Security Alarm Systems
Why should I have a security alarm system?
Keller Alarm Company
Having a security alarm system may decrease the chances of a
alarm system will give you peace of mind. You won't have to jump If you hear a
noise at night and your alarm is set.
burglar will almost always run away if they trip an alarm system.
an alarm system a burglar has time to thoroughly examine and remove all your possessions.
your alarm while your at home to help prevent a home invasion or robbery
What Should a Security Alarm System
Most systems rely on a combination of contacts placed at
doors and windows and motion sensors.
It is best that all exterior potential points of entry have contacts
that sense when they are open. Glass break sensors are also available and
Motion sensors should not be used as the
primary means of detection because they do not detect someone until they are
already in the house..
The basic elements of a standard home
security system include:
- Control panel: This is where the system
wiring terminates, the backup battery is located and where the alarm
functions are processed.
- Keypad: This is where the system is
armed and disarmed.
- Siren: Usually sounds inside and
outside of premises and turns off automatically after a predetermined time.
- Inside motion detector: These sense changes in a room
caused by human presence. Special motion detectors are available for
people who have small pets.
- Door and window contacts:; This sounds the alarm when
the door or window is opened (and the system is on).
- Window alarm vent contacts: Allow the window to be left partly open.
- Window Alarm Screens:;
Window alarm screens are factory wired insect screens that allow you to leave
a window completely wide open and still have alarm protection. They are
factory made from your original screens or they can be custom made for any
- A Central Monitoring Station
If the system is monitored, and the alarm is set off, the control panel
sends a message to a central monitoring station, which is manned 24 hours
a day. The signals may be sent by phone lines, radio signals, internet or a
combination of these.
After attempting to contact the homeowner, the central monitoring station
will contact the police, fire department, or medics and notify you or any
designated person. There is a monitoring fee for this service.
Additional items that can be added to the
basic system are:
- Smoke detectors
- Glass break detectors
- Panic buttons
- Security Cameras to allow monitoring and
recording inside or outside a home.
Monitored systems typically work as follows:
- The security system senses something.
- The security system waits 30 to 45 seconds to give the
owner a chance to deactivate the system to prevent false alarms.
- If the alarm is not deactivated the security system
sends a message to the monitoring company.
- The monitoring company receives the message and
verifies the alarm, generally by placing a phone call to the home. If they
do not receive the proper password or do not receive an answer, they call
- The police respond.
systems are not recommended.
How to choose an alarm company
Choosing an alarm company can be
confusing and the technology complicated. Here are some suggestions:
- Please, Please don't do it
yourself!! You dont know what you don't know!
- We do it right the 1st time
and we stand behind our work and service what we sell.
Ask about warranties. Keller Alarm Company will usually
repair a system problem for no additional charge. We do it right the first
sure you use an experienced contractor and the company and installers are
licensed. In the end it's the installers experience that counts the most
because he's the one that does the actual work. Keller Alarm Company has all
installations done by or directly supervised by Gary Keller, the owner of the
company. Gary Keller is licensed in two states and has been installing
security systems of all types since 1972.
- Obtain quotes from at least three different companies.
Make sure you compare all items and features.
- Keller Alarm Company will usually be a better deal even
compared to the so called free systems.
- Beware of the free or low priced systems that have
expensive and long monitoring contracts.
- Also beware of pushy salesman and
“special deals” that expire tomorrow. Beware of credit card only
- When comparing prices remember to compare
detection coverage and features. Not all alarms are created equal.
- Keller Alarm Company only
uses modern, state of the art brand name equipment that is readily available
from any professional alarm distributor.
- Keller Alarm Company will
never lock you out of your alarm system unlike some alarm companies. You own
all the equipment we install.
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