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How to Choose the Right Intruder Alarm System: A 2024 Guide

Despite the progress and globalization of technology, humans have always found ways to trespass, damage and even steal private property.

Protecting your business premises and assets from unauthorized access and intrusions is a top priority. A common deterrent of theft is intruder alarm systems, designed to prevent thievery from public and private property. 

Choosing and installing an effective intruder alarm system should, therefore, be a crucial component of your overall strategy to secure your tangible belongings.  

With a wide selection of options available in the market, making the right choice may prove to be a hassle. 

Don’t fret, however! DOTCOM SOLUTION will guide you through the key factors and variables that are crucial when selecting an intruder alarm system according to your needs.

Determinants of the Right Intruder Alarm 

There are numerous questions to be answered while choosing an alarm system for your business. Below is a rough criterion that loosely covers all aspects of concern for a vulnerable owner. 

  • Assessing Your Security Requirements
  • Meaning:
    • Figuring out what issues your firm wants to address
    • Evaluate the vulnerable aspects of your site
  • Understanding the type of intruder alarm you need
  • Considering which alarm components and sensors you require
  • Decide whether you need your system monitored by a security firm to solidify safety and ensure privacy
  • Scale of System

Optimize the range of your intruder alarm/security system. A bigger, growing firm would require additional security systems. For that, a flexible security system with varying ranges would be ideal

  • Integration

Consider choosing a security system compatible with other security apparatus that your building may require, including CCTV cameras, biometric access systems, or fire alarms. 

Optimal integration enables coordinated communication and a seamless flow of information.  

Here at DOTCOM SOLUTION, we connect and coordinate all your security needs with optimized security solutions, making sure that they are completely integrated with utmost effectiveness and efficiency. 

Types of Intruder Alarm Systems

  • Audible Alarm System

This is the most conventional security system that emits a loud noise to alert the occupants to an intrusion. These are extremely beneficial in densely populated areas as it will alert nearby inhabitants as well.

  • Call Alert Alarm System

Another standard alarm system that gives you a call alert in case of an intrusion is a call alert alarm. Owners are allowed to feed a limited number of contacts into a list, who will be contacted in order of priority in case of a break-in. 

  • Wired Intruder Alarm System

A traditional form of security system that requires cabling (a wired intruder alarm kit) to connect all related alarm components to the main control panel. Despite meeting the basic purpose of alerting the inhabitants, these are complicated to set up require professional help, and often prove troublesome during upgradation or renovations. 

  • Monitored Alarm System

Its function is in the name itself as it provides continuous 24/7 monitoring of your property aided and controlled by a professional security company. The alarm system is designed to immediately notify the security team in case of a break-in. 

  • Smart Alarm System

Boasting ease of access for the property owner, smart alarm systems let you access your alarm and security system through a smartphone application, making it easier for the user to arm, disarm and respond to the system remotely.

Components of a Burglar Alarm

  • Dashboard

Also known as the control panel, a dashboard is the central functioning part of an intruder alarm system. It receives signals from sensors and prompts the alarms to go off. With the control keys on the panel, the system can be customized, activated and deactivated.

  • Alerting Devices

Sounders and buzzers are employed to alert the occupants and neighbors of a burglary. Broadly classified into two categories: indoor and outdoor sirens, these alarms can be set to a range of audibility (maximum 120 decibels) and LED lights for visual signaling.

  • Sensors

An essential element of intruder alarm systems is sensors. The market offers a variety of sensors with various levels of sensitivity that respond to a number of triggers. They are the detectors of an intrusion and thus require careful consideration during installation and maintenance. The following types of sensors are most widely used in homes, indoor public places and corporate buildings:

Motion Sensors: sensitive to ultrasonic waves, motion sensors are prompted when the path of sound waves, bouncing off the walls of a space, is interrupted by an intruder. They are immune to dirt, dust and changing temperatures. 

Touch Sensors: typically attached to windows and doors, contact-sensitive sensors trigger an alert when the attached surface is opened from the outside. Highly accurate and swift, contact sensors can effectively deter an intrusion. 

Passive IR Sensor: Living organisms emit infrared radiations that are detectable by passive infrared radiation sensors. Also triggerable in the dark, these sensors sound an alarm when a human enters a space and prevent their advancement.

Closing Up

Despite the knowledge gathered about the various forms of security systems, we understand that you still may have questions. Our experts can walk you through the process of installation and maintenance of intruder alarm systems and rectify your concerns, like:

  • What is the purpose of an intruder alarm system?
  • What features should it contain (basic call alert system or an alarm system comprising cameras and sensors)?
  • How much does it cost?

DOTCOM SOLUTION shall discuss each and every aspect of home security in detail and guarantee satisfaction across the board. Dial and say hello today!


How Do I Make My System Immune to the Movement of My Pets?

Pet-friendly PIR and motion sensors are created to avoid miscommunication. The sensors detect intrusion only when a movement occurs above a certain height.

Shall I Worry About False Alarms?

No automated system guarantees 100% accuracy. However, high-quality equipment and necessary customization can significantly diminish the chances of your alarms erroneously going off.

Can I Install an Intruder Alarm Without Expert Help?

Configuration and installation of an intruder alarm system is both complicated and tricky. To ensure its easily installed, operated and maintained, experts must be consulted and hired at every step of the way.

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