When stirred from a bad dream in the middle of the night, it is natural in a moment of altered consciousness to fear that someone has broken into the home, that there is an intruder lurking in the shadows. It’s a primal fear based upon very real danger. One of the earliest human settlements, Skara Brae, in Northern Scotland, featured family homes where the extended family lived in an enclave of homes for the clan. Each home was earth-sheltered to protect from the elements, but each home also featured a very small low door and a tunnel as the only entry and exit point to the home. This forced an intruder from an invading clan to get on his hands and knees to enter the home, which made him vulnerable to defensive action by the family residing in the home. These are some of the earliest man-made structures on earth, and they featured primitive home security systems.
Modern home security systems have evolved beyond limited egress. While we do recommend careful consideration of physical security, placement of landscaping, gated entry, and so on, there is an array of security technologies to be deployed in the home. The first is the burglar alarm system. We’ve talked about this before. The burglary alarm system is the heart and brain of home security systems. The burglary alarm panel communicates with an array of detection devices, such as motion detectors, glass break detectors, and door and window contacts, and then communicates back out to a central monitoring center. The burglary alarm panel dials out over a phone line, which is why it is always good to have a cellular backup. The cellular backup can dial the central monitoring station in the event of an incident, even if the phone line is severed. The burglary alarm panel can also communicate over the Internet. You can even be texted or emailed abroad if your son comes home late or the housekeeper shows up outside of the normal schedule.
If you are notified while abroad that the housekeeper has showed up at your residence, you can disarm the security system and grant him or her access right from your smart phone if you have augmented the burglary alarm system with access control. With a home access control system, you can access your home without house keys or grant access to others while you are away from the home. The access control system consists of keypads or card readers and key cards. The housekeeper can have his or her own key card, which can be programmed to grant access at specific times, and you can always have the added level of security of still requiring a code to disarm the burglary alarm system.
Of course, if the housekeeper does show up at your front door, you can’t really be sure if you are traveling abroad unless you augment your security system with surveillance cameras. Again, right on your smartphone, you can see who is at your residence if activity is detected. Security cameras also happen to be the very best deterrent against home invasion. The only real fear a criminal has is detection, and with a well designed and implemented home security system, detection is guaranteed. Look no further than Fulkra to design and install your home security systems, and don’t delay. Call today. Your family depends on you to keep them safe, and you can depend on Fulkra.
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