14 Jul

Where to place the smoke and heat sensor?

Where to place the smoke and heat sensor?

Did you know that 4,000+ Americans die every year from fires? The frustrating thing is that many of these deaths are preventable. As many as 65% of the Americans who die in these fires were victims of a simple mistake. Either a smoke alarm was not installed in their home, or it didn't work. I'm an electrician. I see these smoke detectors in homes all the time. I wanted to do something about this problem, so I wrote this guide.

#1 Check if you have Smoke Detectors where you should

You should have smoke detectors in:

1. Every staircase

2. The kitchen

3. Your basement

4. Your hallways

5. Each bedroom

You also must ensure that each floor in your residence is equipped with an alarm.

#2 Do you Replace your Batteries Every Year?

Most smoke detectors use batteries that are carbon-zinc or 9-volt alkaline. If you hear beeping or chirping coming out of your alarm, the batteries are probably low. If they run out, you lose your fire protection.

Twenty percent of smoke alarms in the US have dead batteries. Test your smoke alarm every month. Press the test button and make sure it beeps at you.

#3 Is your Smoke alarm installed in the right place?

Check every smoke alarm inside your house:

1. It 4 inches from the nearest wall? Your smoke detector will only function best if it is clear from wall joints and wall corners, which can block its access to smoke and heat.

2. Is it roughly one foot or 12 inches away from the ceiling? This point relates to #1.

3. Is it at least 20 feet from heat-generating appliances in your home, such as your stove and your oven? Heat damages electronic devices, such as your smoke alarm.

4. Keep the alarm clear of vents, windows, and doorways. These areas produce drafts. Drafts may prevent your detector from noticing a fire.

#4 Ensure Your Smoke Alarm is a "Dual-Sensor" Alarm

There are two fire types: flaming and smoldering. These types of fires each require a different type of detection system, and some alarms only have one kind. Dual-sensing alarms are the way to go. They will detect either type of fire.

#5 Swap Out Your Old Smoke Detector after 10 Years The NFPA (National Fire Prevention Agency) says smoke detectors should be replaced once every ten years to ensure the electronics still work. Think about your iPod or Xbox--how well will it be working after ten years? All electronics are built like this.

#6 Clean your Smoke Alarms Regularly Smoke detectors need to be cleaned and dusted at regular intervals. Otherwise, they may malfunction.

Clean the flies, dust, and any other foreign matter out of the alarm on a regular basis. Also, you must NOT paint a smoke detector, as it covers the alarm's critical sensors and prevents them from working.

If your smoke detector is missing a cover, replace it. Covers protect the electronics inside your smoke detector. When it is exposed to the environment, these parts can malfunction due to impact or weather.

#7 Hard-Wire/Interconnect your Smoke Alarms Fires often start in one area of the home and spread quickly. If your smoke detectors are interconnected, when one goes off, they all go off. This may give you the extra time to rescue your family when a fire spreads quickly.

#8 Use other peoples reviews to identify the best models

Often times we get focused on the problem and don't think to ask for help. Why not use hundreds or even thousands of other peoples opinions / reviews to identify the top rated smoke detectors? Simply by checking online marketplaces or review sites you will be able to find a ton of people who have already tested the products, and let you know which one was best for them. 

According to the NFPA, all families should hard-wire and interconnect all their alarms. However, this is not easy work. Consider hiring an electrical contractor to do it for you.

5 Jun

Fire detection to protect lives and property

Fire detection to protect lives and property

Every industrial plant and setting are susceptible to fire hazards, especially where high temperatures, fuel, high volts of electricity and machinery can generate heat and fire. If not prevented or at least controlled, the chance of saving human lives and expensive equipment is significantly reduced.

Plants and factories always have fire prevention and mitigation plans in place to avert hazards. Among these plans is the use of special systems, some basic and others technologically advanced. Take a look.

Smoke detectors

Smoke detectors set off an alarm when certain amounts of smoke are detected. They're a common fixture in houses, offices, plants and factories. Despite the small size and low cost, they go a long way in helping avert or mitigate fire hazards.

