Demystifying Different Types of Security Systems

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Demystifying Different Types of Security Systems

20 May 2020
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The number of burglaries is on the rise as people devise more sophisticated ways of stealing. For this reason, homes and offices must employ security measures that protect their assets. If you are looking to install security systems in your home and office, here are some of the alarm systems you need to consider.

Unmonitored Systems

A local alarm system is a basic security system. These domestic alarms are unmonitored and very straightforward. They feature sensors that are placed on windows and doors. The sensors are connected to a control panel. These systems also have motion detectors. Unmonitored systems use a relatively simple mechanism; when a circuit is broken, an alarm is triggered.

Unmonitored systems are suited for people who are on a budget because they are affordable. Local alarm systems come with batteries. You only need to place them around your home on the doors and windows according to the manufacturer's instructions. If you are worried about monitoring, you can easily see what's happening in your house or office from your tablet, smartphone, or laptop remotely.

Monitored Systems

Monitored security systems are more costly than unmonitored systems because you have to factor in monitoring service fees. Monitored systems feature a control panel, sensors for windows and doors, wired or wireless security cameras, motion sensors, and an alarm. These systems also have security signage to warn potential burglars that your premises have a security system installed.

In monitored systems, when the alarm is triggered, the monitoring service will alert you of a security breach. Wireless monitored methods are convenient because you can take them with you when you move out of a building or house. Some monitored commercial alarms come with additional features such as photoelectric beams, ultrasonic detectors, passive magnetic field detection, passive infrared detectors, and E-fields.

Other Alarm Systems

Some of the other standard alarm systems are smoke alarm systems, medical alarm systems, and critical alarm systems. A smoke alarm system offers protection against fire and smoke. The system has a series of wireless smoke detectors. You can further strengthen your security by installing features such as a heat detector and in-home sprinkler.

Medical alarm systems are ideal for people who are living with critically ill people or elderly patients. Medical alarm systems feature an emergency button located on the keypad of your home's alarm system. The sickly patient presses the button to alert security officials that they need help. A critical alarm system monitors the plumbing in a building. The alarm goes off when there is a leak or when a pipe burst. These security systems help protect your building from damage during such incidences.