What Security System Should I Get?
When trying to determine components your home alarm needs it’s important to keep two questions in mind:
Home or away?
Why is this important you may ask? It means everything when deciding on what type of system you put in your home. If you aren’t worried about the home when you are in town and sleeping in your own bed each night, then you will have the ability to design your system in a more simplistic way. For example, you could easily cover your three to four doors with wireless door contacts and then throw up a motion detector in the living room or hallway area and be pretty well covered.
Theoretically when you are home you could still turn on the alarm and have just the doors covered as an added bonus by setting the system to the ‘stay’ mode. When you leave the home and set it to the ‘away’ mode all of your doors will be turned on as well as that motion detector to cover any unwanted visitors that try and enter the home. At night your windows and other entry points will not be covered but because you aren’t worried about thing when you are home, this doesn’t matter.
How many people (and what people) will be using the system?
Do you have an extended family member living in the home? What about teenagers? Are they old enough to drive and stay out late? All of these things matter because each one of these family members will prefer to interact with the system in a way in which they are comfortable. If you have grandma living with you, there’s a slight chance she won’t have a smartphone with remote access capabilities. In this case it will be of necessity that you purchase one of our key fob remotes to all her to push a single button to turn the system on or off. If you really do have your grandmother staying in the home it will probably be in everybody’s best interest that you don’t include a motion detector with the system. For whatever reason, motion sensors and seniors don’t mix well, and put them in the same room with each other it isn’t going to end well for either party. The last thing we want if for your alarm to become a nuisance rather than a huge help.
If you ask yourself these two questions before making a decision on which alarm company to go with, you will avoid a lot of headache down the road. Call us today for pricing and please ask about our referral program while you are at it.
Glass Break Detector
In conjunction with the topic discussed above, we often ask our customers if they would prefer a motion detector or a glass break. Both devices work very well and both are built for their own unique purposes.
Let us start with saying that the majority of break-ins we have seen or have heard about in the industry are people that come in from the back of the home. Additionally, a large percentage of these break-ins also happen with the glass in the back door being shattered. It makes for very quick and easy access to the deadbolt, which then allows the intruder to let him or herself right in.
With that in mind, let’s think about the technology behind the glass break and the motion detector. The glass break detector is a device that picks up the sound of breaking glass, hence the name. When we go into a home and the homeowner asks for us to place a glass break detector in the back, we generally put it near that back door for this type of situation.
The downside to this option is that if the burglar decides to take a crowbar and pop open one of the windows individually, typically no alarm will be set off. That sounds pretty frightening if you start to think about it, but what we most often find is when thieves come to steal, they will try and carry out the most expensive items first. For most, one of the expensive items in plain site is the flat screen television. If the burlgar chose that item as a first he or she would typically not be able to carry it out the same window that was popped open. This would force the thief to have to open that back door, which we always cover with one of our security door sensors.
Now if you are more worried about your home being broken into while you are home and not away, and you feel like you are such a deep sleeper that you may not hear an intruder, this device is a bad fit.
When designing a custom security system for your home the easiest way to approach it is to figure out your situation, and what your main concerns are, and then reverse engineer the entire process to add the components that will match your needs and wants.
At one point in the home security industry, the motion detector was by far the most popular device included in just about every alarm system installed at that time. Why was it so popular? That may be a loaded question and there may be a lot of opinion wrapped up in that answer. For what it’s worth we believe that the reason the motion alarm was so popular is because of its futuristic feel at the time. Up until that point it was only in James Bond movies that invisible beams could detect intrusions, and those movies were extremely popular. It’s no different than the doorbell camera is today. Five years ago, doorbell cameras and even the capability to see into your home from anywhere in the world was something that was reserved for the movies and the movies alone.
Like every device, the motion detector has its time and place. It is a very effective device if used properly. If misused or overused it can not only be a burden, but has proven to be one of the main complaints among canceling homeowners. Just think through the logic of the motion detector and your sweet grandma colleen, no offense grandma. Let’s pretend for a moment that grandma really does live in the house with you, even if it is just the casita. Everyone goes to sleep and on comes the alarm to keep the bad guy from intruding. All is well until grandma wakes up a few hours later thirsty as a horse and slips into the kitchen for a drink. The motion detector is almost always placed in living or kitchen area, and this type of situation would not only set off the alarm, but would surely have the police on their way and grandma in complete shock at the situation.
When talking about a security solution for a commercial property, motion detectors are without questions an absolute must. If no one is in the building at night to set off a false alarm then the more motion sensors the better. A motion sensors biggest enemy is always the people it’s trying to protect. It’s as simple as that. Whenever we have a customer leave us, it’s almost inevitable that the issue of frequent false alarms comes up. When we dig deeper and asks a few follow up questions we can usually trace the fault back to that futuristic device sitting in the corner of the living room.