Security systems are strategically installed to perform specific tasks when a secured area is breached. How security systems work in the event of an intrusion depends on the type of system a homeowner is deploying.
Professionally Monitored Security Systems: If an alarm company professionally monitored your security system, they are notified when a security issue occurs in your home. Along with the high-decibel or loud alarm that sounds, the monitoring company is notified. A professional security expert might communicate with the homeowner through the control panel if it’s installed for 2-Way Voice communication, or will contact the emergency contact number provided on the account.
These types of security systems transmit information with the monitoring company in one of several methods, including:
- Over home phone lines, which continue to operate during power outages via the backup battery.
- Wirelessly via cellular radio frequencies such as mobile phones use, also working during power outages with the backup battery.
- Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), typically doesn’t work in a power interruption.
- Via the Internet, which also typically doesn’t work in a power outage.
If an actual emergency takes place, the monitoring company will alert the appropriate local emergency response personnel. This includes paramedics, firefighters, and police. The monitoring company will also maintain communication with you until the relevant emergency response teams arrive at your home.
Monitored systems enable the homeowners (or designees) to be alerted by text message and email when a security breach takes place.
Non-monitored Security Systems: There are a range of DIY security systems available on the market today that do not include professionally monitored services. If a home intrusion takes place, and this type of security system is installed, a high-decibel or loud alarm sounds (provided one is deployed). Contacting appropriate emergency response personnel must be done by the homeowner by dialing the proper emergency number, typically 911.
Depending on the chosen provider, these types of systems may or may not allow for email notifications or text messages to be sent to the homeowner if there’s a security breach.
What are the advantages of having a home security system?
When compared to homes with professionally monitored systems, homes without security systems installed are up to three times more likely to be burglarized, several studies show. It’s because burglars are opportunistic by nature and always prefer easy targets. Homes without security systems installed are high on the burglars’ list.
When you have a home security system monitored by a home security system company, and advertise this by putting window stickers and planting yard signs, you’re letting burglars know the likelihood of failure and be caught.
Another advantage is that the homeowner can conveniently manage their house remotely. With this, you can typically manage your security system from virtually anywhere in the world via a web-enabled device, monitor all activities in your home, as well as use a panic button to trigger an instant response from your professional monitoring company.
Finally, most home insurance companies offer big discounts-up to 20 percent when you have a home security system installed.