Today’s home security systems include a vast array of equipment that varies according to the system design. The field of home security also includes numerous terms that refer to a specific piece of equipment, but also can refer to a whole system.

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What is a Security Alarm?

To help customers better understand security systems, this blog explains common terms and reviews equipment. The term security alarm, also known as home alarm, refers to an alarm connected to various sensors in the home that, at a minimum, detects unauthorized entry. Users of security alarms include:

  • commercial properties
  • industrial properties
  • the military
  • homeowners

Vehicle alarms also fall into the category of security alarms.

Security Alarm Purposes

As mentioned, at a minimum, security alarms provide an intruder alert. The intruder may intend to commit theft or a crime against person. In addition to burglary alarms, some systems also provide:

  • fire and smoke alarms,
  • carbon monoxide alarms,
  • health/medical alert alarms aka panic buttons.

What Works with the Alarm?

The alarm alerts you, the security firm monitoring your property and/or the police. Local alarms make a loud sound, similar to a car alarm. Remote alarms include a mobile connection that alerts the security company or local police.

It works with other equipment in the security system. The alarm notification queues the property owner to a problem. Newer systems let the user do something about the intrusion while police respond using home automation, a function provided by integrating Internet of Things devices and sensors into the system.

Using these IoT devices, the user can check the alarm’s validity via mobile app. Via mobile app the user can view the property using its closed-circuit television surveillance (CCTV) cameras. The user can monitor and record the activity of an intruder. They can also remotely lock or unlock doors, for instance to help family escape safely or to trap the burglar from long distance. Some systems allow two-way conversation so the user, the security firm or police can speak with the intruder or to family with the home, for example.

According to a recent study by the Electronic Security Association, ten major insurance companies offer up to a 20 percent discount on homeowners insurance for properties with monitored security alarms.

Security Alarm Costs

Systems vary in cost depending on the size of the home, the desired video coverage and innovative equipment. Wireless systems cost less than wired though.

Installing a security alarm increases your home’s value. It can also save you money on your home insurance. According to a recent study by the Electronic Security Association, ten major insurance companies offer up to a 20 percent discount on homeowners insurance for properties with monitored security alarms. That means even a simple alarm system can net you big, long-term savings, plus a better return on investment when you sell your property.

Let Protect America help you get started protecting your home. Contact us for a consultation and quote on a monitored security system. We provide easy-to-install, do-it-yourself systems that we monitor for you.

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Why have a security firm monitor the alarm? It adds to your security. We can easily watch your home when you’re busy at work, sleeping, on vacation, etc. We spread our triple redundant monitoring locations throughout the US to ensure our uptime for your safety. Use our contact form to get started with your consultation and provide your family the added safety of monitored security alarms.