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How to choose the right security system for your home

In today’s technologically advanced society there are a multitude of advanced security systems which you can utilise to monitor your entire property. These systems will detect any intrusions or hazards via state of the art motion sensors and security. Once a potential threat has been detected, these security systems can trigger burger alarms and transmit direct alerts to your phone or email account.

These highly proficient security systems can prove instrumental because they will safeguard your property and possessions whilst you are at home, at work or away on holiday. Above all else, these home security systems will ensure that you and your family can feel safe and secure within your own home at all times.

At Eden Private Staff we believe that personal property protection is paramount and have created the following guide to help all our clients to improve their existing home security protocols. Therefore, by adhering to the guidelines outlined throughout this guide you will be able to efficiently install a comprehensive security system throughout your property that will efficiently protect your family, household and possessions from potential intruders.

Different types of security systems

In order to make an informed decision about which home security system will best suit the needs of your property and compliment the daily habits of your family, you need to be able to differentiate between the different types of security systems that are currently available on the market. From professionally installed models and DIY systems which you can implement independently to state of the art monitoring systems and home automation services, there are a broad array of different home security systems which can equip your home with unique safeguards and surveillance benefits. Consequently, this section of the guide will outline the various types of security systems on offer and will assess the individual benefits of each of these installations:

Security Cameras: As matters stand, security cameras are one of the most popular property protection devices for homeowners. These highly advanced surveillance installations can be placed at the entry points of your home to monitor any activity that takes place. Not only will the presence of these devices actively deter intruders, but they will also equip you with 24/7 surveillance footage of your property. You can purchase security cameras from specialised security organisations who will come to your home, install these devices for you and monitor their activity from external data centres. Alternatively, you can purchase a security camera set online and independently install them within your home.

Motion Sensors & Burglar Alarms: You can install motion sensors and burglar alarms around the perimeter of your property in order to detect any potential intruders. These sensors can be placed on your windows, doors and any other possible points of entry such as dimly lit pathways and driveways. There are numerous motion sensors in which you can invest including;

  • Burglar Alarm Motion Sensors which will send you alerts if unauthorised individuals enter your property,
  • Flood Sensors for your basement which will detect water before it floods your home,
  • Freeze Sensors which will detect when your home reaches dangerously low temperatures and notify you to moderate your central heating settings before the onset of structural damage,
  • Heat Sensors which will detect fires and notify you about dangerously high boiler and kitchen unit temperatures,
  • Glass Break Sensors which will send you an alert if any of the windows or doors throughout your property are smashed.

By placing these sensors throughout your property you can monitor any activity that occurs whilst you are away in order to take appropriate action against intruders and other potential hazards.

Monitor security systems: Simply put, monitor security systems are security camera installations which are connected to an external data centre. Depending upon the particular organisation with which you are affiliated, these data centres can be relied upon to monitor all activity that occurs around your home on a 24/7 basis. In case of an emergency or if a motion sensor alarm has been triggered these specialists will contact you or send out security staff to assess the threat level at your property.

There are three methods in which these data centres can contact you if one of your property’s internal or external alarms is triggered; via landline, cellular or broadband installations. Systems which utilise a landline phone connection can be wireless and the only installation that will be required will be a landline hardwire for monitoring purposes. Cellular monitoring systems will utilise a cellular uplink to inform you that an alarm on your property has been triggered. These types of security systems are more expensive than landline systems but they are faster, more efficient and dependable because they will not be affected by cut or broken telephone lines. Finally, broadband systems will send an instant message to your preferred email account if an alarm within your home has been triggered. These broadband security systems offer significantly faster responsive times than landline connections and are cheaper than cellular monitoring systems.

Home Automation Systems: If you live away from your property for extended periods of time or if you are planning on going away on vacation then home automation security systems could be beneficial for you. These mobile access-enabled security systems utilise state of the art smart home technology so that you can control numerous settings within your home whilst it is vacant. From turning lights on and off to locking and unlocking doors, accessing live video feeds from your security cameras and adjusting the thermostat, these home automation systems allow you to remain confident that your home is safe and secure whilst you are absent for business or leisure purposes.

