HIGH-TECH PEACE OF MIND

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Tech­nol­ogy has rev­o­lu­tion­ized ev­ery as­pect of our lives, in­clud­ing how we pro­tect our­selves and our prop­erty.

Bruce MacMil­lan, who has been in­stalling alarm and mon­i­tor­ing sys­tems for more than two decades, says the big­gest tech­ni­cal ad­vances are al­most im­per­cep­ti­ble to the un­trained eye.

In the past, tele­phone lines and an ar­ray of wires were stan­dard com­po­nents of home and busi­ness alarm set-ups.

“There was no wire­less when I started 25 years ago,” ob­serves the owner of Glen­garry Se­cu­rity Sys­tems, not­ing that to­day’s sys­tems are com­prised of cell phones, face recog­ni­tion tech­nol­ogy, IP (in­ter­net pro­to­col) cam­eras, and in­ter­net con­nec­tions.

An IP cam­era can send and re­ceive data via a com­puter net­work and the in­ter­net.

High-def­i­ni­tion cam­era sys­tems, mo­bile apps for phones and e-mail alerts are just some of the fea­tures peo­ple can opt for.

Sur­veil­lance equip­ment en­ables peo­ple to keep an eye on their prop­er­ties when they are not at home or at their busi­ness.

Mon­i­tor­ing has also im­proved. At one time, check­ing sur­veil­lance tapes would take hours. To­day, “In two min­utes you can rewind the record­ing and see what has hap­pened in the en­tire day,” says Mr. MacMil­lan.

“You don’t need land phone lines any­more,” he points out.

While de­vices pro­vide peace of mind, a furry four-legged de­ter­rent also works as a com­ple­ment. “A dog is a good idea. It can alert you when a stranger is in the yard.”

Silent or loud

Home­own­ers have a wide range of choices when it comes to get­ting anti-theft sys­tems.

While peace of mind is a sound in­vest­ment, money spent on de­ter­ring in­trud­ers can pay off in tan­gi­ble ben­e­fits.

Ask if your in­sur­ance com­pany will re­duce your pre­mi­ums now that you have re­duced the chances of be­com­ing a vic­tim.

Elec­tronic bur­glar alarms com­bine sen­sors on doors and win­dows, and mo­tion de­tec­tors, that are set up to ac­ti­vate sirens and au­to­mat­i­cally alert a cen­tral mon­i­tor­ing sta­tion.

The sys­tem can be con­fig­ured to trig­ger in­side and out­side sirens that are meant to scare off crooks and to alert neigh­bours or passers-by.

Another func­tion is a silent mon­i­tored alarm. It makes no sound when ac­ti­vated but it no­ti­fies a se­cu­rity ser­vice.

Video sur­veil­lance

Video sur­veil­lance sys­tems al­low you to mon­i­tor your prop­erty from any lo­ca­tion where there’s an in­ter­net con­nec­tion or mo­bile-phone cov­er­age.

The sys­tems are made up of one or more ded­i­cated video cam­eras mounted in a suit­able lo­ca­tion in the home and strate­gi­cally lo­cated spots out­doors.

Many cam­eras can switch to in­fra-red night mode and some have mo­tion de­tec­tion – which means they don’t have to con­tin­u­ously record im­ages.

WIRE­LESS: Bruce MacMil­lan sets up a wire­less home se­cu­rity sys­tem.

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