HIGH-TECH PEACE OF MIND
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 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.