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    Home Security Alarm Systems

    According to a Canadian Insurance website (insurancehotline.com), Canada had 578 thefts for every 100,000 people in 2010. We surely don’t want to be part of that 578. So it’s time to upgrade your home security alarm system.

    As they always say, it’s better to be safe than sorry. We could be sleeping better at night knowing that our house or condo is secure.  This article will provide the latest information about home security and the reasons why it should be a priority.  In addition to peace of mind, a home security system can result in lower home insurance costs as well.

    Do I really need a home protection system?

    Fifty-nine percent of home burglaries occur during the day while residents are at work or at school, and homes with a lot of cover, such as from trees, fences, and gardens, are most commonly broken into. Most break-ins occur in July and August, and February has the least amount of break-ins on average. Statistics show that more than 95 percent of burglaries involve break-in by force, such as by breaking a window or door lock. In many cases, a security system could prevent homes from becoming a part of these statistics.

    Pros and Cons of a Security System

    The main and most essential reason to invest in a home protection system is to deter crime in your home. According to the Electronic Security Association’s “Home Safety Fast Facts” report, 9 out of 10 burglars said that if they encountered an alarm or home security system, they would not attack the home. According to the Greenwich Study of Residential Security report, homes without a security system are 2.7 to 3.5 times more likely to be subject to a burglary. Thus, in addition to precautions like window locks and deadbolts on doors, a security system is a prime candidate for your home safety options.

    Often the main deterrent for people thinking about getting a home security system is the cost, which usually includes a monthly bill and any initial installation products and fees. You may not think the cost is worth covering the potential risks-a decision that only you can make for yourself.

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    Those are indeed valid reasons why home security should always be a priority. But, what if you don’t need window locks because you are in a high rise condo building?

    The Case for Condo Security

    Condominium, or high-rise residential security is considered an area of the security market with its own unique challenges. Unlike commercial facilities, the occupants of residential high-rise buildings call the buildings home, so for them it’s personal.

    “The difference is people live here,” says David Hyde of David Hyde and Associates based in Toronto. “If you have a security issue, it impacts your home and your family and your private life. There have been incidents of high profile criminals working in luxury high-rise condos with reports of drug dealing or fringe activities involving firearms on the premises. It’s one thing when it’s a mall or retail situation but with condos there is more exposure to personal vulnerability.”

    But security can still be a tough sell if those inhabiting the building and those managing the property don’t understand the value.

    “The situation that often occurs is that half of the condo board members think they’re security experts while the other half want to use something that looks like it came from Fisher Price off of eBay. You should see some of the technology I see on site sometimes — it goes into my security hall of shame,” says consultant Terry Hoffman of Hoffman and Company who has seen the demand for security audits at condos increase in the last two years. “It’s a difficult segment of business to be in because too often condominium boards don’t see the value.”

    Unless it’s a high-end building, the planning for security is left for the property management firm that takes it over after construction is complete. The property management firm must then answer to a group of residents who make up the condominium board — an often diverse group who knows very little about security. Too often the goal is to keep monthly condo fees low and pay as little as possible for security services.

    “Often boards will complain about their security guards, but it all comes down to accountability,” says Hoffman. “The property management companies must be accountable to the boards. If they don’t like what the guards are doing, they should do something about it. Guard service is the most effective thing you can do if you implement standard tours and have them attend regular meetings with the residents.”

    Hyde has performed security audits on condos and is called in more often when the property managers are asked to address a specific problem.

    “There are two instances a condo building will call for security consulting support: when there are high end condos with a budget for it, or due to recent crime trends,” says Hyde. “The attitude about security in a condo also depends largely on the demographics of the residents and whether they own or rent. If a building is largely owner-inhabited versus rental inhabited it is likely to have a higher degree of security.

