Alarm system design is a large part of what accounts for the proper function of your security system. Good alarm systems are going to be carefully crafted so that the vulnerabilities are covered and the strengths of your surveillance and alarm devices are accounted for properly. It is often very wise to get the advice of a security professional before acting on your security system design because they will be able to spot the weaknesses you might have overlooked. In order to help you understand how to choose the right devices and layout for your system we offer 4 tips from professionals on smart alarm system design and how you can implement it in your own system.
Tip 1- Cover the Main Entrances With Motion Activated Surveillance Cameras
Pretty straight forward, but you can decipher that heading to mean “use quality cameras over the front and back doors.” Nearly 30% of burglaries come through those main entrances and it is wise to make sure they are well protected. Motion activation is a feature that can be used with wireless systems and remote monitoring. The camera lies dormant until unexpected activity occurs, at which point the camera turns on and sends you footage or an image of the disturbance. Covering the main entrances allows you the highest chance of seeing and actually responding before a burglar succeeds.
Tip 2- Choose 2 Lower Resolution Cameras Instead of PTZ
PTZ (pan, tilt, zoom) cameras have the ability to be remotely manipulated so that you can actually cover a large area with monitoring from that camera. This is a fantastic capability for businesses that might hire someone to monitor 24/7. For a homeowner this is a waste of money and a sad story to tell. Too many times homeowners think the latest toy is the best option, but if no one is using the camera it is static, seeing only one standard field of view. Many-a-burglar has snuck past a PTZ camera and the owner never captured it on film. Instead, cover that large area of your property with two or more cameras and make sure no matter what you’ve captured it.
Tip 3- Consider All Members of the Family Before Selecting Devices
Do you have a dog or a cat who is at home while you’re away during the day? It is important to consider them in the security plans because chances are they’ll be the most likely cause of false alarms if you don’t. From dogs to babies and even the kids return after school you need to plan ahead for the needs of your family. Instead of motion detectors use door sensors and glass break detectors to protect windows and doors. Install remote control so you can unlock the doors and disarm the system for your kids when they get home, and remote monitoring to check in on them while you’re away.
Tip 4- Don’t Forget To Cover All Entries
We talked about covering the main entries to your home, but don’t forget in your alarm system design to include every access point you can. Basement windows, main floor windows and upper windows should be covered by motion detectors and glass break sensors, they are all doors for crooks to enter through. The garage door is all too often overlooked and then a liability for your security, place a garage door sensor that will help remind you to close the door.
There is so much more you should consider as you design your home security alarm system, but these 4 tips will hopefully start you thinking critically about your home and the devices you’ll need to get the best alarm system protection possible. Just make sure to give yourself time, but not too much. When you start thinking with security-minded intentions and you let it simmer you’ll begin to see the parts that you need to protect. Just don’t procrastinate your security installation- get going on it today!