Photoelectric and ionization are the two types of smoke detectors. The first relies on light to function and the lack of it to set off an alarm. To prevent the device from wrongfully sounding the alarm, the sensor waits for smoke particles to scatter light. The device is best suited for smoldering fires and ionization for fast flame fires.

With ionization devices, americium-241 (a radioactive metal) ionizes the oxygen and nitrogen present in the air inside an ionization chamber. The current generated by the negative electrons and the positive atoms is left undisturbed until smoke enters the chamber and disrupts it to sound an alarm.

Both photoelectric and ionization systems are effective, but the first sets off an alarm faster because it needs only a small amount of smoke to activate. As such, it's the better choice for both industrial and residential settings though both photoelectric and ionization systems can be used together.

Heat detectors

Where smoke alarms detect smoke to sound an alarm, heat detectors do the same when detecting heat. For maximum efficiency, using both smoke and heat detection systems is advised to deal with smoldering and fast flame fires.

As with smoke alarms, heat detectors are of different types. Pneumatic systems rely on changes in tube temperatures to sound alarms. They're ideal for use near engines and turbines and on large vehicles like planes.

With fixed heat detectors, the alarm is sounded when temperatures reach a certain degree. A metal alloy is a trigger which when it begins to melt, activates the alarm. The device must be replaced when activated as the melted metal can no longer act as a trigger.

A third type is the rate-of-rise detector which can be programmed to either detect the slow rise in temperature or abrupt changes. Unlike fixed heat systems, they can be reset and reused.

Using different alarm systems is not enough if they aren't installed in strategic locations. A fire management plan will, therefore, entail mapping key points to mitigate a threat to life and damage to property. P1 and P2 (to protect property) are installed either throughout a building (P1) or in areas where the risk of ignition is higher (P2). L1 to L5 systems are designed to protect life. L1 is installed throughout buildings to sound early warnings while L2 is set up along escape routes and rooms with higher threats. L3 also covers escape routes and rooms leading to escape routes although L4 is installed only along escape routes and circulation areas. L5 are custom systems that may be installed in data centers and areas that cannot be covered by other systems.

2 Jun

How to use your home alarm system to watch your pets?

How to use your home alarm system to watch your pets?

There are many reasons why the idea of monitoring your pets remotely and around the clock will give you a piece of mind. Even when you have someone come over, you will still be interested in knowing how your pets are treated when you are away. It doesn't matter whether it's a cat or a canine, you have it in your home because it plays an important and special role in your life. Instead of worrying yourself the whole day or hiring someone to babysit a pet, you can use an effective home alarm system to keep an around the clock eye.

Play the Big Brother

Did you know you can watch and listen to your pet even when you are at work? It's not about spying but just ensuring that everything goes well when you are away. Furthermore, you get to learn a thing or two of what the bird or animal does when no one is around. If you have security cameras installed around the house, you can focus them on the probable places that you are likely to find your pet. Canines and felines like to stay low on the ground or climb on top of things. You can use some of the apps available in the market to get a live stream sent directly to your phone.

Anti-Burglar Alarm Systems 

You use these to keep bad people outside. You can also use the to keep your pets inside. Perhaps you want the animals to stay inside the house or within the compound, or you want to keep away from potentially harmful areas such as the kitchen. You can set up an alarm system that trips whenever the animal strays. Just make sure you disable the system when you or your family is around lest you get false alarms.

Capture Wonderful Moments

You and I know that for apparently no reason, your canary or your spaniel tend to do funny and amazing things when no one is around. How do you catch them in the act without having a camera 24/7. Well it's pretty simple if you have a home alarm. You only need to make sure that you set security cameras in areas where your pets play. You might catch moments that can get you a thousands of views in YouTube.

