If you own a small condo or townhome, the security system-in-a-box available at your local big box store just might meet your needs. As Cheryl Reed from Angie’s List says, "Think about your circumstances and your habits. A family that is home all the time, with a very routine system of coming in and out, might not need something quite as complex."  However, before you decide that a single camera and alarm pad with suffice, it’s a good time to review where security experts recommend that you position cameras, sensors, and alarm panels before purchasing a system that will offer little protection.


Alarm Pad

You need to place one near the door that you use on a daily basis. In large homes, it is a good idea to have a second placed at the back door and perhaps a third in the master suite. You are able to monitor and acknowledge the system more quickly this way.

Security Cameras

Most home security systems start with a few closed-circuit cameras that record moving objects around your most vulnerable entrances. It is always best to position your cameras at the:

  • Front Door
  • Back Door
  • Off-road windows
  • Garage Door
  • Basement Stairs

A security consultant from Protect America will walk through with you the layout of your home on the phone and may suggest additional locations in order to secure the perimeter of your entire property.

You will have options of color, black & white, or night vision cameras to be able to capture precise detail or simply a moving person through the shadows. An actively monitored CCTV system may also allow for manual adjustment of camera angles from a security station at your home or at a remote monitoring station.

Motion Sensors

Cameras are only part of a quality home security system. When you are away from home or in bed, nobody is keeping an eye on your home downstairs. Motion activated sensors can send a signal to the monitoring center to check the live video feed and set off your in-home alarm system, even if yo ur window and door sensors were never tripped.  It is suggested that motion sensors are placed:

  • In main hallways that connect all the rooms on  single floor
  • In high-value areas such as the entertainment room, office, and master bedroom where valuables are kept

While motion-activated lights can be a great addition to the exterior of your home, it is not always advisable to connect them to the alarm system since animals, guests, and vendors may have access to your yard while you are away.

Door and Window Contacts

When your home security system is armed, these simple contacts are an inconspicuous means of protecting your home. The sensors are placed at the top of your doors and all your windows.  If the door or window is opened, a signal is sent to your alarm pad and to the monitoring center such that authorities can be contacted. Many systems allow you to exclude window and door contacts during the day and set up a schedule at night to rearm those points on your system.  They require wiring, but are very low voltage and pose no safety hazard to your family.  

When you want to make sure you are purchasing the right equipment for your home security system, don’t hesitate to reach out to the qualified security professionals at Protect America for a home site inspection and risk assessment report.