Home Alarm Systems FAQ

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Is a home alarm system necessary?
Incidents of burglaries and thefts are on the rise, which means that more and more homeowners are becoming concerned about their families and their properties. A home alarm system with a monitoring service makes your home a less likely target of break-ins and burglaries.


Why do I need a monitored alarm system?
There are vulnerabilities in even the safest, most well monitored home alarm system areas. Even though, crime watch groups and those neighborhoods with regular patrolling can be an effective deterrent for burglaries, a monitored alarm system is "on call" 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Does a Home Alarm System really fend off burglars?
Burglars would prefer to break into homes without security systems. They look for the houses that do not have an alarm sign in yard or alarm company stickers on windows or doors. The burglars want the easy way in; they do not want to risk an alarm siren going off.


Can a home alarm system save me money?
Yes. Not only will a home security system add value to your property, but it will also save you about 20% on your homeowner's insurance under most policies.


Are there benefits of wireless home alarm system vs. hardwiring an alarm system?
Wireless systems allow for ease of installation for two-story homes. Many alarm companies prefer to install a hardwire system for most one story homes and businesses. The alarm company's like to use wireless equipment when there is no attic accessibility to run the wiring. There really is no difference in the operation of a wireless system vs. a hardwire system.


What effect will (VoIP) have on my home alarm system?
There is a service available to provide a lower cost phone service over high-speed Internet (VoIP). Companies recommend that you use a regular landline telephone service for use with your alarm system. If you are considering replacing your existing telephone service with VoIP, please be aware that you may prevent your alarm from communicating with the monitoring station. This service is only as dependable as the internet connection, which can experience network outages or can be affected by power failures.


Is a telephone line necessary?
All alarm companies recommend a traditional phone line to communicate your alarm signal to their 24-hour central monitoring station.


A cut phone line? No problem.
An additional level of protection will be activated the instant the line is cut. When a phone line is disabled, an alarm system using cellular technology can send a wireless signal to the central monitoring station and operators will dispatch the authorities.


What happens when I lose power at home when I am away?
All systems must come with a back-up battery that will run the system for several hours. When the battery is low, a signal sent to the central monitoring station that notifies you of a low battery. The home alarm system should also alert you with a constant short beeping sound.


Are pets a problem for an alarm system?
No. Major home alarm systems are pet immune, which allows for most animals that weighs less than 40 pounds to wander around the home without setting off the alarm. Pets that weigh more than 40 pounds may require a system upgrade.

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