Burglar Alarm FAQ
Here are the answers to some of the more commonly asked questions when thinking about a Burglar Alarm System.
1. Is a home security system really necessary?
Studies have shown that homes with an alarm system are three times less likely to be broken into. Having a security alarm system not only is a good deterrent but its loud siren can frighten off the would be intruders.
2. How does an alarm system fend off would-be burglars?
Criminals want an easy way in and they do not want to get caught. Hence having a security alarm system is a great deterrent.
3. Can a home security system save me money?
Yes. Having a home security system not only enhances your resale value, it can help reduce your insurance premiums under most policies.
4. What are the components of a home security system?
A home security system comprises a control panel, keypads, door and windows contacts, motion PIR sensors, fire detectors such as a smoke detectors and other optional detectors such as glass break detectors, panic switches and a siren.
5. How many detectors do I need?
How many detectors you will need depends on your layout and the desired areas of concern. As a minimum, you will need to install door contacts are main entry exit doors and PIR motion sensors to monitor general passage ways or vulnerable areas.
6. Where should I place the detectors?
Door contacts are used for front door,back door or any sliding door that lead to the outside. Window are optional as it may be possible to cover the area with motion sensors.
7. Do I need to connect a telephone line?
Although a home security system can be installed without a telephone line connected to it, it is not recommended. With a telephone line, the system can be programmed to dial out either to a central alarm monitoring station or to your hand phone, to notify you of any intrusion.
8. Do I need another telephone line?
No. You do not need a dedicated telephone line. We can use your existing telephone line. The home security alarm system will only seize the line and dial out in the event of an alarm hence there is no need for a dedicated telephone line.
9. My telephone line is also my broadband line. Can I use it?
Yes. If your telephone line is also your broadband line, it means that the telephone line carries two type of signals - the normal voice circuit as well as the digital signal of the broadband. To ensure proper operation, you will need to use a micro filter. Connect the home security system to the phone side of the filter.
10. Can the alarm get through if my line is engaged?
Yes. It is important that the security alarm panel is connected to your incoming telephone line. When an alarm occurs, the security panel will seize the line, cut off any telephone connected after it, and sent out the signal before releasing the line again.
11. Can the security system work if there is a power failure?
Yes. All home security system comes with a back up battery that should keep the system running for several hours. It is a good practice to change the battery at least once very two years to ensure that it can properly support the system in the event of power failure.
12. Are pets a problem for an alarm system?
No. Our home security system support pet immunity PIR, which allow animals that weigh less than 40 pound to wonder around the house without triggering the alarm.
13. Do I need Central Alarm Monitoring?
A home security system will sound a siren when triggered, frightening the would-be intruder and attracting the attention of your neighbours. However you may not always be able to count on your neighbours. With Central Alarm Monitoring, our professionals are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, always ready, always vigilant and will respond to your alarm immediately and activate the relevant authorities.
14. What happens in an alarm?
On receiving any alarm notification at the Central Alarm Station, our professionals will immediately contact your designated key holders to inform them of the alarm and to verify that it is not a false alarm. They will activate the police, fire department or the medical emergency services depending on the type of alarm activated.
15. Can I monitor on my own?
Yes. If you choose not to be monitored by our Central Alarm Monitoring company, we can programmed your home security alarm panel to automatically dial your hand phone number.
16. Which is better - wired or wireless?
A wired system is always preferred, particularly for large premises The only challenge with a wired system is the difficulty of installation particularly for homes that have completed its renovation. With wired system, we need to run wires to each detector and where it may not be possible to conceal the wires, a wireless system would be better.