glass doors. The sensor is stuck near the glass and gets activated when it detects sound frequencies that resemble the shattering of glass.