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As crime rates increase more families are looking to use home security and home alarm systems as protection against intruders. There are numerous systems available that have different components. If you are new to home security then choosing a system that is right for your home can be challenging. Understanding the effectiveness of different options can help you make the right decision.
It is important that every piece in your home security systems is useful so you will get the most out of your system without wasting money. Motion detectors are the central piece of equipment for your home security system. Motion detectors will pick up any motion as long as the system is turned on. The detectors use infrared to scan and pick up motion using either a single beam or double beams. These detectors can be mounted almost anywhere and the alarm can be changed so each room has a different alarm.
Electronic watchdogs are also popular, particularly if you don’t want the hassle of having a real watchdog. Electronic watchdogs tend to have different modes and when an intruder is detected they start barking. These types of detectors have proven to be very effective as most intruders do not want to have to deal with a large, fierce dog.
It is recommended that you have an alarm for your pool if you have one. Mainly pool alarms will let you know if anyone has fallen in your pool. This is particularly useful if you have young children or if there are a lot of children in the neighborhood. Pool alarms are very small and compact making them easily portable. The only way to deactivate the alarm is to put it in sleep mode, so you kids will not accidentally turn it off. Many times a control unit is placed inside your home and will sound if someone falls into the pool.
The size of your home or the area or spot you want to protect will dictate the type of system to install. Larger homes may need to be installed by a professional as the more square feet you are protecting the more difficult the programming becomes. A small homeowner may be able to install the home security system himself or herself. You also do not need to protect your entire home but can have a system, installed to protect only one room or a section of your property.
The cost of your home security or home alarm system will depend on how many key pads or entrances you want to protect as well as any additional equipment. The pet immunity option is great for pet owners and well worth the money. Basically you instruct the security to ignore your pets so your dog or cat does not set off the alarm in the middle of the night.
A small but important detail is the yard sign or window decal that states your home has a security system. Many times intruders will go away when they see this because they do not want to deal with the hassle of your security system. A good system will have exterior and interior alarms. The most important point is to make sure you can work your system. If you don’t know how it works then it has lost any effectiveness or protection.