What Should a Security Alarm System Include?

Most systems rely on a combination of contacts placed on doors and motion sensors.

The basic elements of a standard security system include:

  • Control panel:
    This is where the system wiring terminates, the backup battery is located and where it is connected to the phone lines if it is a monitored system.
  • Keypad:
    This is where the system is armed and disarmed.
  • Siren:
    To drive away the intruder
  • Inside motion detector:
    These sense changes in a room caused by human presence. Special motion detectors are available for people who have pets.
  • Door and window contacts:
    This sounds the alarm when the door or window is opened (and the system is on).
  • 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.

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