In a world where technology is continuously evolving, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find a simple yet effective security system. Whether it be for your home or your business, a security system is a must to safeguard your assets and valuables. The problem is, there are so many different types of security systems available on the market. To help choose the right one, we’ve gathered 7 key elements that you should consider to get the most out of your investment.
Wired or wireless?
The first thing you should consider when choosing a security system is whether you want a wired or wireless installation. Wired security systems work best for properties that are under construction due to the fact that a considerable amount of drilling is required. The great thing about wired security systems is that they’re extremely reliable. Since they don’t rely on radio frequencies for connection, there’s less risk of interruption and disconnection.
Wireless security systems on the other hand, are better for portability and ease of installation. The sensors and devices can be simply mounted on the wall and integrated together without the need for complicated wiring. You can easily transfer your wireless security system to a new home which is impossible to do so with a wired security system.
Professionally installed security systems vs. DIY
The next thing you should think about is whether you want a professional security company to install the security system or go the DIY route. We recommend having a professional to install the security system to minimise errors. But if you want to save money and you have sufficient experience with IT infrastructure, then going DIY is a viable solution.
Keep in mind that with DIY security systems, it’s your responsibility to ensure all the devices and components are working properly. Professionally installed security systems are monitored on the backend and come with reliable after sales service which is another factor worth considering.
Alarm monitoring service
An alarm monitoring service is a type of security system that is actively monitored by an alarm monitoring centre (ARC). The ARC remains on standby for 24/7, waiting for any alarm signals to where they can respond to. This means that in the event of a security breach, the ARC will be notified of the alarm and verify the threat via a phone call or 2-way voice communication. Once the threat has been confirmed, the ARC will contact the appropriate authorities to respond to your property immediately.
Alarm monitoring services add another layer of protection that standard security systems lack which can prove beneficial during fire incidents and even break-ins.
Door and window sensors are integral components of a security system. They help secure entry/exit points and deter burglars from continuing their offense after forcing their entry. These sensors can operate wired or wirelessly and choosing between the two is a matter of personal preference. One thing to note is that you should always check the batteries to ensure the sensors work every single time.
It’s also worth checking the adhesives on the back of the sensors so they don’t fall out. Keep in mind that the sensors only work within close proximity of each other so it pays to inspect the adhesives and consider retaping them when they lose their stickiness,
No security system is complete without motion sensors. These devices secure large spaces like your living room and dining area by detecting movement patterns. If the intruder manages to bypass your main entry points, the motion sensors serve as your last line of defense. Motion-sensing light are also great for securing less-conspicuous areas of your property. They’re energy saving and best of all, they shine a bright light onto any moving objects and catch them when they least expect it.
Motion sensors work by detecting heat waves emitted by human bodies. When they detect a sudden increase in infrared energy, the alarm triggers. Make sure your security system comes with motion sensors to better protect the interior of your premises.
Surveillance cameras act as the primary deterrent for burglars and thieves. Criminals are less likely to target properties with surveillance cameras for fear of being caught. They can be installed on both the interior and exterior of your home to monitor any suspicious activity. We recommend using IP cameras over CCTV cameras as the digital connection is far superior to the analog connection in terms of reliability and video quality.
Security cameras also work great for monitoring your business and discouraging employee theft.
The last element you should consider are environmental sensors. Smoke detectors, temperature alarms, humidity sensors, and carbon monoxide alarms are what completes a proper security system. You can never tell when a threat is caused by external factors aside from criminals, which is why your security system should come with the tools needed to combat such threats.
Installing a security system is a worthy investment to help protect your assets and valuables. That said, you need to choose the right one that best fits the need of your premises. Before you go out and install one, make sure to consider these 7 elements to maximise your returns and offer the most protection possible.