Basics of Home Security Systems

Burglary crime - burglar opening a door 183991278Criminals may be getting increasingly bolder in their exploitations, but even the toughest are wary of good home security systems. Burglaries occur at the frequency of TWO MILLION PER YEAR – and if you’ve already been hit, chances are pretty good that you’ll get hit again. Home security systems are home automation systems that are meant to protect you, your family, your possessions, your property, and everything on your land from criminals, intruders, and even natural or unanticipated disasters like flooding or fires.

No matter which company you call, or if you want to DIY home security, every home security system should be comprised of a few essential elements. Any professional in the business will be able to teach you the important aspects of home security; if you intend to DIY it, definitely consult a professional organization for advice. That said, here are some of the basic features of home security systems.

Control Access Panels

Home security systems have to have a control access panel somewhere in the home through which everything is hooked up. That is true whether the system has been literally hooked up to it with wiring by a professional technician or whether it’s a wireless home security system and it is connected through the network. This panel is the place where you program the system and where you receive signals back from it. Any alarm that goes off, any motion detected by a motion sensor, any problem or electrical short, or any suggestion of tampering can be discovered at the control panel for the system. And it is here where you can make changes to the system, activate it if you’re going on a vacation, disable it if there was a false alarm, etc. A professional company can help you to install the system and set it up according to your preferences.

Alarms and Alerts

cell-174426932Alarms and alerts are what notify you when your home security system has picked up a potential security breach. They can go off for a window being broken, the garage door being opened, for a water leak or carbon monoxide, or from other triggers set up by the system. Whatever the reason these are activated, it’s extremely important that they are heeded. If you’re working with a monitoring service, they will receive the alarm as well and will notify the police for you. They’ll also check in with you to see what’s going on, which makes a great difference in making you feel secure and in actually ensuring your safety from harm.


Whether motion sensors, glass break sensors, door sensors, window sensors, or any other kind of security sensors, these are a critical part of home security systems. Without them, nothing would trigger the alarms to activate. The most common security sensors are motion sensors, which are usually configured with security lighting or video surveillance. For example, a motion sensor light may have an incandescent bulb that turns on quickly as soon as motion is detected. Similarly, a video camera security system will activate upon detection of motion. Nowadays, motion sensors are able to detect human motion through sensing movement in the wavelengths of infrared energy that we as humans automatically transmit. They are usually attuned to the temperature of the human body so as to avoid activation from other movement. Motions sensors are also excellent at saving energy because they are not constantly using power by being on all the time. An important tip is that they should not be placed in areas where you frequently traffic. If they are, the system will activate more often than necessary, wasting energy, causing annoyance, and decreasing your sensitivity to the alarms they trigger. It’s important that the motion sensors you use are ones whose warnings you will actually pay attention to, because if it’s really someone trying to illegally enter your home, you’ll want to be fully aware. Better would be to place them around the perimeter of your home and in areas that you don’t often access, but which are likely to be broken into (such as near large windows or the basement door).

Security Lighting

200171288-001Additionally, lighting is a key component of most home security systems. Professionals can cleverly place light fixtures around your perimeter so that there aren’t random shadows or unlit areas that a criminal could take advantage of to gain access to your home. Security lighting will usually include motion sensor lights. Done properly, security lighting relies on many light fixtures at low wattage – high wattage increases glare and shadows and decreases night vision, while low wattage reduces glare and shadow and allows your eyes to remain night sensitive.

Video Surveillance

Increasingly common in home security systems is video surveillance. Security cameras allow you to see what is going on through a monitor without having to go outside and risk endangering yourself if there is indeed a criminal on your property. Video surveillance is used by professional organizations and is optimal for quality home security.

Home security systems are fantastic means for protecting your space from intruders and damages. With the help of trained professionals, you can install a security system that will grant you more protection than you ever dreamed – which is exactly the kind of protection you are entitled to have for your home. Call a professional at 866-565-4305 for suggestions, advice, and help in selecting and installing the right home security system for you.

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