There’s a number of risks that your home or office could be exposed to, and that could cause damage to property or harm the people on your premises. While you don’t have control over these risks, you can certainly protect your property and those in it. What you need is a security alarm system that’s effective and reliable.
In a basic configuration, a security alarm system will consist of a detector and an alert mechanism. When a threat is detected, the most common alert mechanism is the blaring siren or any high decibel sound that’s meant to call the attention of those in the area.
Types of Alarm Systems
Alarm systems are classified according to their specific function. They’re labeled based on the risk that they’re protecting you against. Here are the most common ones:
* Burglary Alarm Systems – these secure specific areas and restrict access to only those who are authorized to enter the secured areas. There’s usually a control panel where the user is supposed to tap or swipe an access card or enter a code. Failed attempts to provide the security code will trigger the alarm.
* Intrusion Detection Systems – these are meant to detect break-ins. They’re usually connected to a security operations control room where an operator monitors and controls security devices on the premises. An alarm is triggered when an intruder is detected by door sensors, glass break sensors, and infrared sensors among others.
* Fire Alarm Systems – these are actually required under local building codes, especially for business premises and workplaces. These systems are composed of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. When smoke or carbon monoxide is detected, the alarm will automatically sound and alert the occupants. It’s also usually paired with sprinklers that are activated together with the alarm.
* Water Alarm Systems – these monitor leaks and water accumulation. You can have a passive water alarm system or an active water alarm system installed. Passive systems are mounted on the floor. When they detect moisture, an alarm will be sent to the control panel. On the other hand, active systems detect leaks and automatically shut down the water supply so no further damage will be sustained.
Get the Help You Need
Your security system will only be effective with the right alarm system. When a threat or risk is detected, you should be able to get the help that you need right at that moment. Otherwise, you’ll end up spending more for the damage or loss that your security system is supposed to protect you from.
Contact a security systems professional now to find out if you’re adequately protected by your present equipment. If you don’t have any security systems installed yet, he can also help assess your needs and recommend the appropriate configuration to give you the most effective protection.