There are plenty of products on the market that offer intrusion detection. The problem is, how do you know what product would be best for your specific needs? The only way to find out is to determine what you want to protect and how you want it protected.
Are You Looking to Secure Your Home or Business from an Intrusion?
Providing intrusion detection for a business is much different than providing it for a home. Businesses need a different type of security, especially high-risk businesses such as banks, pawn shops, 24-hour convenience stores, and jewelry stores.
A good commercial intrusion detection system will at least have adequate protection on each individual opening of the building, such as the exterior doors and windows. Strategically placed motion sensors will detect any intruder once inside the premises. Hold-up buttons, both hardwired and wireless, are also a must-have on any commercial intrusion detection system.
For residential installations, it is vital to have, at the very least, protection on all perimeter doors and windows. Adding motion sensors in areas of a home where perimeter devices are not installed is also recommended. If the perimeter is adequately covered, motion sensors can be added to provide additional intrusion detection.
Hardwired or Wireless Alarm System?
The debate over which is the best, a hardwired or wireless intrusion detection system, is ongoing. Though hardwired security systems have been out for quite some time, wireless systems that detect intruders are quite popular among consumers. In essence, what it all really boils down to is personal preference.
If you choose to have a hardwired intrusion detection system installed, wires will need to be ran throughout your home or business from each individual device back to your main control box. If you do not have an attic or any type of crawl space for these wires to be ran through, wire runs could prove difficult, even for an experienced alarm technician.
When a wireless intrusion detection system is installed, there are no wires to run. In fact, one of the main reasons why wireless systems that detect intruders are so popular is because the installation is so easy.
Should You Have Your System Monitored?
There is really only one right answer to this question—yes, you should have your system monitored. Why invest in an intrusion detection system if you are not going to have it monitored? An unmonitored system that detects intruders is useless if there is nobody around to hear your system and take action when it activates.
All businesses and homes will have their own specific security needs. With a little help from a qualified alarm company, you can find an intrusion detection system that will surely meet those needs.