Smoke Sensors

Smoke sensors alert you when a potentially dangerous fire is starting. Your pet can start a fire unknowingly by tripping on a naked electric wire or even turning the cooking gas on accidentally. This is something that everyone with a pet worries about. Such a fire might burn the animal or bird in addition to the house. You can set up a system where you get a notification on your phone in case there is a fire while you are away. This way, you get to protect your pet and your house from fire.

Protection From Extreme Weather Conditions

Your pet might not know that it is too hot to turn on the air conditioning system. There are cases where old people or young children have died because of heat shock. You can set up an alarm system that automatically adjusts the atmosphere inside the house to make it conducive to your pet.
If you use these simple directions, you can keep your pet safe and monitored around the clock.

1 Jun

How does the wireless alarm system protect home and business?

How does the wireless alarm system protect home and business?

When it comes to home and business security, everybody is very careful. Whether you're living alone or with your family it's important to protect both your home and those within and your business. There are various security systems available and many modern versions use wireless technologies. The home and business security is an area that's done extremely well unfortunately. No one likes to think about crime but it is real and you need to protect yourself from it. For many years developers of security systems have been trying to make them smaller and less noticeable. Wireless alarm system components fill this role nicely and have many advantages but a few disadvantages as well. Therefore How does the wireless alarm system protect home and business?

The wireless alarm system use radio waves to communicate with other components instead of using wires. The potential burglar cannot figure out how to cut wires to disable the system, so gives up.

There are two kinds of wireless alarm system on the market. The first type is activated when the alarm is tripped, but only the homeowner or neighbors can hear the alarm. This kind of system doesn't make a whole lot of sense if you live in a rural area and are away from home when a break-in occurs. Another kind of wireless security system uses a monitoring device that will communicate a forced entry to a security company. When the alarm is triggered, the security company will check to see if it's a genuine break-in; if it is, they will call immediately to dispatch the local police.

The control panel is the brains of all wireless alarm systems. It is usually found in the basement or in a closet. The control panel is where all wireless signals are sent from the various motion sensors and magnetic switches placed throughout the home. If a suspicious movement signal or entry is detected, the control panel sounds an alarm, or phones the security company's monitoring service.

Throughout the home and business, inconspicuous magnetic contacts and switches are attached to doors and windows. These consist of two parts: a magnet on the door or window, and a switch placed on the door jam or window sill. They simply detect movement by noting an increase in the distance between the switch and the magnet, which only occurs if a door or window is opened or forced open. The switch sends a wireless signal to the control panel, which sets off the alarm.

Large open spaces such as hallways can be equipped with wireless body sensors or motion detectors. Infrared motion or body heat changes are detected and a signal is sent to the main control panel. The panel gauges whether the movement is a person, and then sounds the alarm or alerts the monitoring station staff.

Every wireless alarm system comes equipped with a keypad, which is used by the homeowner and business owner to activate or deactivate the system. The keypad is normally installed next to the entry door, allowing the owner easy access to arm the system when leaving home, and disarm the system upon returning. Remote keys, much like a car alarm, can also be used to operate a wireless alarm system. The homeowner can also use the remote controller to switch lights on from a distance, giving the illusion that someone is occupying the house.

Some wireless alarm system also use hidden or wall-mounted cameras that are connected to a video unit and VCR. All movement detected on the cameras is recorded by the VCR. Depending on the system, the cameras may be monitored by staff at the security company.

The main advantage wireless components have over wired is that they cannot be cut out of the system. Wired models can obviously have their wires cut rendering them useless and non functional. This of course defeats the purpose of having them to protect your home. After all if a product can't call for help or do its job then it's nothing but a useless hunk of plastic and metal.

Unlike a wired security system, a wireless alarm system can also call the security company to alert them of a problem if the wires have been cut or there is a problem with the phone lines. A wired system is of course completely reliant on wires to operate and cannot do this - and cannot be installed just about anywhere the owner wants, since the cables involved are a physical limitation on the places you can use the system.

There is no doubt that any home and business security system can offer a certain degree of protection for your property, or even your life. However, for the highest level of protection, a wireless alarm system is your best choice.

