how does an alarm system work?
First, let's look at some of the parts that make up your system:
- Control panel - box usually found in a closet. It is the "brain" of your system. It monitors the system sensors and sends out the call to your alarm monitoring company if sensor is violated.
- Keypad - usually located inside your door. It is your way of controlling your system. Some systems now come with key fobs - a wireless keypad you can use to turn your system on or off remotely. These must be handled with care.
- Contacts (sensors) - found on doors and windows. They report to the control pad if a door or window is opened.
- Motion detector - senses physical movement in any given area, and when the detector senses any unusual movement within the area it is installed, it sends a signal to your alarm panel.
- Siren - can be heard inside building, outside, or both. Some systems also come with lights that indicate an alarm.
- Others - many other types of sensors are utilized to detect a possible burglary in progress. Sensors such as pressure mats, glass break sensors, or temperature indicators, and even small wired/wireless cameras are now available to help detect a home or business entry taking place when no one should be present.
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