Even though the recommendation would be to get in touch with a professional to have your alarm system installed, knowledge of a few main accessories will help you smoothly operate them yourself. Let’s take a look at a few of the major accessories that modern alarm systems come with,
Alarm Stickers and Signs
These serve as a warning sign for potential intruders. For instance, you can purchase CCTV warning stickers, security system window stickers or yard signs. These typically have the following inscriptions ‘Warning! Security System’ or ‘Beware! CCTV Video Surveillance’. The question in this case would be, why have a sign when you have an alarm system? The answer is simple, these serve as a deterrent and no one likes to take a chance, especially when committing a crime.
Intruders look for homes that are easy to rob. Security systems, no matter how ineffective, may put burglars off. Keeping this in mind, some use fake security signs to ward off burglars by giving them the impression that they have a very high quality security system installed. This is a cheap, easy and inexpensive way to deter burglars.
Sounds clever, maybe? Some property owners may be able to get away with this, however some might not be comfortable with taking a chance on security in this manner.
Burglars are smart enough to figure out a way around it; all they have to do is Google to check if the signs are authentic. Furthermore, while it sounds like a clever way out, do not be fooled into a false sense of security. The reality remains that a sign cannot protect you against a burglar any more than a gun can without bullets.
This is a control function relay that is basically a ‘trouble indicator’. A switch, which enables the indication, is either relayed to a central monitor or causes a light to flash on the local alarm panel.
Ceiling Pull Cord Alarm
The alarm is set off by pulling the cord once. The length of the chord can be adjusted, and can be long enough to reach the floor. These switches are available in both radio and hardwired alarm systems.
Alarm Keypad/Alarm Panel
This is the wall mounted gadget which controls the entire alarm system. It is usually placed right next to the entrance of your home, so you can activate or deactivate it as you walk in or out of the house.
Installed at key locations to monitor any suspicious activity.
Installed in places prone to fires, for e.g. kitchens
Wireless Remote Control
This is designed to control the main functions of the system without having to use the main alarm keypad unit.
Ever found yourself standing across a potentially dangerous person, right in the middle of your house, wondering whether to make a run for the phone and call for help or not?
Let's hope you don't ever end up in a situation of this sort. But if you do, it would be very unwise to aggravate the situation further by trying to reach for the phone to call 911. What you need, is a more subtle way; a panic alarm.
The purpose of a panic alarm is to allow its user to silently call for help. These are particularly useful in certain locations such as:
Reception desk in a building lobby
Customer service counters
Security points/check points
Any place where there is a possibility of conflict
The above is just a small list of possible accessories that you can go for in an alarm system. What accessories do you need to buy is subjective to your requirements. In order to select the most appropriate Security System, understanding your security needs first is advisable.