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5 Common Myths and Facts About Home Security Systems

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Here are some common myths about home security systems you shouldn’t believe anymore.

Do you think that security systems are no match for sophisticated burglars? Or you assume that security systems are only meant for tech-savvy homeowners?

It means that you have some misconceptions about security systems.

For a quick refresher, security systems are the devices which are designed to provide protection against burglary, fire and other potential damages.

While they’ve become a necessity amidst today’s soaring crime rate, many homeowners are suspicious about their work or think whether they’re really worth investment.

There are several ways to protect your home like hiring a security guard but if you are comfortable with this you can have the home security system to secure your home. This is actually a smart move by homeowners to protect their belongings and sweet home from burglary. But people do not consider this as they are still trapped with some myths and misconceptions about home security systems that they actually need to leave as soon as possible else there can be the soft target for thieves.

Here is a compilation of such general myths about security systems.

Myth#1: Installing a Home Security System Requires a Professional

Well, this statement used to be true decades ago when the systems were not so user-friendly.

Modern day’s security systems are sophisticated yet user-friendly. They are designed to be easy for any homeowner to install. Generally, all the tools like cables and fasteners are coming with your security system.

If still, you face any problem in there is no harm to ask your security system support to help you with the installation.

Myth#2: A Security System Can’t Stop the Burglar from Breaking into My House

The presence of security systems across your home deters the potential burglars. According to one survey, properties without security systems are up to 300% more likely to be burgled. Nearly 60% of convicted burglars changed their decision to robe the property with security systems, according to a study by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology.

Keep in mind that burglars want to break into the homes allowing them to get in and out quickly without distraction. If a burglar finds out that he is under CCTV surveillance or there is an alarm, he may drop the idea to get into your home.

There is no harm in having a security system to have a burglary free home.

Myth # 3: Despite Having a Security System in Place, the Police May Not Get to My Home Before the Burglar Disappears

This may be the case with dated security systems. With the modern day’s security system, it is very possible to get the police on the spot quickly enough to grab a burglar. Some systems send alerts to the police as little as 45 seconds after an alarm. But home security is also about reducing your losses, apart from grabbing a burglar. A new data from Temple University finds that the protected homes suffer less loss compared to the unprotected properties.

Myth # 4: Home Security Systems Don’t Work When the Power Goes Out

This misconception is based on obsolete or outdated security devices. Most of today’s security systems don’t require electricity or phone lines to stay active. For example, battery powered security camera runs on battery power and continues to record even in power outage. Some security systems use cellular radio technology, which is also used in the cell phones, thus they remain unaffected by the power outage.

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Myth #5: My Decades-Old Home is Not Fit for a Security System

A security system can be installed in any home, thanks to effective wireless technology. Even if your property has never had a security device before, a professional security company will get the system installed with minimal hassle and disturbance.

So these are some misconceptions about security systems. Security systems are essential for the safety of your property and family members living inside. Make sure to purchase the security system from a reliable vendor. Some of the essential security systems are CCTV, smoke alarms, motion detectors, and burglar alarm. Get them installed into the discreet areas like the basement or where multiple entry passages like windows are accessible from a ground level.

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Author Bio: Ahmad Hamidi is an author and editor at Secure Guard Security Services, a leading security guard company in the California region.


All home security systems work on the same basic principle of securing entry points, like doors and windows, as well as interior space containing valuables like art, computers, guns, and coin collections. Regardless of the size of your home, or the number of doors and windows or interior rooms a homeowner decides to protect, the only real difference is in the number of security components deployed throughout the home and monitored by the control panel.

Home security systems work on the simple concept of securing entry points into a home with sensors that communicate with a control panel or command center installed in a convenient location somewhere in the home.

The sensors are typically placed indoors that lead to and from a house as well as easily accessible windows, particularly any that open, especially those at ground level. Open spaces inside of homes can be secured with motion sensors.

Control Panel: The control panel is the computer that arms and disarms the security systems, communicate with each installed component, sounds the alarm when a security zone is breached and communicates with an alarm monitoring company.

They typically feature a touchpad for easy programming and interaction, is where passcodes are entered to arm and disarm the system, can work on voice commands, and can be programmed to work with wireless remote controls called key fobs.

Door and Window Sensors: Door and window sensors are comprised of two parts installed adjacent to each other. One part of the device is installed on the door or window and the other on the door frame or window sill. When a door or window is closed, the two parts of the sensor are joined together, creating a security circuit.

When the security system is aimed at the control panel, these sensors communicate with it by reporting that the point of entry is secure. Should a monitored door or window suddenly be opened, the security circuit is broken and the control panel interprets this as a breach of a secured zone. A high-decibel alarm is sounded and in most instances, the alarm monitoring company is automatically notified.

Motion Sensors: These security components, when armed, protect a given space by creating an invisible zone that cannot be breached without sounding an alarm. These are typically used to protect rooms containing valuables, as well as areas less frequented in larger homes.

Surveillance Cameras: Available in both wired and wireless configurations, surveillance 

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