Types of Virginia Alarm Systems

One of the most important components of a home security system is its alarm. There is a wide variety of alarm systems available, and the one you choose should take into account many factors, including your budget, neighborhood, and home layout. Your security systems contractor should be able to explain the best choice for your particular situation.

One of the most common types of alarm systems is the monitored system, which automatically notifies a central agency if an alarm is triggered. Typically, the agency will call the home in an attempt to verify if the police need to be sent. If no one answers the phone and is able to give the correct password, the police will be alerted. Some monitored alarm systems offer a radio or cellular backup option in case the land line is disabled by inclement weather or an intruder. Another popular type of security system is an unmonitored system that relies on a deterrence strategy. This type of alarm usually incorporates loud sirens, both inside and outside the home, and flashing lights in an attempt to scare the intruder away. Ideally, the intruder will flee the scene before any valuables can be taken for fear of being noticed. One advantage to this type of system is that there is no monitoring fee.