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The Best Home Burglar Alarms

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Statistics show that burglars are much more likely to break into homes without home burglar alarms than those protected by comprehensive security systems. For many burglars, seeing a yard sign or window decal indicating your home has an alarm system monitored by a security company is enough to make them think twice before attempting to enter your home. When selecting the best burglar alarm for your home, it can be helpful to know a bit about each type of system available on the market. Home burglar alarms range from the incredibly simple door alarms to elaborate systems that include video surveillance equipment and CCTV. Some of the main components generally included in the best home burglar alarms are:

  • Control panel and keypads
  • Door and window sensors
  • Motion detectors
  • 24-hour monitoring

Control Panel and Keypads

The control panel ultimately serves as the “brain” of your alarm system and stores all the information for your alarm system. As the homeowner, you typically do not need to access the control panel regularly. However, an alarm technician needs to access this for maintenance and repair purposes. There are three main types of alarm system control panels:

  • Hardwired
  • Wireless
  • Hybrid

Keypads are what enable you to interact with your security system, check system status, turn the system on and off, and program user codes. There are two main options for keypads: LED and LCD. LED uses LED lights to indicate open zones and system status, whereas LCD has a fixed-message keypad.

Door and Window Sensors

Door and window sensors are generally magnetic-sensitive switches that create contact when doors and windows are closed. When a burglar attempts to enter your home, he or she breaks this contact and sets off the alarm system. Most door and window sensors can be installed into the frame of the door or window to make them less conspicuous.

Motion Detectors

Most motion detectors use Passive Infrared (PIR) detection to sense the presence of a burglar in your home. You can mount most motion detectors on a wall, in the corner of a room, or on the ceiling. Depending on your specific needs, there are three levels of sensor coverage: long-range, mid-range, and short-range. Motion detectors are available in several styles and with specific options. For example, some motion detectors are designed for homeowners who have pets roaming the house. In addition, others use dual technology such as PIR with microwaves that are useful for environments such as a garage, warehouse, or storage building.

24-Hour Monitoring

The best home burglar alarms also include 24-hour monitoring that enables a security company to keep watch on your home at all times. If a burglar attempts to enter your home unauthorized, your alarm system notifies authorities immediately. In addition, 24-hour monitoring also enables your security system to notify the monitoring center in case of an emergency that requires an ambulance.

While knowing a bit about your many options regarding the best home burglar alarms for your specific needs can help you in your decision, it is also a good idea to consult with a professional security company. They can more accurately identify the best system for your home.

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