Home burglaries are a nuisance in America; Bucks County is no exception. There are an estimated 2.5 million burglaries a year. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to ensure your home security. Nothing is more comforting than knowing that your home is protected even when you are away. Continue reading →
With a new year, many people may be reviewing their bills and, more importantly, their assets having had to look at their financial paperwork for taxes anyway. There are a number of benefits for people to consider installing an alarm system at this time of year. We’ll outline a few of them. However, the cold months also create some challenges for the sensors and for new users, so we’ll also touch on those issues.
Benefits of a Professionally-Installed Security Alarm System
For many people, home security systems are supposed to reduce the possibility of burglars or other criminal intruders from making off with valuables, including jewelry and electronics. Modern equipment does this very well: in addition to the normal door sensors, professional alarm system installation technicians can also include pressure sensors to identify thieves traipsing through certain areas and microphones that identify when window panes shatter. Along with those sensors, many families and businesses may also consider other factors.
After all, crime is not the only threat that a home or business can face where a home security system can help. Thanks to remote monitoring and updates in technology, freezing temperatures don’t have to mean coming home to a flooded basement. Modern alarm systems include options for moisture sensors that can be used to detect standing water due to pipes cracking. Even before that calamity occurs, temperature sensors set to notify homeowners and monitoring services of low temperatures can prevent problems. Continue reading →
Home and business security systems are designed to protect you from intruders and other dangers, but consumers may miss out on total peace of mind if they opt not to sign up for ongoing monitoring with a trusted service provider. There are numerous advantages, ranging from improved response times from police and fire departments to the ability to protect against a variety of building concerns including extreme temperature drops and flooding monitoring.
Improvements with Monitoring
In most cases, the sensors and other components that are connected to the central alarm system act in a passive manner. That means that if a burglar trips a pressure sensor in a foyer or a magnetic reed sensor that protects a window, a combination of an alarm will sound and a strobe will begin flashing to dissuade intruders from moving through one’s home. However, this can occasionally lead to false alarms, and without monitoring it could limit the response time of first responders.
Instead, many homeowners and small businesses will sign up for monitoring by a home security system provider that offers locations near Bucks County and the surrounding areas. Trained staff monitor sensors and other equipment designed to detect intruders and as soon as one is tripped, the representative contacts the home or a contact number provided by the consumer. If they do not get a response, or do not hear a previously-agreed-to safe word, they will call to dispatch local police or fire departments. Continue reading →
With the holiday season coming, families are likely to be shopping for gifts large and small. When it comes to home security, however, what happens after unwrapping presents can play a key role in ensuring whether or not high-value devices like TVs and computers will remain in your possession by the time the clock ticks midnight and everyone celebrates the New Year.
The basic theory is similar to poker. When people have a strong hand during a game that they think will beat everyone else, they do not want others to know. Similarly, when families make big purchases for others as gifts or to replace old electronics, it is important that the rest of the world does not know that these easy-to-steal and easy-to-sell items are available for criminal elements in one’s home.
Hiding Electronics from Thieves, Not Just Recipients
When a burglar cases a house, he or she is looking to get the best return on a burglary. They are looking, then, for easy-to-access jewelry and electronics that can fit in a small duffelbag or backpack or even their pockets. While it may be difficult to hide a giant HDTV, many people casually toss boxes for electronics running from Blu-Ray players to video game systems to computer containers near their recycling bin until the next pick-up date.
When homeowners and renters do that, they are effectively advertising the equivalent of a Black Friday doorbuster sale at their home. Thieves can quickly calculate how much each of the gifts or products are worth as stolen goods and plan accordingly.To limit this, make sure that before you begin recycling any boxes that you have cut them down and either place them directly into the recycling or use a laundry room or garage until you are able to do so.
Installing an alarm system in your Bucks PA home or business is critical. Basic security systems or burglar alarms are typically wired to a central control panel that will activate when doors or windows are opened while the system is armed. These basic electronic alarm systems are made up of three main components designed to detect, determine and deter any criminal activity or other threatening situations.
The most basic component of an alarm system is the part that detects, or the sensor. These sensors are placed on all protected windows, doorways and other entries and will activate when the door or window is opened. Most sensors include two parts. The first part contains a small magnet and the other contains a circuit with a metal switch that magnet holds closed. When a door or window is opened, the magnet can no longer hold the circuit closed and it becomes broken, which activates the alarm. Some alarm systems may also feature motion detectors that signal the system when someone or something enters an area that wasn’t there previously. Continue reading →
Security systems in Bucks County are often installed even in areas with low crime. Homes and businesses both benefit if they have valuables that can be easily removed. Even if one is already in place, updating it with new equipment may afford additional protections. If you are considering either option, here are a few tips to make sure that you get the right system, the right services and know what to do with them once they’re installed.
A Security System Inspection
You should be looking to get assessment of what you need in order to best protect your valuables which should include an on site inspection. A security company employee should be able to tell you what elements you might need, as well as whether or not you should consider ongoing security monitoring from a central facility.