    See more at: https://www.canadiansecuritymag.com/news/retail/the-case-for-condo-security-1368#sthash.8TNfv1SD.dpuf

    Mike Fenton, the Director of Consulting and Client Support of Paragon Security, discusses further the latest standards of condo security in this 4 minute YouTube video:

    So condo security is a little more complicated than the security of a house. And apparently, there’s a difference in security between a a high end building and a regular one. But the concept remains the same, there is a need for security, whether you are in a house or in a condo.

    A research that was made by Rutgers University showed that as the home alarm systems increased in a group of residential houses, the number of thefts decreased in that area. Which makes sense.

    More Home Security Alarm Updates

    Aside from the obvious measures you can take to secure your property, there’s a host of new gadgets and smart systems to deter potential intruders.

    Choose from out-of-the-box technology, such as a doorphone video intercom or a motion-and-sound sensor camera, or a professional integrated home protection system – the latter will not only give you control over your home’s safety, but will also work in harmony with any automatically controlled window treatments, lighting and audio/visual features.

    ‘It’s important to consider the type of security you want,’ says Simon Minor of Go-Green Electrical Brighton, a member of RatedPeople.com. ‘Do you want video surveillance? Would you pay a monthly fee to have a linked security service system that sends alerts to the police? And how much would you be prepared to spend? For example, a simple PIR (Passive Infrared) light can be very effective at giving excellent security coverage for large areas, and in some cases just one PIR can detect intruder movement in several areas.

    For the complete article, check it out here: https://www.realhomesmagazine.co.uk/advice/the-latest-home-security-updates/

    So we can have an idea how Passive Infrared works, check this short quote:

    Infrared sensors receive heat radiated from the human body. Segment lenses divide the detection zone into passive and active zones. This way, the highly sensitive sensors can detect persons or warm objects moving between the zones as a change in voltage. Even the smallest of movements are registered. The quality is governed by resolution (number of detection zones), design and the software.

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    Source: https://pirtechnology.wordpress.com/2011/09/09/hello-world/

    Amazing right? Motion detectors are obviously a very effective tools in securing your condo or house.

    But what’s another consideration in putting a security system?

    Fire Detection

    Last but not the the least important reason to set up a security system in your house is to detect instances of fire, and of course, smoke. It’s possible that an electrical short circuit can come from a phone over charging or a cooking accident leading to a spark from the heating device.

    New alarm systems are now embracing smart home technology, such as wireless Wi-Fi service and installation.  New systems also include detection of CO emissions, freezing temperatures and sump pump malfunctions.

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    F.A.Q. about Home Security Systems

    Q:  Are home security system costs tax deductible?
     
    A:  While it is always best to check with a knowledgable tax accountant in your area, costs of home security systems installation and monitoring may indeed be tax deductible.  In cases where the home owner runs a home based business, for example, which requires him to maintain and protect client information and personal data, a security system may be required.  Such home businesses might include accountants, tax preparers and book keepers, real estate agents and more.
     
    Q:  Does a home protection system have to be monitored?
     
    A:  While the owner is able to purchase and install homesecurity systems which are ‘local’ alarms, in order to take advantage of home insurance discounts, (in most cases) the system must be monitored.  Please check with your local insurance companies and regulations.
     

    Q: Is it possible to install a security system into a highrise apartment or condo?

    A:  Yes. As the sensors are wireless and can be attached without the use of screws, installing the alarm system sensors will not leave lasting damage in your home. The panel has an optional desk mount so it can be installed without being permanently wired in.

    Q:  Is it possible to get pet-proof alarm systems?

    A:  While motion detectors have made advances in pet detection, larger breeds of dog (over 50lbs) and particularly active cats will still cause false alarms. In pet-friendly households it’s best to use a modern acoustic glass break detector, which has the ability to monitor a wide area as it picks up the sound of breaking glass.

    Q:  What are my options for an alarm system in my rural home which has spotty Wi-Fi service?

    A:  Monitoring can be done over cellular infrastructure with an LTE module.
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