When you get or upgrade your home security system, it’s important to consider all the different types of security you’ll need. Strong security needs to cover all of the basics, which means having something for access control, alarm systems, surveillance, and cybersecurity. If your system has features for all these areas, then you can be confident that your system is strong.
1. Access Control
Access control is the most basic form of security. These systems help you control who and what can get into your home, so they include every kind of door lock along with the latches on your windows. Most homes come equipped with a doorknob lock and a deadbolt, but you can upgrade to a stronger system by installing an electronic lock with heavy-duty screws that secure it to the doorframe. These locks can work with passcodes, biometric scans, key fobs, and other options, plus they can come with backup power supplies in case of a power outage.
2. Alarm Systems
An alarm lets you or your security company knows that someone has gotten inside your home without permission. Older alarm systems work by arming and disarming the system from a security panel, but with modern alarms, you can also interact with the system using a secure smartphone app. Alarm systems also include the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors that come in most homes, and a security company can integrate them and other disaster alarms into a comprehensive alert monitoring system.
Surveillance includes all the different kinds of cameras you can buy to watch your home’s perimeter or keep track of what goes on in a baby’s bedroom or the living room while you’re not around. Old cameras used to need a lot of time and money to install thanks to all the wiring involved, but these days you can get completely wireless cameras you can install anywhere and keep charged by swapping in new batteries every now and then. Modern cameras also come with useful features like night vision, HD and 4k resolutions, motion activation, and facial recognition.
Modern security features all use electronic devices, and many of them are vulnerable to remote attacks by hackers who can reset passcodes, shut off cameras, and disarm alarms. That means cybersecurity is just as important as physical security if you want to keep your home safe. Cybersecurity uses the same three methods as physical security:
- Firewalls and passwords control access to your online network.
- Monitoring software can keep track of who logs into the system and what they do.
-If a program detects suspicious activity, it can send an alert either to you or to your security company.
A strong security system can help deter burglars and thieves from targeting your house, and they can help catch the burglars who try to get in anyway. That’s why we encourage everyone to at least consider upgrading their home security with a few useful features. So if that sounds interesting to you, contact us today to find out what we can offer.