What happens if there's a false alarm?

You always want to try to avoid having a false alarm, because when the alarm goes off it can be quite loud and it can also lead to unnecessary costs and fines from your local police department.

How much does a home security systems cost?

Home security system costs is determined by a number of factors, such as, the type of equipment used, the length of your contract, the cost to monitor your property, and so forth.

What if I want to switch security companies? Will I be able to use the same equipment with the new company?

Some security companies use equipment that can be used by other monitoring services. Whereas, other companies may use equipment that only works with their service. However, to avoid any equipment issues, it's always best to get both your euipment and monitoring service from the same company and opt for equipment that is transferable, just in case you aren't satisfied with the company and how they do business.

Do I need to sign a long contract for monitoring service?

No. Not all security companies require you to sign a long term contract, some agreements can me made on a month to month term, annually or even at 24 months. However, when you opt to monitor your property on a shorter term than the usual 36-60 months, you will be required to purchase your equipment upfront from the security company or supply your own compatible equipment.

Do wireless alarm systems work when the power goes out?

Your system working during a power outage all depends on how your system communicates with the central monitoring station. If your system is connected to the internet or a voice over IP (VOIP) line, then your system will lose its connection with the central monitoring station, because your internet service has been interrupted by the outage. If a cell back up is used, your connection with the central monitoring station will continue when both the power is out and when your internet has been interrupted by the power outage.

Should I choose a wireless or hardwired security system?

Hardwired and wireless security systems each have their advantages and disadvantages.

A hardwired system might be the most reliable system on the market, but it comes with the risk that your wires may be cut. Hardwired systems also requires more labor for the company installing the system.

Wireless security systems can be used in more areas and can be installed in about 45 minutes or less. They're also portable, which means your wireless system can go, wherever you go! Cellular signals used by wireless security systems tend to be a lot more powerful than those used by our cell phones, but electromagnetic interference (EMI) and a poor signal are still a possibility.

Will my pet cause my alarm system to go off?

Home security systems work even when you share your home with pets. Your typical motion sensor wil not detect a dog, cat or anyone else under 40 pounds. And, technology today can tell the difference between the movements of people and our animal friends. Movement patterns and speed are considered, along with body mass to make sure your pet(s) don’t trigger false alarms in your absence. For example, the motion sensor won't trip if your cat decides to dart down the stairs during the middle of the day.

What types of home security cameras are available?

Today's cameras for your home are full motion, full color and high resolution. The best security cameras will come with night vision and will have the capabilities to quickly adjust to changes in lighting. Most camera systems allow you monitor your location remotely via your desktop computer or mobile device.

One of the biggest differences between indoor and outdoor security cameras are the quality in how they are made; it varies because outdoor cameras need to be able to withstand harsher conditions, for example weather and other environmental conditions. Some outdoor security cameras come equipped with fans and heaters to help protect them from the elements. Outdoor cameras also need to be more durable because they’re more vulnerable to attempted disabling by those trying to gain access to your location. To reduce the disabling of cameras, some cameras come housed in tamper-proof casings.

When selecting a security camera system, you can choose between fixed and moving cameras. In some cases, a fixed camera makes the most sense because it is angled to monitor a certain location. A moving camera is best, because they make it more difficult to hide from view. A dome camera is high recommended, because it can cover 360 degrees, and it's also harder to detect in plainsight which direction the camera is monitoring.

What comes with a basic home security system?

Home security systems come with many components, but a basic home security system, usually meets the needs of most homeowners. A basic security system comes with sensors and contacts for your most vulnerable entryways (for example, doors and windows) and a digital keypad.

The sensors and contacts are linked to the keypad (control panel), which is equipped with a loud siren and connected to the central monitoring station. Tripped sensors or contacts will result in the central monitoring station dispatching your emergency services to your location.