Wired or Wireless Security Systems?
First, decide whether you are interested in a security system to prevent intrusion only, or a more global protection system that also includes detectors for additional safety hazards -- an intercom system, indoor and outdoor cameras, and other custom enhancements.
There are three types of systems - wired, wireless, and hybrid. All three are excellent, reliable solutions. So, which one should you choose?
If you are in the planning and design phase of a new home, this is the time to ask your engineer or architect to plan the security and protection infrastructure in consultation with a security expert or professional installer. While you can choose either a wired or hybrid system in this phase, you may want to consider hybrid as the hybrid allows you to add wireless devices later, without replacing the main unit.
If you wish to secure an existing home, then a wireless system can be a good fit for you. Its installation does not require preparation of an infrastructure and the breaking of walls to place pipeline. Regardless of the system type, it is important to ensure that the system is properly installed and that the system's operation frequency is the approved local frequency for these systems.
Mapping Access Points
The primary goal of a security system is the ability to identify and alert the property owner in the case of an intrusion. A quality security system will operate effectively to identify an intrusion from all possible access points. Note: you are not required to install a detector at every access point, but rather make sure that installed detectors provide coverage to all openings without "exposed zones" (i.e. zones that are not covered by a detector).
This is why you, in conjunction with a security professional, should first map all windows and doors in all rooms on the property being secured. Review all the possible points of weakness (including access to upper floors, side entrances, and home location as compared to other houses in the neighborhood). Take into account high vegetation, and access paths to your yard. Have a professional examine the premises to assess risk and weakness points on the property and its surroundings, and to plan a system that will work with your security needs.
Residential units in apartment buildings require internal protection in most situations, or protection of the main entrance in the residential space. In the case of a private home, garden apartment, a penthouse, or a house with side balconies, you should also consider protection of outdoor areas that provides an additional level of protection. You may also want to consider installing outdoor detectors and cameras.
An external protection is more effective for protection from intruders since it alerts you before the intruder enters the premises and causes any damage (breaks window or locks etc.).
Connection to a Security Center, Yes or No?
Connecting your system to a monitoring center will improve the quality of your security. When the system is connected, an alert is sent to the monitoring center each time the system is activated. In this case, the monitoring center will contact the homeowner by phone to ensure that there is no false alarm, and will then contact patrollers for a field inspection, as needed.
Take into account that connection to a monitoring center usually involves a fixed monthly fee which is based on system size and service type.
The connection to the monitoring center can be activated by either the monitoring center company, or a professional installer.