Purchasing an alarm system is a major step for home and business owners to protect their property and valuables, as well as their safety. Alarms help users to guard against common security threats such home invasions, intrusion, burglary and fires. As such, users should ensure that they select reliable alarm systems and installation companies.
How to find reliable alarm systems
The reliability of an alarm system is determined by its ability to perform as expected. A system that is riddled with weaknesses is likely to leave property owners exposed. Criminals exploit such weaknesses to infiltrate homes and businesses. On the other hand, it is likely for such a system to fail when it is most needed. An ideal alarm system should address the questions below.
1. How foolproof is the alarm?
TV crime thrillers often feature criminals disabling or bypassing alarm systems without much difficulty. Some of the tactics they use include cutting the phone line, hacking the passwords, cutting off the power supply, or simply smashing the alarm control panel. Traditional alarm systems had some of these weaknesses, owing to the technological limitations that existed many years back. Modern alarms are designed with multiple layers of security that make them almost impossible to bypass. Reliable alarm systems come with a failover system that detects tampering and keeps the alarm operational. These new systems also have a low tolerance for false alarms.
2. What threats does the alarm protect against?
Modern alarm systems comprise of state-of-the-art devices and sensors including motion detectors, infrared sensors, door and window contacts, fire & smoke detectors to carbon monoxide detectors. All these devices are designed to detect and warn users of the various threats facing their homes or businesses. The sensors can be installed both indoors and outdoors and can operate in all types of weather to ensure round the clock protection.
3. What about alarm monitoring?
Modern security alarm systems are not so much a product, but rather a service. The alarm companies usually install the system, but wire it to a central alarm monitoring and response center.
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