Wireless Burglar Alarm

In 2011, 98% of the total burglaries over $1000 in the US were not reported to the police or to the insurance companies (Bureau of Justice Statistics). Sounds strange? Do people not value their possessions anymore? Are they okay with intruders just walking away with their belongings? Or is it just the hassle of calling the police once the burglar is long gone, knowing that there is a fairly good chance they might not get their things back?

We think it’s the latter.

If you have ever found yourself in a similar situation where calling the police when nothing can be done, seems pointless, then we have what you may actually need: A wireless burglar alarm.

Wireless Burglar Alarm System

Instead of working on damage control after the burglary, you should be equipped to prevent the event from happening altogether. A wireless burglar alarm is designed to do just that.

How Burglar Alarm Works?

A wireless burglar alarm works in three steps:

  1. Breaking the Circuit

    A switch connected to a circuit system makes use of the flow of current to detect any acts of intrusion. This is the first line of defense against a burglar. Depending on where you have placed door or window alarms etc, and where the burglar chooses to enter the house, magnetic sensors in this circuit are designed to help alert you.

  2. Detecting Motion

    In case where the burglar manages to get inside your house, simple circuit switches won’t be enough. You will now need motion detectors placed strategically around your most precious belongings. Light sensors or laser beams are options you can look into when looking for a motion detector.

  3. Sounding the Alarm

    Once motion has been detected, or the circuit has been broken, you would be notified via flashing lights or a siren. This will alert not only you, but also your neighbors and might actually help in driving the intruder away. In some alarm systems, an activated alarm might automatically notify the authorities as well.

Wired or Wireless Alarm System?

There are two types of burglar alarm systems; the following information may help you decide, which one to choose for your home and workplace.

  • Wireless Burglar Alarm:

Easier control through cellular signals and remotes makes this system feasible for the modern age. These systems are typically more expensive than hardwired alarm systems, but they are certainly less ‘invasive’ in terms of drilling holes into walls, and meddling with the wiring. The installation involves less hassle, and a homeowner might be able to handle this him/herself.

  • Wired Alarm systems:

This option is more suitable in case your home is prewired for a security system. That, or if your home is being constructed, it may be wise to consider installing a wired alarm system. On the other hand, this system might be difficult to replace or move, in case of relocation.

Deciding on the type of alarm should be a matter of striking a balance between reliability concerns and performance differences between the two options.

Is It Actually Effective?

Any discussion regarding home security tends to boil down to this one question; most people wonder if these systems are worth their money.

According to the FBI, a burglary is the most common threat to your home. With around 5,400 burglaries happening everyday, 2,000,000 being reported each year, are you really safe? What’s worse is that burglars usually get away with it. With a hefty $5 billion being stolen every year, police only manage to solve 13% of all reported burglaries.

Alarm systems are your way out.

Installing a home security system alone does not absolve you of your duty to be vigilant though. Operating the system is what will eventually determine its usefulness. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Ensure you activate the alarm whenever leaving your home or at night

  • Make sure you change the batteries regularly for a wireless system

  • Ensure the lowest possible number of false alarms, so you won’t be at a disadvantage in case of an actual burglary.

FBI burglary statistics show that a home with a security alarm system is 300% less likely to be robbed. Take that first step in securing your home and install an alarm system.



Q:Does the wireless burglar alarm system need to be reset by a technician after activation?

A:If your wireless burglar alarm is tripped for whatever reason, it typically does not need to be reset or even checked by a technician (unless a defect caused a false alarm). However, if your area has experienced a power outage or something similar, then in order to reset your system you may have to enter your code or password to activate. If that doesn't work, then check for a trouble light to see whether the battery needs to be changed. Call your company's customer service for further instructions.

Q:How do I partially arm wireless burglar alarms DIY system?

A:Every home security system may have a "home" or "stay" mode which you could select on the system keypad in order to partially arm your system. This will activate the sensors and sirens used to protect the perimeter of your house, and temporarily disable the sensors inside the house.

Q:Does the wireless burglar alarm work when power is out?

A:Yes, a wireless burglar alarm will work even when the power is out. The alarm system will have a backup battery that is responsible for powering the system in the event of a power outage. However, it is important to remember that backup batteries cannot last indefinitely. Some may last up to 24 hours or more. You can get more information about the backup battery from the security company you have chosen.

Q:How fast is wireless burglar alarm and security response time?

A:The wireless burglar alarm and security response times are not standard for all users. For example, some events may receive a response within fifteen seconds while others experience a wait of thirty minutes. When a security alarm goes off, there is a process in the monitoring center to verify if the emergency is legitimate and then the response is given.

Q:How often do the batteries need to be changed on my wireless burglar alarm?

A:The lifetime of batteries will vary from company to company. Most alarm systems have indicators of low battery. For example, a beeping keypad will indicate a low battery or battery failure. The display panel of a control system may also display a sign for low battery. You must make sure you replace the battery if you come across such indications.

Q:If we move, do we have to buy a new wireless burglar alarm system?

A:If you already have a wireless burglar alarm system installed, you don't necessarily have to purchase a new one when relocating. Wireless alarm systems are easy to install and uninstall. You can simply detach the components from their positions without having to worry about extensive wiring. When you move to a new house, you can easily set up the wireless alarm system.

Q:What should I do if the wireless burglar alarm system is not working properly?

A:If the wireless burglar alarm system is not working properly, check the following: batteries of the alarm and receiver, wireless signal reception (make sure no object in the path is disrupting signals), and power supply. You can also check the manual for troubleshooting tips. If you cannot pinpoint the exact issue, it is recommended you call for professional help.

Q:Who is responsible for making sure my wireless burglar alarm is working?

A:If you have installed a burglar alarm, it is crucially important that the alarm is functioning properly. Make sure you check and replace the batteries ever few weeks. Also make sure the sensors and other devices are connected to the control panel. Most alarm systems have a backup battery. However, the lifetime of these batteries will vary. If you come across a technical issue, seek professional help.

Q:Can burgulars program their phones to your wireless alarm system?

A:Yes, it is possible for burglars to use their phone or other devices to control your wireless alarm system. They can either suppress the alarms or create multiple false alarms to show that the system in unreliable. This usually happens when the alarm systems have not been secured properly and the negligence can make alarm systems vulnerable to hacking.

Q:Can i have a burglar alarm without wiring?

A:Yes, a number of wireless burglar alarms are available in the market. They can easily be controlled with the help of cellular signals and remote controls. Generally, wireless burglar alarms are more expensive than hardwired alarm systems. However, they are less invasive because they are easy to install and you do not need to drill holes or worry about wiring. Since the installation is easy, some owners can install wireless alarms on their own.

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