Security alarm systems provide an extra line of defense for both residential and commercial property. The alarms enable property owners to keep out criminal elements including burglars, vandals, and peeping toms from trespassing on to their property. However, intruder alarm systems must be designed and set up professionally in order to guarantee performance. Below is a look at some of the considerations that may influence the effectiveness of your security alarm.
How to enhance the effectiveness of security alarm systems
1. When to use the alarm system
One of the key reasons that Business Security Systems fail is improper operation. For instance, an alarm system is worthless if it isn't put into proper use. A common case is where businesses choose to use their alarms only after the close of business. Given that alarm systems have to be switched off in the areas with human traffic during working hours, the alarms can still be used in the sensitive areas within the property.
2. Setting the alarm system delay
The "delay" is an important aspect in alarm systems since it gives users time to disarm the system. The default setting is usually 30 to 90 seconds, which gives ample time to enter the security code and prevent the alarm from going off. The primary intention of setting a delay is to eliminate false alarms. However, having a long delay gives intruders sufficient time to strike. It takes law enforcement agencies approximately two minutes to respond to distress calls. Adding these two minutes to the system delay of one or two minutes gives an intruder sufficient time to cause a lot of damage. Therefore, the delay should be set as low as possible, and when the situation is favorable, use the "no delay" option.
3. Using panic codes
A "panic" code comes in handy in the event that intruders strike and try to force users to disarm their security alarm systems. Modern alarm systems support panic codes, whereby users enter a panic code to disarm the system just like the regular code. However, the panic code triggers a silent panic alarm to the central monitoring station.