Security System Key fob

Security System Key fob

Security system key key fob’s are a convienent and easy way to arm and disarm your security system. A key fob connects wirelessley to your security system’s control and with the press of a button you can disarm you security system, arm in the away mode and stay mode and also it has a police panic button. The security system keyfob atatches to your key chain with you house and car keys. If you want to add a key fob to your securilty system its usually just a matter of adding a wireless receiver to your security system, then you can add multiple key fobs usually upto 8 of them, depending upon your system. You would need your security system installer to help set them up.

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Know Who is at Your Door When Your Home and Not Home

A fully Wireless Color Video Door Intercom by Optex is the Answer. I have installed quite a few of these video intercom systems and I Love them. For starters the Optex products are high quality security products. I prefer and have used many of them for my customers. When they came out with the Video Intercom that is fully wireless I had to check it out. This product is by far one of the best video intercom’s on the market, feature rich, price and you can install it your self. I have one on my home also.

The video intercom’s front door station is small and looks great, you install AA batteries into it and then just fix it beside your front door. The inside station comes with a base Read More

Learn More About Wireless Security Systems

1. What is a Wireless Security System? A wireless security system a security system that incorporates wireless sensors a posed to a security system where you have to run wires to each security sensor. 2. Why use Wireless over a Wired Security System? Generally a wireless security system would be used in a home where either the home is not already pre-wired or if its difficult to run wires and to hide them in the attic or crawl space. Read More

Add a Flood Alarm Sensor to your Security System, It could save you Thousands!

Add a flood alarm Sensor to your alarm system for added protection. A flood in your home or business could cost you thousands in damage if undetected. Some insurance companies do not cover you if you have a flood. Adding a flood alarm sensor to your security system can alert you of water leakage at an early stage giving you enough time to react and save your property. Here is a picture of the hot water tank in my office building. The flood sensor is the small grey plastic thing you see screwed to the floor. It has two small metal tabs, one each end of the sensor and a wire connected to it. If water touches the two metal tabs it creates a short and then trips to the security system which then alerts the monitoring station. There are a few different types of flood sensors available. The flood sensors can be installed wired or you can install them wireless. The wireless flood sensor is great for areas that you cannot run Read More

Burglars using Google Street View, Twitter and Face Book to Plot Crimes

A UK security Firm Friedland Response report that burglars are using Google and other social media tools to target people. The firm surveyed 50 ex convicted burglars  of which 80 percent of the 50 strongly believed that Facebook, Foursquare and Twitter were being used by current criminals. Also 75 percent thought Google Street View was also involved in theft planning. Be careful what you put online about yourself.

According to the report, the average home burglary takes just over 10 minutes and only 2 minutes to break into a home with no security. 80 percent of the ex burglars said a simple home alarm system would deter them from targeting a home. Read More

If your phone line exposed on the outside of your home? If Cut your alarm system monitoring will not work.

Alarm System Telephone Line ConnectionYour alarm system uses your phone line for alarm monitoring.

Most homes in North America have phone lines that come into the home via over head wires, the wires run down the home and terminate in a plastic box then connect to your alarm system and your telephone jacks in the house. The wires can easily be cut and the  box easily accessed. Any burglar can do this very easily and can disable your phone line which will then disable your alarm system monitoring. If you have your phone lines exposed on the side of your home you should always install an alarm system cell backup system which will provide your alarm system monitoring via the cell network.

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Alarm System | Keep your Security System accessible


Its important to keep your security system accessible

The other day i was doing a service call to a customers security system to replace a backup battery. The customer also had a problem with their keypad displaying FC on the screen. When i arrived the 1st thing i needed to do was to locate the alarm system panel. The security system panel was located in the basement closet. When i opened the closet i found the customer had recently installed an AV (audio Video) rack in the closet full of satellite receivers, computer router, PVR etc.

The problem was it has been installed directly in front of the security system box and I was unable to open the box more than about 3 inches. The AV rack was not screwed to the floor so i moved it an extra inch and was able to replace the backup battery. The problem here is if the security system needs servicing more than just replacing the backup battery there is no way we can access the inside of the box. Its is very important that when your alarm system is installed that you do not install AV receivers, built in vacuums

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Alarm Monitoring | Yearly Service For Your Security System

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A security system that is serviced yearly is a security system that is going to be reliable and functioning correctly when needed. Many security companies install security systems, hookup the alarm monitoring and you then you don’t hear from them for years until you call them with a problem.

A good security company will offer you a yearly maintenance agreement and explain the value of this to you. Most security systems do indicate when there is a problem by indicating on the keypad with a trouble light and beeping. The will system will also call the alarm monitoring service report the trouble. This is the case for Low Battery, Loss of supervision etc but not the case if you have problems with sensors or general wear and tear. This can only be found by the technician performing an inspection and full test on your system.

The cost of not doing a yearly inspection on your security system can be great and cost you far more in the long run if the system doesn’t function correctly if an intrusion or fire occurs.

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Alarm Monitoring and VOIP

Alarm System VOIP

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Are you thinking of switching to a VOIP home phone? What about your alarm system and alarm monitoring? The savings for VOIP or voice over IP telephone are considerable over conventional analog phone lines. Your regular home phone line with features generally costs between $35 and $55 per month compared to VOIP lines which can be a fraction of that cost. One company digital voice charges $13.95

The problem with VOIP is that it does not work with your alarm system monitoring. Your alarm system requires an analog phone line to monitor the your system. If you choose to use VOIP phone lines then there is another option. Read More

Monitored Smoke Detector

All homes should have smoke detectors installed in them. One step better, all homes should have monitored smoke detectors. You should have a minimum of one smoke detector on each level of your home and depending upon the square footage of your home you may require more. I usually like to recommend to people to have  a minimum of  2 monitored smoke detectors per 1000 square feet per level of their home if it’s a fairly open floor plan. Best case is one per room but that can get expensive.

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