Types Of Security Systems


Mar 16, 2013

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Anyone who has a house or business has considered, at least once, to install some type of security system in order to prevent burglaries or other crimes from occurring on their property. While there are many different types of security systems available, some are better than others depending on a person’s budget and requirements. The following are an analysis of some of the most popular security systems that can be purchased and installed in a home or business to keep it safe from burglars, vandals, and other criminals.

Automatic Lights

Automatic lights can consist of any type of lighting system that comes on by itself, whether it is controlled by a sensor or a timer. Timer-based lighting systems can be installed either inside or outside of a home or business to give the impression that someone is inside and awake, which deters burglars and vandals from breaking into the property or loitering outside. Sensor-based lights, often controlled by a motion sensor, are placed outside of the home or business to light up the exterior of the property whenever someone comes near the building, which deters criminals who would rather do their dirty work in the dark.

Alarm Systems

Alarm systems, the most common security system used for home security, sound an alarm whenever a window or door is opened and the deactivation code is not entered within a specific amount of time. Alarm systems act as a deterrent by alerting the residents of a home to a break-in (as well as their neighbors) and also serve as an automatic calling system to the police to let them know that someone is in danger. However, for an alarm system to actually contact the police, the home or business owner would have to subscribe to a monthly service plan. Without this plan, though, the alarm itself could still be used as a deterrent.

Access Control Systems

Access control systems are available in a variety of different forms, all of which prevent access to a home, business, or safe to anyone who is not permitted to access those areas. Access control systems may depend on security codes, retinal (eye) scans, fingerprint scans, voice commands, or a combination of these things as well as a variety of other security measures. Access control systems range in price depending on what type of system you purchase, with security code systems being the cheapest and retinal scanners usually being the most expensive systems.


CCTV is a type of live video recording feed that can be viewed from remote locations via the Internet. CCTV systems can record activity in an area and display the recordings on its own monitor or simply forward the feeds to a remote location for private viewing. Because of their affordable cost, easy implementation, and effective use as a deterrent against crime, most convenience stores are equipped with CCTV.

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