1 Jun

Home Alarm System for peace of mind

Home Alarm System for peace of mind

Home security systems are important for a variety of reasons. Each person and family have a different, yet important reason to supply their home with a home security system. What reasons are there for you to add a home alarm and monitoring system to your home? Here are some things to think about when deciding on having a home security system installed.

The first and some might argue most important is personal safety. When thieves are breaking into your home, the last thing they are likely to be concerned about is if they accidentally injure someone living in the home. Your safety is not anything they are interested in or concerned with. Consider this; beyond stealing the items with in your home, some people are only interested in hurting those inside the home. As sick as it sounds it is true. Home security systems help to deter and prevent attacks. Personal safety is the number one reason most people seek out home alarm systems.

One of the next reasons people often give for home protection is to protect possessions within the home. In these tough economic times burglars are more likely to brave a home invasion. Even if you believe you have nothing of value remember thieves find value in everything. Any property you own thieves look at as a gold mind.

Another reason people like to install home alarms is for the resale value they add. Having a home security and monitoring system in your home also provides one more feature that makes your home attractive to potential buyers.

Home security systems often get homeowners a discount on their home insurance rates. The same is true with the addition of a fire alarm system. Homeowners will find the more options they can stack within insurance the larger the discount. If you have insurance for your home, car, boat, and health bundled with the same insurance company, your discount will be larger. A home alarm discount just adds to the overall savings.

It is hard to believe that this one addition to your home can offer you so much. One more thing to consider, one very important piece of the puzzle is the peace of mind a security system offers. With a home alarm and monitoring system as well as fire monitoring hooked into local emergency response services allows you peace of mind not found in other home purchases.

Having a home security system allows families to sleep more sound and gives you a wonderful feeling of peace knowing that if someone was to break in or the house was to catch fire you would be alerted and so would the correct response team. This is a luxury most people are interested in when it comes to their family's safety.

When looking into different options in home security, it is important to gain knowledge into the options that are available. There are different things to consider as families with pets will need a system that is not as sensitive as perhaps someone who travels and often leaves their home unattended for periods of time. The home security market is full of options available to meet the needs of every family and home.

31 May

False alarm prevention

False Alarm Prevention

False alarms going off can create headaches for both neighbors and the law enforcement agencies. However, with the latest technology safety alarm systems, all this could be a thing of the past. Today security alarm systems come with specialized software to reduce false alarms. While the software may help you, it is also important that you take preventative steps when using your safety alarm system, to play your part in reducing false alarms.

One of the first things that you need to do before you activate your alarm system is to ensure that you have locked all the protected windows and doors. Secondly, you should make sure those things such as plants, heaters, fans, balloons, and pets away from the motion sensor's radar. Any movement of these could trigger a false alarm.

Everyone in your home should be trained in using the security alarm system correctly. For instance, if you are planning to install a fire alarm system in your home, make sure that you get to know all of the settings and features, in detail from the technicians who come to install it. Remember, whether it is commercial alarm systems or home security alarm systems, it is important that you are thoroughly trained in how to operate the system.

As part of the training, your technician should share false alarm prevention methods. You should also get to know about the alarm billing software and how it works, and what fees are involved if a false alarm is triggered. Similarly, you should also have an idea about the false alarm program in your area. False alarm tracking is about getting to know the working mechanism of the security system. While you need not know the technology behind the alarm monitoring mechanism and the alarm tracking and billing software, it helps if you know at least the basics.

FAMS is a turnkey managed solution to meet the goals and objectives of police/fire departments in enforcing the alarm ordinance. It is an end-to-end solution for alarm tracking, billing and collection that addresses false alarm issues, billing as per the mandate and timely collection of renewal fees, fines, and other payments, thereby increasing city revenue. We don't install any kind of hardware like the fire alarm or burglar alarm at citizen's place.

False alarms are a serious matter. They can mask real distress signals. The Division of Aeronautics treats every ELT incident as an emergency until it is determined to be otherwise and will initiate our search procedures. A search is always an emergency. Searching for false ELT signals depletes limited private funds, state funds (your Airman Registration fees), federal funds (Civil Air Patrol) and other resources reserved to search for missing or downed aircraft or airmen.

