Intruder alarms are the most common form of business alarm systems. These alarms enable organizations to keep out intruders and protect their assets from burglars, vandals and many other criminal elements. The alarms comprise of various sensors that can be used to detect intrusions including motion detectors and vibration sensors, which are placed in strategic locations within the premises such as walls, windows, and doors. Below is a look at the common types of intruder alarms.
Types of Business Alarm Systems
1. Dummy alarms
Dummy alarms are devices that are designed to look like authentic alarm systems, but do not actually contain the required electronic components to function as alarms. These devices are installed in conspicuous locations to psychological intimidate and deter criminals from attempting to break in. However, the dummy devices will not prevent burglars from breaking in, or alert the property owner or law enforcement of the intrusion. These gadgets provide an inexpensive option for protecting low value assets.
2. Bells only alarm systems
These alarm systems are fitted with loud bells or sirens, which are sounded any time an intrusion is detected. The noise acts a deterrent to criminals by letting them know that their presence has been detected. Unfortunately, setting off the audible alarm does not alert the property owner or guarantee a response from law enforcement agencies.
3. Monitored business alarm systems
These alarm systems are installed within the business premises, and monitored round-the-clock from a central monitoring station. If an intrusion is detected, the alarm is activated and sends a distress signal to the remote monitoring station. An operator in the monitoring station will use various means to verify if an attack is underway and alert law enforcement agencies.
The alarm system communicates with the monitoring station in two main ways, namely, radio signals or telephone line. These systems may be a bit costly, owing to the cost of monitoring and maintenance. However, they are suitable for highly vulnerable installations because police response is assured when the alarm is triggered.
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