At one time, security systems were used only for businesses. However, with growing interest among homeowners, companies began designing systems specifically for residential use. Initially, security systems were professionally installed in affluent communities but with growing and expanding crime, the types of customers and alarm systems have changed. Today, security systems for the home are quite common with a person having multiple choices based on actual need or concern.
Peace of Mind
In addition to being used for a home in the city, it has become increasingly common to find security systems on homes located in the boondocks. Along with a changing customer base, options and types of systems have evolved. Although a wired system is still an option, more and more people now prefer a wireless alarm system for a variety of reasons.
No person wants or should live in fear but in today’s society, it has become necessary for a person to be realistic about potential dangers, followed by taking appropriate safety measures. To deter potential criminal activity, a security system would be an excellent option. In addition, there are several safety measures a person could consider to include the following:
- A ladder should never be stored outside the home in that it provides opportunity for a home invasion
- Driveway and walkways should be lighted
- Bushes and shrubs near the doorway and under windows should be trimmed to eliminate possible hiding places
Wireless versus Wired
Thanks to technological advances, security for the home is available as a wired or wireless solution. A wired security system will only operate if hardwired. While this type of system works great, there are limitations regarding installation location. It is also common for a wired system to be significantly more expensive than a wireless alarm system and most need to be installed and repaired by a trained professional due to the degree of difficulty.
In comparison, a wireless system requires no wiring. This gives a person complete freedom for installing the system where needed most, such as outbuildings, an area difficult to illuminate, or even a large home hard to cover with a wired system. Keep in mind that cameras can be added to locations as needed, which creates even more peace of mind when at or away from home.
Although a wireless security system provides much better coverage, to ensure uninterrupted protection, batteries should be checked often and if declining power is confirmed, only lithium batteries would be installed. The reason for using lithium batteries is that if at any time power to the home were to go out, the system would continue to provide coverage of the property.
A basic wireless alarm system would emit a warning sound based on motion. However, an individual could upgrade at any time if wanted. Again, camera coverage would be one possibility, which in itself offers a number of benefits. For instance, cameras can send pictures or video back to a receiver or recording device within the home that makes identification of a criminal more likely.
However, for someone who works outside of the home, there are systems whereby cameras would send photos and video to a remote receiver or recorder. In this case, the homeowner would have the ability to log onto a website associated with the system being used and then in real time, see exactly what the cameras see. Some of the more popular setups for a wireless alarm system with cameras include the following
- Single Camera – Great for coverage of a front or back door of a single-family home, townhouse, condominium, or apartment. However, single camera coverage would also be ideal for a specific area of a larger home or property.
- Multiple Cameras – For larger homes, properties with outbuildings or barns, and homes with hard-to-reach areas, several security cameras could be installed
- Interior and Exterior Coverage – In addition to using cameras on the exterior of a home, wireless alarm systems are also the perfect choice for internal coverage
- Focal Point – If someone has one or more areas on the inside of the home that are of greater concern, several cameras could be installed specific to those focal points. This might require coverage of expensive artwork, private safe holding jewelry, stocks, bonds, money, and even a baby’s room.