Is a Burglar Alarm Really Necessary?

Yes! One of the most cost-effective security solutions for any business or residence is a well-designed intrusion alarm system (often referred to as a “burglar alarm”). This sentinel needs no coffee break, no health care benefits, no vacation and doesn’t waste time gossiping around the water cooler. Yet it provides around-the-clock surveillance for your home or business, alerts a monitoring company (called a “central station”) when a break-in occurs, and needs little more than occasional testing and an annual checkup.

This system can be as simple as a magnetic door contact switch that sounds a siren when the door is opened, or as complex as a fully integrated collection of motion detectors, shock sensors, glass break detectors, CCTV cameras and other devices to keep the location secure.

Providing even more security for the business is an “access control” system, an electronic solution that limits physical access via a range of devices including swipe cards, biometric readers, alphanumeric keypads, key chain fobs and a number of other electronic devices. For an organization that requires the highest level of security, integrating these two systems together provides the ultimate protection.

An additional benefit of an intrusion alarm system is that it can be used not only to keep the home or business secure, but to alert responders of various emergencies; a sensor can be installed near a water heater and send an alert if the tank leaks water all over the floor; smoke detectors can be attached to the system so a central station can immediately call the fire department even if homeowners are on vacation and the home is unoccupied; in the winter, temperature sensors can alert the central station that the heater stopped working before the water pipes freeze and burst.

In summary, an intrusion alarm system is absolutely worth the time and cost to install. It provides a multitude of benefits, keeps the homeowner or business owner safe and secures the premises against various crisis.