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Tips For Setting Up A Home Alarm Zone System

By David Roman CT on March 19, 2011

Installing a monitored alarm system is a smart move; they are proven deterrents to crime. Yet, to maximize the benefits of having an alarm, it is important for you to understand the reasoning behind your alarm's zone definition. More specifically, the location of each component and the type of emergency they report to your alarm monitoring company.

Typically, components in a home security system are referred to as "zones." Each zone, or component, is assigned a zone number. An example of an alarm's zone definition is as follows:

Zone 1 - Front Door

Zone 2 - Back Door

Zone 3 - Patio Door

Zone 4 - Living Room Motion Detector

Zone 5 - Basement Smoke Detector

When properly defined, zone numbers allow your alarm monitoring company to identify where the emergency occurred in your home. Using the zone definition above as an example, whether a break-in occurred through the front, back or patio door, whether someone walked through your living room, or if a fire is occurring in the basement. Zone numbers also serve to define the type of emergency in your household (burglary, fire, carbon monoxide, medical, etc.) so that the appropriate emergency responders are dispatched. You would not want your fire department responding to a break-in at your home.

Zones and zone numbers should be specific to only one component in your security system, as they are in the previous example. However, when necessary, zones can include multiple components. For example, all first floor door sensors can be grouped into one zone, all smoke detectors into another, etc. It is highly advisable that component types not be mixed. Door sensors should be grouped with only door sensors, motion detectors with only motion detectors, smoke detectors with only smoke detectors, etc. This serves to identify the type of emergency that is occurring. Should a smoke detector and motion detector be grouped into one zone and a signal sent from that zone, your alarm company could not be sure if they are to dispatch the police or fire department. Moreover, bypassing a zone that included both a motion detector and a door sensor would mean that an easy point of entry - the door - is vulnerable to undetected entry.

One of the best examples of proper zone definition occurs when an alarm is armed in "stay" mode, meaning the home's perimeter (the door and window sensors) is armed while the motion detectors inside remain disarmed. This allows you and your family to "stay" home, benefit from the protection of having your door and window sensors armed, yet move from room-to-room without setting off the alarm.

Think about your lifestyle, as well as your family's, when planning your home's zones. You may want to sketch out a floor plan along with the typical movement patterns within your home. Doing so will help you determine how to best deploy the components in your alarm system.

A Safe Home Security consultant will gladly complete a no-obligation "walk-around" of your home and advise you how to best protect your home in the most economical manner. They will also assist you with the selection of sensors, detectors, etc. and help you with your alarm's zone definition.

Safe Home Security has been providing professional security and monitoring services for over 20 years. With experience like this, you can feel confident that they will fulfill your special security needs, too.

Safe Home Security, Inc. engages in marketing, installing, and servicing security systems for most residential and commercial security applications. Customers receive 24-hour monitored protection from crime, medical, environmental and fire-related emergencies and may choose from a full array of professional security equipment and services, including master control panels and keypads, fire and carbon monoxide detectors, door and window sensors, motion and glass break detectors, medical alert products, CCTV camera systems, access control systems, digital cellular back-up products, interior and exterior sirens, hold up buttons, smoke and fire detection products, and open and close notification. Safe Home Security, Inc. was incorporated in 1988 and now does business throughout the United States. The company is based in Cromwell, CT.

Original article published on SooperArticles.com

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