Central Station Passwords

February 4, 2014By patrickHome Security Systems No Comments

Whether you have a residential security system or a commercial security system, in order for the central station to know that the person that they are speaking to is an authorized user of the system, a password is used. A password is a word that is attached to your monitoring account which the central station … Read More

Alarm System User Codes

February 3, 2014By patrickHome Security Systems No Comments

To operate an alarm system from the keypad you need a numeric code.  These codes are called passcodes, PINS, or user codes.  In all cases, to disarm the system, you have to enter a user code. Some alarm systems are programmed to require you to use a code to arm the system as well. The … Read More

How Long Is The Warranty?

January 26, 2014By patrickHome Security Systems No Comments

What kind of warranty do alarm systems come with? The answer to this question is a really short blog post because the answer is quite simple. Most alarm companies offer a 90 warranty on alarm systems. Common practice is to sell you a service contract when you are buying the system. We feel that 90 … Read More

Do Alarm Systems Work And How Well?

January 25, 2014By patrickHome Security Systems No Comments

First a couple of statistics.  In 2007 according to the FBI, 17.5 million property crimes took place in the United States.  That breaks down to one burglary every 14 seconds.  Though the majority of burglaries take place during the day, 60% to 65% of burglaries take place between 6am and 6pm, close to 40% happen … Read More

What’s The Deal With False Alarms

January 22, 2014By patrickHome Security Systems No Comments

Through the years, people have mentioned to me that they are reluctant to get an alarm system because they are afraid of false alarms. With today’s modern alarm systems, for the most part those fears are a thing of the past. There are two main categories of false alarms: equipment failure and user error.  Progress … Read More

Battery Back Up

January 18, 2014By patrickHome Security Systems No Comments

When you have an alarm system installed, you should make sure that it has 24 hour battery backup. Simply put, if the power goes out for any reason, your system will continue to operate without interruption for 24 hours. The control panel needs a battery.  The biggest determining factor on the size of battery required … Read More

Security System Basics

April 2, 2012By patrickBusiness Security Systems, Home Security Systems No Comments

At its most basic, a security system has two components, the initiation points and the control aspect. The initiation points are varied – door and window switches, motion detectors, glass break detectors, smoke and heat detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and many more. In short, anything that can initiate an alarm condition. The control aspect decides … Read More