As complete security integrators, we work to ensure that you experience security against a variety of threats. To do so, we use a wide array of approaches and security products. However, whenever possible, we prefer to create as much security with as few different security measures as possible. In particular, we can create an increddible amount of security through a monitored burglar alarm system. As you can tell by the term “burglar alarm,” these systems do a great job securing your home against this threat. However, we can load these systems up with security above and beyond this focus. In this post, we share some great ideas for adding non-burglary related alarm security to your alarm.
First, we’ll share the basics behind how these systems work in the first place. With this knowledge under our belt, we’ll discuss some of the more creative additions to these systems. We’ll start this section with a look at valuable life safety equipment that can add tremendous security to any alarm. Then, we’ll shift out focus to adding environmental security. Finally, we’ll also look at connecting smart security appliances to your security system. Now, let’s dive in by seeing how we create security through installing a burglar alarm!
Burglar Alarm Basics
When we install a burglar alarm, we wish to create a couple important layers of security. For starters, an alarm activation creates a blaring siren response to alert anyone on site to the issue. Additionally, this response often serves to scare the perpetrator away as well. Furthermore, we also create a connection between our customers’ burglar alarms and our central station. In the event of an emergency, a central station dispatcher will contact you and, if necessary, even create a police dispatch.
We can create this connection to our central station in a few different ways. Traditionally, we would connect your alarm to your property’s existing phone lines. However, this can prove problematic, as many people no longer have working phone lines. Moreover, burglars often cut phone lines before attempting a crime in order to disable security monitoring. For this reason, we recommend installing a dedicated cellular dialer to your alarm, such as our cell dialer powered by Alarm.com. This dialer uses a cellular network to monitor your alarm. Therefore, phone outages will no longer affect your alarm’s monitoring service! We’ll discuss some other security offered by this dialer a bit later. For now, let’s take a look at a couple important life safety options that we can tie into your alarm.
Life Safety Options
As we mentioned earlier, people associate security systems with creating burglar-related security. However, our non-burglary related alarm options can add equally important value to your alarm. In this section, we’ll discuss life safety, perhaps the most important role a security system can play. In particular, we’ll single out two types of life safety that we recommend installing as part of any complete security system. Let’s get started by looking at how we can add monitored smoke and carbon-monoxide detection to your property.
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detection
As we mentioned earlier, a monitored security system creates a central station response to an activation of any security-related contact in the field. In addition to watching over your property for criminal activity, your alarm can also provide a valuable measure of life safety as well. We offer monitored smoke and carbon monoxide (or “CO”) detection that can alert you to the presence of a fire or carbon monoxide-related emergency in your home. More importantly, monitored smoke and CO also create a fire department dispatch that can save your home in your absence, or even save the life of you or a family member if someone is home during one of these events! We highly recommend adding this security to any existing alarm system. Next up, let’s see how emergency response devices can also add security to your burglary alarm.
Emergency Response Activation Services
When we discuss adding “emergency response” equipment to your alarm, we wish to install devices that you can quickly activate at any time. Emergency response devices can activate an alarm response whether your alarm is armed or disarmed. Moreover, we also offer plenty of options to customize the response you receive. For example, we can install “panic buttons” in any application. However, the response they create varies from one place to another. For example, in businesses, we can install buttons in discreet locations for workers to activate when in danger. Generally, we program these buttons to call for a police dispatch without creating a siren response. This helps keep the mood as calm as possible while ensuring help is on the way.
Additionally, we provide panic buttons in homes that do activate the alarm’s siren. Generally, these devices are wireless so customers can carry them around and sound the alarm anytime something suspicious happens on their property. The hope is that the siren will stop any criminal activity from occurring, while also calling for the police. Finally, we also offer pendants with panic buttons that we can program to call for medical assistance. Households with elderly residents often ask for these devices, which add both security and peace of mind. Next up, we’ll see how enironmental sensors fit under our umbrella of non-burglary related alarm security.
Monitored Environmental Detection
When it comes to threats that your home or business faces, Mother Nature presents quite a few ways to do damage. This rings especially true in New England, with its frequent stormy weather and extreme temperatures. Luckily, we have you covered! We surprise many people by offering sensors that create alerts for environmental disasters that have the potential to cause major damage. These sensors can help you detect and address these issues before they create a mess that takes a significant amount of time and money to repair.
For example, our “hi-lo” temperature detectors can create a central station response if your property experiences dangerously hot or cold conditions. This can help alert you to frozen pipes or HVAC equipment failures. Additionally, we offer flood sensors that can detect the presence of water wherever we install them. As an added bonus, some of our alarm manufacturers even create sensors that detect both extremely cold temperatures and the presence of water! These contacts provide a huge amount of environmental security in one compact piece of equipment. Let’s now turn our attention to adding non-burglary related alarm security in the form of smart security!
Smart Security Equipment
Over the past several years, smart security solutions have risen sharply in popularity. This equipment can provide instant security feedback and, in some instances, even fix issues for you. The smart security devices that we install take advantage of our Alarm.com cell dialer’s built-in Z-Wave hub. “Z-Wave” refers to a mesh network that originates from our dialer and allows you to control a variety of smart devices with your Alarm.com app!
For example, smart cameras and smart doorbells can alert you to activity in and around your home or business. In addition to sending instant video-based alerts, these devices also save footage to the cloud for future review. Z-Wave locks let you track access to your home by sending you alerts when someone locks or unlocks the door. Furthermore, you can even use these devices to lock and unlock your doors remotely. Smart thermostats let you control your home’s temperature from a smartphone app and receive alerts if the house gets too hot or cold. Finally, the Smart Valve + Meter will even shut your home’s water off upon detecting a leak and alert you to inefficient activity! For more information on these smart products, check out our Smart Security Solutions for Any Application.
Putting Non-Burglary Related Alarm Security to Work for You
We hope that this post helps you understand your non-burglary related alarm security options. Furthermore, we encourage you to contact us with any questions this post may raise for you. We will happily answer any and all of your security-related inquiries. Moreover, we also invite you to take advantage of our free site survey program. We offer complimentary security audits for both new and existing customers alike. While on site, we can address any security concerns you may have, and help you put the tips and best practices found here to life. Together, we can create a complete security plan to keep you, your property, and anyone on it as safe and secure as possible.