Alarms are im­por­tant for home se­cu­rity

Whitsunday Times - - DOMAIN -

HOME se­cu­rity fea­tures can be as var­ied as keep­ing valu­ables out of reach or in a safety de­posit box, and hav­ing se­cu­rity screens to mak­ing sure you lock up – ev­ery sin­gle time you leave the house.

Neigh­bour­hood Watch state co-or­di­na­tor Sergeant Steve Batterham said a fur­ther method of home se­cu­rity was the in­stal­la­tion of an alarm.

“How­ever, alarms should never be a sub­sti­tute for good phys­i­cal se­cu­rity but rather be an ad­di­tion to it,” he said.

When buy­ing an in­truder alarm sys­tem, con­sid­er­a­tion should be given to ob­tain­ing more than one quote to make en­sure you are buy­ing the sys­tem you need.

There are sev­eral alarm com­po­nents avail­able in­clud­ing:

Move­ment de­tec­tors (ul­tra­sonic, mi­crowave in­frared) which re­act to move­ment and/or heat and can be placed in strate­gic lo­ca­tions around your home;

Mag­netic reed switches, elec­tro-me­chan­i­cal de­vices that are ac­ti­vated when the elec­tronic cir­cuit is bro­ken; and

Duress or panic as­sis­tance in the form of a fixed but­ton, coded pad pin alert, or a por­ta­ble de­vice con­nected to an alarm.

A good alarm should in­clude the fol­low­ing: 24-hour bat­tery backup, com­ply with Aus­tralian Stan­dards 2201, two tam­per re­sis­tant sirens, one in­side and one out­side (satel­lite), user-friendly code pad and con­trol box, the in­stalling com­pany has tech­ni­cians avail­able ev­ery day through­out the year, in­staller uses 14/020 wiring (six core wiring) and a 12-month war­ranty on com­po­nents and in­stal­la­tion.

If mon­i­tored, the alarm sys­tem must in­clude Aus­tel-ap­proved dialler and wiring. The in­staller must also be li­censed.

“No alarms are di­rectly con­nected to a po­lice sta­tion,” Sergeant Batterham said.

“Neigh­bours, friends or an alarm mon­i­tor­ing se­cu­rity com­pany are usu­ally re­lied upon to en­sure an ef­fec­tive re­sponse, such as no­ti­fy­ing the po­lice if nec­es­sary, to the alarm.”

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