Monitored Home SensorsOne of the best upgrades you can make to your home’s security is a monitored security system.  Whether monitored by experts, like Engineered Alarms’ 24/7 monitoring program, monitored by yourself with remote tools on a tablet or smartphone, or some combination of the two, this allows your house to be secure even when you’re not at home.

Research studies have shown that homes with monitored security systems are more than two times less likely to be burglarized.  When you have Engineered Alarm’s 24/7 monitoring, you can rest easy knowing that people are ready to spring into action in times of emergency.  When a break-in, fire or other emergency is detected by your alarm system, they will contact you and dispatch the proper authorities to minimize risk and damage.

These monitored security systems work thanks to the sensors in your home.  There are a wide variety of sensors that can be installed for security purposes; here are some of the most common and most helpful.

Door and Window Sensors: Typical setups include door sensors for your exterior doors, as well as several window sensors.  These are transmitters that attach to your door or window frame, with a corresponding magnet on the door or window itself.  When the door or window is opened – and assuming the alarm is armed – it will detect it and trigger your security system.

Glass Break Sensors: You may see the issue with window or door sensors – sure, they can detect if I’ve opened the window or glass door, but what if a thief simply smashes the glass and enters through the closed frame itself?  That’s where glass break sensors come in.  Shattering glass makes a unique sonic frequency, and a glass break sensor can detect it.  They won’t detect if a window and doors open without glass breaking though, which is why they work in tandem with door and window sensors to provide security.

Motion Sensors: Motion sensors come in a wide variety of types, but function on the same basic principle: detecting motion, often based on body heat, in areas where motion shouldn’t be happening when the system is armed.    These sensors can detect issues in a wide range of space in your home, as opposed to simply the entry points.  That makes them great additions to your security system.

Security Cameras: While not sensors in and of themselves, security cameras make a great addition to monitored alarm systems.   It is possible for alarms to be triggered for benign reasons – a tree branch falling through a window and triggering a glass break sensor, for example.   By having live access to a video feed, you or your monitoring company can quickly get a clearer picture of the situation, and take the appropriate actions. Keep in mind that a “verified alarm” (i.e. an alarm triggered by security cameras) will be among the top priorities for the police significantly reducing the time for arrival, as opposed to be just a regular, not verified, alarm event.