Home Security Systems – The Basics


Considering the prevailing state-of-affairs, a double door and a watchman cannot be entirely relied upon any more. Today’s criminals have found techniques to bypass all these.

Hence it is a wise decision to install a home security system with high-tech features to address concerns beyond breaking and entering.


Some home security systems you can install in your home:

• Video Door Phones
Video door phones let you identify and communicate with the person on the other side of the door, without opening it. Available with a host of features, video door phone range from simple units with black & white displays to advance systems with colored displays using which you can not only see but also communicate with the visitor before you open the door.

State-of the-art VDPs further enhance security and convenience. They can be fitted with a remote door release button saving you time and effort. This can be easily installed anywhere in the house, setting you free to view visitors and unlock the door– without walking to the door.


• Intrusion Alarm Systems
These systems usually consist of a Main Panel, Magnetic Contact and Hooter. The magnetic door sensor can be attached to doors and windows. It senses any break-in via doors / windows and sends a message to the main panel which in turn triggers the hooter, which acts as a deterrent to whoever attempts to break in. It can even warn you of fires and carbon-monoxide exposures, when you’re out of town.

The intrusion alarm system also comes with the following protection sensors for your all-round safety:
1. Motion Sensors
2. Magnetic Contacts
3. Gas Leak Detectors
4. Emergency Panic Switch
5. Smoke Detector
6. Glass Break Detector


• CCTV Systems
This comprises of digital video cameras and other video Surveillance System: Depending upon how large and valuable your property is, one may want to have security cameras installed inside and outside to monitor the situation. These cameras will capture images that can be used should an attempted of break-in occur


Fingerprint Door Locks
The homeowners’ fingerprints are registered in the system. These systems ensure that only those persons whose fingerprints are registered in the system can operate the locks.


Things to consider before buying a Home Security System.

1. Site Survey
Whether you are installing the security system in your home or office, it is important to determine your exact needs after a thorough survey of the area premises, the exact number of doors and windows that would be wired with alarms. You should try to wire every entry / exit of the house that could be vulnerable. Efficient security companies will always undertake a site survey before recommending anything. If you are unsure about your exact requirements, you should ideally approach companies which offer a site survey before installation.

2. Location of the Control Panel
Home alarms systems have a Control Panel and a Keypad that control the entire set up. The control panel commands the entire security system and the keypad allows the owners to program the system, like when to automatically turn it on, for instance. Keypads can be used to turn the system off and turn it on during emergency situations.

Determining the location of the keypad is an important factor. Some people like to place it in the master bedroom for ease of operation during the night and other such times whereas others like to place it near the main entrance close to the front door.

3. Hardwired or Wireless Intrusion Alarm Systems
Another important thing to determine is whether you want a Hardwired or Wireless Home alarms. The latter are easy to install as they do not require any wiring and communicate through sensors. But in both the cases you need to determine the distance of all the doors and windows to be integrated into the alarm system, from each other, as well as the control panel and keypad, is important. Hence an expert advice from a home security solutions provider is necessary for a customized system to suit your home.

4. Surveillance and Response
It is advised to opt for a security system that consists of a Monitoring Facility as well. In this case, activities are monitored by a Central Monitoring Station that keeps your home under 24X7 surveillance for a minimal monthly charge. The best feature that can be highlighted in these packages is the “Panic Button”. In case of any emergency, the person inside the house can press a panic button and avail instant help from the response centre.

5. Customization
In security, the “One size fits all” theory doesn’t work. A thorough research before buying and a complete understanding about the fine print is a must. The best way to determine what your home actually needs is to get an on-site assessment done by a home system representative. It is advised to avoid such purchases without an expert opinion.

While security systems are a way to ensure additional protection for your home, proactive measures cannot be ruled out completely. Informing your security company if you are going to be away for some time, keeping your neighbours informed, checking the battery of your alarm system, and keeping your valuables in a safe are advisable.


This information has been provided by Eureka Forbes.