You should immediately contact your security company if you find that something is wrong with the alarm system. If you are planning to remodel your home, you should inform the security company so that they can plan the installation of the system in a different place. It is also important that you check and service your security alarm system regularly. A properly maintained security alarm system can be your best ally, and you will never need to worry about false alarms going off.

Here's a video on how to avoid false security alarm:

31 May

The importance of a Business Security System

The importance of a Business Security System

Burglary and vandalism of the private property and business are one of the growing concerns today. Installing a home and business security system is no longer a choice but a necessity to ensure safety and peace of mind.

Choosing the Security System Right for you

Depending on the size of your home or business you will be able to decide which security system is right for you. There are a large number of choices available for wired and wireless, and both have pros and cons to them which you need to consider before making your decision.

Both the home and business security system should be able to be monitored from a safe place; cameras should be put in strategic places normally out of sight in order to catch the thief by surprise as well as to enable him/her from being able to damage your home and business security system with a view to carry on the theft.

Make Your Security Sign Visible

Once you have your home and business security system installed, ensure that you advertise it where it is visible by everyone. Thieves usually will avoid places that show signs of alarm systems for the simple reason that they don't want to be caught by the noise caused by the security systems besides there are many places which are not secured my security systems and which can be a better target.

Both in your home or business place ensure you position the sign in the yard or window where it is visible; thieves look for such signs and usually recognize one when they see it and avoid the place.

Helpful Tip

The best way to ensure your security and peace of mind is to install a home and business security system. Once you have taken this first essential step, you will feel a lot safer and at ease when away from your business.

Real-Time Safety

If it said that CCTV cameras offer real-time protection, then it is meant that apart from eyeing potential burglars, one can also observe employees. These cameras are capable in forbidding employees to behave in an indifferent way, which helps in enhancing their productivity as well as efficiency.

By the requirement and budget, businesses have the choice to make from several camera types that are available for securing property. Outdoor cameras are made to incorporate the feature of withstanding different types of weather as they have the water-resistant casing. Also, the businesses wanting to have night-time surveillance can go for the installation of the infrared or low-light camera. There is also specialty camera housing, for instance, black dome, it is helpful to an employee and customer surveillance as an individual is unable to make out in which direction camera is. Furthermore, a business wanting to have a discrete recording; miniature hidden cameras can aptly match the need.

Most security systems are connected to local quarters of the operating security services and you will either have someone call you when the alarm is triggered, or someone will visit your home or business to ensure its safety.

If you actually care for your security and that of your family as well as your business's welfare, you will consider installing a home and business security system. The investment in such an alarm system will ensure you and your property are being protected at all times.

31 May

How to protect your home during a vacation?

How to protect your home during a vacation?

Everybody looks forward to taking the occasional vacation; slightly downtime is good for anyone. However, constantly worrying about the house tends to diminish that much required stress-free time. The good news is, there are steps you'll be able to take to defend your home whether or not you're away for a weekend or for many days. Follow the guidelines below and enjoy that much needed vacation knowing your house is safe.

1. One sign thieves search to determine if residents are away on vacation is accumulating mail. To guard your home, even if you receive mail through a door slot, visit your native post workplace a couple of days before going and place a hold on your mail.

2. A growing collection of newspapers at your door or in your yard informs everybody you're away. Therefore, this is often another service you will need to put on hold. If you like to not inform your carrier, then you will consider asking a neighbor to collect your newspapers.

3. letting your alarm monitoring company know you're planning to be out of city is also well. Most security services can ask what your departure and come back dates are and will evoke your contact info. Providing this info helps your home Security Service defend your house.

4. Let a trustworthy neighbor know exactly where you're going and supply him or her with your contact info. Additionally, you should leave your neighbor's contact info together with your alarm monitoring service. This will make sure you are informed at the earliest chance should something fail.

