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How to Choose a Security System for Your Home or Business



A good security system in a home or business can be a mean the difference between security and calamity. You can improve the security of your home or office using security system components that address your specific needs. Surveillance equipment, such as security cameras and recorders, can help you keep an eye on your property. Motion-detecting lights, infrared security cameras, advanced door locks and similar devices can increase the effectiveness of any security system. This article will help you determine your specific surveillance and security system needs of your home or business.

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Choosing a Security System:

  1. Evaluate your area. What types of crime occur in the neighborhood? Identify whether theft, vandalism, violent crime or other risk factors are high in your area. Have you had the same repeated problems in the past? Make a note of the greatest risks and address them when choosing surveillance and security system equipment.
  2. Mark possible entrances. All entrances to your property are potentially vulnerable points in your security system. Doors, windows and even utility ports like air vents and power lines can be weak points and may need security cameras for surveillance. Mark these points on your map and make note of the problem area to be addressed.
  3. Evaluate lighting on your property. Well-lit areas are a deterrent to would-be vandals and criminals. Identify poorly lit areas, especially around entrances and exits on the property. Mark possible locations for motion-sensing lights and flood lights. Make sure to take night and day photos of problem areas to identify security problems. If new lighting isn’t an option, infrared security cameras can function where light is scarce.
  4. Evaluate your internal security. If there are vulnerable points inside buildings or enclosures on the property, you may want to consider using combination or fingerprint door locks to your security system. Place security cameras in areas with sensitive or valuable equipment or materials. Restricting access to sensitive areas and keeping them under surveillance decreases your risk of potential losses.
  5. Select security system solutions. Select solutions to the problem areas in your security system. Address lighting problems by adding motion-sensing lights to your property and removing obstructions like excessive plant growth. Add security cameras to keep sensitive areas under surveillance and use a digital video recorder to keep extended surveillance records. Upgrade locks on entrances and windows. Purchase time-clocks to keep track of employees coming and going. Multilayer your security system. Especially sensitive areas should be protected by locks, security camera surveillance and alarms.
  6. Make your security presence known. Post signs announcing your security measures inside and outside. Place some security cameras in easily seen areas and make sure your exterior locks are maintained and clean. Just the knowledge that security system components are present is a deterrent.

Security Tips:

  1. Re-evaluate your security system periodically to make repairs and to identify gaps in your surveillance or loopholes in access to restricted areas.
  2. Put yourself in the criminal’s place. You know where things of a sensitive or valuable nature are kept. If you wanted to steal them, what tasks would you need to accomplish to do it? What could be changed in your security system to make those tasks impossible?
  3. No security system is perfect. There are always points to improve. Keep up-to-date on security and surveillance technology and take advantage of new products and ideas.

Choosing the Right Home Alarm System

Some people install a security system that sounds an ear-piercing alarm if their house is broken into but doesn’t send a signal to a central monitoring station. That’ll save you from paying a monthly monitoring bill — typically $20 to $50 a month or more. If you’re lucky the neighbors will call the police, but be aware that police departments often charge a stiff fee for responding to false alarms.

Far more common is to sign a monitoring service contract with a home security company — usually at least a two- or three-year commitment. It’s not unlike buying a subsidized smartphone from AT&T and then being locked into a multi-year service contract — that’s how they recoup the expense for discounted equipment.

Typically, whenever your system is activated by a broken seal or unexpected movement, it sends a signal to a central monitoring station — usually via your phone line. The monitoring station generally will call your home or workplace to verify it’s not a false alarm. If they can’t reach you, or the person who answers gives the wrong password, they may then contact the proper authorities (police, fire or medical services) to investigate.

Depending on how much you’re willing to spend, there’s a broad array of security equipment available, including:

  • Central control unit with backup battery, keypad and siren. (Some systems send a silent alarm to the monitoring station, which contacts the police.)
  • Motion detectors, which sense changes in a room caused by human presence. Special detectors are also available for people with pets, to avoid false alarms.
  • Magnetic door and window contacts, which, when the alarm system is activated, form a circuit that breaks when the door or window is opened, sounding the alarm.
  • Detectors for smoke, fire, carbon monoxide and/or broken glass.
  • Panic buttons (hand-held or mounted in strategic locations).
  • Pressure mats placed under rugs to detect footsteps.
  • Closed-circuit TV system to allow monitoring and/or recording inside or outside your home.
  • Temperature gauges to detect if your furnace is broken and the pipes are about to freeze.
  • Water detectors to detect basement leaks.

Most homeowners and renters insurance policies provide a discount for installing an alarm system — generally between 2 and 20 percent, depending on which equipment you’ve installed. We got a 5 percent discount for installing sensors on two doors and eight windows, along with two motion detectors.