The standard home security system allows users to monitor interior and exterior areas. General features usually include sensors mounted at doors and windows. A motion sensor detects movement. The system is operated by a control center where commands are entered via touch keypad. Some systems are powered by battery and some are electric. Home security systems can be optimized for location and need. Additional sensors can be added. Optional sensors include additional door/window sensors, motion sensors, smoke detection sensors, temperature change sensors, breakage and leakage sensors and latchkey sensors. Sirens are available for interior and exterior use. They sound loud alarms when triggered. More sophisticated home security systems allow users to use closed-circuit television (CCT) and wireless video surveillance (VSS). This type of system connects to a television, VCR or DVR. Before purchasing a home security system, a risk assessment should be performed. Many alarm and security companies provide free risk assessment. Once the required type of alarm is determined, an appropriate system can be purchased. The best place to purchase home security systems is from a reputable, local dealer. Even if the plan is for do-it-yourself installation, it's best to get good equipment from a reliable source. If the need is for a more elaborate, sophisticated system, professional installation will probably be required. Purchase from a licensed seller. Many states require businesses that provide alarm and security equipment and services to have special permits and certification. Remote monitoring is a service provided by home security system companies. The companies monitor the home security system and alert the homeowner and proper authorities if an alarm is triggered. Services are by monthly subscription and may require a long term contract. Homeowners who live in low-crime areas and are rarely away from home for extended periods of time may prefer to monitor the system themselves. The system sends a voice message when any part of the home security system is triggered. Homeowners who live in high-crime areas, live alone or are frequently away from home may prefer the security of remote monitoring. Business owners who have offices outside the home often choose remote monitoring. No matter which type of service is used, the home security system lawn and yard decals and signs have been shown to be an effective burglary deterrent. Burglars prefer an easier target. Home security systems require little maintenance. Those that run on battery require battery replacement. Those that run on electricity often have battery backup power. Whatever home security system is installed, the system must be used in order to work. Leaving the system unarmed or inactive leaves the property unprotected. Using a home security system to protect property and family is a smart move. By spending a few dollars, an extra layer of protection is placed around property. Installation usually results in a home owner's insurance discount, saving money. Standard DIY home security system kits include everything that's needed to set up a basic system. Add-ons allow the system to be fully customized. Systems are simple to operate and provide assurance that criminals won't find it easy to harm people or property.
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