There are currently several home automation security systems which can be operated via your smart phone, tablet, mobile device or email account. Depending upon how long your property will be vacant you may wish to consider investing in additional mobile access security protocols such as the ability to;

  • Activate and deactivate your home security system,
  • Change your light, central heating and power settings,
  • Access live video feeds from your internal and external security cameras,
  • Monitor your motion sensors and set specifications for your pets to avoid false alarms,
  • Implement and monitor the activity of your various burglar alarms, pressure mats, flood, freeze and heat sensors
  • Lock and unlock specific doors and windows,
  • Receive real-time information and alerts on the status of your security system.

How to decide which system is suitable for you

When purchasing a new security system for your property it is imperative that you select an installation which will compliment your daily schedule, safeguard you most valuable possessions and accommodate for your particular budgetary limits, personal preferences and security requirements. Subsequently, it is strongly recommended that you carry out the following residential and lifestyle assessments in order to ascertain which home security system will best suit the unique aspects of your property:

Different solutions for homeowners and rented properties: If you currently rent your property, if you are in the process of moving home or if you are currently living in a temporary residence then it is recommended that you invest in a wireless security system which can be easily moved from one property to another.

Alternatively, if you own your property and are not intending to move for the next few years then it would be advisable to invest in an extensive, hardwired security installation such as a landline service that is equipped with a cell uplink back-up system.

Evaluate all of your property’s entry points: Given that every single door, window and entryway should be monitored by your security system, the size and scale of your property will affect your ability to invest in a wireless of hardwired system. Consequently, before investing in a home security system you should first scrutinise your home for any possible points of entry. From low positioned windows to old doors, dark pathways and secluded driveways, by assessing these vulnerable areas of your property you will be able to select an appropriate security system which will safeguard these zones from potential intruders.

Monthly contracts vs. self-installed systems: When choosing a home security system it is important to consider whether you would prefer to sign up for a monitored monthly contract service or implement a self-installed detection system for a reduced fee. Monitored security systems are integrated with an external, centralised monitoring data centre that will survey your home and send out a security team if a threat is detected. Alternatively, you can invest in a self-monitoring system which will text or email you if a sensor or trigger is activated and you will be required to take the appropriate course of action.

Consider your household schedule: One of the main factors that you will need to consider when choosing a home security system is your household’s daily schedule. Are you and your family technologically proficient or do you require a user-friendly interface on your control panels? Do you have pets who may trigger your motion sensors and pressure mats thereby causing false alarms? Do you and your family frequently go on away on holiday? Are you at work for most of the day and into the evenings? Do you have a prized collection of large valuable possessions, such as classic vehicles, which will require comprehensive safeguards and security protocols? All of these individual factors which impact the proficiency of the security system that you purchase, the extent of its user-friendly interface, how many motion sensors and security cameras it commands and the complexity of the mobile access capabilities that you install within this device.

Helpful security terminology

Whilst shopping for a home security system, you may be confronted by numerous conflicting terms and security terminology. Subsequently, our Eden Private Staff team have compiled the following list which provides informative descriptions of some of the key terminology that is used to denote security systems. By referencing these explanations, you will be able  to fully comprehend and assess the credentials of your preferred security system before purchasing and installing it within your home:

2-Way Voice: This additional feature will enable you to speak directly to a specialist from your home security data centre via the control panel of your security system. This service can prove instrumental during an emergency because a specialist will be at hand to offer immediate assistance.

Cellular Uplink: This term refers to the process within a cellular security system wherein a network connection is utilised to send or upload data from a mobile device to a remote data centre.

Relocation kits: Many security companies will offer you a relocation kit to accompany your home security system. This kit will permit you to transfer your home security system to a new property if you decide to move. However, bear in mind that if you decide to rent the equipment rather than owning it then you may be required to pay a fee to transfer your security system to a new residence.

Fundamentally, at Eden Private Staff we are committed to improving the quality of our clients’ lives and ensuring that they are safe and secure within their homes. Therefore, if you have any further questions regarding home security systems then please feel free to contact us today and a member of our team will be more than happy to offer you targeted support on how to improve your property’s existing security protocols.

September 2, 2015

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