Alarm systems are constantly developing and evolving all the time to provide maximum protection against attempts to break into your property.
Sadly, theft is one of the most common -and oldest- forms of behaviour and criminal methods are developing rapidly, which is why anti-theft systems are also developing at a similar pace. What makes it easier for theft to happen, is an incentive and an opportunity. Though we can’t do much about the incentives someone has to steal, since it’s deeply ingrained in the criminal’s nature, we can certainly curtail the opportunities for theft, by installing anti-theft systems and adopting habits aimed at protecting both ourselves and our property.
One of the most widespread means of protecting one’s property is to install an alarm system which is designed to identify illegal entry and then produce some sort of warning. They’re widely used in homes and shopping centres as well as at industrial and military facilities to protect against burglary (theft) or material damage, and to protect individuals against intruders.
Some alarm systems serve a specific purpose, which is to protect against burglary. However, there are also other systems on the market that also integrate fire protection as well as protection against intruders. Alarm systems that protect against intruders can be combined with CCTV systems to automatically record what intruders get up to, and can also be linked into access control systems that operate electronically-locked doors. Alarm systems come as either simple units or complex systems that serve multiple purposes that can be controlled and monitored from a computer.
Basic alarm systems consist of one or more sensors that detect intruders, and a warning system to indicate that there is an intruder. However, a standard security alarm will consist of the following parts:
- A Premises Control Unit (PCU) and Alarm Control Panel (ACP), which are the ‘brains’ of the system, reading the sensors, monitoring the system and checking for any signs of intruders. Cutting-edge systems also normally come with one or more computer circuits inside a metal case connected to a power supply.
- Sensors: Devices that identify intruders. Sensors can be installed around the perimeter of the area being protected, inside it or both. They can also detect intruders using a variety of methods such as monitoring whether doors and windows are opened, or by monitoring empty spaces for movement, sound, vibrations or other disturbances.
- Warning devices: These sound the alarm. They can be a bell, siren or even flashing lights. Warning devices serve a dual function: to warn others that there are intruders and potentially to scare off the burglars. These devices can also be used to warn premise owners about fires or smoke.
- Keypad: Small devices usually fitted to a wall, which allows human users to interface with the system. In addition to keys, keypads normally also have LEDs, a small screen for displaying short messages, or a mix of both.
Lysi Security offers cutting-edge alarm systems, which we select and install to meet your needs. What’s important for us is that you feel safe in our hands.