Can I install it myself?
We’ve seen an explosion of DIV home security systems in the last couple of years. While it is completely possible for you to install and even monitor it in your home (usually within 30 minutes), these are fairly less sophisticated systems. They are attractive as they are less expensive but the level of protection and coverage they provide is also limited. Moreover, there are more limitations on what you can do in the case of an emergency. If you want complete peace of mind, we recommend you hire a professional team to install a foolproof system in your house.
What are the types of security services?
Here is a list of the standard equipment and services offered by most of the leading companies:
- Video doorbell. Video doorbells are very popular as they record whoever stops by on your front step and also allows you to speak with them remotely. These are good in talking to the mailman, welcome guests and even catch package thieves.
- Nanny camera. Nanny cameras, as the name suggests, watch over nurseries, caretakers and kids’ rooms. These are useful in catching up with the babysitter, watching pets while you’re away or help aging parents.
- Spotlight camera. A spotlight camera will record video clips as well as light up the surrounding area whenever it senses any motion.
- Panic pendant. Panic pendants are good for quick access to emergency services, as you can wear them and they are within your reach at all times. These are very useful for people who are aging or have any disability.
- Door and window sensors. These entry sensors tell you whenever a door or window is opened. Use these sensors to guard all entrances and also get notified when your kids try to access any off-limits cabinets or rooms.
- Glass break sensor. These sensors can alert you to unbroken glass and loud noises. Glass break sensors have loud alarms that can be used to scare off intruders who are trying to enter through broken windows.
- Motion sensors. Motion sensors, as the name suggests, alert you whenever they detect a motion. You can use motion detectors to help large pets and kids out of any dangerous areas and they can also alert you in case there’s an intruder in your house.
- Smart home integration. A smart home integration will allow you to be able to access your account from a smartphone. This includes being able to view the cameras from your phone as well as set off alarms or notify the local police.
- Two-way talk. Two-way audio is very useful as it turns a device (security camera/doorbell camera or control panel) into an intercom, allowing you to speak and listen through. You can use this to check on kids, speak to visitors, catch intruders and even just get the dog off the couch.
- Carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide detectors activate an alarm when they sense any levels of the gas in your home. This is a very useful detector and it can save lives by sending you alerts at home as well as when you’re away.
- Flood sensors. Flood sensors will alert you of pooling water or any leaks. This can protect your home from serious water damage in the event of a faulty pipe or an appliance malfunctioning.
- Fire and smoke alarms. Fire and smoke alarms alert you to severe heat, fire and smoke. They are used in all homes these days to help prevent any fires.
- Professional monitoring. Professional monitoring will connect your security system to a professional team that can directly get in touch with the emergency services for you. This is perfect for catching emergencies before they become disasters. This service has a monthly recurring cost, but it can be an investment worth making.
What does this solution consists of?
This system has different elements, among them: glass break detectors, door, window and motion sensors, indoor and outdoor cameras, carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, yard signs, and window stickers.
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How does it operate?
It operates thanks to the interaction of three fundamental parts: the control panel, the sensors and surveillance cameras.
The control panel consists of a computer that receives information from the sensors and that contacts the provider in case that something that affects the protection of the property takes place. It is a kind of “brain” of the security system.
It can be programmed to arm and disarm it. It can be activated with verbal instructions and controlled by wireless devices called key fobs.
These are devices that have a circuit that, when broken, the control panel interprets that there was a violation, thus activating a high-decibel alarm about a potential break-in in the home or business. They usually have two types of sensors: Door and Windows Sensors, and Motion Sensors.
Door and Windows Sensors
These sensors are composed of two parts that are located adjacent to each other. One part of the device is placed on the window or door and the other on the base of the window or on the door frame. Now, when a window or door is closed, a safety circuit is created by the union of the two parts of the sensor.
Motion sensors are often used on larger properties, as well as to protect valuable objects. They create an invisible zone over certain areas and, like door and window sensors, activate an alarm if such areas are violated.
Its function is to emit a loud noise to alert those who are near the property and the company providing security services about a potential security breach.
There are wired and wireless surveillance cameras, and they are used, among other things, to monitor the following areas:
– Internal and external access points, such as front or garage doors.
– Remote buildings such as workshops, barns or garages.
– Remote or hard-to view-locations.
Access to surveillance cameras can be done remotely from computers, tablets and smartphones. This is useful when you want to monitor what is happening on a property from which you are far away, such as when homeowners are travelling and want to see how their children or pets are doing. Additionally, a security camera can record any criminal activity.
Window stickers and yard signs
One might think that stickers and signs will not do much for the protection of a property, but the truth is that having them in many cases will deter criminals from breaking into your property.
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Do security systems necessarily work through the internet?
There are devices that do not require the use of the internet, as would happen with a home security camera system that is connected to a screen and that stores videos on a local storage device. Indeed, this type of device does not even require a WiFi connection, since it can be configured wiredly.
On the other hand, certain features require an internet connection. This would be the case if you wanted to see what is being recorded by the cameras from a place other than the one where they are installed, or if you want the videos recorded to be stored in a cloud service such as Dropbox or Google Drive. The advantage of doing this is that you could have an additional backup source in case the storage device connected to your system gets damaged.
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