Home security is a type of security that involves both the hardware installed on your home and the homeowners’ personal security practices. The hardware installed on your home is equipment and devices that keep your property safe such as alarm systems and security cameras. On the other hand, personal security involves the practice that doors are always locked whenever you’re in or out of your home, windows are securely locked, extra keys are not visible when hidden outside the house.
Home security system usually includes this equipment and devices:
- A base station (control panel)
- Sensors for the doors and windows
- Indoor and outdoor motion sensors
- Security camera
- Alarm or siren
- Yard signs and/or window stickers
How Does It Work?
In most home security systems, all the devices will be connected to the base station. The base station is the main controller of the system. Some home security systems come with a mobile application, which allows you to control and monitor your home remotely. These systems use either a landline or cellular connection to monitor your home and communicate with each device. While Bluetooth, cellular or WiFi connection is used to connect to your phone and the mobile app. Some systems come with an extra battery backup, which can be used in case of a power outage.
For alarm systems to work, you need to arm it when you’re not at home. This will ensure that all motion sensors and other equipment are on when an intruder comes in. When you arrive home, be sure to disarm it, as it might result in a false alarm if you or your family member trigger it accidentally. You can easily disarm the alarm by either inputting a code on the control panel, using a voice command or doing it through the mobile app.
Once you disarm the system, all the sensors will go off and the camera will stop recording automatically when it detects motion or people. But if you have smoke and CO sensors, these will not be affected whether or not your arm or disarm the system.
If the home security system offers a mobile app, you can use it to control the system, stream footage from the security cameras, and receive notifications from your sensor when it detects motions. If you have two-way audio for your camera, you can also use the app to speak through it. With smart home security systems, you can see what’s happening at home, wherever you are. Local alarms just turn on the sirens if there’s an intruder in the house.
Why Do We Need a Home Security System?
Everybody wants to make sure that their family and home is always safe. But wanting to keep them safe won’t keep them away from harm. That’s why installing a home security system in your home is one of the best options for you to keep your family and home safe and secure. Many people ignore and underestimate the need for taking appropriate measures. Burglary or theft can lead to devastating consequences, both emotionally and financially. It is hard to recover from both especially from the trauma you’ll experience from it. We know that you don’t want to go through this situation.
Here are some nationwide property crimes to look at to give you a better view of why it is crucial to have a home security system:
- According to a report from the FBI, there were 7,196,045 property crimes in 2018.
- 17.1% of those crimes are burglaries.
- Around $15.5 billion worth of cash and goods were lost from property crimes.
Do You Need a Permit For a Home Security System?
You need to check with your local government if you need a permit to install a home security system. Most of the time, if you will have a professionally monitored system, you may need to apply for a permit. But some cities will still require you to get a permit even if you have a self-monitored. Make sure to contact your local government before installing a home security system.