Designing Your Security System

When designing your home or business security system you will ultimately need to establish priorities and a budget to be able to formulate a security strategy which meets your needs. It is helpful to think in terms of layers of protection when constructing your system.

Questions You Should Ask

  • Who will be using the system?
  • Will you be arming the system when you are home, away or both?
  • Do you have pets? How many and how big are they? Are they in a specific area or do they have free rein of the property?
  • What life safety and environment protection would you like included in your system?
  • Are there any possessions or sensitive items or papers which might require additional protection?
  • Are you interested in home automation features and creating a “smart home”?
  • Do you want to include cameras in your system?
  • Would you like the ability to view the cameras and control your system remotely?
  • What is your budget for your system?
  • When designing your security system, at a minimum, we recommend protecting all of your doors and using a motion detector to be used as a backup if entry is gained through a window. A minimum of one smoke detector will ensure that, in the event of a fire, a signal is sent if there is no time, or you are unable to contact the fire department.

Your budget will likely impact many of the features that you will include in your system. There are wide arrays of components that can interface and be monitored with today’s sophisticated alarm system.

The Most Common Security Components

Control Panel Smoke Detectors
Siren/Alarm Annunciator Heat Detectors
Door and Window Sensors CO Sensors
Motion Sensors Environmental Sensors
Glass Break Sensors Home Automation
Security Cameras Cellular Back Up
Outdoor Perimeter Protection

A Comprehensive Security System May Incorporate a Combination of Components:

  • Perimeter Protection

  • Interior Protection

  • Life Safety

  • Home Automation

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