It’s always making a little extra effort to help protect your home. However, if you’ve never owned a security system before, it can be hard to even begin to understand how they work. What are the basics of a security system? There are a few things that almost all security systems have, although each system will be different.


A Typical Home Security System

  • Controls to operate the home security system
  • Sensors on the inside and outside of the house
  • Sensors on both doors and windows
  • Alarms to alert you and others about intruders

Control Systems

Each home security system will have a different way of controlling it. For many people, the basic home security system will come with a control panel that can arm and disarm the system. However, there are also options for controlling your security from other devices, such as from your phone. Apps and other devices fill the same duties of a control panel and let you turn your security system on and off.

Inside and Outside Sensors

Sensors that go inside and outside your house do different things. Outdoor sensors can trigger exterior cameras and let you view what’s happening outside your door, while interior sensors can detect motion within your home. These sensors can be mounted in different locations. Sensors can also be used to trigger lights whenever they pick up any type of motion, or activate security cameras that you’ve installed.

Some sensors simply detect whether your door or window has been open. These door and window sensors often form two parts of the same security circuit. If the door or window opens while the security system is on, the circuit is broken, and an alarm ring out. Window and door sensors connected to an alarm are among the most common security setups among homes.


There are different types of alarms that you can have wired to signal you should there be an intruder. The most basic type of alarm is the one most people are familiar with – the kind of alarm that lets out a high, piercing tone. These alarms will alert not only you, but the rest of the neighborhood, that there’s an intruder on your property. Silent alarms work a little differently. When the silent alarm is activated, there’s a limited amount of time for you to turn it off. If you don’t, a signal is sent to a monitoring station or local law enforcement. No siren rings out, but the signal will send someone to your home to check for intruders.


A majority of burglars considered the presence of deterrents such as alarms, outdoor cameras and other surveillance equipment when choosing a potential residential or commercial target.

Are you ready to start making your home more secure? If you are, then it’s time to call Protect America. They’ll be happy to give you a free quote and help you get your own home network set up.