The Different Types of Home Security and Monitoring Systems

There are a variety of different types of home security and monitoring systems, and whether one is right for you or not depends on your particular circumstances and needs. With that being said, the following are four of the main types of home security and monitoring systems:


Monitored Systems

These are perhaps the most popular security alarm systems. Basically, if this system is triggered, it will immediately alert a designated call center of a security company who will, in turn, alert the local authorities. This is a 24-hour service.


Though it has proven to be an effective system as you have 24-hour monitoring no matter what, even if you’re away on vacation, there are some downsides to it. The first is that if the burglars know what they are doing, they could cut the outdoor phone line connected to the alarm system. Second, there is a delay that takes place once the authorities are notified and when they are able to physically arrive at the location. They will still have a chance to steal some valuables if they want to. Third, it can also cost much more than other types of alarm systems.


Unmonitored Systems

The unmonitored system differs from a monitored system in that an extremely loud siren will be set off in the location if the alarm is triggered, rather than contacting the authorities. This acts as a deterrent in many cases in which the burglars will not continue with the robbery. Furthermore, neighbors will be able to hear the breach and could contact the authorities themselves. An unmonitored system has the additional benefits of not costing as much and also has the option of installing flashing lights to accompany the sirens.


One of the negatives of the unmonitored system though is that, as mentioned, you would have to rely on the neighbors to actually call the police.


Wireless Alarm Systems

Wireless alarm systems are quite simple to install and have the added benefit of not having any monitoring fees associated with them. They also allow for a great deal of flexibility in options, as they allow you to have chose the different types of settings that you’d prefer. These settings can pertain to the cameras, motion detectors, sensors, and so forth.


However, there are also some disadvantages associated with them as well, namely in that there’s a limit in how far the sensors and the cameras can be from each other depending on the wireless connection and also that you would have to make sure that the batteries are never empty.


Electric Current Home Alarm

This is a system that is found in newly-built homes rather than established ones, as it is much easier to install in the former’s case. How this works is that the windows and doors are hooked up so that if they are opened without authorization, they send out a small noise that’s still loud enough to be heard. They can also be set up so that they work in conjunction with a regular alarm system. They have the advantage of being able to be placed throughout the home or building, but one of the negatives is that the electrical currents could possibly cause issues with the regular alarm system if it’s not properly wired.


You should be able to get a combination of the above systems. Let First Security Services help you decide!