How to Protect Your Home With A Security System
Introduction: Now that we have assessed the areas of your home that are most vulnerable to intrusion, let’s learn about the equipment and devices you can use to protect those areas.
Executive Security Consultants Educate You
With over 30 years experience securing homes in the Columbus area we have the desire to educate you on what should be done to protect your home. The six videos on this page were created to help you understand the various areas that security system components can be used. You can click the videos titles for quick access to each one.
Video 1: The Main Control Panel
The main control panel and keypad is where you will go to turn on and off your system. The location of this device is what is most important.
We recommend installing the control panel in a central location, near or between the doors you most frequently enter and exit through. This may be in the kitchen, the foyer, the mudroom; wherever is most accessible to you.
Video 2: The Front Door
As we learned before, criminals prefer entering through a door. We recommend installing a contact on every door on the first-floor. The contact is connected to a magnet on the door, when the magnet separates from the contact it communicates to the control panel that the door has been opened and this triggers an alarm.
Video 3: The Windows
Contacts also work for windows with standard-glass. When a window is opened and the magnet separates from the contact, it communicates to the control panel and triggers an alarm immediately.
Video 4: Glass Break Sensors
In addition to contacts, sliding glass doors like the one featured in this video and any other door with tempered glass should also be equipped with a glass-break sensor. These sensors detect the extremely high frequency of breaking glass and immediately trigger an alarm. If an intruder were to throw a brick or paver through your sliding glass door, the alarm siren sounds immediately.
Video 5: Protecting The First Floor Master Bedroom
- The master bedroom in our demonstration video has French doors leading out onto a patio at the back of the house. We mentioned before that forced-entry into the master bedroom is a criminal’s jackpot, so these doors are of extreme vulnerability. While French doors appear and function much differently than sliding glass doors, they are still made with tempered glass. Meaning this door must be equipped with both a contact and a glass break sensor.
- If your master bedroom is located on the first floor, we always recommend that you invest in a professional safe to protect your most valuable possessions and any heirlooms that are irreplaceable.
Video 6: Additional Security Features
- Motion Detectors: Now that we’ve secured the exterior perimeter of your home, you may also choose to further protect the interior with motion detectors. When installed professionally, motion detectors create what is called an interior trap. When your system is armed and you are away from the home a motion detector senses any movement in the home it will trigger an alarm. If a motion detector is triggered, then the intruder is already inside the home and therefore the motion detector acts as a back-up security measure. Motion detectors are particularly useful for people who spend a lot of time away from home, either traveling for work or living elsewhere for part of the year.
- Note: Our on-site technicians will help you determine the most efficient placement of your motion detectors. The motion detector featured in this video is placed in a corner of the living room that allows it to also detect movement in the dining room and kitchen. Another thing to consider when installing motion detectors are pets. While we can install motion detectors that survey the area of a room from a few feet off the floor, the sensors would still detect if a pet jumps up on a piece of furniture or a countertop. Please notify your on-site technician if this applies to your pets.
- Wireless Interior Cameras: Motion activated interior video cameras can be used to alert parents when their children get home from school, as a babysitter or nanny cam, and for people caring for the elderly. The video feed is sent directly to your smart phone, allowing you to check on your home and loved ones from anywhere at any time.