5. Ask somebody to mow the lawn, if you're vacationing throughout the summer. an overgrown yard is another sign you're faraway from home. Having somebody clear off the front steps, the private road and paths to your house during the winter in snow-prone areas is advised as well.

6. If on an extended vacation of a week or more, informing your native police department is always a decent plan. Once again, make sure you leave contact info, should the police need to speak with you for any reason. You will also need to tell them who provides your home Security Service to keep the lines of communication open.

7. Set timers on your radio or tv and lights. usually speaking, you should set the timer to follow your daily pattern, turning the lights and tv on when you normally arrive home and shutting everything down at bedtime. Tiny steps like these produce the illusion somebody is home and dissuades intruders.

8. As you walk out the door to leave for your vacation, double check to make sure the alarm system is ready. A frightening number of individuals forget in all the chaos and excitement of going on a trip. Unfortunately, security corporations cannot help protect your home if the monitoring system isn't armed.

9. The ultimate security step before going is to make sure all the windows and doors are locked. don't forget to secure the garage further. Thieves can check any and all entry points into a home, thus all it takes is for you to overlook one window. Nothing destroys a beautiful vacation faster than a phone call from your home Security Service informing you somebody broke into your home.

31 May

Home and business safety tips for all

Home and business safety tips for all

Crime rises every day, and with tough economic times more and more people are looking for ways to make ends meet and burglary is often thought of as a victimless crime with a thief's mentality being 'they have insurance' without any thought for the psychological impact of having your belongings taken as well as the inconvenience and the anguish if any of the items taken are irreplaceable. Therefore home, and business, owners need to be smart about protecting their property to avoid being targeted.

Burglary and Mischief of personal and business valuables is one of the escalating worries nowadays. Installation of a home and business security system is no more a choice but a requirement so that safety and peace of mind are ensured.

Here are some Home and business safety tips for all:

Lock It - It may seem like a simple thing, but many people become complacent about security particularly if they are just popping down to the shops for a few minutes, but a few minutes is all the burglar needs to grab your prized possessions, and many burglaries are opportunistic events so don't make it easy for them, close and lock all doors and windows when no one is home. The few minutes it takes can save many hours of heartache.

Lighting - Particularly for business premises having good security lighting is essential to keeping the building safe. Ensure your security lighting is placed around the entire perimeter of the building not just by the doors and windows, this will serve as a deterrent. Lighting at your home is also essential and consider placing additional lights not only at the front and rear of your home but on the sides too.

Alarm - Installing a burglar alarm is one of the best deterrents you can have. No burglar wants his work announced to the entire neighborhood via a loud and obnoxious alarm sounding, particularly if your neighbors are aware that you are away on annual holidays etc. Placing warning stickers on your windows will further deter a would-be burglar, it's not worth their risk, they'll move to an easier target.

Monitoring - After you install your burglar alarm consider having it monitored by a professional monitoring service. A burglar alarm monitoring service offers you not only the deterrent of an alarm but also the peace of mind that should it not be functioning correctly or that it has been disarmed at an unusual time that the monitoring service will be able to react immediately to ascertain whether it's a genuine reason or if there is tampering. Remember not all burglaries are carried out by strangers - disgruntled current or ex-employees may also target your business, or pass on your details to their mates. The monitoring company employees are trained professionals who hold security licenses and are trained to deal with circumstances where security may have been breached and therefore not only are you protecting the safety of your home and your business but also possibly yourself.

Points of Entry & Exit -Make sure these points are well secured. Are the windows shatterproof? Also are the doors sturdy and resistant to force. What is the quality of the installed locks?

Visibility -By this we mean are there are hiding places where an intruder can hide out of sight. Is there shrubbery or signage that cover the intruders from the CCTV security cameras or security guards then you need to take care of it.

Perimeter Security -Can you install fencing or a patrol guard?

Background Checks -Make sure that you conduct background checks on all the new candidates.

Visitors -Ensure that the visitors are monitored and are not allowed into restricted areas. Have visitor badges and encourage employees to ask strangers questions if they are observed walking through the building.

