Alarm Systems

Basic Alarms Burglar Alarms Gone are the days of alarm tape on windows and using keys to arm your alarm. Modern systems with either hard wired alarms or wireless sensors offer more versatility in terms of security, convenience, and aesthetics. Door and window sensors (perimeter security) are often available in white, tope, black, and brown […]

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Burglar Alarms

Gone are the days of alarm tape on windows and using keys to arm your alarm. Modern systems with either hard wired alarms or wireless sensors offer more versatility in terms of security, convenience, and aesthetics.

Door and window sensors (perimeter security) are often available in white, tope, black, and brown to match your style. Recessed and mullion sensors can be made to disappear into your door and window frames, removing the unsightly bulge of an alarm sensor all together.

Glass break sensors (Wired or Wireless) listen for the sound of broken glass, counteract the need for alarm tape, or those unsightly little squares of shock sensors on every window pane. They also save money, since a single sensor can cover a room 25′ by 25′ or an entire floor.

Motion Detectors have gotten better too. Whether they’re PIR (Passive Infra Red), Microwave, or Dual-Tech, you’ll have fewer false alarms and they’ll even ignore your pet whether they’re 50 or 100 lbs.

Keyed switches were replaced by alarm keypads in the 1980’s. In the 1990’s key fobs were all the rage but, with today’s’ technology there’s an app available.

We even have systems that will detect the presence of your phone and act accordingly without your input.

Fire, Smoke, and Carbon Monoxide

Burglar alarms are an important part of security, but fire and smoke will steal a lot more than any thief. Carbon Monoxide takes lives daily – even if it leaves your house in-tact.

Even if your system isn’t armed, its fire and life safety features are always working. Even a small fire can produce significant amounts of damage, and with electronics having a progressively larger presence in our homes, burning plastics produce more toxic and damaging smoke.

A burglar alarm may save your jewelry but, a smoke detector may save your life.

Building codes have made Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors a requirement on commercial and residential property. Unfortunately, the detectors installed by your electrician won’t summon the first responders on their own.

When installed as part of your residential burglar alarm system, Smoke, Heat, and CO sensors will cause the system to alert the Central Station, and they will alert the authorities.

Glass Break Detectors

The unsung heroes of perimeter security are glass breakage sensors. Alarm systems include contact sensors that detect if doors or windows are opened. An intruder won’t typically open a window gently (unless it’s already open).

Motion detectors can help catch someone who gets past the perimeter contacts. These are really your the last line of defense, because by the time they go off, the trespasser is already inside.

Glass breakage sensors are the solution to dealing with forced entry. No more unsightly alarm tape connected to the perimeter of a window. Even the little box shock sensors that would be glued to the glass are falling out of favor.

Modern glass break sensors use acoustic technologies to detect the sound of impact and distinct frequencies of broken glass. They’re available in hard-wired and wireless varieties. By using sound rather than vibration detection, one sensor can protect every window in a 200 square foot room. There is no more need to place sensors or tape on every window pane.

Video Verification

Even the best designed alarm systems can trigger a false alarm. 80% of alarm reports to the police and fire dept.’s are false alarms. So if you trip an alarm by accident, or a defective sensor needs repair, avoid waking up to the police ringing your doorbell.

Many municipalities have issued fines for false alarm responses and even put repeat offenders on a “do not respond list”.

Video verification helps to avoid these issues, allowing the monitoring station to properly verify the alarm. Technologies differ but, generally once an alarm is encountered the system forwards video and or images to the monitoring station. If there are people at the scene, the operator will contact first responders.

To respect your privacy, video clips are only sent when an alarm is detected. As a rule, the central stations do not have access to the video data the rest of the time.

The major advantage of this technology is first responders are made aware this is a verified response. Many departments even prioritize these over a normal alarm call. After all, there is a major difference between a call reporting “we have an alarm going off at…” and one that says “we have a verified burglary in progress at …..”

Freeze, Flood, and Water Shut-off

Evolving from burglar alarms, modern systems can offer additional protection for those properties that you don’t live in every day. Freeze alerts can notify you if the temperature in the house gets too low, warning you to turn on the heat before the pipes freeze and burst.

Water leak detection and an automatic water shutoff can save your property if a pipe were to burst. Not only will you get a notification that a water leak has occurred, but automatic valves will shut down the main feed into the house, minimizing further damage.