Posted by on 4/13/2017 to Security Tips
Home Security - finding the right system
Everyone wants their home to be as safe as it possibly can. No one expects their home to be broken into, but when it happens, you'll wish you had installed a video security system. There are several different ways you can go about protecting your home.
You'll find that Platinum CCTV carries a wide variety of modern security cameras and equipment to keep your home safe. We also have a fully staffed technical support division to help you have the best experience possible when setting up your new CCTV system. For instance, you can purchase a standard home security AVM system that allows you to record events happening on your property, and then makes it easy to scan through the video. You can integrate AVM systems with an I/O alarm card as well.
We offer a number of exceptional home security camera systems like these that you can purchase from us and install in your home. The HD-IP systems can even connect to your iPhone or Android device for round-the-clock monitoring. As well, if you're out of town with your laptop, you can access the camera from anywhere you can log in to the internet and see what's going on in your home. They also come with infrared night vision technology and crystal clean HD video so you'll never have to guess what is happening on your property due to a poor video feed. This is also perfect for parents of teens since they can not only make certain their home is safe but they can also see if their kids are throwing parties while they're gone!
This is just one example of a basic home security device that we can help you install to make your home or business much safer and secure.
Adding an alarm
Setting up a home security alarm is also a decent idea. In addition to alerting you or the authorities when someone breaks into your home, often a home security alarm is enough to send thieves running by itself. This is because most home security alarms set off a loud wailing alarm accompanied by flashing lights. That's enough to attract the attention of your neighbors or anyone passing by your home, and knowing that other people know your home is under assault will scare off most petty criminals.
Home security alarms come in two different types: monitored and un-monitored. Monitored home security alarms are those that are installed by a professional security company. These types of alarms are constantly watched by the company, and if there is a breach in security, they will alert both you and the appropriate authorities. Often, these security systems include alarms on the doors and windows, a monitoring system that allows the company to hear what's going on in your home, and sometimes even video surveillance. This type of home security alarm is the most expensive, of course, since you'll have installation costs plus monthly monitoring fees. However, these types of systems are also generally the most secure.
If you'd rather install your own home security alarm, that's certainly an option. However, it's not one that you will want to undertake lightly. First of all, home security alarms need to be wired into your home's electrical system. If they aren't, anyone breaking into your home can simply unplug them. This means you're going to have to know how to shut off power to your home, find the appropriate place to install your security system, and then actually hard-wire it into your home.
Some alarms can actually be programmed to call the police or to call your mobile phone or other number if they are set of. If you've purchased this type of alarm, you'll also have to connect your security device to your phone line. Others feature flashing lights that need to be installed in each room or may have two different control pads, one for the front door and one for the back door or garage entrance. Installing an alarm, especially a complex one, can be too complicated for some people. However, you can usually hire a professional to do the installation for you if you can't do it.
Once you've got the main alarm installed, you'll have to install individual monitoring devices on each door and window. Depending on the alarm system, this may or may not be simple. Some systems only secure the doors, so you'll have to purchase separate alarms for your windows. Be sure you know what your home security alarm comes with and what you'll need to purchase.
Installing a home security alarm does require some electrical knowledge, true, but even if you have to pay someone to install it, it's well worth the peace of mind. Knowing you've got a system in place to scare off potential burglars can help you sleep easier, especially if you're out of town.
Advanced Home Security
There are a growing number of people who feel the need to make sure they do everything possible to guard their belongings and help catch any intruders that come into the home. This need has led to a home security market that has grown considerably to accommodate the demands of concerned home owners. Interesting gadgets that would have previously only been seen in a James Bond movie have begun emerging on the scene, and a lot of them are attracting attention from home owners who want to make sure that they do everything they can for their home security.
Outside the realm of a CCTV system and an alarm, there are advanced security measures that are also doubling up to protect the property. One of the interesting new mechanisms getting some attention is the black smoke machines that are known as a Smokecloak. This device is set to release a thick cloud of black fog when an intruder enters the property. It is really a combination of a traditional fog machine that lets out its black smoke when a sensor is tripped by an unsuspecting intruder. The idea is that the intruder is going to be so disorientated and blinded by the smoke that they will not be able to focus or steal anything amidst the chaos.
Something else that some people are turning to that appears like something straight out of a spy movie is the idea of a motion activated webcam like our WiFi Nanny Cams that are designed to capture video and transmit it live to your computer, iPhone, or other handheld device. Many times the webcam is able to accomplish this in a matter of minutes. If you have small children at home that you leave under the care of a nanny or babysitter, these security monitoring systems are a necessity.
Another advanced security measure that people are considering is the idea of electronic gates on the front and back of their property to help deter any potential intruders. The idea behind the electronic gate system is that you are making the intruders first go through a separate security measure before they even make it to your front door/windows. Additionally, these gates are generally equipped with a monitoring system. Depending on how much you want to spend, this system could be audio or a complete monitoring system with video and audio so that you can completely control who enters your property the way that some people control who enters their house.
The truth is that security measures can show up in a variety of new and inventive mechanisms that are intended to thwart any potential intruders from your property. The key to a successful home security system is finding the one that will work with your requirements in mind. Some people who live in high risk areas may decide that they want to do a combination of different security options to make sure that their homes are secure, while those that are living in relatively safe neighborhoods may decide to just go with a single system that works well for them.
Home Security Options
If you are someone who is concerned about the protection of their property, then you have probably already checked into the available home security devices. One of the things you should consider when looking into all of your options is the available budget you have available to install and operate these systems. You could spend as little or as much as you want on security devices, so it helps to know exactly what price range you are looking at.
For example, if you are someone who wants to spend a lot of money to protect your home assets then you would probably want to invest in a combination of devices. You could put a closed circuit television (CCTV) system into operation to record images of the property while at the same time taking advantage of an electric gate system. This way you would have the ability to control who is allowed onto the property, and you could allow them access after viewing them on the CCTV system to verify who they are.
A lot of people who have these kinds of security devices installed also choose to go with a security system that monitors the doorways when you are gone and can let the authorities know when there is a problem. There is usually a monthly fee associated with this kind of service though. If you do not have a lot of money to spend on home security devices then you will want to check on some of the other options open to you. There are smaller security measures that you can take to protect your home or apartment, and these include little magnetic sensors that you put on the window frames and doors. You turn them on when you go to bed at night or leave the house and they will let off a siren scream when the magnets are separated by the windows or doors opening. This system will not alert any outside authorities, but they will sound an alert that could scare off any potential intruders because they will think that the alarm is alerting others.
Something else you can consider when you are purchasing a home security device apart from the cost, are your individual requirements and how the device will work best with them. If you are renting a home or apartment then you will not be able to do as much to secure your property as you would if you owned your own home. Therefore, you will need to look into security options that will work best with your conditions. If you need help deciding which devices you should use then you should contact us here so that we can provide you with the best option for your home's security needs.
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