Why should I have a security alarm system?
Having a security alarm system may decreases the chances of a burglary. Even if the alarm system does not keep a burglar from breaking in, it may cause the burglar to stay a shorter amount of time.

What Should a Security Alarm System Include?
Most systems rely on a combination of contacts placed at doors and windows and motion sensors.
It is best that all exterior potential points of entry have contacts that sense when they are open. Glass break sensors are also available and recommended.
Motion sensors should not be used as the primary means of detection because they do not detect someone until they are already in the house.

The basic elements of a standard home security system include:
• Control panel: This is where the system wiring terminates, the backup battery is located and where it is connected to the phone lines if it is a monitored system.
• Keypad: This is where the system is armed and disarmed.
• Siren
• Inside motion detector: These sense changes in a room caused by human presence. Special motion detectors are available for people who have pets.
• Door and window contacts:; This sounds the alarm when the door or window is opened (and the system is on).
• A central monitoring station (Company): If the system is monitored, and the alarm is set off, the control panel sends a message to a central monitoring station, which is manned 24 hours a day.

After attempting to contact the homeowner, the central monitoring station will contact the police, fire department, or medics.

There is usually a monthly fee for this service.

Additional items that can be added to the basic system are:
• Smoke detectors
• Glass break detectors
• Panic buttons
• Pressure mats for under rugs
• Closed circuit TV to allow monitoring and/or recording inside or outside a home.
• Alarm screens for windows.