Have you ever heard about burglars caught on tape? Burglar alarms are devices that prevent, detect or draw attention to burglary attempts.
Burglary is the act of breaking into a building or home with an unlawful intent to steal or commit another infraction within the dwelling. This phrase can be applied to both homes and businesses alike.
These alarms can be passive or active, with active burglar alarms being more common in homes. An active burglar alarm emits a sound when activated. This is performed by either air pressure (when pressed against an object), electricity, or movement of some sort.
Passive burglar alarms act as sensors that detect when someone is touching the door or window of the home or business. These are usually followed by an alert to the homeowner through email, telephone call, text message, etc.
Burglaries are one of the most traumatic experiences that can happen to a person; it has been reported that burglary victims experience all kinds of negative psychological effects including anxiety and fear about future break-in attempts.
The process of choosing burglar alarms can be confusing because of all the options available. It is important to take into account several factors during the process of choosing burglar alarms, because burglar alarms that are not properly chosen may lead to ineffective home and business security.
Burglar alarms are devices that have been developed in order to help protect people’s homes and businesses from burglars.
Typically, burglar alarms work by sending an alert when motion has been detected inside a protected area or by being tripped (either electrically through various cables, or mechanically, through sensors either placed on the door or window themselves or even attached to tripwires ).
However, there are also burglar alarms able to detect any breach of protection caused by breaking windows, doors opening without authorisation etc. The technology used in burglar alarms changes from time to time as research and development bring new discoveries.
What kind of burglar alarms are effective?
In burglar alarms, there are three main types that can be found:
1) Passive InfraRed detectors (PIRs), which use a series of sensors that detect infrared light emitted by the human body or objects at room temperature. When this happens, an alert is sent to the burglar alarm control panel.
These PIRs can be configured with different sized “zones”, meaning they will only trigger an alert when triggered by an object in their designated area, preventing false triggers caused by small pets or passing cars for example.
2) Microwave Motion Detectors (MWDs), these work by sending out microwaves towards the designated area. When an object interrupts these microwaves, the burglar alarm control panel is triggered.
3) Ultra-sonic motion detectors are activated when they detect very high-frequency sound waves. If a burglar breaks this invisible “beam” then the burglar alarm control panel will be triggered.
Just how effective are burglar alarms? Well, according to a crime study done by the government, statistics show that 2/3 of homes that didn’t have any security systems were burgled, whilst 75% of homes that hadn’t been burgled had burglar alarms. That means for those who don’t invest in burglar alarms you could face up to twice as much risk than those who do!
A burglar alarm works by scaring off burglars with bright lights, ear-splitting sirens or people shouting. Burglar alarms are the #1 safety device in your home after a fire extinguisher. If you have one of these burglar alarms installed you’ll be protected against potential threats from intruders, vandals and thieves at all times of day or night throughout the year.
You can even ask for burglar alarms that are linked up to the police so that security forces are alerted straight away if an intruder is detected.
These burglar alarms are very well protected too thanks to technology. Most sensors will now automatically go into “low power mode” when no action has been taken around them for more than 30 minutes. This means that if the burglar alarm goes off it’s highly unlikely to be sent by accident. Additionally, a lot of modern burglar alarms are wireless so they’ll continue to work even if thieves cut through your wiring or remove your phone line.
These burglar alarms are also very easy to install at home too – you don’t need special skills or training for this type of job in most cases. The only case where you would require professional help is in moving house when you’re potentially having new burglar alarms installed. Most burglars will not risk spending around 20 minutes trying to deactivate an alarm system that has been newly fitted.
If you do stay in an area with many potential threats then these burglar alarms are well worth the money to protect yourself and your family.
There may be other factors that come into play for your burglar alarm system such as:
– Pets triggering burglar alarms. Sometimes, dogs will set off burglar alarms while they’re scratching themselves or moving around in their sleep. Cats can sometimes cause problems with burglar alarms if they’re sleeping somewhere slightly unusual like under a bed. This is only a problem if you have pets so it’s something to think about before you buy burglar alarms which tend to be made for homes without animals present. It should also be noted that some cats will set off security lights when they jump on them so this needs to be taken into consideration too.
– Muddy paws. This is an unusual burglar alarm problem that occurs in homes with pets. If you have a burglar alarm in your home which has sensors on the floor, it might go off if your dog or cat walks across it. This can be avoided by using special tiles with holes so the burglar alarm doesn’t recognise the mud on your pet’s paws as movement near to switches.
– Burglar alarms going off when there are strong winds outside. A lot of burglar alarms are triggered by changes in air pressure which means they could go off when there are high winds outside your house. Some burglar alarms won’t activate unless there is – say – at least 5mph wind but others will only work with wind speeds than that.
Burglar alarms are a great way to protect your business and help ensure that you can sleep at night. They have some drawbacks, but for the most part they’re very capable of protecting your company from unwanted intruders. If you need recommendations on burglar alarm systems or any other security deterrents, let me know!
Featured Burglar Alarm
ERA Protect Smart Exterior Burglar Alarm
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