All home security systems aim to do the same job, but each system will vary depending on the number of security components positioned throughout the home and whether or not each one is being monitored by the control panel. Have you ever wondered how home security systems work? When a basic home security system is installed in your home, the system consists of a chief control panel and a network of integrated electronic devices working together to secure the home against burglars or other intruders. A home security system normally includes:


  • Control panel
  • Door and window sensors
  • Indoor and outdoor motion sensors
  • Wired or wireless security camera
  • High decibel siren or alarm
  • Yard sign and window stickers

A Closer Look at the Components of a Home Security System:

When properly installed, the above-listed components will secure entry points with sensors that are linked to the control panel. It is recommended that sensors be placed at exterior doors and easily accessible windows, such as windows low to the ground.

Control Panel

The control panel is the brains of the system. It communicates with monitoring companies and sounds the alarm in the event of a breach in the system. For ease of programming and interacting, the panel most often will feature a touchpad. Typically, you will use a passcode to arm and disarm the system. More advanced systems may offer voice command and wireless remote controls, called key fobs.

Door and Window Sensors

The window and door sensors communicate with the control panel when the system is armed. If a secured door or window is opened, the security circuit is broken and considers this a break in the system. The break would trigger a high decibel alarm to sound, and in most cases, your monitoring company would be contacted and you would be notified.

Motion Sensors

Motion sensors are provided to protect a given space by creating an invisible zone. If motion is detected within the secured zone, the system would be considered breached and the same sequence of action as above would take place.

Surveillance Cameras

There are multiple ways surveillance cameras may be used. Whether you have wired or wireless configuration will determine where you will place them. Most often, security cameras are placed at entry points, hard to see areas on your property, or in and around garages, barns, and workshops. Security cameras can be a great way to monitor your home when you are out of town or to monitor children coming home after school or work. In the event of a home invasion, camera footage provides information to assist in identifying the burglars or a vehicle involved in the offense.

High-decibel alarm

A high decibel alarm can send a burglar on his/her way very quickly and also alert neighbors of a criminal nearby.

Yard Sign and Window Stickers

Yard signs and windows stickers play a huge role in home security. By placing a sign and window sticker, you are telling the burglar your home is protected and it would be wise not to enter.


You Need to Invest In a Security System

If you think your home is never going to get broken into, you need to think again. And if you think a burglar won’t break into your house while you’re home, you’ll definitely want to take heed to the following statistic:

“27.6% of the time, a person is home while the burglary occurs; 26% of those people home are harmed. That means 7.2% of burglaries result in someone being injured.”

Additional startling statistics on home burglaries:

  • 65.1% of the attackers knew the victim and 27.5% were strangers.
  • 60.5% of burglaries involved no weapon; 30.1% did involve a weapon; 9.3% of victims were unsure if a weapon was involved.
  • Homes with an income of less than $7500 annually were most subject to being present while being burglarized, at 65.7 out of 1,000 homes. As you climb to higher and higher annual incomes, your chance of being present goes down.
  • You are more likely to burglarized if you rent than if you own your home.

If you would like to learn more about security systems and how they work, contact Protect America today. We offer free equipment, free quotes, and more.