Another way to protect your details is to use a separate phone line strictly for your business use. These can be extremely cheap to run and can prove a great way to keep your work life and family life separate by giving off a professional look at all times. It is also a good idea to use a professional business email address, rather than simply using your address for all circumstances.

To keep your home more secure you can make use of many structural measures including fencing that will help deter intruders. These do not just apply to home businesses but are useful for all homes and businesses. Other measures may also include dogs and one-way viewing glass in doors.

The more dependable means to assure security and serenity for the homeowner is to put in a home and business security system. Once you have taken up this initial all important step you will be more at ease and a lot more secure when outside from your business.

31 May

Choosing the right home and business alarm system

Choosing the right home and business alarm system

Security means more than just a camera or a locked door. With increased number of crimes and burglaries , a comprehensive security system is required to keep your home and business secure. Installing security system is essential for avoiding unwanted intruders to your property or even your business assets- including computers, inventory and customer data.

On an average a burglary happens in every 15 seconds. So how can you protect your loved ones and valuables?

With so many systems available in the market and with so many factors to consider, we have put together some key suggestions for your home and business safety.

Home Security System- How to choose?

Customizable to Budget- There are different options from alarms on doors and windows to complex security system with cameras, 24/7 monitoring and even flood detectors that you can choose from.

Family Need - If you have pets, system can be designed to reduce false alarms due to their movement. Companies can also offer panic buttons for anyone living elderly in the family. You also get solar -powered options to minimize environmental affect.

Typically a home security system will include

1. Control Panel- It communicates with each installed component of the system. As in when the security is breached it generates the alarm.

2. Doors and Window-sensors- Comprised of two parts fitted adjacent to each other.

3. Interior and exterior motion sensors - They protect a given space by creating an invisible area which cannot be breaced with generating the alarm. Usually they are used to protect valuable assets and less frequently visited area.

4. Wireless or wired security cameras - Surveillance cameras are mostly used for distant areas of the property, remote areas like garages, workshop etc.

5. High decibel siren- Loud enough to notify others if any burglars enter the property, it can alert people around.

6. Yard sign and window stickers - Simply having the sticker placed in your window or in your front yard- telling burglars that house secured and not a good choice for any burglary attempt.

Business Security Alarm- How to choose?

The type of security system required is clearly defined by the type of the business, for e.g.. A jewelry store will have different security need than software company business.

A reputed security alarm company will first do a survey site before they provide any security system or any alarm system.

1. First, business owner needs to find out how the system will be connected. Find out how the alarm system will communicate with the centralized monitoring system.

2. The system should be able to monitor the main entrances including the windows and other ways in case of any burglar trying to enter the premises.

3. Small business should also inquire about the access codes. Should you be assigning individual security code to your employees? Well,as an employer you should have the ability to change the passcode for any changes in future.

4. You should be aware of how the alarm gets triggered. Also check if you could find the origin of the alarm so that in case of any accidental disruption or confirmed burglaries, one can clearly distinguish and reduce the chances of such sort of occurrences again.

5. Alarm system costs- Find out what's the actual cost at the first installation and if there is any maintenance charge or fees assigned to update your system or change password as technology advances with time.

6. Choosing the Supplier- Choosing the right supplier is key. Look for a supplier whom you can work with long term. All security systems and workmanship should be approved for any police and insurance cases. Supplier should provide you with a quote after the site survey including installation, business alarms, key holding, monitoring cost. Once installed , supplier should do demo for you and your employees. Don't take a risk of legal issues by purchasing system from companies that are not licensed., so do your homework well.

7. Alarm Installation- If you are renting or leasing a property, check with the owner or the authority person before moving with the installation. You might end up paying penalties for neglecting terms on your property agreement.

8. Portable sensors- These can be easily moved and placed where high value asset is stored.

While security system could cost you a fortune but its worth investing as the return is immeasurable. By getting the right alarm system you are taking the risk out of protecting your loved ones and your hard earned business


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